Nothing much to report but I received my new SATA controller card in the post box yesterday. TLW was languishing in bed so I had an opportunity to reboot Beast III in order to install the card. The PCI-e slot I thought I would use was the wrong one. Not enough lanes. The big one worked fine. Beast booted up as if nothing had changed but now
02:00.0 SATA controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88SE9235 PCIe 2.0 x2 4-port SATA 6 Gb/s Controller (rev 11)
No need to use that driver CD included in the box… 😉
The card is an IOCrest SI-PEX40062 with Marvell 88SE9235 chip, two lanes of PCI-e V2.0, and SATA 3. They claim it’s hot-swapable so I unmounted one of my new 1TB hard drives, unplugged its SATA cable, connected one of the two new SATA cables that came in the box and plugged the other end into the card. Zero problems. I remounted the drive and was good to go. hdparm showed a similar speed as the SATA connection on the motherboard. For $49.71CDN delivered to my mailbox, it’s all good. The new ARMed server board will love this.
A postal strike/labour dispute is expected this weekend so if there’s nothing in the mailbox today, I may be out of luck for a while. Some parts for my new IT-system will come by courier.