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Cons: HORRIBLE SUPPORT! NO USA SUPPORT, NO USA PHONE NUMBER, EMAIL IS SNAIL PACED AND HORRENDOUS. They die FAST (been through three cards now in 7 years, one of which is their new flagship 1203, and it was junk like the other two).
Other Thoughts: I would never recommend this product.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,5/14/2017 2:47:26 PM
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Other Thoughts: I would not recommend this to anyone as it is not compatible with the current OS of Windows 10. The manufacturer just lists it as Compatible with Windows OS. I should've read and listened to the Newegg compatibility. I have tried for 2 days to get this card working and even after contacting Syba they just replied with a email linking me to drivers from their site for Windows 7. I will be purchasing another card to do the job I need.
Reviewed By:JUL B.,5/12/2017 8:36:38 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
Pros: Was the right price, seemed to have good functionality
Cons: No longer usable, was running OS off of Raid 10 configuration and took 45 minutes to boot. No indication of failed drives, moved MBR to a new SSD and tried rebuilding from scratch but still no luck. Confirmed driver, tried MRU tool, but most functionality of web page disabled. Using Performance Test getting read and write speeds less than 3 MB/s.
Reviewed By:Michael S.,5/6/2017 10:32:46 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is and has owned this product more than 1 year.
Pros: The LSI-9305 required no setup. Merely plug it in, connect the SAS cables to the backplane and poof, done. This card supports 3.0 and 6.0 gb/s hard drives and SSD's
Cons: Had some old Seagate 3.0 gb/s drives which were jumpered for max speed of 1.5 gb/s and the HBA wouldn't recognize the drives. Once the jumpers were pulled, no problem...
Other Thoughts: Using the HBA with FreeNAS which is highly compatible with this card. 16 high speed ports on the Avago is preferable to mixing high and low speed ports on my ASROCK RACK motherboard powered by two xeon E5 2670 Processors and 32GB of ECC ram installed in a Chenbro 41616 chassis with two 8 drive vdevs in a Z2 Pool. I use the motherboard ports for Cache and Log SSD's. Would recommend over other products.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,5/3/2017 7:28:55 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Pros: It works! Quality item! It is a PCI 'universal' card... the card edge connector has a key-slot cut into it near each end that allows it to be plugged in to the older 5 volt signaling PCI backplanes (key slot away from mounting bracket end), as well as the 'less old' 3.3 volt signaling backplanes (key slot nearer the bracket end). The card works in either kind of PCI slot.
Cons: No ATAPI support for CD drives
Other Thoughts: I assume you are looking at this card because you want / need to use an old MB for your current project. (Necessarily old, since new MBs do not provide PCI card slots... and this is a PCI card.) This is a disk controller, so you must need to add disk drives to the old MB. If you are having trouble getting the MB to recognize your disk drives, this card can help. One set of problems with old MBs is that they have a BIOS that only recognizes relatively small HDDs. Early MBs only address HDDs using 'track, head, sector' addressing, and you have to enter the numbers. Later ones automatically detect these values, but do not know what to do if the numbers are too big... like for a large late generation ATA drive. This card will auto recognize the proper addressing for large drives, both ATA and SATA... even large ones. If this card recognizes your old ATA drive and the MB controller does not, you can attach the boot drive to this controller and just ignore or turn off (in BIOS setup) the on-board controller. Or you can use the on-board controller to attach a CD drive.
Added:(5/1/2017) I am now using this card in an old 'Socket 7' Pentium MB that will use 5 1/4" floppy drives... just to archive some old software. MS-DOS 6.2 (and worse for earlier versions) does not like even the smallest modern HDD. And I do not have any old small drives, all dead and long gone. This controller will work fine with DOS. You can make a 1 gigabyte partition on a SATA drive for DOS to install onto. The remaining hundreds of gigs can be used for several logical drives in an extended DOS partition... but most of the disk will still be unused. Or, as I did, you can buy a CF Card to SATA converter. They work with this controller just fine. Then you can have a $5 solid state drive for your DOS computer that is easy to plug in and easy to 'sneaker-net' to your modern computer (put it into a USB card reader on your modern computer). A one or two gig CF card is just right. Do not use an SD card... one may work, or not. I do not know. But a CF card has an IDE interface... it really is a disk drive. So that is why I used one.
Reviewed By:John D.,5/1/2017 1:11:37 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: UPDATE April 2017: Please see Other Thoughts below.
Adds 2 extra SATA ports to your system at low cost.
Upgrades older SATA II systems from 280MB/s max. speed up to 380MB/s.
Cons: none at the price
Other Thoughts: UPDATE April 2017: Some users experience problems so here are some tips. 1. There are so many different motherboards and chipsets - this card will work with most of them if you install it correctly. 2. Windows "generic" drivers often work best with this card instead of the maker's "Asmedia" drivers. So, always let Windows install drivers first and see if that works for you. 3. This card was designed back in the Windows 7 days. I have used it with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on motherboards made by ASUS, ASRock, Intel, and ECS. These were all with Intel cpus. 4. Make sure the card is fully seated / plugged into one of the very short PCI-e x1 slots (not the older, longer PCI slot). 5. Don't connect a drive immediately. Plug in the card and boot up the computer. Let Windows install generic drivers, then restart the computer. AFTER Windows has fully booted up check that the card appears in Device Manager and that there isn't a yellow exclamation mark beside it. This confirms that the card is properly installed and recognised by Windows. Then, shutdown the computer fully and connect a drive or drives to the SATA port(s) on the card. 6. If you are connecting a boot drive (a drive that has your operating system on it) you MUST go into the BIOS (or UEFI) IMMEDIATELY when you power on the computer. Usually, this is done by pressing the either F2 key or DELETE key. Check your motherboard user manual if in doubt. In the BIOS go to the BOOT tab or screen and make sure your boot drive is selected as the 1st drive or Primary drive. Then select Save and Exit in the BIOS menu (or hit F10 key). Failure to do this may cause Windows to not boot up, and may even corrupt the Master Boot Record (MBR). 7. This card has a single "lane" of bandwidth so your SSD maximum Sequential Read speed will top out somewhere around 380MB/s to 410MB/s depending on the motherboard. If you want faster speed, consider using a card rated as "x2" or higher. That means it has 2 lanes of bandwidth and can go faster. It also costs more. And, it plugs into an x4 slot or bigger because motherboards don't actually have x2 slots, OK? This point has been made clear before but some users still buy the card then complain of the speed limitation. Do your homework before you buy!
An example of the faster cards would be SYBA SD-PEX40054 which is available here at Newegg and there are many others.
Don't forget to boot into BIOS after connecting a boot drive to this card and make sure it is selected as the "first boot device"; otherwise, Windows won't boot up!
Reviewed By:Andrew M.,4/28/2017 1:01:23 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is and has owned this product .
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