Recommended SATA card?

David Abrahams dave at
Tue Jun 17 01:02:12 UTC 2008

on Mon Jun 16 2008, "James Dinkel" <> wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 7:00 PM, David Abrahams <dave at> wrote:
>> Duh, for some reason I didn't catch his drift before.  Now I think he
>> was suggesting that I use a card with the same controller chip as my
>> onboard SATA because I know it works. (Sorry, James!)
> That was just ONE possible suggestion.  I would do that or go with the
> other guys' suggestions of a Silicon Image card.

Thanks for clarifying.

>>> The main drawback of pci sata is IIRC the maximum bandwidth of
>>> the pci bus is roughly 80 MiB/s.
>> Oof.  I suppose there's no getting around a limitation like that
>> one... hmm, is there an SATA controller I can drive with firewire?  What
>> people who care about performance do when their onboard SATA fills up?
>> Buy an external SATA drive cage that runs over firewire (or some such
>> thing?)
> Go with a PCI Express card, if your motherboard will support it.

I have 2 PCIe slots, so that might be the way to go.

Dave Abrahams
BoostPro Computing

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