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This question has been asked and answered in prior posts so please forgive me. Problem with that info is that it is dated and very limited.

My mobo is ASUS Crosshair IV Formula with 1090T 6-core AMD and 16 GB of Corsair RAM. OS is Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit.

I ask this question on OCN and only on OCN because from my experience this is the only place where sound info can be found and no one blows smoke. smile.gif
Edited by incurablegeek - 5/21/11 at 2:42pm
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What's it for, and how many ports?

Do you really need PCI?

TBH the only really good PCI cards for HDDs are some of the LSI PCI-X cards or the PCI-X Supermicro AOC-SAT2-MV8. Most of the others are pretty crappy, although you'll need to look elsewhere if you need to use optical drives.

If you can go PCIe then you have many more options, and will get much better performance. $50 is still tight though...
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Yes sir, my typo. PCIe it is. Any recommendation that does not cost more than my motherboard. rolleyes.gif

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What's it for, and how many ports?

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post #5 of 12
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Sorry for my dropped on my head imprecise explanation.

2 ports would be nice but 4 (internal) ports better
Why I need it? I have too many internal TB HD's and not enough SATA ports on my mobo.
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I can't blame you guys if you have lost interest or don't wish to help. I have been all over the net and read many reviews. What I have learned is whether or not you spend $15.00 or $1,200.00, reviewers just crap all over every SATA expansion card. (maybe not tech-savvy confused.gif

I am looking at the following 2 cards:

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-Port-Controller-Adapter-PCISATA4R1/dp/B0001Y7PU8/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1306030633&sr=8-10"]http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-Port-Controller-Adapter-PCISATA4R1/dp/B0001Y7PU8/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1306030633&sr=8-10[/ame]

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Unlimited-Ports-Express-IOC7700/dp/tech-data/B000V6Y4HS/ref=de_a_smtd"]http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Unlimited-Ports-Express-IOC7700/dp/tech-data/B000V6Y4HS/ref=de_a_smtd[/ame]


Don't know anything about Buffalo. Any good?

All these negative reviews are overriding my antidepressants.sadsmiley.gif
It's really too bad I don't drink!
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Buffalo makes good stuff.
 
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Buffalo makes good stuff.

You have a lot stature on OCN and I gotta respect that! Thank you for a sage opinion.

I'll look into their products.

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Struck out Big Time with BuffaloTechnology.

They don't make Internal PCI-e SATA Expansion Cards. Ugh!

Any other mfrs. good?
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There's no point to combing the ocean for a decent a SATA card...just grab a SAS card and use a SAS->SATA forward breakout cable. You bought a motherboard that is known to work well with server hardware, so you have a lot of options...IBM BRi10 and M1015 are both cheap and can function without any controller lock-in/RAID features. The Dell PERC H200 and ATTO H380 are a little harder to find but should also be cheap and OK.

Those cards have 2 mini-SAS ports, with each port connecting to 4 drives. You can get the 1-port or 4-port versions of the same cards; sometimes they're a little cheaper because fewer people search for the odd variants.

Pretty much any card that can function either as an HBA or provides "true JBOD" mode (ie, no card-specific/proprietary metadata stored on the drive) will be ok for your needs. The reason you see so many negative reviews is that hard drives and controllers are pretty dumb, so there are bound to be odd compatibility issues with every controller. Even Intel ICH has its problems.
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