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SYBA SY-PCI40037 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) 1:5 (5x1) Port Multiplier PCI Mounting Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Well, here I am again... 01/21/2015

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.

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

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.

Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD20EFRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

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.

Oh well.

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.


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Display Name: Bob W.

Date Joined: 12/14/04

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  • Last Review: 01/21/15
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