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4 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD Tiering

Add 4 Internal SATA III (6Gbps) ports to a computer through a PCI Express x2 slot

Product ID: PEXSAT34RH

  • Supports HyperDuo SSD auto-tiering
  • 4 AHCI SATA III (6Gbps) ports through PCI Express x2
  • Fully compliant with SATA 3.0 specifications and backward compatible with SATA I/II (1.5/3.0Gbps) drives
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  • Supports hardware RAID 0, 1, and 1+0 modes configured through BIOS
  • Compliant with PCI Express 2.0 standards
  • Port Multiplier FIS-based and Command-based switching supported
  • Natively supported single chipset design
  • Simple HyperDuo configuration via card-BIOS level or intuitive GUI console (Windows® only)
  • Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and ATA/ATAPI commands
  • Includes Low Profile/Half-Height installation bracket
  • Supports HDDs/SSDs/Optical/Blu-Ray drives
  • LED headers for HDD activity LED indicators
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Overview

The PEXSAT34RH 4-Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA Controller Card with HyperDuo adds 4 AHCI SATA III ports to a computer through a PCIe slot (x2), delivering multiple internal 6Gbps connections for high-performance hard drives and Solid State Drives (SSDs).

Featuring HyperDuo technology, the SATA card offers SSD auto-tiering which lets you balance the performance advantages of SSD storage with the cost-effectiveness and large capacity of standard hard drives. By combining SSD and HDD drives into a single volume (up to 3 SSD + 1 HDD), HyperDuo discreetly works in the background to identify and move frequently accessed files to the faster SSD drive(s) for improved data throughput - up to 80% of SSD performance! (Note: The HyperDuo automatic storage tiering feature is compatible with computers that use a BIOS.)

The PCIe SATA controller card supports Port Multiplier (PM), enabling multiple SATA drives to be connected to one port over a single cable, for a total of 7 drives (Up to 4 drives through PM on one port, and a single drive to the remaining 3 ports). Plus, the SATA controller card offers an effective hardware RAID solution, with native RAID (0, 1, 1+0) support.


Throughput Benchmark

Drive configuration Throughput Drive size
1 x HDD 112.81 MB/s 2 TB
1 x SSD 490.28 MB/S 120 GB
1 x HDD + 1 x SSD HyperDuo (Safe Mode) 489.28 MB/s 2 TB
1 x HDD + 2 x SSD HyperDuo (Safe Mode) 715.13 MB/s 2 TB
Drives Used:
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 Series 2.5” 120 GB (VTX3-25SAT3-120G)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 3.5” 2 TB (WD20EARS)

Software Used:
IO Meter, 256KB Sequential Read, queue depth = 10

This PCIe SATA 6gbps card is backed by a 2-year StarTech.com warranty and free lifetime technical support.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Leverage SSD performance and standard HDD capacity with HyperDuo technology
  • Maximize system capability with SATA III connection speeds
  • Fit any standard or low profile chassis with included brackets

Applications

Use SSD tiering to optimize your system for I/O intensive applications such as Office Suites, Photo/Video Editing and Media Players

Upgrade an older PCIe-based system to SATA 6Gbps capability, to better utilize faster SATA drives

Add more internal SATA ports to a computer system, to connect additional storage drives and/or optical drives

Provide optimized off-site back-ups/vaulting, through built-in RAID 1 capability

Perfect for multi-drive internal RAID storage solutions

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type PCI Express
Card Type Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Chipset ID Marvell - 88SE9230
Industry Standards PCI Express 2.0
Serial ATA 3.0 specification
Interface SATA
Port Style Integrated on Card
Ports 4
Performance
ATAPI Support Yes
Bootable Yes
Hot Swap Capability Yes
LBA support 48-bit
Max Drive Capacity Currently tested up to 4TB per drive
Number of Drives Supported Through Port Multiplier 1 to 4
Number of Ports That Support Port Multiplier 4 (can only use 1 PM at a time)
Port Multiplier Yes
RAID Yes
Supported RAID Modes JBOD - (Just a Bunch of Disks)
RAID 1 (Mirrored Disks)
RAID 0 (Striped Disks)
RAID 10 (1+0, Striped set of Mirrored Subset)
Type and Rate SATA III (6 Gbps)
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - PCI Express x2 Male
Internal Ports 4 - SATA (7 pin, Data) Plug
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.14
Linux 3.5.x to 4.11.x LTS versions only
Special Notes / Requirements
Note

The maximum throughput of this card is limited by the bus interface. If used with PCI Express Gen 1.0 enabled computers, the max throughput is 2.5 Gbps per lane. If used with PCI Express Gen 2.0 enabled computers, the max throughput is 5 Gbps per lane.

Only one port can use the Port Multiplier feature at a time. Supports up to 4 drives connected via Port Multiplier, 7 drives total.

Port Multiplier not supported in Mac OS.

Note: Connected drives cannot be used as System / Primary drive in Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016

System and Cable Requirements Available PCI Express x2 slot (backward compatible with x4, x8, and x16 slots)
Environmental
Humidity 20% ~ 80% RH
Operating Temperature 5°C ~ 50°C (41°F ~ 122°F)
Storage Temperature -25°C ~ 70°C (-13°F ~ 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Product Height 0.8 in [20 mm]
Product Length 2.8 in [70 mm]
Product Weight 1.7 oz [49 g]
Product Width 4.7 in [120 mm]
Packaging Information
Package Quantity 1
Shipping (Package) Weight 5 oz [141 g]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - PCIe SATA Controller Card
1 - Low Profile Bracket
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.14
Linux 3.5.x to 4.11.x LTS versions only

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(5 stars) Effective! Fast as! wonderful. Amazing for Gamers.

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Hello, recently purchased. Spiceworks poster. Used this recently in a Gaming PC build, 2x 970 evo 512GB with 1x 6TB WD Blue = up to 800mbps throughput from or to NVME System drive. I had initial issues with conflicts but I eventually got the card and my system working. copied my existing HDD to it, launched some games. Games like total War: Warhammer have gone down as much as less then a minute from a fresh boot not to mention No man's Sky which will load in about a minute. HyperDuo is simply, incredible. Needed this card as I had a small case and I really needed more space for games, two of my four sata MB headers were blocked by fans so I saw this card and was keen to try the HyperDuo feature.
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(1 star) Missing JBOD

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As with a keke27, I too am unable to find a JBOD option using the "card bios" method for installation in a linux rig. Two disks are plugged in, and the only options are Raid1 and Raid0.
Comment Helpful? Yes - 4 No - 1 Report
Response from StarTech.com:
Brian, Customer Support
Thanks for sharing your feedback with us. There's actually no need to enter the card's BIOS to configure the drives for JBOD use. By default, they will function as independent drives. The BIOS only needs to be used if you wish to configure a HyperDuo or RAID.

(5 stars) Simple, functional, and fast.

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I had to do very little to get this working. Installed in a Linux server, booted into the card BIOS, configured the RAID and done. It presented the drive to the OS as configured, and throughput was better than I expected (first time using a StarTech controller, so I WAS apprehensive) given the list price. The small size makes for it not getting in the way inside the case or obstructing airflow. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(3 stars) Unstable work

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Disks connected to the card are unstable. Speed first 450 MB / s Then drops to 100 MB / s. Mac OS 10.12.3
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Response from StarTech.com:
Brian, Customer Support
Hi Andrey, Drive performance can really vary at times - especially if writing lots of small files to your drive. Please try copying a single large file (ex 10 GB), if you're using a solid state drive connected to our card, it should perform much closer to 450 MB/s. Please contact our Support team if you'd like to take a closer look at the situation with us.

(5 stars) Great value

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Been using it for almost two years now and it's worked consistently good. Used it to connect an internal 4TB drive and my comp case's top HDD docking station, and it does better than expected at both (allows drive hot swapping without issues). Data transfer speeds are just as expected. Totally recommended.
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(1 star) Missing JBOD

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On the Tech Specs tab it states that JBOD is supported. I bought this card solely for this purpose. It took me hours to figure out that JBOD is NOT supported. It seems to be an adequate card in general, but, for me, it was a waste of money and time.
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Response from StarTech.com:
Barry, Customer Support
Hello, Thanks for sharing this feedback with us. We wanted to ensure you that JBOD is indeed supported with this card. However, we are aware that JBOD is defined differently depending on where you look. We define JBOB as a set of disks that operate individually from each other. Whereas other sources cite JBOD as a set of disks that are spanned or concatenated together to function as one disk. We refer to the second as BIG, something this card cannot do. We would suggest speaking with our technical advisors if you would to discuss this further. Thank you.