I recently built a new rig using ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe (0902 BIOS) and it has no IDE ports.
I would like a expert opinion on this, which one out of these would give me the most hassle free installation on a Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 machine?
Koutech IO-PESI331 PCI Express x1
SYBA SY-PEX50039 PCI Express
SYBA SD-PEX-JM1A1E1S PCI Express
Rosewill RC-216 PCI Express
StarTech PCIIDE2 2 Port PCI IDE Controller Adapter Card
Koutech PIR133 PCI IDE Controller Card
StarTech 1 Port PCI Express IDE Controller Adapter Card
Been using the Koutech PIR133 PCI IDE Controller Card on my system. Seems to be working just fine. Just download the latest driver for it. Silicon Image SiI 0680 ATA/133 RAID Controller(1.05.0) Got it from here. http://driverzone.com/%7B55536bfe-748a-4d74-8750-c1bc336f0c59%7D?id=2401351 Do not use the disc that comes with it. Outdated.
In general I think the SI chips are considered good for opticals with non-RAID BIOS and drivers. There's a dedicated sticky thread at the top of this forum on this very topic.
Thanks CDan. Good info in that thread. Latest drivers are here. http://www.siliconimage.com/support/searchresults.aspx?pid=31&cat=3
Latest bios is here. http://www.siliconimage.com/support/searchresults.aspx?pid=31&cat=15&ctid=2&os=0&
Thanks CDan, yeah I was aware of that thread but seeing how old it was (pre-Vista/Win7/x64) I was worried about compatibility with x64 systems.
No hiccups so far on x64 Windows 7?
Nope. Just installed this driver 18.104.22.168 a few days ago. This is the latest. My Bad. http://www.siliconimage.com/support/searchresults.aspx?pid=31&cat=3
I ask again, wouldn't be easier to simply spend $20 on a SATA optical drive?
Many, if not all current SATA optical drives do not support modified firmware. For the average person yes that would suffice, but people who come to this forum are anything but your everyday average optical drive users.