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Syba PCI SATA Card SIL3512 Chipset (1x Int./1x eSATA)

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  • PCI 32-bit/66Mhz interface
  • Compliant with PCI Specification Revision 2.3
  • Supports PCI bus Master access
  • Compliant with SATA Specification Revision 1.0
  • 256-byte FIFO SATA host
  • PCI SATA/eSATA Raid Controller Card
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  • PCI 32-bit/66Mhz interface
  • Compliant with PCI Specification Revision 2.3
  • Supports PCI bus Master access
  • Compliant with SATA Specification Revision 1.0
  • 256-byte FIFO SATA host
  • PCI SATA/eSATA Raid Controller Card
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PCI SATA (1-Port), e-SATA (1-Port) Card, SIL3512 Chipset. The Syba SD-SATA-1E1I PCI card, offers both an internal SATA and an external eSATA slot for a blend of stability and adaptability. This card is easily installed as it features plug and play with a wide compatibility spectrum, ranging from Windows 98SE up to Windows 7 as well as Linux. Also with an always reliable 150 Mbps transfer rate you'll never be left waiting.

  • Brand: Syba
  • Silicon Image SIL3112A Serial ATA (SATA) host controller chipset
  • 1x Internal SATA Port and 1x External e-SATA Port
  • Compliant with PCI Specification Revision 2.3
  • Support PCI Bus-Master Access
  • Fully Plug & Play
  • Compliant with Serial ATA Specification Revision 1.0
  • PCI 2-Channel Serial-ATA Controller Card, 1x Internal SATA and 1x External e-SATA, SIL3512 Chipset
  • PCI 32-Bit 33/66 MHz Interface
  • Support Serial ATA Generation 1 transfer rate of 1.5Gb/s (150MB/s)
  • Support two independent Serial ATA channels
  • Independent 256-byte FIFOs per Serial ATA channel for host reads and writes
  • Support Windows 98SE/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Server 2003/XP 64-bit/Vista, Linux
  • External connectors:
    • One (1) External SATA port (eSATA)
  • Internal connectors:
    • One (1) Internal SATA port
    • 1 x SATA 150 Internal Connectors
    • 1 x eSATA External Connectors
    • Up to 1.5Gb/s


  • One (1) Syba SD-SATA-1E1I PCI SATA Controller Card
  • One (1) User Manual
  • One (1) Driver and Utility CD

Brand: Syba


UPC: 810154012251

Compatibility: PCI; SATA Devices; Supports Windows 98SE/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Server 2003/XP 64-bit/Vista/7, Linux

Packaging: OEM

Condition: New

Product Details

External Connectors
1 x eSATA
Internal Connectors
1 x SATA 150
Transfer Rate
Up to 1.5Gb/s
Operating Systems Supported
Support Windows 98SE/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Server 2003/XP 64-bit/Vista/Windows 7/Linux
Silicon Image SIL3512 Serial ATA (SATA) host controller chipset.

PCI 32-Bit 33/66 MHz Interface

Compliant with PCI Specification Revision 2.3

Support PCI Bus-Master Access

Fully Plug & Play

Compliant with Serial ATA Specification Revision 1.0

Support Serial ATA Generation 1.

Support two independent Serial ATA channels.

Independent 256-byte FIFOs per Serial ATA channel for host reads and writes.
Package Includes
PCI SATA Controller Card
CD Driver (Windows 7 does not need driver for this card. It is already preinstalled in the OS.)

Package Includes

Customer Reviews

Review Summary
55.56% (10)
5.56% (1)
11.11% (2)
0.0% (0)
27.78% (5)
By Ida Nielsen
Works great
I was looking to add an external sata connection to my computer and this card worked great. It's a 1.5 gb/s card but so far has worked fine with 3.0 gb/s drives. The additional internal sata connection was a bonus. I tried a less expensive card with a via chipset but after installing my computer blue screened. The silicon image chipsets (used on this card) seem to work most all the time.
By Ryder Davies
Great price - easy install
I purchased this card because of it's low price. I have an aging machine with windows xp. I bought this card so that i could add storage with a couple of the larger sata drives. I was worried that i may have some installation issues because i didn't know the brand and the price was so much less than the competition. Happily the installation could not have been easier. The card has internal and external ports and i'm using both. As of this writing, i've been using it for about a month without any problems.Review update:i changed my set-up and i've been using this card on a windows xp / ubuntu linux 10.4 lts dual boot system for about a year and still have no problems. Ubuntu had no problems recognizing the card and handled it without intervention.
Good basic pci sata/esata adapter for the price, works with linux
I bought this adapter after having some trouble with a quad-port rosewill card. I needed an esata adapter for use with a startech dual esata dock (satadock22ue). This is in a c.2003 ibm netvista desktop with no native sata ports that is now being used as a soho server running stock debian 5.0 (lenny). After the rosewill card had pci bus conflicts that were not resolvable with bios changes, i was a little worried about spending more money on a high-end card for this old machine. The sii 3512 chip appeared to have a reasonable reputation for linux support and for less than twenty bucks, this syba sd-sata-1e1i card seemed like a cheap bet. After the first one installed well, i bought a second adapter to connect to the second port on the external dock. There were no problems putting two of these cards in this machine. Due to my desire to keep os and data separate on this server, i am continuing to boot off of a pata drive connected to the mainboard and have not tested whether these cards handle boot drives well.As far as hotswapping when using the esata dock, my method has been to do the actual drive insertions and removals with the dock port powered off. Since the startech dock has physical power switches, i have not tempted fate by testing true hotswap with live ports. I as well manually spin the drives down (i.E. 'sdparm -c stop /dev/whatever') before power off to avoid unnecessary emergency head retracts. In all cases the stock lenny kernel has detected everything right and added and removed the device files exactly as expected on power-up and power-down.These cards have performed flawlessly with both internal and external sata connections. I replaced the main internal pata data drive with a 1tb wd caviar black and i've been running backups to and between various sata drives in the dock. After at least 10+ tb aggregate r/w through the cards i've had no problems at all. I am quite wary whenever doing bulk data transfers on consumer-grade hardware and all of these transfers have been md5sum verified afterwards. So i'm fairly confident in the above statement. That said, it's always a good idea to treat all hardware with suspicion when moving around large amounts of data.As far as performance goes, these cards are sata rev 1.0, don't support ncq, and as standard pci cards are limited in overall performance. They appear to as well be limited to udma/100, but this could be a linux driver thing. But for the price, they do fine. In my setup, with this fairly old machine, i can only get about 110mib/s aggregate no matter what combination of source/dest i'm using. On reads the wd cb 1tb drives seem to max out around 95mib/s with my config, slighly below their rated performance. However this represents about 2x performance gain over the built-in controllers and pata drives i was using previously, and about 3-6x better than external usb drives, so i'm not complaining at all! For my purposes, reliability always trumps speed at a given price.These cards have definitely breathed new life into this old computer.
Works great.
Working great on my old pentium 4 media center pc, very easy to install. Love it.
By Brendan Van Alem
Poor product and no support
I had no trouble getting the card installed--windows xp found it without drivers--but i could not get the card to read the sata drive. The card saw the drive and knew it was a western digital 160gb but would not read it--i removed the drive and installed it in a machine with sata connections on the system board and the drive reads the data on the drive. Forget instructions--there arn't any. It comes with a cd but it is useless. As well from what i can determine you cannot boot from a drive controlled by this adapter even if you do get it to read a drive. Save your money- more important save your time.
By Arthur Chow
Worked on windows server 2003 for secondary drive controller
I used this in a dell power edge 2650 on the riser card for external storage to a sata dock. I got about 66 mb per second transfer rate which i think is the max for the pci bus. I'm using a dual bay dock so this allows a lot of external storage that you can pull for off-site backups.There are instructions for using it as a primary drive during windows setup, but i haven't dared try it yet since my servers are running 10k rpm scsi anyway. Of course, i am a little tempted to test it since the scsi drives are expensive and small. I used the drivers on the disk from \silicon_image\sil3x12\windows.
Works fine
Used it on my daughter's 6-year-old dell dimension to add a new sata drive to replace the old full ide drive. Had to play a bit with the old dumb bios to remove the drive that was no longer there to make it boot to the new drive. Worked fine afterward, and the new drive is cooler and faster than the old.
By Julie Lewis
Didn't work as a secondary controller
When plugged into an ecs motherboard, this controller prevented the system from booting from the primary disk controller, regardless of the hard disk boot order configured in setup. It seems to insist on being the boot controller. As well, the post banner intermittently reported that my 1.5tb sata drive was 0mb. Returned due to these option rom bios flaws.
By Harrison Anderson
Was not functional at first, but after bios update all seems well
I ordered this card to go into an older pentium 3 pc to run a wd blue label 160gb hard-drive. I tried this card in three computers, two were pentium 3s and one was a intel core 2. In all computers it failed to recognize the drive, a few times during boot it would display the "wd" part of the hard-drive id but would always show " 0 gb". I was thinking about returning it and then for fun i decided to update the bios on the card. I had to dig out an old floppy and make a dos boot disk but after the update the card works... I can boot off of it and everything. For those who may be interested i flashed the bios twice because i was not sure which bios image to use it turns out that the "epad" version (bxxxxe.Bin) is the one that worked.If you don't mind updating the bios on the card it seems to be a good deal. I had to use a boot disk because i don't run windows, but they do list a windows update tool that is sure to be much less of a pain. Works fine in ubuntu gnu linux, after update.Bios version before update was 4.3.79 now = 4.5.02
Works and doesn't cause problems
Installed easily and works as intended. I purchased this when my motherboard's sata controller went out. I installed this and was able to boot my hard disk from it. Works perfectly in win7 x64.


Question & Answers
By OutletPC Shopper on 2013-03-12
Can you boot from a drive connected to this PCI card

By Customer Service on 2013-03-12

Yes, though you will need to change the boot order through your BIOS.

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Syba PCI SATA Card SIL3512 Chipset (1x Int./1x eSATA)

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