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

4 Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD Tiering
StarTech ID: PEXSAT34RH
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)
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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.
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
Features
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
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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Technical Specifications
Warranty
Bus Type
Card Type
Chipset ID
Industry
Standards
Industry
Standards
Interface
Port Style
Ports
ATAPI Support
Bootable
LBA support
Max Drive
Capacity
Number of Drives
Supported
Through Port
Multiplier
Number of Ports
That Support Port
Multiplier
Port Multiplier
RAID
Supported RAID
Modes
Supported RAID
Modes
Supported RAID
Modes
Supported RAID
Modes
Type and Rate
Connector
Type(s)
2 Years
PCI Express
Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Marvell - 88SE9230
PCI Express 2.0
Serial ATA 3.0 specification
SATA
Integrated on Card
4
Yes
Yes
48-bit
Currently tested up to 4TB per drive
1 to 4
4 (can only use 1 PM at a time)
Yes
Yes
JBOD - (Just a Bunch of Disks)
RAID 1 (Mirrored Disks)
RAID 0 (Striped Disks)
RAID 10 (1+0; Striped set of Mirrored Subset)
SATA III (6 Gbps)
1 - PCI Express x2 Male
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Internal Ports
4 - SATA (7 pin; Data) Plug
OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.11
Linux 3.5.x to 4.4.x LTS versions only
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 Available PCI Express x2 slot (backward compatible with x4, x8, and x16 slots)
Requirements
Humidity
20% ~ 80% RH
Operating
5°C ~ 50°C (41°F ~ 122°F)
Temperature
Storage
-25°C ~ 70°C (-13°F ~ 158°F)
Temperature
Product Height
0.8 in [20 mm]
Product Length
2.8 in [70 mm]
Product Weight
1.8 oz [50 g]
Product Width
4.7 in [120 mm]
Package Quantity 1
Shipping
5.1 oz [145 g]
(Package) Weight
Included in
1 - PCIe SATA Controller Card
Package
Included in
1 - Low Profile Bracket
Package
Included in
1 - Driver CD
Package
Included in
1 - Instruction Manual
Package
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