Does anyone have suggestions for a good SATA controller card (or cards)? I have both PCI and PCIe x1 slots left on the motherboard in question, and need to add 4 ports. 2 will be used for optical drives, and 2 will be used for HDDs. One HDD will be for programs in Win 7, (with SSD Boot) and one will be for storage only.
I am fine using two cards, but if this is the case, they will need to be one PCI and one PCIe x1.
SATA III would be bottlenecked by both interfaces anyway, so I'd rather stay away from that - all it will do is be more expensive.
I don't ever plan to do RAID with the card or cards, but I believe that many of the cheap cards have multiple firmwares that support both RAID and non-RAID. At the very least, I need it to function as a non-RAID controller, but RAID capability would be a nice extra if it was possible.
If that is too pricey, then you will need 2x controllers that support 2x SATA. If you do go this route, it would be about the same price for 2 good controllers. The key word is good. There is a difference between performance of these RAID cards.
If I bought that card, I would need a second card. If I was only planning to hook DVD burners up to the second card, would I see any improvement from SATA II vs SATA I? SATA I cards tend to be a bit cheaper.
Am I correct in assuming that current DVD burners only use the SATA 1 interface, or will I have to jumper my drive to work with a SATA 1 card. Reviews on Newegg indicate that the card I was looking at did work in Win 7 x64, is there anywhere else you'd recommend I look to ensure compatibility?
Think I found a driver that might work. It's the driver for the chip itself, off of the Silicon Image website. Can anyone confirm that the "SiI 3x12 64-bit Windows BASE Driver for Windows 7" is the correct driver for my needs (non-RAID, Win 7 x64, optical disks)