Promise Technology Ultra133 TX2 ATA Controller

2 x 40-pin IDE Ultra ATA - PCI - MPN: ULTRA133TX2
Product Details
Description
Promise Ultra133 TX2 simply delivers more for your new Ultra ATA/133 drive(s). From Promise Technology, Inc., the leader in ATA controllers, Ultra133 supports Ultra ATA/133 drives with burst data transfers up to 133MB per second 33% faster than Ultra ATA/100 drives. Ultra133 also supports 66MHz PCI motherboards that offer broader bandwidth of up to 266MB/sec over the PCI bus with CRC error-checking, greater data reliability, and faster transfers. With Ultra133 TX2, you can rely on the worlds most-widely tested and implemented ATA BIOS from Promise. Just attach your new Ultra ATA/133 drive(s) and/or older Ultra ATA/100/66/or 33 drives. The Promise BIOS will recognize the make, model, and best speed setting for peak drive performance.
Quick Glance
Controller Type Ultra ATA Controller
Slot/Port Type PCI
Interface Type Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
User Reviews
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5 Star Review   By member whytegold - Aug 16, 2008   

Strengths: Everything

Weakness: NOT for Atapi devices (CDRW/DVDRW etc)

This card is advertised for HARD DRIVES ONLY! Promise has OTHER cards if you want to hook up atapi (CDRW/DVDRW) devices, but NOT THIS ONE! This card runs multiple hard drives flawlessly as advertised, & that is ALL it is advertised for.

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4 Star Review   By member zancarius - Jun 24, 2004   

Strengths: Very easy to install, widely supported by an assortment of operating systems, and excellent performance for the price.

Weakness: Cannot boot from specific devices attached to the card on older BIOSes.

I originally purchased my Ultra133 TX2 (rebranded by Maxtor) to boot a driver larger than the BIOS was able to recognize (older hardware and the manufacturer no longer produces flash upgrades for this particular motherboard). This card worked flawlessly under FreeBSD 4.8 for over a year and a half and the performance was outstanding! I now have the card plugged into a box installed with FreeBSD 5.2.1, Gentoo GNU/Linux, and Windows 2000 Server and it works very well under each OS (be certain to compile the driver for this card INTO your kernel if you're running GNU/Linux and the boot device is attached to the card, otherwise IT WILL REFUSE TO BOOT). Although the card is more or less retired to testing purposes for surplus hardware, it's very nice being able to install several hard drives into a machine in conjunction with optical IDE devices installed directly on the motherboard's bus. The Ultra133 TX2 has really served me well! There's nothing more satisfying than being able to install large drives on older hardware AND booting from them!

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1 Star Review   By member doug2003 - Mar 31, 2003   

Strengths: very few ... it works with the Ultra 100 and 133 hard drives... but...

Weakness: ... it won't see MY CD-RW also for booting from it.

I have to agree with the other user on here who stated trouble with the company tech support and the bios, that gives trouble seeing anything other than a hard drive attached to the card. I also have problems with the card not allowing booting from a CD-RW, and when anything other than a hard drive is connected to the card along with the hard drive, the other devices aren't seen. to the persons stating how much they like this card, :-) , either you work for the Promise company, and wanted to raise the overall rating of this card on here, or you're NOT using anything other than a hard drive with it. ALSO ... it doesn't seem to give as fast a transfer rate as Promise Company states ... I'm just getting around 30MB/s using a 33MHz IDE bus .. according to Promise, it should be around 100MB/s, and 200MB/s using a 66 MHz IDE bus... so it seems the Promise company should change their company name to "False Promise Company Inc." For these reasons I just give it ONE(1) star (cause it won't allow NO stars).. :-(

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5 Star Review   By member connert - Dec 7, 2002   

Strengths: Plug in, load drivers and off you go. No problems. (Easy to install, and really speeds up my old MB.)

Weakness: Have not found one.

I read some negative reviews on this card from a few sites and almost stayed away from controller cards all together. For $35.00 I decided to go ahead and take the chance. I am very pleased that I did, this card has been up and running with my new ATA100 80GB HDD now for 3 weeks and I have not had any trouble.

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4 Star Review   By member kmrussell - Nov 22, 2002   

Strengths: Fast/Speeds up Operating Systems Boot Time and General Access in Windows. Co-existing with Motherboard IDE Controllers! (Uses IRQ9 or available)

Weakness: Installation is difficult/confusing with a fresh install of Windows 2000 - driver did not want to load directly from the Maxtor/Promise CD on a Intel440BX chipset.

I bought a Maxtor 7200rpm ATA/133 40gb drive to go with this controller to add on a Pentium III 550mhz system that was CREEPING with Windows 98 on it. I could not believe this difference in speed. I installed Windows 2000, which as mentioned was very difficult and frustrating since their driver for the card did not want to load initially, but this might be a bug in the Intel BX chipset (It would act like it was accessing the CDROM but then also access the floppy drive-as if it wasn't seeing the CDROM). Regardless, I finally figured out how to make a driver disk from their CD and it installed no problem after that. Once installed, this controller and drive combo REALLY sped up the system and when Windows 2000 is loading, the 'Starting Windows 2000' bar that goes across the screen when starting ZOOMS across! Amazing speed increase in the whole system. In response to the reviewer who stated about having troubles with CDROM booting, I cannot attest to that but will say this: I have always had problems with CDROM drives with these 'add-on' controller cards. I don't think the problem is just limited to Promise's controllers but I will say that Siig does do a better job with support for them. I remember when most of them DID NOT even support CD-ROMs. My suggestion would be since this card co-exists so beautifully with on-board (Motherboard) IDE controllers already in the system, to stick the CDROM on the Secondary IDE channel on the MB and boot it from their if needed.

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1 Star Review   By member Steve1234 - Nov 13, 2002   

Strengths: The hard Drive is recognized SO? BIG DEAL!!!

Weakness: The company, the controller, and the speed. NOT what they Promise !!!

I've have this controller, along with the Ultra100 Tx2 for 3 months, and DON'T recommend BOTH to anyone. I'm an Engineer and tried to tell Promise Technologies the problem with the controller not working with CD-RW - DVD's along with the Hard Drive connected at the same time is the fault of THEIR hardware, not MINE !!! If the Hard Drive is at IDE#1 & the CD-RW is at IDE#2, the controller won't see the CD-RW or boot from bootable CDs of ANY type. I found, if the CD-RW & DVD was connected to the IDE#1 port, and the Hard Drive connected to the IDE#2 port, then the CD-RW & DVD would be seen, together with the hard Drive. ** BUT ** If you do that, then your CD and DVD drive is put before the logical drive letters of the hard drive, and things get messed up when working with Windows2000 and Win98 using BootMagic - Partition Magic. ** & ** The CD-RW didn't boot from bootable CDs made using ROXIO EZ CD Creator v5.1 and v5.3 (not EZ CD creator's fault-(CDs seen if CD-ROM connected to MoBo IDE)-but did see the bootable CDs if it was an operating system bootable like Win2000 or XP using this type of connection - now THAT'S strange, cause when the CD-RW is attached to the Motherboards IDE controller it boots from ANY bootable CDs. I can't recommend this controller, or the company. Their "TECHS" just make excuses, and don't want to address the real problem. THEIR HADWARE SUCKS (& POSSIBLY THE BIOS TOO) DON'T BUY IT !

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5 Star Review   By member Television - Nov 11, 2002   

Strengths: Can use up to 8 devices with it's 4 additional ports.

Weakness: It needs an other HDD Led connector.

I have a Maxtor Ultra ATA/133 card actually but the card is exactly the same with Promise TX2 133. I have upgraded it's bios from Promise with 2.20.0.14 being one and now it works better. I have seen it can allow up to 120MB burst rate compared to 85MB burst rate for Ultra 100 controllers. At some other reviews Ultra 133 clocks at 30ns, Ultra 100 clocks at 40ns and Ultra 66 clocks at 60ns written. So the performance gain is obvious. But there is one thing that I want to mention. If you are thinking to use this card beneath i820 chipset, such as BX ones, you can not install Intel's Application accelerator. Therefore it might not be possible to use 160GB and over HDD's with BX chipset (on Windows operating system) but can use higher transfer speeds.

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Product Details
Description
Promise Ultra133 TX2 simply delivers more for your new Ultra ATA/133 drive(s). From Promise Technology, Inc., the leader in ATA controllers, Ultra133 supports Ultra ATA/133 drives with burst data transfers up to 133MB per second 33% faster than Ultra ATA/100 drives. Ultra133 also supports 66MHz PCI motherboards that offer broader bandwidth of up to 266MB/sec over the PCI bus with CRC error-checking, greater data reliability, and faster transfers. With Ultra133 TX2, you can rely on the worlds most-widely tested and implemented ATA BIOS from Promise. Just attach your new Ultra ATA/133 drive(s) and/or older Ultra ATA/100/66/or 33 drives. The Promise BIOS will recognize the make, model, and best speed setting for peak drive performance.
Quick Glance
Controller Type Ultra ATA Controller
Slot/Port Type PCI
Interface Type Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
Summary
Product Title Promise Technology Ultra133 TX2 ATA Controller
Manufacturer Promise Technology
Power Score 3.6 | 7 Reviews
Controller Attributes
Channels: 2
Host Transfer Rate: Up to 1.04 Gbps
Maximum Number of Devices Supported: 4 x Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
Interface Connection: 2 x 40-pin IDE Ultra ATA
General
Category: Drive Controller
Warranty Information: 3 Year Limited
URL: Manufacturer Link
System Type: PC
Class: Card
Additional Specifications
Included Components: Cabling (Interface)
Description: 0
Labor Warranty: 2 year(s)
Drive Modes: PIO - 4/3/2/1/0
Base Warranty: 2 year(s)
Product Model: Ultra133 TX2
Brand Name: Promise
Frequency Band: Dual IDE ports support separate timing and optimum speeds of attached drive(s) or ATAPI device(s)Up to 266MB/sec burst across 66MHz PCI busAuto-identifies and configures drive typeAuto-detects & supports Ultra Mode transfersEasy conflict-free installationBus mastering offloads data I/O handling from host CPUSupports CRC error-checking of UDMA drives
Board/Module Type: Daughterboard
Parts Warranty: 2 year(s)
Error Checking: CRC
LBA Support: 1176821039104 bit
User Reviews
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5 Star Review   By member whytegold - Aug 16, 2008   

Strengths: Everything

Weakness: NOT for Atapi devices (CDRW/DVDRW etc)

This card is advertised for HARD DRIVES ONLY! Promise has OTHER cards if you want to hook up atapi (CDRW/DVDRW) devices, but NOT THIS ONE! This card runs multiple hard drives flawlessly as advertised, & that is ALL it is advertised for.

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4 Star Review   By member zancarius - Jun 24, 2004   

Strengths: Very easy to install, widely supported by an assortment of operating systems, and excellent performance for the price.

Weakness: Cannot boot from specific devices attached to the card on older BIOSes.

I originally purchased my Ultra133 TX2 (rebranded by Maxtor) to boot a driver larger than the BIOS was able to recognize (older hardware and the manufacturer no longer produces flash upgrades for this particular motherboard). This card worked flawlessly under FreeBSD 4.8 for over a year and a half and the performance was outstanding! I now have the card plugged into a box installed with FreeBSD 5.2.1, Gentoo GNU/Linux, and Windows 2000 Server and it works very well under each OS (be certain to compile the driver for this card INTO your kernel if you're running GNU/Linux and the boot device is attached to the card, otherwise IT WILL REFUSE TO BOOT). Although the card is more or less retired to testing purposes for surplus hardware, it's very nice being able to install several hard drives into a machine in conjunction with optical IDE devices installed directly on the motherboard's bus. The Ultra133 TX2 has really served me well! There's nothing more satisfying than being able to install large drives on older hardware AND booting from them!

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1 Star Review   By member doug2003 - Mar 31, 2003   

Strengths: very few ... it works with the Ultra 100 and 133 hard drives... but...

Weakness: ... it won't see MY CD-RW also for booting from it.

I have to agree with the other user on here who stated trouble with the company tech support and the bios, that gives trouble seeing anything other than a hard drive attached to the card. I also have problems with the card not allowing booting from a CD-RW, and when anything other than a hard drive is connected to the card along with the hard drive, the other devices aren't seen. to the persons stating how much they like this card, :-) , either you work for the Promise company, and wanted to raise the overall rating of this card on here, or you're NOT using anything other than a hard drive with it. ALSO ... it doesn't seem to give as fast a transfer rate as Promise Company states ... I'm just getting around 30MB/s using a 33MHz IDE bus .. according to Promise, it should be around 100MB/s, and 200MB/s using a 66 MHz IDE bus... so it seems the Promise company should change their company name to "False Promise Company Inc." For these reasons I just give it ONE(1) star (cause it won't allow NO stars).. :-(

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5 Star Review   By member connert - Dec 7, 2002   

Strengths: Plug in, load drivers and off you go. No problems. (Easy to install, and really speeds up my old MB.)

Weakness: Have not found one.

I read some negative reviews on this card from a few sites and almost stayed away from controller cards all together. For $35.00 I decided to go ahead and take the chance. I am very pleased that I did, this card has been up and running with my new ATA100 80GB HDD now for 3 weeks and I have not had any trouble.

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4 Star Review   By member kmrussell - Nov 22, 2002   

Strengths: Fast/Speeds up Operating Systems Boot Time and General Access in Windows. Co-existing with Motherboard IDE Controllers! (Uses IRQ9 or available)

Weakness: Installation is difficult/confusing with a fresh install of Windows 2000 - driver did not want to load directly from the Maxtor/Promise CD on a Intel440BX chipset.

I bought a Maxtor 7200rpm ATA/133 40gb drive to go with this controller to add on a Pentium III 550mhz system that was CREEPING with Windows 98 on it. I could not believe this difference in speed. I installed Windows 2000, which as mentioned was very difficult and frustrating since their driver for the card did not want to load initially, but this might be a bug in the Intel BX chipset (It would act like it was accessing the CDROM but then also access the floppy drive-as if it wasn't seeing the CDROM). Regardless, I finally figured out how to make a driver disk from their CD and it installed no problem after that. Once installed, this controller and drive combo REALLY sped up the system and when Windows 2000 is loading, the 'Starting Windows 2000' bar that goes across the screen when starting ZOOMS across! Amazing speed increase in the whole system. In response to the reviewer who stated about having troubles with CDROM booting, I cannot attest to that but will say this: I have always had problems with CDROM drives with these 'add-on' controller cards. I don't think the problem is just limited to Promise's controllers but I will say that Siig does do a better job with support for them. I remember when most of them DID NOT even support CD-ROMs. My suggestion would be since this card co-exists so beautifully with on-board (Motherboard) IDE controllers already in the system, to stick the CDROM on the Secondary IDE channel on the MB and boot it from their if needed.

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1 Star Review   By member Steve1234 - Nov 13, 2002   

Strengths: The hard Drive is recognized SO? BIG DEAL!!!

Weakness: The company, the controller, and the speed. NOT what they Promise !!!

I've have this controller, along with the Ultra100 Tx2 for 3 months, and DON'T recommend BOTH to anyone. I'm an Engineer and tried to tell Promise Technologies the problem with the controller not working with CD-RW - DVD's along with the Hard Drive connected at the same time is the fault of THEIR hardware, not MINE !!! If the Hard Drive is at IDE#1 & the CD-RW is at IDE#2, the controller won't see the CD-RW or boot from bootable CDs of ANY type. I found, if the CD-RW & DVD was connected to the IDE#1 port, and the Hard Drive connected to the IDE#2 port, then the CD-RW & DVD would be seen, together with the hard Drive. ** BUT ** If you do that, then your CD and DVD drive is put before the logical drive letters of the hard drive, and things get messed up when working with Windows2000 and Win98 using BootMagic - Partition Magic. ** & ** The CD-RW didn't boot from bootable CDs made using ROXIO EZ CD Creator v5.1 and v5.3 (not EZ CD creator's fault-(CDs seen if CD-ROM connected to MoBo IDE)-but did see the bootable CDs if it was an operating system bootable like Win2000 or XP using this type of connection - now THAT'S strange, cause when the CD-RW is attached to the Motherboards IDE controller it boots from ANY bootable CDs. I can't recommend this controller, or the company. Their "TECHS" just make excuses, and don't want to address the real problem. THEIR HADWARE SUCKS (& POSSIBLY THE BIOS TOO) DON'T BUY IT !

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5 Star Review   By member Television - Nov 11, 2002   

Strengths: Can use up to 8 devices with it's 4 additional ports.

Weakness: It needs an other HDD Led connector.

I have a Maxtor Ultra ATA/133 card actually but the card is exactly the same with Promise TX2 133. I have upgraded it's bios from Promise with 2.20.0.14 being one and now it works better. I have seen it can allow up to 120MB burst rate compared to 85MB burst rate for Ultra 100 controllers. At some other reviews Ultra 133 clocks at 30ns, Ultra 100 clocks at 40ns and Ultra 66 clocks at 60ns written. So the performance gain is obvious. But there is one thing that I want to mention. If you are thinking to use this card beneath i820 chipset, such as BX ones, you can not install Intel's Application accelerator. Therefore it might not be possible to use 160GB and over HDD's with BX chipset (on Windows operating system) but can use higher transfer speeds.

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