Summary: I went through 4 Sata combo cards before hitting upon the Promise SATA3000 TX2. I am running a desktop HP machine running Windows XP, and I only have one open PCI slot. So I need to control both an IDE harddrive and a 1.5T WD harddrive from the one card. It is not plug n play...you have to install the driver from the Promise download pack.
Summary: I bought this card primarily to use for running benchmark programs on an SSD using older systems without SATA built in. It has worked great. I went through three other ones before finding this one. Since I was overclocking older systems, the PCI bus speed would be increased from 33mhz, which is standard, all the way up to about 52mhz. Most PCI devices become unstable at these speeds, and are useless.
Summary: If you still have the old ATA100 or ATA133 hard drives but your computer only uses the newer SATA300 hard drives, this is the solution to your problem. Instead of throwing them away, plug this controller card into a PCI slot. Your old hard IDE hard drives will coexist with the new.
Summary: IDE or Integrated Drive Equipment was king of hard drive types for along time. The more recent drives are SATA I and SATA II. Of the two, SATA II hard drives are Native Command Queuing (NCQ)/Tagged Command Queuing (TCQ). SATA I hard drives are not NCQ/TCQ. Because of that, a SATA II hard drive will not function properly in a system that supports only SATA I hard drives. Nor are they compatible with IDE.
Summary: Die Promise SATA300 TX2plus, das ist der Erweiterungs-Controller auf den man in seinem PC nicht mehr verzichten möchte. Ich hatte vorher einen Promise Ultra 133 TX2 Controller in meinem Rechner im Einsatz. Der Umstieg auf den Einsatz von SATA-Festrplatten hat mich dann bewogen zur SATA300 TX2plus zu greifen.
Pros: Sehr gute Verarbeitung, hohe Zuverlässigkeit, 1xIDE, 2xSATAII 300
Cons: Installation über Diskettenlaufwerk, Keine externen SATA - Anschlüsse