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This review is from: SYBA SD-PEX50050 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA / IDE RAID Controller Card
Pros: Adds a PATA port
Adds a connector for another HDD LED
Adds a SATA port
Adds an eSATA port
Has on-board BIOS - bootable
Reasonably fast - getting 395MB/S sequential reads & 280MB/S sequential writes with a 240G Crucial MX100 on an A88X motherboard with an A10-7800 Kaveri
Robust and stable - plug it in, hook up drives, and it just works. This is my second Marvell based SATA 6Gb card and the other one is the same way. The same can't be said for other market offerings with different chips though, believe me, some of these cards are flaky.
Cons: I can't get into it's BIOS utility - the screen says hit ctrl-M during boot but it ignores me and goes ahead and boots up. However, there may be a good reason for that: If it's like the Rosewill RC-225 I have in another system (same Marvell chip), the only thing you can do in the BIOS utility is RAID setup anyway (AHCI is always-on). Since I've only got one drive attached, it might just be ignoring me for that reason. Given that possibility, I didn't think it was fair to knock off an egg for this.
x1 slots are not quite as fast as SATA 6Gb, so ideally this would be an x4 or greater board. Don't expect it to be as fast as a good motherboard SATA 6Gb port in AHCI mode. Still, it's not bad. Obviously I didn't knock off an egg for this as I knew it going in.
Other Thoughts: This board is low-cost and it solved multiple problems for me:
1) For some reason, my OS won't boot off my motherboard SATA if I put it in AHCI mode. It gets most of the way through the boot process and blue screens. Yes, the correct driver is on the OS. But anyway, it boots fine through this board, and picks up about 100MB/S of sequential read speed as compared to the motherboard SATA in IDE mode.
2) My case has two HDD LED's, and I have two drives, and by running one of my drives off this board and the other off the motherboard SATA, I'm able to hook up both LED's. Minor point, I know, but I like being able to see which HDD is being accessed.
3) One of my optical drives is PATA. Of course, motherboards with PATA ports have gone the way of the dinosaur, and after a recent motherboard upgrade, I wasn't able to hook up this optical drive anymore. This card solved that problem nicely, and it works great.
4) I now have an eSATA port, should I ever need it ... never mind that USB3.0 has virtually obsoleted eSATA, and I've never had much luck with eSATA anyway. It's there though if I ever want it.
This review is from: AVerMedia C027 AVerTV HD DVR
Pros: Installed easily in WinXP
Worked good for casual viewing of an external box (Roku) while using the PC
App is easy to use and has enough features
I was very pleased - in the beginning
Cons: I noticed that while playing video, the computer was somewhat less responsive. For example, there would be a slight delay just switching windows and the like. But it was no big deal.
Well, within about 3 days of using this card, I started getting long pauses, where the PC would just hang for a minute or so. It got progressively worse over the next 24 hours, to the point where the PC basically got unusable. This was happening whether I had the Avermedia app open or not. In fact, even just booting the computer became a 5 minute affair, where normally it's about a 30 second process.
The interesting thing is, the card and app still worked. So I thought something else was going wrong with the PC. I went through the motions of uninstalling other hardware and software, but I wasn't touching the problem.
Finally I pulled the Avermedia capture card out of it's slot, fired up the PC, and all was well.
I'm RMA'ing it for a replacement, hoping that something just went wrong with this one, because it worked fine for a few days and I was very happy with it. I'll write another review and describe how the new one worked out
Pros: I like the I/o and slots arrangement on this board. Both PS/2 ports is nice, 4 USB3 ports is very nice, 3 express slots plus one standard PCI, 6 SATA 3's, 4 memory slots. So many cheap boards skimp on I/O & memory slots and to me it's the most important thing I look for in a board.
The BIOS is robust and easy to use, and the board is stable.
Cons: None. I am concerned about one thing though. I have an MSI FM1 board that's been in service for a couple of years and for some reason, the plastic frame around the CPU that anchors the heat sink failed. The plastic seems to have crystallized from head and got brittle and just came apart. The heat sink literally fell off. This on a running computer that was sitting still and hadn't been disturbed in ages. Sure looks like the same design on this FM2 board. Oh well, time will tell.
Other Thoughts: I bought three of these to build us some new office computers from. All three came up easily and quickly without a hitch and the users love them. All have SSD's and the same A6 processor and Gskill memory.
These AMD APU systems deliver a big bang for the buck.
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