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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.
This review is from: SYBA SY-PCI40037 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) 1:5 (5x1) Port Multiplier PCI Mounting Card
Pros: What can I say? Syba did get around to getting my two cards replaced. See Other Thoughts for details.
Cons: Just the shipping. See Other Thoughts
Other Thoughts: Well, apparently Syba and I have different definitions for "return shipping." I asked if the company would be willing to pay the return shipping on defective parts. Here's the answer:
We will pay for the return shipping for the cards. However the end-user must pay for shipping the defective products to us.
I thought that was what "return shipping" meant. Oh well, I'm out some 25 bucks or so paying to return bad cards to get some others that are also bad. But this last round turned out with a surprise.
When I received the cards from the company, I saw with dismay that they were shipped via the postal service, and they came in a flimsy plastic bag with no bubble wrap or Styrofoam or any other kind of packaging whatever. When I opened the bag, I found two boxes that were severely crushed. I fully expected to open them to find two cards literally in pieces, but, long story short, they both tested out okay.
So I've upped my position to 3 eggs. But I'm really afraid that I'll be replacing these cards again in the near future, given that several have gone bad on me in the past few months.
I don't know if I can recommend this card in good faith, but then a lot of the world is like that: you pays your money, and you takes your chances.