My little SiL3132 PCI Express x1 Review

I needed more sata 3gbps ports, as my 4 port ULI M5288 SATA300 controller on my Abit AT8 motherbord ran out of ports, i found this SDM PCIe SATA II 300 RAID 2P (SiL3132 PCI Express x1) for around 244 nok (38usd)

the size of the controller pcb is realy small

the front:


note the size of the norwegian 20 krone comparied to the little silicon image chip

the back

the package includes
SDM PCIe SATA II 300 RAID 2P (SiL3132 PCI Express x1) Card
Mini-CD with Drivers (80mm)
A basic Install Guide
Antistatic Plastic

Hardware

Abit AT8 with BIOS 11 (with custom updated uli bios)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
2GB OCZ DDR500 PC4000 (2x1GB)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 16MB 7200RPM

Performance:
ULI M5288 onboard (without driver)
Silicon Image PCIe Sil3132 (with raid bios and driver)

HDTune of Sil3132

si3132_pre_st3320620as[2]

HDTune of ULI M5288
ulim2588_pre_st3320620as[1]

Update 4th March 2010:

HDTune_Benchmark_SAMSUNG_HD103SJ_sil3132

Here is Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB results on SB600, sil3132 its faster when using newer harddrives, so i updated the score a little to refect the new performance test

Score
Driver: 8 of 10
(base driver is a bit buggy)
Preformace: 8 of 10
(preformace is overall good)
Build Quality: 7 of 10
(ok as far components go)

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