The Mac Pro Quad-Core Intel Xeon 2.8 GHz (early 2008) has 4 PCI slots (two 16x and two 4x). This eSATA card must be installed in one of the 4x slots. The card I received was manufactured by Best Connectivity and uses a Silicon Image SiI3132 controller chip. A driver CD is included, and contained the same version of the Mac OS X driver as posted on the Silicon Image support page.
I've been using it for several days, and haven't had any issues.
Purchased this card from Monoprice after reading a number of reviews. It seems that this type of card sell for 10x more on other e-merchants. Shipping was no issue either as it took roughly 14 days to be delivered - I live in Canada, north of Toronto. Once recieved, installed into the computer tower and restarted. Windows 7 installed the necessary native drivers and we were off to the races. The external docking station houses to drives via the esata connection and both drives run at the same time NOT one or the other. Thank you Monoprice for making a purchase like this so simple. And let's not forget the great service.
So, i tried it first in PCIe slot 2, because I hadn't read the reviews. It did not work. I tossed it into the "donate" pile. Today, I decided to give it a second chance as I really want eSATA functionality. So, I checked out the reviews and what do you know? The very first one mentions the 4xPCIe requirement!!! So, I reinstalled it into PCIe slot 4, reinstalled the driver from the CD, and it still didn't work!!!! So, I restarted the Mac Pro and it worked. I'm now erasing four 500GB/7200RPM Hitachi drives writing ZEROs and it takes about 1.5-hours each. Not bad.
Thanks to Joseph Lamoree from Newbury Park, CA for the 4x tip!!!
Bought this eSATA card because I have used all 6 SATA port on my motherboard and wanted eSATA for my external hard drive enclosure. Installed fine in my computer. I was surprised Windows 7 didn't have built-in drivers for the card, but I just visited Silicon Image's website and got Windows 7 drivers easily.
This card support hotplug and port multiplier. Hotplug mean you can turn off any external harddrive quickly. For those who own external hdd with 2-5 hdd with one esata, this card is for your port multiplier. This card will not go to sleep when you load stuff from net. Some card do sleep when your os is on standby mean your download completely standstill. All Syba siliconimage support flash bios within windows, some very cheap cards can not be flashed bios. Some linux especially linux mint and ubuntu 10.4 need to update to current bios so it can boot up.
I was impressed when I purchased the adapters to upgrade my dell inspiron 530. I had only 4 sata ports and needed more. Yesterday (04 Sept 2011), my system locked and for the next 15 hours I removed everything and slowly reassembled my system. The culprit was my sata card. Now I'm back to only three drives and a cdrom. Not sure what I'll do.
PROS: Great price and performance
CONS: One of two failed after just fourteen months
I understand. It was just an observation. It was good while it lasted. My solution is to retire the other card because I try to keep matched systems..
Anyway, you guys totally rock!
November 18, 2016
Works with OpenSuse Linux 11.1 right out of the box
As the title says, it works great with OpenSuse linux 11.1.. Didn't have to do any type of extra configuration or download any new drivers, it just works! I use this card along with, "E-SATA HDD Docking Station (USB+E-SATA)" (PID 5330) and it works great!