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|Product Length:||9.25 inches|
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|Product Height:||1.4 inches|
|Product Weight:||0.45 pounds|
|Package Length:||9.29 inches|
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|Package Height:||1.42 inches|
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|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 34 reviews|
|Average Customer Review: ( 34 customer reviews )
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15 of 17 found the following review helpful:
Works out of the box Dec 05, 2009
By Joshua Hattersley
This is a great addition for anyone looking to add more SATA devices to their computer. I personally needed more ports to accommodate more hard drives in my newly-installed SATA backplane, and didn't want to use port multiplier technology due to concerns over bandwidth constraints. This card is PCIe 1x and works like a charm; I'm running under Ubuntu 9.04, and literally didn't need to perform any setup beyond installing the card and plugging in my drives. The featured SIL3124 chipset is widely supported, which is one of the reasons I went for this model.
Good price, great value--why get a card with anything less than four ports if you're going to install one anyway?--and works like a charm. Highly recommended. Note that the card also supports RAID functionality, but I'm not using it as I've already got a software RAID running via mdadm under Linux.
9 of 10 found the following review helpful:
works fine, a bit expensive Mar 25, 2010
First of all, this is not a real (HW) raid card, raid functions are implemented in the driver. For me that is OK, I did not need it for that. I am using this card under Linux (Ubuntu 9.10) for a software raid array with the Linux kernel software raid (mda), NOT using the drivers by Silicon Image. I actually flashed the non-raid bios available from Silicon Image's site and you should too unless you want to use their raid drivers.
Building the same array (same drives, same kernel, same everything) using the SATA ports on the motherboard (FoxConn 785G) resulted in constant failures of the array. Switching to a Gigabyte MB made things better, but still not perfect. With this card I have zero failures for weeks. So as a 4 ports PCIe SATA card, it works like a charm with recent Linux kernels.
The biggest negative is that it is way too expensive for what it is good for. It should sell around $30 like the PCI (non PCIe) cards from the same manufacturer with the same chipset do. Strangely I found Amazon to be cheapest, even if not by much.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
RAID **BEWARE** Aug 17, 2011
By Michael Cole
I swear by Sil cards as they have worked flawlessly for me in the past (have 6 running in older machines). This one came with a BIOS from 2006 - and it failed to boot my existing OS. Standard procedure is as follows: 1. install the card. 2. Boot the machine. 3. install the driver. 4. reboot the machine. 5. shut down machine, move the SATA cable to the RAID card (ID0 is the second connector from the face - 1 | 0 | 2 | 3). 6. Turn on the machine. The card is suppose to work even if the motherboard BIOS fails to recognize it, however, all I kept getting was failure. Flashed the bios to the latest 2010 version. Rebooted and all was well.
BEWARE** if you do not feel comfortable performing a command line BIOS update, this is not the card for you.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
New BIOS chipset, not supported by manufacturer Sep 13, 2012
Bought the card after reading the reviews and seeing people could upgrade the bios using the SiI bios update utility to a newer version or to remove the pseudo-raid functionality; as a user of ZFS, the only thing the raid functionality did for me was to extend boot time. Unfortunately the card I received has a WinBond W39F010 Bios chip which is *not* supported by Silicon Image's Bios update utility. Seeing as how Syba doesn't make Bios updates for their products (they generally rely on the chip manufacturer), it's pretty safe to say this card cannot be upgraded from the bios it came with (which for me was a Bios from 2006 -- the latest is from 2010). There's no telling what the card can or can't support going forward (I don't have any AF drives to test with this card to see if it recognizes it or not), but I'd stay away from this card until Syba or Silicon Image releases a utility to update the card (or you can always replace the bios chip with one that's supported if you're a fan of a soldering iron)
On the other side, if you really don't care about this, the card does work out of box and is supported by Windows. I can't comment on the raid capability as I don't use it.
Note for FreeBSD or FreeNAS users, FreeBSD 9 recognizes the card and loads it via the siis driver but does not see any hard drives attached -- I surmise this is due to the bios. I've tried attaching a 1TB drive and a 3TB driver and neither are seen by the OS
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
3124-chip hotplug not working Aug 21, 2011
By Mr. Mobile
I intended to have 4 sata ports instead of 2 with my present controller
this card uses Silicon Image 3124, my other card uses 3132.
This card froze my 32-bit Linux kernel when hot-disconnecting drive, a task that works fine with my other card
bios was many years old, this is a 2005 hardware design
My advice is to go for a card with a more modern chip
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