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SYBA SY-PEX40040 PCI-Express 2.0 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Item #: 9B-16-124-046  |  Mfr. Part #: SY-PEX40040  |  UNSPSC: 43201557
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  • 1 x SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Connectors
  • 1 x eSATA External Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s

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    One Of A Kind

    5 out of 5 eggs
    Fast Response Fast Loading Bios AHCI v1.3 *Best SSD Solution for any board bottle-necking bandwidth due to a lack of SATA III controllers. **Excellent upgrade for any older SATA I or II motherboards. ***I searched over 30 similar PCIE cards from many vendors across North America. I contacted many manufactures asking technical support if they offered an O/S bootable controller with AHCI support. At the present time I could only find TWO for under $100 which had all the features packed in this puppy. I was specifically looking for a card with an AHCI enabled bios for communicating TRIM to a solid state drive.(The main feature most competitors lacked) This card had it all and has not let me down.
    — Donald B. 11/5/2011

    Just works

    5 out of 5 eggs
    Cheap. Fast. Works.
    — 1/9/2012


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


    The Syba PCIe SATA III controller card offers an internal and external SATA ports which are compliant with the Serial ATA Rev. 3.0 so you can be transferring data at up to 6.0Gb/s. The PCIe x1 interface is compliant with PCI-Express Specification V2.0 and backward compatible with PCI-Express 1.x. Thanks to the flexibility of PCIe 1x you can use the card in any available PCIe slot. Speed up your world with Syba.

    • newegg One SATA III and One eSATA Port The SYBA SY-PEX40040 features one SATA III and one eSATA port to add SATA III and eSATA compatibility directly to your computer for connections with internal and external hard drives.
    • newegg PCI Express 2.0 x1 Interface The PCI Express interface effectively multiplies the amount of available computing bandwidth for faster music downloads, smoother streaming video, and lightning-fast access to mass-storage devices.

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    Model

    Brand
    SYBA
    Model
    SY-PEX40040

    Specifications

    Type
    SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
    External Connectors
    1 x eSATA
    Internal Connectors
    1 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
    Interface
    PCI-Express 2.0
    Transfer Rate
    Up to 6Gb/s
    Operating Systems Supported
    Windows 7 (32/64bit)
    Vista
    Server 2003
    Windows XP
    Windows 2000

    Features

    Features
    ASM1061 Chipset (Asmedia 1061 SATA Host Controller)

    Compliant with PCI-Express Specification V2.0 and Backward Compatible with PCI-Express 1.x

    Compliance Serial ATA AHCI Spec. Rev. 1.3, Serial ATA Rev. 3.0

    Supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap

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

    Supports 2 Ports Serial ATA

    Supports Native Command Queue (NCQ)

    Supports Port Multiplier.

    Packaging

    Package Contents
    SATA III 1 Internal, 1 External ports PCI-E Card
    SATA Cable (18")
    User Manual
    Driver CD

    Customer Reviews of the Syba SY-PEX40040

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    3 out of 5 eggs Based on 14 Reviews

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    • Chad P.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Good add-on card for the price

    Pros: - Cheap Price

    - Works as expected

    Cons: None

    Bottom Line: I needed an additional internal SATA connection as my motherboard only had 4 and they were being used. I purchased this card and didn't even have to install an additional driver for it (I am running Windows 2008 R2 for my server). Also the external eSATA port is a great bonus for the price. Great add-on card!

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    • bruce J.

    5 out of 5 eggs Great Controller For The Price

    Pros: Faster boot times and performance. Win 7 disk performance went from 5.9 to 7.2 !!

    Cons: None so far!

    Bottom Line: I believe some of the troubles people have installing this is the drivers and bios (MB) settings. I installed this controller first, rebooted, and let windows 7 find it first. Of course, it installed a generic driver which does not take advantage of what the controller can do. After the install, I went to the website and downloaded the latest driver for my OS. The disk provided DID NOT WORK. saved it and went to update driver but told windows to let me choose the device. At that point, I went to the folder where I unzipped the driver. This is where it let me install the correct driver. Now, instead of it showing up as a standard sata controller, it appears as a Marvell 92XX SATA 6G Controller. At that point, I shut down, moved sata drives over to the new controller, boot to MB bios, and set boot device to be my boot drive again. This works for AHCI mode which I am using. The controller also is designed for booting from SSD's

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    • jacob a.

    5 out of 5 eggs SO HAPPY-So fast

    Pros: Made my sata II board lighting fast with my ssd! after having an X58m Msi with my i7-950 for a year (work build) i recently looked into the specs of my board,and realized i was somewhat bottlenecked running a sataIII ssd,on a sataII board..Installed super fast with no issues and no messing with bios!

    Cons: none

    Bottom Line: I even bought this thing USED from the main online auction site,and this thing works minty fresh brand new! very pleased!!!!

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    • Jason H.

    4 out of 5 eggs Suppliment to Review Below - Avoid if you need to boot to Optical

    Pros: Installed in the DVR/Server mentioned below and learned some new info to share. I don't feel guilty about the double review because I am reviewing it in two environments doing two different jobs.

    Compatibility and speed are as stellar as before, but must now be qualified.

    Cons: Booting to an attached DVD-ROM FAILED if the motherboard SATA ports were set to the all-important AHCI mode.

    Booting to an attached DVD worked with the mobo RAID enabled, but the BIOS ROM on this card prevented the motherboard's RAID BIOS from running, essentially making the onboard SATA ports useless. Then again, that is a fault of the motherboard and not this card. If you need multiple boot ROMS to load, get a server motherboard or roll the dice like I did and risk losing one.

    Booting to an attached DVD worked fine if the mobo SATA was set to compatibility/IDE, but that is slower, does not support hot-swapping (vital for a RAID), and is far from optimal all around.

    I have submitted a support ticket to Syba about the boot issue but don't have high hopes.

    -1 egg for forcing me to abandon hardware RAID (fakeRAID actually) for software RAID and take the DVD out of the boot sequence, thus necessitating the use of a USB DVD if I need to boot to an optical disk.

    Bottom Line: Before installing an OS or even creating a partition, I used the live XP on Hiren's 15.1 to test a Corsair Force GT 60GB SSD first on this card, then on a motherboard SATA3 port in AHCI mode using HDD-Tune. On the motherboard port the throughput was consistently 30-35% higher, access time was lower (negligibly, though), and CPU usage was slightly lower. This is clearly a limitation of the PCIe 1x interface. It's way better than SATAII (see my other review), but you get what you pay for.

    Moral of the story: ALWAYS use motherboard SATA3 ports for speed-intensive disks or SSD's. The performance difference is substantial. ONLY use this card or one like it if a motherboard SATA3 port isn't available/doesn't exist and upgrading your motherboard isn't an option.

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    • Jason H.

    5 out of 5 eggs Native Win Support, but USE Syba's driver!

    Pros: Super easy way to add a SATAIII port if your motherboard only has SATAI/II or comes up short of ports.

    I ran benchmarks on my Corsair 128GB Performance Pro on the motherboard's SATAII ports, then installed the card/drivers, moved the drive to the card, and reran benchmarks using the native driver Win7 x64 installed. Performance roughly doubled instantly. I downloaded the drivers from Syba's web site (which turned out to be the same as on the included CD anyway) and couldn't get drivers from Asmedia because you have to have an OEM login to get them there. The driver update bumped performance up by another 10-15%.

    Very nice!

    Note that my dramatic throughput increase was largely buoyed by the extra headroom afforded by my Phenom II 1090T CPU. YMMV!

    Cons: I see what the comments below mean about the bracket not being exactly right. I had to massage it a little to fit it in, but it wasn't far off and required no modifications.

    Bottom Line: I fail to see the booting problems people are complaining about. My boot times are faster now that my awesome SSD is on a SATAIII controller, but POST is (naturally) a little longer due to this card. It's a small and worthwhile tradeoff.

    I bought two of these cards. The other will go into a security DVR/Server for a customer because an SSD and 5-disk RAID are consuming the motherboard's six SATA ports. With this card, the machine will now have a bootable DVD-ROM for them to never use.

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    • Michael S.

    4 out of 5 eggs So far so good

    Pros: Running in VMware ESXi host, using passthrough to allocate the device to a VM guest (running CentOS). All works well

    Cons: None so far

    Bottom Line: Would love to know if this controller supports drives > 2TB. I can't find it in any documentation, and no response on the forums on SYBA web site.

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    • Matt F.
    • Verified Owner

    2 out of 5 eggs SYBA SY-PEX40040 PCI-Express 2.0 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

    Pros: Cheap, port multiplyer support, speeds not less than expected

    Cons: Cannot boot PC IF there is a drive plugged in to this controller, tech support is no help

    Bottom Line: I had no intention of booting FROM this controller but, if there is a drive plugged in to this controller when booting my computer, not even the controller on the motherboard will boot a drive, with boot order properly set. Tech support insisted this is not a bootable controller card after repeated explanations that I am not booting this controller. Windows 7 had no problem recognizing two drives in the TT black duet on this controller but it can only be turned on after the system drive boots. Windows XP recognizes two drives sometimes. Other times the asmedia controller has to be disabled and re-enabled before it sees the two drives.
    Should have gotten the Rosewell...

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    • Aaron W.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs More Blue Screens

    Pros: Showed a significant performance increase over my motherboard SATA-II ports when talking to my Sandisk Ultra120 SSD which is also SATA-II. Gain was about 25% on sequential reads, 10% on sequential writes, and almost 3X on random reads & writes with queuing enabled (qd 32).

    Cons: First problem was during driver install. It went as normal, but when it was just about complete, the system froze. This is with a Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P running XP home.

    On restart however, the system installed the driver without even throwing up the plug and pray wizard, and Device Manager showed all was well.

    I then ran benchmarks and saw the improved performance over my motherboard SATA.

    However, over the next few hours of using the computer, I experienced two random blue screens. I then removed the card and the system is back to being stable, as it was before this fiasco.

    Bottom Line: The reason I purchased this card for this system is that I got a SATA-II SSD for my computer, but the performance using my motherboard SATA ports was well short of what SATA-II is capable of, roughly 170MB/S reads and 70MB/S writes. Curiously, the same drive in another system (Intel chipset) ran 210/150, and likewise, a different SATA-II SSD in my system ran 220/140. So it seemed this particular SSD model was just not a good match for this particular motherboard SATA-II.

    So I got this card to see if I couldn't get more reasonable speeds out of the SSD, knowing full well it would still be limited to SATA-II speeds since that's all the drive can do. Unfortunately, it blue screens on me.

    I purchased two of these cards, one for the above mentioned Gigabyte board and the other for a Dell Dimension 4700. Since I got somewhat different results between the two, I wrote separate reviews. However, the bottom line is the same, both are useless to me, and both are being RMA'ed.

    Manufacturer Responses:

    Dear customer, It is our goal to test our products with as many computer systems as possible and make sure our products work with all major computer equipements. There are times when our products will not work smoothly with some equipment. Our engineering team is working hard with chipset manufacturers for any driver updates. Please visit our website for driver updates. We will update our drivers once they become available. Please contact us. We love to find out more from you, and learn from and figure out a fix to the problem. We are more than willing to provide all of our customers with prompt exchanges whenever a product becomes defective. SYBA offers an on-line 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) Regards, SYBA CST 06202012

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    • Aaron W.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs Blue Screen

    Pros: It didn't catch fire
    As far as I know, I didn't catch any terminal diseases from it

    Cons: Blue screen on every attempt to install the driver, on my Dell Dimension 4700 running XP Pro SP3. I tried everything I could think of to make it work:

    - Installing the driver both from the XP plug-and-pray wizard and from the setup program that comes with the driver
    - Installing the driver from the CD as well as the one downloaded from the Syba web site
    - Installing the driver with and without a drive attached
    - Most all combinations of the above.

    The results were exactly the same in all cases: it looks like a normal driver install, everything is fine, it's just about done installing, and BAM! the blue screen. The message on the screen is the same on Jose reported in review #1:

    *** Hardware Malfunction
    Call your hardware vendor for support
    NMI: Parity Check / Memory Parity Error
    *** The System has Halted ***

    Perhaps not coincidentally, Jose also reports attempting to install on a Dell Dimension, albeit a different model.

    Bottom Line: In all of my attempts to install the driver, I had booted to a drive that was on a motherboard SATA port. I'm well aware that you can't boot Windows through the card until the driver is on your OS drive. My procedure for installing a new drive controller that requires a driver is to boot through the motherboard SATA port, install the driver, and then shut down and move the system drive over to the controller. Normally that's how I do it and it works fine. But of course, I couldn't even get the driver loaded.

    Also, I bought two of these cards for two different systems, the above mentioned Dell and a Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P. I got different results, therefore I'm writing a separate review for each.

    Manufacturer Responses:

    Dear customer, We are more than willing to provide all of our customers with prompt exchanges whenever a product becomes defective. SYBA offers on-line RMA form, user can easily fill out the form and submit for quick RMA return and exchange. It is SYBA's policy to answer all customer inquiries within 24 hours (M-F) Regards, SYBA CST 06202012

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    • Anonymous
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Just works

    Pros: Cheap.
    Fast.
    Works.

    Cons: None.

    Bottom Line: I got this to run a Samsung SSD on my Intel X58 motherboard. It works. Getting over 450MB/s on a Samsung 830 SSD. Completely worth it.

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