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So I just picked up an F3 1TB, but when I went to install it I remembered that I've already filled up all 5 of my motherboard's sata ports.


I'm trying to find a decent sata controller card with at least two sata ports. And as cheap as possible please. I'm looking on Amazon and Newegg, but nothing seems to have great reviews.
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You should go for a card based on one of these controllers: VIA VT6421/6421A or Sil 3114. They are cheap and work fine, although probably aren't performance kings. I have a Sil-based 10$ 3xSATAI PCI card and does its job.

For example:

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Sil over Via in my book, unless you want to flash an XBox with it...
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What is the performance difference between PCE and PCIe versions?

If I plug my DVD drive into it, will it be able to boot from it?
post #5 of 6
There's no performance difference, a HDD/DVD is slow enough you'll never push these cards to the limit. However, an SSD would be bottlenecked.

If you can or can't boot from them it depends on your motherboard's BIOS. If it's a recent motherboard it's a very good chance you'll be able to boot from PCI/PCIe cards, the safe route would be to check the manual.
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Any mobo can boot from a sata PCI/PCI-E card, so just get a cheaper one, you wont be bottlenecked. I used my Promise Ultra133 TX2 (albeit IDE) with over 6 systems, before finally retiring it.
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