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WD Red WD40EFRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: My most recent purchase of 5 drives has passed extensive testing. I am rerunning those tests to be doubly certain the drives are "sound" before placing them into service in my home NAS.

Cons: None so far that would deduct an egg.

I noticed that 2 of the 5 drives had circuit boards that "looked different" compared to the other, but all 5 drives had the same "date of manufacture".

At least 2 drives had anti-static bags that were slightly torn, not bad enough to remove the drive, but a tear that opened the bag and defeats the purpose of the dessicant. That could have come from handling the drive during packing for shipment.

Other Thoughts: Always run drive tests before placing purchased drives into service. The drive manufacturers make decent tools for testing. Use those tools, then save and date the test results.

Also, note the drive serial number, date of manufacture and any other issues when unpacking the drives.

The new packaging system from Newegg seems to be working for me. The most recent batch was packed like the Newegg video showed. In my case the individual drive boxes were sitting against the bottom of the box. In the past any drive that was not well cushioned or sitting on the bottom of the box usually encountered errors. The new packing lessens that risk, but I still test all drives.

Overall my success with drives purchased from newegg is improving and that is probably due to the new packing method.

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SYBA SD-MPE40056 PCI-Express 2.0 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 2-Port SATA 6G Card, Mini PCI-Express Form Factor, non-RAID, ASM1061 Chipset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The promise of adding 2 more SATA ports to a simple with the simplicity of plugging in this card and possibly loading a driver.

Nothing to configure on the card. There is 1 pair of pins for a HDD activity LED (per the instruction paper), but I did not test them.

Cons: I tried this card on a Supermicro motherboard (X10SBA) that has both mSATA and mini PCIe slots.

I did not expect the card to work in the mSATA slot, and it did not work in that slot because they are designed for mSATA cards only.

I hoped the card would work in the mini PCIe slot, but it did not work in my case.

I looked for settings in the system BIOS but could not find any related to the mini PCIe slot. The mini PCIe slot on this Supermicro board is mapped through a USB 2.0 hub chip. Perhaps that is the issue (the mapping) because the USB 2.0 ports from the same hub chip all work fine.

Other Thoughts: I have 2 other boards, 1 from MSI and 1 from Intel, to test this card. It might work in those systems.

The package does not include any necessary mini PCIe mounting post and screw; you have to provide that if it is missing on your system.

I doubt the card is defective. I just think this type of add-in card is "very particular" about what it is connecting to "inside" the system. One day when I have more time I will figure out the limitations of this little card.

One more thought: it's not worth the hassle for me to RMA this card.

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SYBA SI-PEX40064 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Follow Up: Compatibility Concerns 03/17/2014

This review is from: SYBA SI-PEX40064 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: PCIe x1 connector. 4x SATA3 connectors. Both normal and low profile mounting brackets. Nothing to configure on the card.

Cons: I tested this card in a system with a Marvell embedded SATA BIOS. In that system my experience with this card ranged from complete system lock up before BIOS completed loading, to visible in the system, and it all depended on the mixture of BIOS settings, but all of this was BEFORE I attached even a single HDD to this controller. Once I attached even 1 HDD to this controller I could completely lock up the system before BIOS completed loading.

Why should attaching a HDD make a system previously booting into a system that locks up? I haven't figured it out yet, but I have tested all drives and all removable parts of the system, and they all test fine. I think the issue rests with Marvell, not Syba (who is probably building this card from a Marvell "reference" design).

Other Thoughts: I did test this card in another system that did not contain any Marvell SATA BIOS. Just as I expected, no problems booting that system with or without HDD attached to this controller. The motherboard in this alternate case is also from Supermicro.

I would buy this card again, but only for systems that do not have an embedded Marvell SATA BIOS and do not have any other add-in SATA controllers containing Marvell SATA BIOS.

One more thought: it's not worth the hassle for me to RMA this card.

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Display Name: JEFFREY R.

Date Joined: 06/13/08

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  • First Review: 06/29/08
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