Syba Combo RAID Caddy or Velocity Solo X2

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  1. Dr. Stealth macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone have any experience/opinion with the Syba Combo RAID Caddy ?

    http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=1389&currentPage=0

    Looks like a nice clean way to add a couple SSDs to a MP. I know these solutions usually have a couple Cons to go along with the Pros. I'd like to add a second SSD to my Velocity Solo X2 but don't really want to string any more wires around inside my box.

    Just wondering...

    Thanks
     
  2. tuxon86 Suspended

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    I've heard good things about them. I've used Syba products before and never had any problem with them. One was a five port Sata-II Raid card that did it's job perfectly in my old media server.
     
  3. chris.k macrumors member

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    I'm using the Syba caddy (the one with both the red plastic caddy as well as includes two other SATA-3 ports on it - this card runs at PCIe 2.0 using 2x lanes) on an MP4,1 with a Samsung 840 250G SSD with no problems at all to report.

    It's bootable and drives are recognised both in OSX 10.8.4 and Win7 under bootcamp.

    They have two caddy models. Get the card that runs with the 2x lanes - a wise investment.

    PEX-40068 is the model #

    - CK.
     
  4. Dr. Stealth thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks


    Thanks for the info. Everything I've read so far sounds very positive.

    I'd buy one today if I could but I've scoured the web and everyone is out of stock. Not even a used one on ebay. Very strange. :confused:

    I was able to find a couple of the discontinued older 1x lane cards. However I'll wait for the 2x to become available.
     
  5. tuxon86 Suspended

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    There was some on amazon last week...

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    15 left...

    http://www.amazon.com/Syba-2-5-Inch...d=1375750753&sr=1-3-catcorr&keywords=syba+ssd
     
  6. chris.k macrumors member

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    I think that model in dr stealth's post is the 1x version.

    The 2x version has "hyperduo" capabilities (aka fusion drive) thus supports 2 SSDs and 2 HDDs (total of 4 SATA3 ports on the card - 2 in the caddy and 2 on the top of the board).

    Because you can put 4 sata devices on it - hence they built it w/ requirement for 2x PCIe lanes to maximise the throughput. The other card just runs with a single PCie 1x lane.... Which is still probably "fast enough" anyways. :)

    - CK.
     
  7. Dr. Stealth thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yea, I'm looking for the newer version with 2x and 4 ports. The 1x is on Amazon but no 2x anywhere.
     
  8. applegeek897 macrumors regular

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  9. tuxon86 Suspended

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    Ah, i didn't get that, sorry.

    I wrote to them and asked where i can get one in north america.
     
  10. tuxon86 Suspended

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    Here is the answer from Syba:

    Dear Customer,

    This product became discontinued a few months ago.

    A similar Controller Card with the same chipset and functions are the following:

    SI-PEX40057
    http://sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=1371

    SI-PEX40058
    http://sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=1372

    Or SD-PEX40054
    http://sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=1304&currentPage=0

    Reason for the product being discontinued:
    I asked the same question to the higher ups and they just told me it was EOL which is confusing because the product was released at the beginning of the year.

    It may have been discontinued because the demand for more RAID controller cards outnumbered the demand for this caddy design dramatically according to the sales.

    As much as we wanted a new product replacement soon, there is currently no ETA when the next version will be made according to the information I have received.

    We apologize for the delay.

    Thank you for your patience.

    If you require further assistance, questions, or requests, we are happy to comply.

    As a reminder, our business hours: Monday ~ Friday, 9:00am ~ 5:30pm PST

    For fastest possible Customers Service, E-mail: support@sybausa.com

    For OFF hours support, Come visit our forums:
    http://www.sybausa.com/forum.php
    Syba USA values your feedback.

    Thank you for asking and improving information about our product.

    On 8/6/2013 4:15 PM, Tuxon8.....
    Part Number:SD-PEX40068

    Name: Alain Menard

    Phone:

    Whehre can i buy one of those in north america? No one seem to be having it in stock.
     
  11. Dr. Stealth, Aug 6, 2013
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    Funny....

    I was just going to post the same message I received from them. Even the tech is confused/baffeled as to why the item was only available for a couple months. Bummer....
     
  12. JronMasteR macrumors 6502

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    I have tried the Sonnet Tempo SSD Pro PCI-E card. Didn't work well. No startup options, some apps could not be installed, wasn't able to install Windows via bootcamp... a mess. Returned it after 2 days of trying.

    That card which is mentioned here seems to be an option for me also. Or I will go with the OWC accelsior.
     
  13. handheldgames macrumors 6502a

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    Ive been searching worldwide for this card for about 3 weeks and haven't found one yet. Anyone who says they have it in stock, doesn't.

    I did pick up a Syba SI-PEX40057 which is also based on the 88SE9230 chipset. I need more SSD's first. :cool:
     
  14. i-rui macrumors member

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    hi

    can you give any feedback on the SI-PEX40057? any issues? can you boot from it? sleep?
     

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