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2-Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with 2 mSATA Slots and HyperDuo SSD Tiering

Combine SSD performance with HDD capacity to create a HyperDuo array with 2 x mSATA and 2 x SATA drives through a single PCI Express slot

Product ID: PEXMSATA3422

  • Supports HyperDuo SSD auto-tiering, merging SSD performance with HDD capacity
  • 2 mSATA SSD slots and 2 AHCI SATA III (6 Gbps) ports through PCI Express
  • Supports hardware RAID 0 and 1 modes
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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 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 latching mSATA slots - SSD installation with no screws required
  • Configured with standard profile bracket, low-profile/half-height bracket included
  • Supports HDDs/SSDs/Optical/Blu-Ray drives
115,99 € EUR exc VAT
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Overview

The PEXMSATA3422 PCI Express SATA Card helps you improve the overall speed and storage capacity of your computer by giving you multiple 6 Gbps SATA connections for connecting high-performance SSDs (Solid State Drives) and hard drives in a HyperDuo array. Now, you can easily add two mSATA slots and two SATA III ports to your computer through a single PCIe x4 slot.

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.)

This versatile RAID controller card helps to relieve the internal space constraints often associated with multi-drive configurations by letting you install two mSATA SSDs directly to the card via convenient, latching slots. With dual mSATA slots, as well as two internal SATA ports, the card offers an effective hardware RAID solution, with native RAID (0, 1) support.

The PCIe SATA controller also offers Port Multiplier (PM) support, so you can connect multiple SATA drives to just one port, for a total of 7 drives (up to 4 drives through PM on one port, plus a single drive to the other SATA port and two mSATA slots).

For added versatility, the controller card is equipped with a standard profile bracket and includes a low-profile/half-height bracket for installation in small form-factor computers.


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

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

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Get the best of both worlds by combining SSD performance with standard HDD capacity, through HyperDuo technology
  • Maximize your system capabilities with 2 internal mSATA SSD slots and SATA III connection speeds
  • Increase your storage capacity and connect up to 7 hard drives through Port Multiplier

Applications

Use SSD tiering to optimize your system for I/O intensive applications such as office suites, photo/video editing and media players

Install 2 internal SSDs directly to the card, for a simple and discreet solution that improves overall system performance

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

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 Mini SATA
SATA
Port Style Integrated on Card
Ports 2
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 2 (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 x4 Male
Internal Ports 2 - mSATA (52 pin, Mini SATA) Slot Receptacle
2 - 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 10.13
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 x4 slot (backward compatible with 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 125 mm [4.9 in]
Product Weight 60 g [2.1 oz]
Product Width 20 mm [0.8 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 160 g [5.6 oz]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - PCIe mSATA/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 10.13
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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Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

Although you can adapt a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drive to connect to a standard SATA controller card, the card must support SAS commands in order to communicate with SAS drives. SAS drives have a different command set that is not present on SATA controllers.

This SATA controller card only supports standard SATA drives.

This device supports the ATA Packet Interface (ATAPI) protocol. ATAPI is required for optical drives, including CD-ROM drives, DVD-ROM drives, and Blu-ray players. Because this device supports ATAPI, optical drives are also supported.

 

Note: Not all StarTech.com devices support each of the RAID modes described below. For more information on the RAID modes that your device supports, refer to the manual or the StarTech.com product page.

Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) is a virtual disk technology that combines multiple physical drives into one unit. RAID can create redundancy, improve performance, or do both.

RAID should not be considered a replacement for backing up your data. If critical data is going onto a RAID array, it should be backed up to another physical drive or logical set of drives.

The following are terms that are normally used in connection with RAID:

  • Striping: data is split between multiple disks.
  • Mirroring: data is mirrored between multiple disks.
  • Parity: also referred to as a checksum. Parity is a calculated value used to mathematically rebuild data.

Different RAID levels exist for different application requirements.

Refer to the following table for the list of RAID modes offered by some StarTech.com products:

RAID mode Description Operation Advantages Disadvantages Recovery
RAID 0 Striped disks Data is split evenly between two or more disks. Large size and the fastest speed. No redundancy. If one or more drives fails, this results in array failure.
RAID 1 Mirrored disks Two or more drives have identical data on them. A single drive failure will not result in data loss. Speed and size is limited by the slowest and smallest disk. Only one drive is needed for recovery.
RAID 3 Striped set with dedicated parity Data is split evenly between two or more disks, plus a dedicated drive for parity storage. High speeds for sequential read/write operations. Poor performance for multiple simultaneous instructions. A single drive failure will rebuild.
RAID 5 Striped disks with distributed parity Data is split evenly between three or more disks. Parity is split between disks. Large size, fast speed, and redundancy. The total array size is reduced by parity. A single drive failure will rebuild.
RAID 10 1+0; Striped set of Mirrored Subset Four or more drives are made into two mirrors that are striped. Larger size and higher speed than RAID-1, and more redundancy than RAID-0. No parity. Only one drive in a mirrored set can fail.
JBOD Just a Bunch Of Disks Any number of drives are accessed independently by the operating system. Software RAID modes can be used. Hardware RAID may have better performance. N/A
Big Spanning or Concatenation Data is written on one drive until it is full, and then the next drive(s) until it or they are full. Creates a very large and simple array.

No redundancy.

N/A
Clone RAID 1 + Spare

Two drives have identical data, plus one drive is used for rebuilding in case of a primary array failure.

Seamless operation when one drive fails in a RAID-1 array. Spare drive is not accessible to the user. Only one drive is needed for recovery.