Page 2 - A Closer Look, Installation, Test System
The SYBA HyperDuo uses a Marvell 88SE9130 controller for the two SATA ports, which supports both RAID 0 and RAID 1. Since these are SATA 6Gb/s controllers, the theoretical transfer can hit up to 750MB/s. This is reflected in the datasheet from the manufacturer's website. However, since it uses a PCIe x1 slot, it is not physically capable of achieving such a high transfer rate, and such decreases as you have more drives connected to the HyperDuo SY-PEX40052. A single PCIe 2.0 lane provides up to 500MB/s bandwidth only, meaning the SATA 6Gb/s ports are physically capable of doing up to 4Gb/s in single drive configuration. Although you will bottleneck most SandForce SF-2281 based SSDs, you fortunately won't be too far off, given the performance is ideal.
After connecting your SYBA HyperDuo to your motherboard, you will have to install the driver first before you can use the ports and to configure your RAID, if you desire to do so. If you have downloaded the driver from SYBA's website, the installation process shouldn't be a problem. However, if you rather use the CD, you will need to go through quite a few folders to find the right files. Once installed, SYBA gives you the option of either using the BIOS or the user interface to modify your RAID configuration. I won't waste your time going through all the menus since the manual is provided, which clearly states their instructions on how to configure RAID. So let's move straight to the tests.
We have compared the following hardware with an OCZ Octane 512GB solid state drive as a test constant:
- SYBA HyperDuo SY-PEX40052 (Marvell 88SE9130 via PCIe x1)
- Intel SATA 3Gb/s (Native to chipset)
- Intel SATA 6Gb/s (Native to chipset)