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PCI Express Serial ATA II (SATA II) Card, 2x External Port (e-SATA), SiI3132 Chipset
Add two eSATA II ports to your desktop PC using this PCI-Express Serial ATA II Card from Monoprice!
This card uses the SiI3132 chipset and features two external eSATA II ports. It includes drivers for Microsoft Windows® 2000, XP (32- and 64-bit), Server 2003, and Vista®, as well as Linux.
- SiI3132 Chipset
- Two external eSATA II ports
- 1-lane (x1) PCI-Express card with 2.5Gbps full duplex transfer rate
- Support 3.0Gbps data throughput
- Fully compliant with the PCI-Express Revision 1.0a specification
- Compliant with the Gen2i and Gen2m SATA II Electrical Specification Revision 1.0
- Supports Native Command Queue (NCQ) and FIS-based switching with port multiplier
- Supports Microsoft Windows 2000, XP (32- and 64-bit), Server 2003, and Vista
- Supports Linux
PROS: Ordered this card based on the reviews here and they were right the card works just fine in my recently purchased early 2009 Mac Pro (8-core). No driver install, just plug in and fire up!
I've been using it for several days, and haven't had any issues.
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.
Thanks to Joseph Lamoree from Newbury Park, CA for the 4x tip!!!
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.
PROS: Cheap, fast, no driver needed
CONS: Does not work with OSX 10.9
PROS: Great price and performance
CONS: One of two failed after just fourteen months
Anyway, you guys totally rock!