PCES-SA4 PCIe 2/2x SATA 6G controller

Two-channel SATA III PCI-Express controller with an output to internal or eSATA ports.

Input PCI-Express, 1-Lane
Output SATA 6G, eSATA male
rate up to 5 Gbit/s
design standard profile
Extra TRIM

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The AXAGON PCES-SA4 PCI-Express controller extends your desktop PC with high-speed SATA III ports with a transmission rate up to 6 Gb/s.

The output of two independent SATA channels can be set using jumpers either to a pair of external eSATA connectors or to internal SATA connectors, possibly to set a combination of one external and one internal connector.

The card equipped with ASMedia (subsidiary of ASUS) chipset not only supports SATA 3.0 specification, but also other SATA technologies such as Hot-Plug, Native Command Queue (NCQ), TRIM, or Port Multiplier.

• PCI-Express 2.0 interface, PCI-Express 1.0a / 1.1 / 2.1 / 3.0 compatible.
• Number of 1-Lane (x1) lines compatible with x1 / x4 / x8 / x16 PCIe slots.
• The bandwidth of 1-Lane PCI-Express 2.0 bus 5 Gb/s.

• 2x independent Serial ATA port, SATA III 6G standard.
• Output to any combination of two external eSATA connectors and two internal SATA connectors.
• Supports all SATA I / SATA II / SATA III optical drives, SSDs and hard disks of all capacities.

Other features:
• Full Plug and Play support.
• Customized configuration of SATA output connectors using jumpers on the controller.
• Compliant with Serial ATA 3.1 specification (SATA/600), transmission rates of up to 6 Gb/s (600 MB/s).
• Compliant with Serial ATA 2.0 specification (SATA/300), transmission rates of up to 3 Gb/s (300 MB/s).
• Compliant with Serial ATA 1.0 specification (SATA/150), transmission rates of up to 1.5 Gb/s (150 MB/s).
• Compliant with Serial ATA AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) specification of 1.3 revision.
• Hot Plug support for connecting and disconnecting SATA devices while running.
• Native Command Queuing (NCQ) support.
• TRIM feature support for SSD disks.
• Supports Port Multiplier with FIS-based switching.
• The controller has its own BIOS - therefore it supports booting from connected disks.  
• Two 2-pin sockets for connecting HDD LED indicator light of the case.
• ASMedia ASM1061 chipset is used.

Supported operating systems:
• MS Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 and later, Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 and later (supported are all 32- and 64-bit Windows OS versions), Linux with kernel 2.6.x and above.

Package contains:
• PCI-Express controller,
• cable for connection to the HDD LED on the case,
• printed installation guide in English, Czech, Slovak and Polish,
• packed in a cardboard box.

interface PCI-Express 2.0
number of lines 1-Lane (x1)
rate 5 Gbit/s
compatibility PCI-Express 1.0a / 1.1 / 2.0 / 2.1 / 3.0
compatibility x1 / x4 / x8 / x16 PCIe slot
interface Serial ATA 3.1
rate 6 / 3 / 1.5 Gbit/s (SATA III / SATA II / SATA I)
connector 2x internal 7-pin SATA data male
connector 2x eSATA male
compatibility all SATA I / SATA II / SATA III disks and drives
total permeability 5 Gbit/s theoretically (give by PCIe 2.0 1-Lane input)
Supported features
TRIM yes
boot from connected disk yes
disk array no
automatic installation yes (Except Win XP and Server 2003)
NCQ yes
Port Multiplier yes
Plug and Play yes
Hot Plug yes
Other features
indication 2x 2-pin base for connecting HDD LED indicator light of the case
standard profile yes
low profile no
chipset ASMedia ASM1061
Power supply
on the bus yes (PCI-Express bus power)
OS support
MS Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP (all 32- and 64-bit versions)
MS Windows Server 2012 / 2008 / 2003 (all 32- and 64-bit versions)
Linux kernel 2.6.x and higher

Package contents

- PCI-Express controller
- cable for HDD LED
- installation guide


- printed installation manual in English, Czech, Slovak and Polish


- 2-pin cable to connect HDD LED connector on the motherboard with the JP10 connector of the controller

Product package

- cardboard box
- package dimensions 17.5 x 14.5 x 4 cm
- weight of 1 pc package 105 g
- EAN 8595247902429

Export package

- number of pieces in the box: 50
- total weight of the box: 6 kg G.W.
- box dimensions: 45 x 35 x 38 cm


A): If the PC does not run with the card or the card is mistakenly detected in “Device Manager”, or if there is a yellow exclamation mark on the driver, or if “Device Manager” reports an error code “Code 10 - The device cannot start”, the card is in conflict with another device in your computer.

B): In most cases, this conflict can be solved by moving the card to another PCI (PCIe) slot, with the BIOS assigning other free resources to the card. If the move does not help, try the card separately, with no additional cards inserted. If the card cannot be moved to another slot, you can reset the BIOS of the computer (by jumper on the board or pulling out the backup battery, we recommend that you note all the original settings and reset everything to the required values). This will cause the IRQ, DMA, and I/O resources to be redistributed.

A): Yes, even a RAID controller can be used to connect separate hard disks.

B): If you do not create a RAID controller in the BIOS, each disk will behave as a standalone unit, just like when plugging into the motherboard.

A): By initializing the disk, you can set the mode in which the hard disk will work

B): You can use the partition with the master boot record (MBR) or the GUID partition table (GPT). For disk up to 2TB, use the MBR option, we recommend selecting GPT on a larger disk than 2TB. Subsequently, the initialized disk should be formatted.

A): The newly purchased disk must be initialized before first use.

B): If the new disk is not initialized automatically, open "Disk Management", right-click on the desired disk and initialize it.

A): First try to move the card to another PCI-e slot in case of device conflict. The problem could also be caused by a poor quality or damaged SATA cable.

B): Verify if you have a correctly aligned partition on SSD (using the program that displays this information, such as ASS SSD Benchmark), more about the problem you can find here www.howtogeek.com/256859/dont-waste-time-optimizing-your-ssd-windows-knows-what-its-doing/. The next step should be to verify if the TRIM is working, preferably by using the SSD TRIM check tool program that can be downloaded at forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2302578 where the usage is described. We recommend a time delay of more than 15 seconds.

A): This will depend on the PCI-e bus of the motherboard used. If your motherboard does not have a PCI-e bus of at least ver. 2.0, the use of the controller will not be beneficial.

B): The PCI-e revision 1.0 (1.1) has a maximum bandwidth of 250 MB/s on a single line, the revision 2.0 has a theoretical bandwidth of 500 MB/s on a single line, and practical about 400 MB/ s (after subtraction of the bus itself). So if you connect SSD to int. SATA II controller, the limit will be 300 MB/s, if to SATA III controller with revision 2.0, the limit will be about 400 MB/s. Learn more about this point at http://www.axago.cz/cz/novinky/sata-6g-a-pcie-sbernice.html

A): The lead time is naturally longer by the time it takes to detect the controller and connected disks. The start time can be shortened in the MB BIOS by enabling the "Quick Boot" feature. For newer boards, this feature is labeled "Fast boot". The lead time depends, of course, also on the disk used for the SSD/HDD operating system and the number of peripherals connected to the computer.

B): In the case of newer motherboards, it is more practical to use the spin down (instead of turn off) feature.

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