With Serial ATA hard disk drives slowly coming onto the market, Envy News take a look at a fairly simple, yet essential product from SIIG - a Serial ATA PCI card based on the SATALink 3112 controller chip by Silicon Image.
This type of product will prove perfect for those with motherboards without SATA support in months to come when more SATA drives become available. Although, since the PCI bus can currently only transfer a maximum of 133MB/s, we won't see SATA operating at its current full capacity of 150MB/s until PCI Express launches later in the year.
SIIG's Serial ATA PCI adapter makes upgrading to Serial ATA a snap. Everything you would possibly need is included, sans an actual Serial ATA hard drive. Setup was a snap, and in less than 10 minutes I had gone from opening the case to benchmarking the card. The cables were easy to work with and drive setup went much more quickly than with Parallel ATA drives. While I didn't get the performance increase that had been hyped, I didn't lose any performance either - when it comes to first generation hardware, that is an important step. All in all, I'd describe my experience working with this card to be a positive one.More information @ Envy News