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SYBA SY-PEX40008 PCI Express Low Profile Ready SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Software RAID Controller Card

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  • RAID 0/1/5/10
  • 4 x SATA II Internal Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s

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  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Exactly what I needed.

Pros: Plugged in and was working for my freenas setup immediately.
Hard to beat the price for a card with 4 SATA II connections that is compatible with my system.

Cons: none so far

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4/ 5
Recommended, with caveats

Pros: Works with optical drives.
Fast enough to burn four DVDs at maximum speed.
Reflashable BIOS.
Drives are hot swappable.
Ships with a collection of drivers, including ones to slipstream into an XP install (if you still need one for whatever reason).

Cons: RAID functionality didn't work.

Other Thoughts: tl;dr: My motherboard might didn't give the option to make a RAID before loading your OS and the config utility is worthless, but this card does work very well with optical drives, and is one of the few that do.
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I got one of these to make a RAID-5 out of four 1TB Seagate drives. The card picked them all up, and showed them all to Windows in passthrough mode, no problem. The problem was that the motherboard I was using didn't show the BIOS load prompt (allowing me to create a RAID independent of software), and yes, I both tried multiple PCI Express slots, and I had the BIOS set to 'legacy' everywhere there was an option to do so, rather than UEFI. I tried setting a RAID within Windows using the utility, but the utility installs Java 5 (not kidding - it's still branding with Sun Microsystems...), and though it showed all the drives in passthrough mode, it refused to let me create a RAID group. Maybe my motherboard is just a bit of a princess, but the bottom line was that the computer I attempted to create a RAID-5 in wasn't able to do so with this card.

The reason I still gave this unit four eggs was because most HBA's I've used refused to recognize optical drives...or if they did, they would read but not burn, only burn at 4x, or some other really bizarre behavior. This one, on the other hand, worked perfectly. The machine this card went into was one that does audio CD replication for a church, and thus has four CD/DVD burners in it. An edge case for sure, but for them it's pretty important. I ended up putting the DVD burners on this card, and making the RAID array using the motherboard connectors. I was able to fire up Nero and burn an audio CD at full speed, to all four burners at the same time, with zero drops, issues, or other difficulties.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Product!

Pros: Great SSD Drive, has not given me any issues. I use this primarily for working on large Photoshop Files or 3D rendering.

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: None, just wish I bought a mount for it.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Works but not as much as expected

Pros: Works great with most computers even with cheap one. Great price. Comes with sata cables and everythings.

Cons: Only 40MB/S in read write on a raid 1.Can't get it to work with two 3TB hard drives, the max I can get is 2047 GB even on a P8Z77v -lk motherboard. Behind that capacity the card just froze the whole system.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Customer,

We apologize for your dissatisfaction with the quality of this controller card.

Please check that the motherboard/BIOS is up-to-date, and that any system updates have been applied.

Note that the RAID Array Maximum size is 2.3TB.

Our tech support team is more than happy to provide any information you may need when

installing a device.

Thank you for purchasing one of our products, and for leaving us your valuable feedback.

-Regards SYBA CST 10242014
Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great with Solaris ZFS

Pros: I've been running two of these non-stop for over two years in JBOD mode with no issues. (8) 1 TB drives in a RAIDZ2 Vdev on OpenSolaris and Oracle Solaris.

Cons: Not x8 PCIe, but not a big deal

Other Thoughts: I've tested the port multiplier features, and they work fine.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Failed after 1.5 yrs

Pros: Worked great for first year and a half. I have had this card running in a desktop system that I used in a lab. Although it was nothing fancy it worked for what I needed.

Cons: The short life span. The card is not a high performer and seem to lose connection to the drive on occasion where I needed to reboot the system in order to get the drives to come back on-line. I think this thing that annoyed me the most was the intermittent drive drops and reboots of the system. At first it happened once or twice a month but as time past the reboots became more frequent. Now, the drive appears in Windows and all looks good but as soon I try to copy anything to it, the system locks and I have reboot to release it.

Other Thoughts: Now, maybe I just a bad card so remember that my review is base on my experience. I have used other SYBA products that I have my lab they seem to be working fine. However, this is my second RAID controller that has died on me so just maybe there is an issue with this line of RAID cards that they make.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Customer,

The controller you received may have a hardware issue. It is not normal for the card to drop hard drives during file transfers.

Note that our controllers have a 3 year manufacturer's warranty for a new replacement.

As you know we are more than happy to provide our customers with a hassle free exchange when a product is defective.

SYBA offers an online RMA form, the user can easily fill out the form and submit it for a quick RMA return and exchange. It is SYBA's policy to answer all customer inquiries within 24 hours (M-F)

Thank you for purchasing one of our products, and for leaving us your valuable feedback.

Regards, SYBA CST 11212013
Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Not good for longevity

Pros: This is a great card while it works. I had no problems getting it setup and working on a Windows Server 2008 R2 system. Performance was not great but it worked as a small file server.

Cons: One year and three months later this card as now just stopped working. It was not sudden as it started to drop drives randomly and through put dropped to an unacceptable level (below 2mb per second). I thought it was the network but after change the system and putting the card and drives in another system the problem persisted. Checked this drive and replaced two of them as a precaution but it seems the issue was with controller.

Other Thoughts: As I mentioned, the card worked fine while it worked but would not have expected it fail after 1.5 years of rather light use.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Customer,

Note that all our controllers have a 3 year manufacturer warranty for a new replacement.

We are more than happy to provide all of our customers with a prompt exchange whenever a product becomes defective.

SYBA offers an online RMA form, the user can easily fill out the form and submit it for a quick RMA return and exchange. It is SYBA's policy to answer all customer inquiries within 24 hours (M-F)

Contact our support team at support@sybausa.com for more information.

Thank you for purchasing one of our products, and for leaving us your valuable feedback.

Regards, SYBA CST 11122013
Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Works - With Help

Pros: 4 Ports.
Compatible with my Biostar TPower I55 PEX4-1 slot.
Supports Win7 x64.
Can feed an eSATA drive (or more, presumably) with the appropriate case bracket (not included).

Cons: Manual in error.

Other Thoughts: Manual says to go to D:/Silicon_Image/SIL3124 (etc.).
Tech support says that's wrong. In Device Manager right click and choose Update Driver, then manually tell Windows where to look.

With the driver disc in your optical drive, show the location as D: (or whatever) only and let Windows decide what to pick and in what subfolders.

Btw, running in JBOD, so can't comment on any RAID behavior. But, the card sees my drives just fine, and so does Winders, so I'm happy. :-)

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