PCES-SH4 PCIe 4/2x SATA 6G controller

Four-channel SATA III 2-Lane PCI-Express controller with a bandwidth of 10 Gb/s and RAID 0/1/10.

Input PCI-Express, 2-Lane
Output SATA 6G, eSATA male
rate up to 10 Gbit/s
design standard profile
Extra RAID, Marvell HyperDuo

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The AXAGON PCES-SH4 SUPERSPEED HYPERDUO PCI-Express controller will add four independent high-speed SATA 6G channels to your desktop.

Two SATA channels can be routed using jumper either to a pair of external eSATA connectors or to internal SATA connectors.

A controller throughput up to 10 Gbit/s thanks to the use of two lines of PCI-Express bus version 2.0.

The Marvell HyperDuo technology allows the SSD and HDD to be combined into one affordable virtual disk offering high performance and high capacity.

The ARM-based processor of the controller supports the hardware RAID reducing the CPU load while operating the disk array.

• PCI-Express 2.0 interface, PCI-Express 1.0a / 1.1 / 2.1 / 3.0 compatible.
• Number of 2-Lane (x2) lines, compatible with x4 / x8 / x16 PCIe slots.
• A bandwidth of 2-Lane PCI-Express 2.0 bus is 10 Gb/s.

• 4x independent Serial ATA port, SATA III 6G standard.
• Two channels with an output to internal SATA connectors and two channels with an output either to external eSATA connectors or internal SATA connectors.
• Supports all SATA I / SATA II / SATA III optical drives, SSDs and hard disks of all capacities.
• HyperDuo technology, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 disk array.

Other features:
• Full Plug and Play support.
• Customized configuration of SATA output connectors using jumpers on the controller.
• Compliant with Serial ATA 3.0 specification (SATA/600), transmission rates of up to 6 Gb/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 1.0 revision.
• Hot Plug support for connecting and disconnecting SATA devices while running.
• Native Command Queuing (NCQ) support.
• Supports Port Multiplier with FIS-based switching (port multiplier with max. 4 disks can be connected to only one SATA channel at a time - a total of up to 7 disks can be connected to the controller simultaneously).
• Supports 128/256-bit AES encryption in real-time (on-the-fly).
• 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.
• Marvell 88SE9230 chipset is used.

HyperDuo technology:
• The HyperDuo technology developed by Marvell combines the benefits of fast SSDs and cheaper hard disks with high capacity.
• By setting the HyperDuo mode in the controller's BIOS or in the Marvell Storage Utility app, a virtual hybrid disk will be created - one logical partition.
• Two options for HyperDuo mode setting: SAFE Mode backs up SSD data to a hard disk (similar to RAID 1), CAPACITY Mode connects the SSD and HDD storage capacity together.
• SSD stores the most commonly used data (HOT files), either automatically selected by the controller’s algorithm or predefined by the user in the Storage Utility app. Other data (COLD files) are stored on the hard disk.
• The HyperDuo hybrid disk reaches up to 80 % of the SSD's performance according to the selected mode.

Support for SATA disk array configuration in RAID 0, 1, and 10 modes:
• RAID 0 (stripping) - lower security but higher performance thanks to alternating multiple disk writing, min. 2 disks are needed,
• RAID 1 (mirroring) - increased security by writing identical data to two HDDs, min. 2 disks are needed,
• RAID 10 (mirroring+stripping) - combination of stripping and mirroring, fast and safe, less economic, min. 4 disks are needed.
• Configure an array either directly in the BIOS of the controller or using the Marvell Storage Utility in Windows.

Supported operating systems:
• MS Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 and later, Windows Server 2008 / 2012 / 2016 and later (supported are all 32- and 64-bit Windows OS versions), Linux with kernel 2.6.x and above - the built-in AHCI driver automatically installs and an external driver does not need to be installed.
• MS Windows XP 32/64bit / Server 2003 32/64bit - an external driver needs to be installed.

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 2-Lane (x2)
rate 10 Gbit/s
compatibility PCI-Express 1.0a / 1.1 / 2.0 / 2.1 / 3.0
compatibility x4 / x8 / x16 PCIe slot
interface Serial ATA 3.0
rate 6 / 3 / 1.5 Gbit/s (SATA III / SATA II / SATA I)
connector 4x internal 7-pin SATA data male
connector 2x eSATA male
compatibility all SATA I / SATA II / SATA III disks and drives
total permeability 10 Gbit/s theoretically (given by PCIe 2.0 2-Lane output)
Supported features
boot from connected disk yes
disk array yes (RAID 0/1/10)
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 Marvell 88SE9230
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 2016 / 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 119 g
- EAN 8595247902641

Export package

- number of pieces in the box: 50
- total weight of the box: 6.55 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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