PCI Express SATA III RAID Controller Card with Mini

PCI Express SATA III RAID Controller Card with Mini
PCI Express SATA III RAID Controller Card with
Mini-SAS Connector (SFF-8087) - HyperDuo SSD
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 SFF8087 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.)
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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
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.
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Certifications, Reports
and Compatibility
Use SSD tiering to optimize your system for I/O intensive
applications such as Office Suites, Photo/Video Editing and Media
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
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
Supports hardware RAID 0, 1, and 1+0 modes configured through
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
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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2 Years
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
Port Style
Integrated on Card
ATAPI Support
LBA support
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
Port Multiplier
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 Type(s)
1 - PCI Express x2 Male
Internal Ports
1 - SFF-8087 (36 Pin, Internal Mini-SAS) Plug
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
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Special Notes /
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
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)
What's in the Box
20% ~ 80% RH
Operating Temperature
5°C ~ 50°C (41°F ~ 122°F)
Storage Temperature
-25°C ~ 70°C (-13°F ~ 158°F)
Product Height
0.8 in [20 mm]
Product Length
2.8 in [70 mm]
Product Weight
1.4 oz [40 g]
Product Width
4.7 in [120 mm]
Package Quantity
Shipping (Package) Weight
4.6 oz [131 g]
Included in Package
1 - PCIe SATA Controller Card
1 - Low Profile Bracket
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual
Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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