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Windows 7: External 2 Port SATA III Controller


31 Jul 2011   #1
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
External 2 Port SATA III Controller

I've come to the conclusion that my current controller card has gone south, thus I'm looking for a replacement. It is simple to compare cards in terms of their basic specs, but even with cards of the same specs, the prices vary widely.

Often, the higher priced cards seem to emphasize their performance, but this is something that I don't know how to evaluate. How does one choose a card for the best combination of quality and performance, without wasting money on a brand name?


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31 Jul 2011   #2
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Seekermeister, i have been considering one too. What I do is go to a place like Newegg and read all the reviews. It depends on what you want to do with it. I just need 2 or 3 extra ports. I don't care about raid. I've seen some that have low reviews, because they can't get top performance from raid, but if used as a single drives they work well. For me, that's all I care about. It seems if you want to run raid, a good card will cost some extra money.
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31 Jul 2011   #3
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

have you considered getting a new motherboard instead of a card?

About the cards, I used to use Promise cards in the past and they have been very reliable and fast.
Had a couple of Promise 2x IDE cards and a 2x SATA & 1x IDE card.
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31 Jul 2011   #4
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Seekermeister, i have been considering one too. What I do is go to a place like Newegg and read all the reviews. It depends on what you want to do with it. I just need 2 or 3 extra ports. I don't care about raid. I've seen some that have low reviews, because they can't get top performance from raid, but if used as a single drives they work well. For me, that's all I care about. It seems if you want to run raid, a good card will cost some extra money.
That is the kind of card that I want also...no need for raid. However, even with that in mind, the prices still vary quite a bit. I'm just looking for something tangible to make a decision by, because opinions just don't quite cut it.
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31 Jul 2011   #5
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Zepher,

Quote:
have you considered getting a new motherboard instead of a card?
Actually, I have. But not because of the controller issue. I suppose that the motherboard could be the cause of the problems, but I somehow don't feel so. I did move the controller to a different PCIe slot, which made no difference, but I find it difficult to believe that the motherboard is simply incompatible with a controller card. The controller's BIOS page does appear as it should, it simply won't boot with a drive powered on.

However, the reasons for my decision go beyond the boot issues, because I have been having other problems, like VLC crashing when I try to play a video on the external drive. I have to admit that much of what I'm going on is just intuition, but sometimes that serves the purpose.
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31 Jul 2011   #6
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

essenbe,

If I decide to go the cheap route, here is one that interests me some:

Syba SY-PEX40038 PCIe 2-Port External SATA3 Controller | eBay

I'm not particularly impressed with Syba, because if this one is like one that I already have, it has a VIA chipset, which I don't really care for, but the specs are good, and from the picture, it looks short enough to fit into my first PCIe slot, without having to pass through the slot in the mosfet HS/fan. However, that is not my first consideration, I just want the best card that I can afford, but best needs to be defined in some fashion.
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31 Jul 2011   #7
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

seekermeister, I'm not sure that is what you are looking for. It says nothing about internal ports just external esata ports. See if this is what you are looking at. Syba SY-PEX40038.
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31 Jul 2011   #8
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I don't understand, both cards only have external ports.
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31 Jul 2011   #9
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I don't understand, both cards only have external ports.
The one you linked to and the one I linked to are the same card, I think. I know you don't like Newegg, but you can get some good info there. There is no mention of internal ports. It says 2 external esata ports.
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31 Jul 2011   #10
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Here is the info. Look at the model #
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EDIT: Read the name of the card you linked to on Ebay, it says external sata controller.


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