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3 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6 Gbps RAID Controller Card w/ mSATA Slot and HyperDuo SSD Tiering

Add 1 internal mSATA slot and 3 internal SATA III (6Gbps) ports to a computer through a PCI Express x2 slot

Product ID: PEXMSATA343

  • Supports HyperDuo SSD auto-tiering
  • 1 mSATA SSD slot and 3 AHCI SATA III (6Gbps) ports through PCI Express x2
  • Supports hardware RAID 0 and 1 modes configured through BIOS
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  • Fully compliant with SATA 3.0 specifications and backward compatible with SATA I/II (1.5/3.0Gbps) drives
  • Port Multiplier FIS-based and Command-based switching supported
  • Compliant with PCI Express 2.0 standards
  • Simple HyperDuo configuration via card-BIOS level or intuitive GUI console (Windows® only)
  • Supports TRIM command with compatible SSD and Operating System
  • Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and ATA/ATAPI commands
  • On-board durable, metal latching mSATA clip for SSDs - no screws required
  • Includes Low Profile/Half-Height installation bracket
  • Supports HDDs/SSDs/Optical/Blu-Ray drives
52,99 € EUR exc VAT
64,12 € EUR inc VAT

Overview

The PEXMSATA343 3-Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA Card with HyperDuo adds an internal mSATA SSD (Solid State Drive) slot plus three internal SATA III ports to your computer through a PCIe x2 slot, adding multiple 6 Gbps internal connections that enable you to improve the overall speed and storage capacity of your computer by connecting high-performance SSDs and hard drives.

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 offers Port Multiplier (PM) support, so multiple SATA drives can be connected 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 2 ports and mSATA slot). Plus, the SATA controller card offers an effective hardware RAID solution, with native RAID (0, 1) 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

You can install a SSD directly to the card via a convenient metal latching clip to help relieve the internal space constraints often associated with multiple hard drive configurations. Plus the controller card also includes a low profile/half-height installation bracket for small form factor (SFF) systems. 

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Get the best of both worlds - combine SSD performance with standard HDD capacity through HyperDuo technology
  • Maximize system capabilities with an internal mSATA SSD slot and SATA III connection speeds
  • Increase the total number of connected hard drives to 7 with Port Multiplier technology

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 your computer, for connecting 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

Install an internal SSD directly to the card for a simple and discreet solution for improving overall computer system performance

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 Serial ATA 3.0 specification
PCI Express 2.0
Interface SATA
Mini SATA
Port Style Integrated on Card
Ports 3
Performance
ATAPI Support Yes
Bootable 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 3 (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)
Type and Rate SATA III (6 Gbps)
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - PCI Express x2 Male
Internal Ports 3 - SATA (7 pin, Data) Plug
1 - mSATA (52 pin, Mini SATA) Slot Receptacle
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
Note: Connected drives cannot be used as System / Primary drive in Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
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.
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 to 50°C (41°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Product Height 120 mm [4.7 in]
Product Length 115 mm [4.5 in]
Product Weight 57 g [2 oz]
Product Width 18 mm [0.7 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 151 g [5.3 oz]
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
Note: Connected drives cannot be used as System / Primary drive in Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016

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