PCI Express SATA III RAID Controller Card with Mini-SAS Connector (SFF-8087) - HyperDuo SSD Tiering

Add Internal SATA III (6Gbps) support to a computer through a single Mini SAS (SFF-8087) port

Product ID: PEXSAT34SFF

  • Supports HyperDuo SSD auto-tiering
  • 1x Mini-SAS (SFF-8087) port, expandable to 4 SATA III (6Gbps) ports through a breakout cable (purchased separately)
  • 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

Overview

The PEXSAT34SFF PCI Express 2.0 SATA Controller Card enables 4 AHCI SATA III connections to be added to a computer through a single internal Mini-SAS (SFF-8087) connector.

The Mini-SAS connector with Port Multiplier support allows for multiple SATA drives (up to 7) to be connected using a single cable. When used with our Mini-SAS to 4x SATA breakout cable or Mini-SAS SFF-8087 backplane (accessories not included, SAS drives not supported), you have a complete internal 6Gbps connectivity solution, all from a single card.

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.)

Compliant with SATA revision 3.0, this PCI Express SATA RAID card delivers up to 6Gbps of data bandwidth; ideal for high performance hard drives and solid state drives (SSD). Plus, the 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

The PEXSAT34SFF PCIe SATA 6G card is backed by a 2-year StarTech.com warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Note: The PEXSAT34SFF does not support SAS hard drives. You can connect multiple SATA hard drives to the card's SAS connector using a breakout cable such as the Mini-SAS to 4x SATA breakout cable.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Leverage SSD performance and standard HDD capacity with HyperDuo technology
  • Maximize system capability with SATA III connection speeds
  • Eliminate cabling hassles by connecting a single SATA supported Mini-SAS backplane cable

Applications

  • Use SSD tiering to optimize your system for I/O intensive applications such as Office Suites, Photo/Video Editing and Media Players
  • Upgrade a PCIe-based system with SATA 6Gbps connectivity (through a Mini SAS connector), to better utilize faster SATA drives
  • Add more internal SATA ports to a computer system to connect additional storage drives and/or optical drives through an appropriate Mini-SAS adapter (listed under Accessories)
  • Optimized for off-site backups, this RAID controller can be configured in RAID 1 (Mirrored) so that all information on the primary drive is copied to the secondary drive
  • 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 Mini-SAS
Port Style Integrated on Card
Ports 1
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 1
Port Multiplier Yes
RAID Yes
Supported RAID Modes JBOD - (Just a Bunch of Disks)
RAID 0 (Striped Disks)
RAID 1 (Mirrored 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 1 - SFF-8087 (36 Pin, Internal Mini-SAS) 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 10.12
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.

Port Multiplier not supported in Mac OS.

Not compatible with SAS drives, only SATA drives are supported.

System and Cable Requirements Available PCI Express x2 slot (backward compatible with x4, x8, and x16 slots)
Mini-SAS SFF-8087 to SATA cable (not included)
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 [2 cm]
Product Length 2.8 in [70 mm]
Product Width 4.7 in [12 cm]
Weight of Product 1.4 oz [40 g]
Packaging Information
Package Height 1.2 in [30 mm]
Package Length 6.9 in [17.5 cm]
Package Quantity 1
Package Width 5.7 in [14.5 cm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 4.6 oz [131 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 10.12
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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