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SATA2 Serial ATA II PCI-Express RAID Controller Card (Silicon Image SIL3132)
The SATA2 Serial ATA II PCI-Express RAID Controller Card from Monoprice allows you to add two extra hard drives to your computer through the PCI-Express slot on your motherboard.
The card comes with an optional RAID utility, which lets you configure a RAID 0 or RAID 1 setup on the SATA ports for increases speed or improved reliability. It uses the SIL3132 chipset.
- Support 3.0Gb/s and NCQ
- Support 1-lane (x1) PCI-Express Bus with transfer rate 2.5Gb/s
- Compliant with PCI-Express 1.0a specification
- Support SATA II specification with transfer rate 3.0Gb/s
- Backward compatible to SATA 1.0a specification
- Support hard disks with Native Command Queue(NCQ) feature
- Capability to connect to a port multiplier with FIS based switching
- Hot plugging supported
- Support Raid 0,1
- Radi 10, 5 are supported, if drives are connected to a port multiplier
- Optional external SATA (eSATA) interfacing
System Requirements and Driver supported -
Windows 7, 2000, Server 2003 32/64-bit, XP 32/64-bit, Vista 32/64-bit
PCI Express-enabled system with an available PCI Express slot
- User's Manual (Mar 14, 2012)
1 X PCI-Express SATA II two ports host controller card
1 X CD Driver
1 X User Manual
Win 7 Ultimate
Dealing with MonoPrice is as awesome as ever!!
PROS: Small footprint card. Works as advertised. Bios flash utility in Device Manager "Properties" in Windows.
CONS: None so far.
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!
DrBoB - retired PhD computer Puke
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.
CONS: None at this time.
I don't have any recommendations on using this card's internal raid support. UnRaid simply uses this as generic high-speed SATA ports.
PROS: Inexpensive, simple, fast and supported
CONS: I have not used the on-board RAID
PROS: Cheap. Fast (enough). Works, no configuration needed. Physically small.