Nice card, updated to the non-RAID bios and am using it for my DVD drives. I can now use the 6GB mobo ports for my 6GB drives and this for the slower optical drives. Still, I get great speed from them, rip an average DVD in 5-8 minutes and burns disks nicely too.
Win 7 Ultimate GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3
Dealing with MonoPrice is as awesome as ever!!
PROS: Small footprint card. Works as advertised. Bios flash utility in Device Manager "Properties" in Windows.
Just to add to the previous reviews, if you want to use the card without raid, let it install automatically. Then go into the properties under device manager and there you will see the tab to allow you to flash the bios to the non raid version. Restart and install drives for non-raid. You don't need a drive attached to the card to do this, at least I didn't. I was looking at the dos programs for flashing and then found the tab under the device properties. Works fine with Windows Home Server and an older Biostar TForce 6100AM2 motherboard. Would like to test to see if it works on the (x16) PCI-Express Bus since I am limited on slots. Haven't tried this setup yet. Many x1 cards only work in the x1 slot. Good buy for the price and fast shipping with the USPS option.
Card is great... instructions not so. (which is why I give it only an 8).
Fast card, a ton of features, well-supported Sil3132 chipset (Even 64 bit Vista!) Latest Drivers are best to grab from www.siliconimage.com/support. If you want to use this card in a NON-RAID configuration, you need to install it as a RAID card (which it will most likely automatically do out of the box), then download the latest bios from silicon images site, you then flash it with the base bios image (there will be three bios files int he ZIP, one for system, one base, and one raid). After flashing, reboot, and install the base driver. Once you do that the card will install as a SCSI type controller and you can use single drive/devices on this controller.
This is a VERY fast controller, and fixed issues I had with my MBs built in NVidia NForce, which is known to have issues with Vista... great fix, and a lot cheap than a new motherboard.
Great card! Simular cards sell for $50 at my local store... another Monoprice HIT!
Excellent performance-go to Silicon Image for latest flash bios-using with Intel D975XBXLKR Mobo-co-exists peacefully with INTEL sataII controller and SIL 3114 sata I controller on board Mobo Monoprice price & service good DrBoB - retired PhD computer Puke
I needed 6 SATA ports, and I had three PCIe slots, so three of these fit the bill nicely. The BIOS was an older version, and I changed it to the non-RAID BIOS without a hitch. I'm using it with the original Windows Home Server based on Server 2003 and I haven't seen any issues at all. You will want to visit the support page at www_siliconimage_com to get the other BIOS. Just load the drivers, and one of the tabs in the drivers property window has the flash utility.
PROS: Cheapest way to add SATA ports to your system. They didn't seem to add a measurable amount of power consumption to the system. Very small cards.
CONS: The ports on the card don't support locking SATA cables.
I've used this card in several unRAID servers. It is perfect for squeezing in an extra 1 or 2 SATA drives at full speed, no PCI bus bottlenecks. I don't use the onboard RAID functions, so I can't comment there. However, if you just need a simple PCIe x1 SATA expansion card, you can't go wrong with this SIL3132 card.
PROS: Cheap. Fast (enough). Works, no configuration needed. Physically small.