SilverStone Announces ECS03 PCI-E SATA Controller

SilverStone announced a new SATA controller add-on card that uses an ASMedia 1062R controller that connects to the host system using a PCI-E 2.0 x2 connection and supports two SATA-III ports.

PCI-E 2.0 is capable of up to 4 Gbps of bandwidth, which is only two-thirds of the bandwidth required to run a SATA-III (6 Gbps) connection at full speed. This might cause a bottleneck issue for users if they connect two SSDs to the controller and access them simultaneously, transferring large amounts of data, but it shouldn’t cause a serious problem when accessing drives one at a time or with conventional HDD storage devices.

The RAID controller includes an embedded 8-bit microprocessor to help accelerate RAID and drive access functions. The controller is capable of RAID 0 and 1, and it supports SPAN as well as non-RAID functions.

There is no word on pricing or availability at this time.

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  • Symple
    Well, hello 2003! Oh wait.....

    Am I missing the entire point of this card or which niche exactly are they looking to cover with a 2-port card that bottlenecks long before even the first SATA channel is saturated? First of all these controllers haven been available for well over a decade, so what's the point of launching yet another one? And secondly, why produce something that is clearly so underpowered that even the conventional HDDs of today (in RAID0) will be hampered by it?
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  • Vatharian
    Anonymous said:
    Well, hello 2003! Oh wait.....

    Am I missing the entire point of this card or which niche exactly are they looking to cover with a 2-port card that bottlenecks long before even the first SATA channel is saturated? First of all these controllers haven been available for well over a decade, so what's the point of launching yet another one? And secondly, why produce something that is clearly so underpowered that even the conventional HDDs of today (in RAID0) will be hampered by it?


    Duuuuude, it's Silverstone! It must be glorious! I also bet it will be overpriced. Silverstone has balls to out some serious hardware, like slim DVD-RW drive (recently). I understand, that slot-in drives are rare, but they charge $150 for it.
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  • dimar
    Hey SilverStone, have you heart of this thing called PCI Express 3.0 ??
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