Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald
Either one should work. Keep in mind that the card has received somewhat less than stellar reviews, along with Syba's support. The fastest one port on that card will be able to run is 5Gb/s (the limitation being due to the Marvel chip). PCI-e x1 supports only 6 Gb/s total bandwidth so, because of that limitation, the four ports share that same 6 Gb/s. If you have all ports running at the same time, each port will run at only 1/4 of the 5.0Gb/s that the Marvel chip can supply.
The card description, both on NewEgg and on Syba's site, say nothing about RAID support so, if you were expecting to run Raid 0 or 1 off this card, you may be disappointed. Also, keep in mind that your boot time will be increased because the card will need to load its own BIOS.
Can you recommend a better card for the money? I'm not looking to spend a LOT on this. Its not for server use or anything important like a business, but I do
want it to work right. I see they range from around under $30 to over $100. I'd like to keep it under $50... if I can. Any suggestions?
I'm only using the top PCI x16 slot, so no worries. Does that mean I should use the second from the bottom?
This is for a new external back up drive I'm going to TRY to put together, if I can find an enclosure offering 6.0Gbps eSATA III and SATA III, that will actually keep my WD 1TB 7200 Black cool enough for hours of use. I plan to assemble two separate ones. I just spent several days researching and cramming, learning about USB 3.0 and SATA I, II, III, compatibility, etc, and my brain feels like jello. I had a thread about it but I had it locked cause it went to shambles and no longer reflected the title. If anyone can help me with this, please PM me. I'd appreciate any help. But please don't respond in here
. (Sorry, but I want to keep this thread on topic) I plan to create another thread on this topic but I'm not even sure I understand if what I'm looking for even exists... or what my options are. I don't even know if its possible to find an enclosure like this. Edited by Drahadis - 3/26/14 at 1:39pm