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SYBA SI-PCI40074 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 1:5 (5x1) Internal SATA II Port Multiplier (PM)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs It works, but it's not easy 07/27/2015

This review is from: SYBA SI-PCI40074 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 1:5 (5x1) Internal SATA II Port Multiplier (PM)

Pros: Splits 1 SATA port to 5.

Comes with the needed molex to floppy power adapters.

Nice price.

No silly hardware RAID. This makes software RAID setups simpler, as there are no dip switches to mess with, and no RAID ROM to contend with. These can be an issue, the Avoton C2550D4I motherboard did NOT like the RocketRaid 2680 - it was solvable with the "Disable option ROM" option in the Avoton BIOS, but it was no cake walk. These Syba cards are replacing the RocketRaid due to apparent incomatibility with Linux 4.x.

Cons: Compatibility issues. I'm using two of these with the Asrock C2550D4I motherboard, and of the three SATA controllers onboard, these port expanders only worked when attached to ONE of them (the last one I tried - of course).

When the Syba was plugged into motherboard ports for the Marvell 9230 SATA3 controller, I would only get one card showing at a time, whether one was plugged in or two. Further, I would only get connectivity with four of the five drives.

Next I tried the CPU's SATA2 controller. I was thinking that this would be more likely to work, since it would be an Intel controller rather than a Marvell. No dice - this time, I'd only get one of the Syba-connected drives showing at boot.

Last to check was the Marvell 9172 controller. When the port expander was connected to this controller, all ten drives came up consistently over several boots.

But before you jump to the conclusion that this port expander has incomplete incompatibility with Intel Avoton and Marvell 9230 controllers, consider this: the 9172 only has two headers on the C2550D4I motherboard, as opposed to the four exposed on the other Marvell and the Intel controller. So perhaps the issue is that each controller can only deal with so many upstream devices?

I don't know and I have no inclination to find out, but I would say that you should not get these Syba units if you aren't willing to potentially sink some time into finding out which different SATA controllers your motherboard has, and trying the Syba on several.

Other Thoughts: We'll see how well they hold up over time, the other reviews were not encouraging but the price was right.

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Link Depot Model TOS-6 6 ft. OD 5.0mm Molded Type Toslink - Fiber Optic Audio Cable
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Been running it for quite some time with no problems

Cons: None

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APEVIA CVT48 9.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Adapts 4 to 8 pin ATX mobo power cable

Cons: None

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Matthew C.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew C.

Date Joined: 06/12/05

  • Reviews: 32
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  • First Review: 01/30/09
  • Last Review: 07/27/15
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