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This review is from: PCI-e 1X Slot Riser Card Extender Extension Cable Flexible Cable
Pros: The cable is plenty long -- 16cm is just the flexible cable, not the connectors. Works reliably with a SATA controller running at full speed (PCIe 2.0 x1, ~500MBps throughput).
Cons: The section covered in blue tape (in the picture) is NOT flexible, and sticks up about an inch above the top of the PCIe slot -- it won't fit under the heatsink on most 2-slot video cards, for example.
Other Thoughts: Used this to connect a 4-port SATA controller to a slot partly-blocked by the heatsink on a RAID controller.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: BYTECC SATA-336EO/UVB 36" Serial ATA III SATA III to e-SATA 6Gbps Cable
Pros: It's 3 feet long, sturdy but not stiff, with a locking internal SATA connector, and a long minimim-bulk eSATA connector that fits even the the worst-desgined/recessed eSATA ports with no trouble.
Perfect for connecting internal drives to an eSATA controller, or vice-versa.
Very reliable so far -- no disconnects when wiggled and pushed around.
Other Thoughts: I'm using these to connect internal drives to a couple Silicon Image 4-port eSATA RAID controllers. Long enough to loop back through the water-cooling holes on the PC case, but still within the 1m SATA III spec.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Baaqii A251 PCI-E PCI-Express to 3 Gbps 2 eSATA 2 SATA II Adapter Converter Card
Pros: This is the only Sii3132 card I've found that can give you one eSATA AND one internal SATA port -- and the fact that you can change it is a nice bonus. Hot-plug and port-multiplier support work flawlessly, as you'd expect from a generic Silicon Image based card.
Card comes with the latest non-RAID BIOS, and you can easily flash a different BIOS, through the device Properties in Windows' Device Manager.
Cons: The jumper-settings printed on the card are backwards (incorrect) -- the jumpers to enable port 1 actually enable port 3, jumpers for port 2 enable port 4, and vice-versa. Thought I had a DOA card at first!
Baaqii ships this in an unsealed box on the slow boat from China -- it takes about a month! My card arrived coated in a white residue (like water spots -- from salty air?) that I had to carefully clean off all the connectors with alcohol (a real PITA) to ensure a good connection.
Other Thoughts: I doubt there will be any further updates to this chip, but you can get current (and old) BIOS, drivers, and RAID-Management utility at www.siliconimage.com/support
Just keep in mind if switching to a RAID BIOS, that the Sii3132 RAID1/RAID0 performance is mediocre at best, and RAID5 is unbelievably slow.