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SATA III Controller Cards - IOCrest SI-PEX40062

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There are many chipsets and manufacturers. Forum threads offer conflicting advice. I do not need RAID support. I simply want to up my internal port count with good throughput for any additional storage.

The card I'm leaning towards based on price, features and availability is the IOCrest SI-PEX40062. The chipset its built around is the Marvell 88SE9235.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00AZ9T41M/?tag=tonymacx86c0c-20

Are there any obvious red flags with this card? It would be helpful if the Buyer's Guide made a couple suggestions for IO expansion cards.

Thanks for reading.
 
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There are many chipsets and manufacturers. Forum threads offer conflicting advice. I do not need RAID support. I simply want to up my internal port count with good throughput for any additional storage.

The card I'm leaning towards based on price, features and availability is the IOCrest SI-PEX40062. The chipset its built around is the Marvell 88SE9235.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00AZ9T41M/?tag=tonymacx86c0c-20

Are there any obvious red flags with this card? It would be helpful if the Buyer's Guide made a couple suggestions for IO expansion cards.

Thanks for reading.
Sorry for the disappointment of this not being any kind of useful reply - I'm looking to answer exactly the same question and like you have come across quite a bit of contradictory information - mostly on threads from a while ago where people were trying to add SATA III ports via PCIe on older motherboards running Yosemite and earlier, or looking for RAID options. Like you I just want to add more internal drives so would appreciate a recommendation that's current.
 
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Sorry for the disappointment of this not being any kind of useful reply - I'm looking to answer exactly the same question and like you have come across quite a bit of contradictory information - mostly on threads from a while ago where people were trying to add SATA III ports via PCIe on older motherboards running Yosemite and earlier, or looking for RAID options. Like you I just want to add more internal drives so would appreciate a recommendation that's current.

After no reply to the thread for a few days, I went ahead and ordered the card I posted above. I'll let you know how it works out for me.
 
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Sorry for the disappointment of this not being any kind of useful reply - I'm looking to answer exactly the same question and like you have come across quite a bit of contradictory information - mostly on threads from a while ago where people were trying to add SATA III ports via PCIe on older motherboards running Yosemite and earlier, or looking for RAID options. Like you I just want to add more internal drives so would appreciate a recommendation that's current.

I'm happy to report that this card is working fine out of the box. Plug and play. Currently I'm using 2 ports with this 5.25" hot-swap drive bay I bought based on the Buyer's Guide here.
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00P2PNOOM/?tag=tonymacx86c0c-20

Sierra booted no problem and recognized the drive I plugged in. Hot-swapping works a charm. I haven't run any speed tests and I don't know how to even go about doing that.

My system specs are:
OS: macOS Sierra 10.12.6
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-D3H
CPU: Core i5-4690K
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical (16GB)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GT 740SC 2047MB
PCI-e SATA Controller Card: IOCrest SI-PEX40062

I hope this information proves helpful to you and anyone else who stumbles across this thread.
 
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