Radxa Penta SATA HAT for RPi and Rock Pi Supports up to 5, 100TB SATA HDD

Radxa Penta SATA HAT for RPi and Rock Pi Supports up to 5, 100TB SATA HDD


The Radxa Penta SATA HAT is a NAS board designed for RADXA’s Rock Pi and Raspberry Pi, enabling the connection of up to five HDD/SSD drives. This allows for the construction of powerful NAS systems with up to 100TB of storage.

The device supports up to five HDD/SSDs, four of which are connected to the top of the board, and the fifth is connected to an eSATA port at the front of the board. It can handle a total capacity of 100TB and supports RAID 0, 1, and 5 configurations. Additionally, it features HDD suspend mode, external standard ATX power supply support for 3.5-inch HDDs, an optional PWM control fan for HDD heat management, and an optional OLED display for IP/store information.

The Penta SATA HAT is compatible with both Rock Pi and Raspberry Pi 5, featuring an easy setup process detailed in Radxa’s guide. It utilizes a JMB585 controller across two PCIe 2.1 lanes to provide up to 10Gbps of bandwidth, enabling speeds of up to 803 MB/s with five SSDs configured in RAID 0.

Previously we have covered many different RPi hats like the 52Pi NVMe M.2 SSD HAT, the Geekworm X1004 HAT+, the Mcuzone MPW7 HAT, and many others feel free to check those out if you are interested in the topic.

Radxa Penta SATA HAT Specification

  • Up to 100TB Storage: Supports 5 HDD/SSD drives for extensive storage options.
  • SATA & eSATA Ports: 4 internal SATA and 1 external eSATAp with power for flexible disk setups.
  • Fast Data Transfer: Utilizes PCIe 2.1 with 2 lanes for up to 10Gbps bandwidth.
  • Power Versatility: Supports DC and ATX power supplies, with special features for energy efficiency.
  • RAID & Cooling: Offers software RAID 0/1/5 and optional PWM fan for temperature control.
  • Display & Compatibility: Optional OLED for monitoring; compatible with Rock Pi 4, Rock 3, and Rock5 Model A.
  • High-Speed Performance: Achieves up to 803MB/s with SSDs in Raid0, powered by JMB585 chipset.

Inside the box, you will get the Penta SATA HAT board and the M.2 interface board with a high-speed Ribbon connector cable along with an eSATA cable. The Penta SATA HAT can be purchased from AllNetChina for $49.00, and it’s also available at a slightly lower price of $44.99 through Arace Tech’s online store.

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