Summary: For an almost 5 year old PC, this card worked great and really gave it a needed performance kick. I replaces a number of USB drives with the eData drive saving power, connectors, and got much better throughput.
Pros: This simply worked. Fit and finish are good, it was seen by my motherboard, Windows XP and even a couple of flavors of Linux (Acronis True Image worked flawlessly off the boot CD). I used one port for a new internal SATA drive and my boot times were cut almost in half. the other port powers an eS...
Cons: Not the card's fault but my hard drive light connector isn't long enough to reach the card. I still had a working floppy, but can see why needing one to load the driver is a paid, given this was the one time in 3 years the floppy was used.
Pros: If you have a MB that wont handle SATA or wont recognize SATA/300 disks you unfortunately need a product like this. Once you get it installed it performs it's function - not sure about performance without doing some testing but it seems to be fine.
Cons: Support site is horrible. Support for most Promise components is handled by MB manufacturers and Promise doesn't seem to see a big need to provide decent support to end users. Be prepared for problems installing and uninstalling. Since many motherboards already have integrated Promise controllers...
Summary: For low intensity home use a cheaper SATA I (1.5Gb/s) card might be a better bet. It was for me !
Pros: When it works its fast. No trouble installing or being recognised by several Linux (Fedora) distros
Cons: Has driver issues under Linux. I installed this in a home-brew server using a Via C3 based motherboard running first Fedora Core 5, then FC 6 and now Fedora 7. Worked fine when lightly loaded but put some strain on the CPU, say rsynch backing up my PC or rapid Samba access from the Audiotron MP3 ...
Summary: this product is great for breathing new life into older systems, but remember to have a floppy with the driver handy wnen you try to do anything with this thing from command line(Ghost ect). This is why 4 eggs instead of five...newegg gets 5 for shipping, and customer service
Pros: It let me use sata on my old system...What a difference over IDE!!! Has raid ability (software). Cost effective upgrade. Made a huge performance increase over ide. Also had an extra ide header for legacy support.
Cons: had to use the tx2 driver whenever I loaded windows setup, or norton ghost...would not let me write zero's to drive even after loading driver. (Probably not necessary unless you get virus or something)