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SYBA SI-PEX40064 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

  • 4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
  • PCI-Express 2.0
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Learn more about the Syba SI-PEX40064

Model

Brand
SYBA
Model
SI-PEX40064
Form Factor
Low Profile Ready

Specifications

Type
SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 8
Windows 7
Vista
Windows XP
Server 2008
Server 2008 R2
Server 2003
Linux 2.6.x and Above (AHCI devices driver is a built-in feature)

Features

Features
Chipset: Marvell 88SE9215

Compliant with PCI-Express Specification v2.0 and backwards compatible with PCIe 1.x

Compliant with Serial ATA Specification 3.0

Supports Communication Speeds of 6.0 Gbps, 3.0 Gbps, and 1.5 Gbps

Hot Plug and Hot Swap

Supports Native Command Queue (NCQ)

Supports Port Multiplier FIS Based Switching or Command Based Switching

Compatible with SATA 6G, 3G and 1.5G Hard Drives.

SATA ports are bootable

For port multiplier function, please follow Windows 8 instructions in Download's tab.

Packaging

Package Contents
SATA III 4-port PCI-e Controller Card
User Manual
Low Profile Bracket
19" SATA Cables (x2)
Driver CD

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • N/A
  • 12/19/2014 3:49:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsUnderstanding PCI-e and x1Slots

Pros: Easy expansion card for adding extra SATA ports.

Requires an x1 size slot (the little short slot).

Offers up to around 380MB/sec. Read speed.

Usually works fine with Windows 7 or 8 generic drivers.

See OTHER THOUGHTS below ...

Cons: Specifications and instructions are not clear to inexperienced users.

May conflict with already-in-use SATA ports on motherboard if those ports use a Marvell controller. Using Windows generic drivers avoided that conflict on my motherboard.

See OTHER THOUGHTS below ...

Other Thoughts: PCI-e (also called PCI-express) began with version 1.0.

Then came PCI-e ver. 2.0 which is about twice as fast as 1.0. This is what millions of motherboards have.

PCI-e offers different "slots", namely x1, x4, and x16.

The x16 slot is the longest. The others are much shorter.

The x1 slot has only one "lane" of bandwidth which limits the speed of data transfer to around 380MB/sec. Read speed and slower Write speed. However, this is still about 100MB/sec. faster than SATA II motherboard ports.

The x4 slot can have 4 lanes of bandwidth. However, most add-on cards offering more than x1 speed are, in fact, designed for 2 lanes of bandwidth so they have x2 speed. But, there's no x2 slot on your motherboard so an x2 card goes into an x4 slot. Nevertheless, it's still x2 speed which allows max. Read speeds of around 500MB/sec. or faster and, again, Write speeds will be somewhat slower.

Recap:
PCI-e version 1.0 or 1.1 is the old and slow version.

PCI-e version 2.0 is newer and is about twice as fast as ver. 1.1

Within each version there are different "slots" whose speeds are basic (x1), faster (x4), and fastest (x16).

The add-on card itself will be designed with x1 speed or x2 speed.

Pro quality cards may be designed with x8 speed (they fit into an x16 slot) and will cost hundreds of dollars more.

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  • lptessier
  • 12/19/2014 1:24:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNAS4Free (FreeBSD)

Pros: Might be a good/cheap card for Windows.

Cons: Do not work with NAS4Free. Very low transfer speed and very inconsistant. At least will using ZFS.

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  • 12/12/2014 1:58:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPCI Ex 2, NOT!

Pros: Plugged it in, worked, no problem

Cons: VERY misleading.
http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=1376
Product packaging actually lists the PEX40064 as a PCIe 1x not 2x, it does list other related models at 2x, but not this one. Vendor site lists this as 1x and 2x.

Other Thoughts: I was wondering why it was slow. Made my system crawl when copying large (2-4gb+) files

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  • N/A
  • 12/8/2014 1:11:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggshave this in a server

Pros: This is running in a server for about a year, all 4 ports are populated.. though not in constant use I do have 2 software raided and 2 other stand alone and they do run databases etc. so it's gotten a good amount of work without dying.

Cons: none

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  • Joe
  • 12/4/2014 10:37:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

Pros: Worked out of the box with my EVGA SLI3 MB.
Connected an eSATA cable from my HAF 932 and connected my SATA HP DVD-RW. No issues.
Tested the eSATA with an external enclosure. Speeds were as expected. Great product!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Some of the reviews talk about the product not working with older MB's, not being a RAID card, etc. If people would read the product description, they would know well in advance the capabilities and limitations of the card.

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  • Par5Eagles
  • 11/30/2014 7:43:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFails in Fedora 20, bad tech support

Pros: Decent price if it worked.

Cons: Purchased a 2-pack. Neither card was recognized in fedora 20, which in theory is a supported operating system. Linux directions in manual are limited, and incorrect for Fedora. I adapted them, but the card was still not recognized. I sent a detailed description of my hardware and config files to Syba, but all I got back was a canned answer that repeated the incorrect directions in the manual. A second request for assistance was ignored.

Other Thoughts: Buyer beware here. I'd have to describe the customer support as AWFUL. I've had a run of great customer support experiences lately- SuperMicro, ASRock, and LSI- on challenging technical issues... it was somewhat of a surprise to get a completely worthless response in this case. If you're lucky and this product works straight out the box, it's a good buy, but if not, you're pretty much hosed.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

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

Check that there is no conflicting hardware on your system with the Marvell chipset of this card.

SATA devices such as this are natively supported by Linux OS but must first be initialized.

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

-Regards SYBA CST 12032014

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  • N/A
  • 11/25/2014 6:31:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed by BIOS on older system

Pros: Big Promise

Cons: Never recognized by BIOS of my older system.

Other Thoughts: I tried to breath some more life in my frail system by adding a 4 Tb drive. It (Nvidia chipset for intel; enough said) failed to recognize the PCIe card, no matter which slot I placed it in.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We apologize for your dissatisfaction with the compatibility of this card.

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

You may also want to ensure that the motherboard configuration is set for AHCI.

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

-Regards SYBA CST 12032014

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  • WoE-6
  • 11/20/2014 3:44:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat deal

Pros: - Inexpensive with promo code
- Small
- Works with Windows 7 automagically
- Two SATA cables included

Cons: - There isn't a version of this card with 6 or more ports (I needed 6)

Other Thoughts: Picked up two of these cards with a promo code to go with this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994147.

Easy to set up - plug in, turn on, drivers install, reboot. Couldn't ask for more at this price ($40 for the pair, shipped).

I doubt I would have pulled the trigger on getting one or more of these at the $35-$50 range, so it was great to find the promo code. $20-$25 for this card feels about right.

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  • N/A
  • 11/19/2014 6:20:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggssearch raid. 1st result. doesn't do raid.

Pros: it works as intended

Cons: paid 35 dollars for extra sata ports I don't really need.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

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

Our support team is more than happy to assist you in finding an available solution to your problem. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

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

-Regards SYBA CST 11252014

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  • Nobody
  • 11/17/2014 4:35:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMotherboard doesn't find it

Pros: Cost and promise

Cons: Motherboard can't find it. My ASUS P5VD2-MX SE motherboard doesn't seem to find the card when installed in the PCIx1 slot. If I install it in the PCIx16 slot (where the video card used to be, I'm now using the on-board video), the computer doesn't boot at all.

My attempt to ask IO Crest for help seem to have failed as their on-line question form rejects my entry with what I believe is an error message, but it is in Chinese so how would I know.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to try re-cycling an older machine as an UnRaid server since the MB in that machine only has 2 SATA ports. But the motherboard can find the card. It shows up fine on a newer machine, but not on the machine I need it for.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

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

Make sure your motherboard/BIOS is up-to-date, and that any system updates have been applied.

You will also need to set the motherboard into AHCI to support this card.

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

-Regards SYBA CST11252014

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