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This review is from: SYBA SY-PCI40037 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) 1:5 (5x1) Port Multiplier PCI Mounting Card
Pros: Not that I can tell
Cons: Too many to tell
Other Thoughts: Don't bother with this card. Buy from somewhere else to get a port multiplier/RAID card from another manufacturer.
I RMA'ed one of these cards almost two years ago. I got a replacement card. I tested it fully, and it tested okay. I set it on my shelf to keep as a spare/replacement. Now I need a replacement. Guess what...the card now will not work. The center red light on the card blinks constantly, and it will not build a RAID of any sort. I've owned the card (starting with the one that this one replaced) for more than the 3 years originally listed as the warranty period, so no RMA for me, regardless of the fact that this card now shows a lifetime warranty on parts. And just what is the labor that carries only a 1 year warranty? I suspect it's a way for the company to get around the lifetime warranty by claiming that some labor has to be performed on the card..
I am very disappointed in the performance of this card, not its performance in a computer but its performance on the shelf waiting to be installed.
This review is from: SYBA SI-PCI40074 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 1:5 (5x1) Internal SATA II Port Multiplier (PM)
Pros: See other thoughts
Cons: See other thoughts
Other Thoughts: I don't own this card, but I do own several of it's siblings (SY-PCE40037). From what I can tell, this card is the same as those which I have bought already. These things drop like flies every once in a while. I've bought more than 10 of those cards and have have to RMA way too many of them.
In fact, nearly 3 weeks ago I sent SYBA one of the cards as an RMA and still have not heard from them. I may have to just write off the 60.00 bucks that I spent on that card.
Furthermore, IOCREST (SYBA) is for some reason calling this current card a SATA 6GB card while it's actually only a SATA 3GB. Well, you get what you pay for.
But be very careful about what you spend on SYBA (IOCREST) products in the future.
Pros: These run quiet, cool, and steady.
Cons: None that I can think of right offhand.
Other Thoughts: I bought 20 of these, 15 to run in a home-built NAS and 5 for spares. Long story short: I have 3 RAID 5's via port multipliers all fed into a HighPoint RocketRAID 644L via 3 e-SATA cables. Running 21 TB now at acceptable speeds given that some of the hardware is limiting speeds to SATA 3Gb/s.
But the real bottleneck is my 1Gb/s wired switch. Copying between the NAS and the server over the e-SATA cables goes at about 220-250 MB/s while copying from my desktop to the server or the NAS over the network tops out at 115-125 MB/s.
I have had only one drive fail out of the 20 so far, and that's almost a year now, so I'd have to say these drives are pretty reliable so far.