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nMEDIAPC ZE-C668 5.25IN USB3.0 Flash Card Reader Black Panel With USB 2.0/3.0/IEEE 1394/ESATA/HD Audio Ports

  • ZE-C668
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Model

Brand
nMEDIAPC
Model
ZE-C668

Spec

Compatibility
5.25" Drive Bay

Features

Features
Support the latest High Speed / Extra Capacity Flash Memory Card Up to 2TB (SDHC 2.0 / SDXC Compliance)

All-in-1 4 card slots card reader and writes CF; MD; SDHX; SDXC; MMC; xD; MS Memory Cards

Support USB 3.0 x 1 and USB 2.0 X 2 ports (Internal header connected to onboard USB 2.0/3.0 port)

Support High Definition & AC97 Front Audio (onboard port required)

Support the latest flash card specification: CF 4.0 (DMA mode), SD1.1/2.0 (SDHC/SDXC), MMC4.1/4.2, MSPro parallel mode (4-bit), xD 1.2

Support all e-SATA External Hard Drive

Internal design fitting into 5.25" drive bay to save the desktop space.

Supports Hot-Swapping and Plug and Play function.

Support slot-to-slot read/write operation

USB Bus powered; no external power required.

Support USB V2.0 & V3.0 specification and USB Device Class Definition for Mass Storage, Bulk-Transport

Support Win ME/2000/XP/Vista/Win 7, Mac OS X/ V9.2 or higher

Driverless

All internal cable with direct connection to motherboard onboard port

Packaging

Package Contents
ZE-C668 All-in-1 Card Reader
SATA cable (Internal)
USB 2.0 cable (Internal / 10-pins)
USB 3.0 cable (Internal / 20-pins)
IEEE 1394 cable (Internal)
HD / AC 97 Audio cable (Internal)
Screws
User Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • John F.
  • 1/12/2014 10:55:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I have had this panel for a couple of years. It works perfectly. I am now building a new PC and have decided to keep this panel on my old PC, so I am looking for a new Panel. Reviewing what is available I still think that this is the best for my needs. I am surprised by some of the other reviews and am only writing this because I completely disagree.

Cons: The front panel was loose some two sided tape fixed it.

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  • Jeffrey N.
  • 7/29/2013 1:06:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCould be better, but does what I need

Pros: I mostly got this for the front panel audio. It plugged straight into the AAFP connector with no problems, and I'm happily using a headset alternatively with my speakers. USB 2.0 and SD card slots work as well. The AAFP connection includes both AC'97 and HD options (I've only tried HD). The cables were reasonably long.

Cons: First, the panel looks nice, but feels cheap. This is especially true of the memory card slots, which are poorly aligned. USB 2.0 seems less so than the card slots. The connectors have some "give", a slightly spongy feel, like the inside mounting is insufficiently rigid. The audio connectors feel reasonably OK.

Second, the mechanical fit is atrocious. I needed to file the edges down for it to fit into my case. Also, having only 2 mounting screws means the panel tends to flop around (uses the screws as a pivot) unless held in place by adjacent faceplates or the case's front panel. That's generally not a problem once assembled but irritating when you're trying to assemble and test. And if you're missing blank filler panels it's likely to be a long-term problem. (Missing filler panels is more likely in an older case where -- guess what? -- you're more likely to need a panel like this in the first place.)

Some of the cables are hot-glued onto the panel's connectors, adding to the overall impression of cheapness. However, I won't ding them for that; my rating is mostly based on the poor fit and bad alignment.

Other Thoughts: Could not test USB 3.0 and have not tested the Firewire or eSATA, so I cannot comment on those functions, but the connectors fit correctly into the motherboard.

The panel does what I needed, which was front audio panel access to headphones and USB 2.0, so I'm reasonably satisfied.

A nice touch would have been some provision to unplug cables for functions you're not using -- with all those functions there's quite a bundle of them. If you don't need some of them, the unused cables just get into the way.

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  • Wayne J.
  • 2/14/2013 7:10:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot real impressed

Pros: Nice selection of ports.

Cons: The front panel is 5.88" across and my case opening (as well as other 5.25 bay components) is only 5.85. Someone goofed. A dremel got me past that issue. Couldn't get a card into the slot because the panel is misaligned with the card connector. Even after that the card is not working, I suspect due to not having connected the USB3 cable. The outside box even had typos.

Not my best purchase from Newegg. Wish they had looked a bit closer at the quality of this product before offering it. Too late now, I don't think they will take it back after modifying the panel.

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  • Jeff H.
  • 2/13/2013 5:16:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor I/O Panel

Pros: NONE, DOES NOT WORK! Had to trash it and eat the cost. See cons below for details.

Cons: I needed a front panel I/O header for a system I was building and decided to try this model. However, it was a very poor choice in terms of quality and design. As another reviewer points out, this unit does NOT have a dedicated power input meaning it draws its power from the main USB 3.0 header on your motherboard.

After installing, I instantly noticed how long it took my system to boot. It added nearly 20 seconds from my POST. I have an ASUS workstation motherboard with the latest BIOS and the settings I knew were correct since no other items gave me trouble. Once it did boot, none of my USB 3.0 ports worked and also the eSATA port was messed up. I tried the same devices in another USB 3.0 port on the same system and it worked fine and I tried the eSATA on the back header of my motherboard which worked fine too.

Bottom line is no matter what I tried, even double checking the BIOS settings, nothing made this work. Also, the boot issues were a HUGE problem regardless. So, I removed it and everything was just fine with no problems. Since then I tried a brand called "Unitek" which has a dedicated SATA power connecter and also a "Silverstone" with no issues. So, if you are looking for an I/O header, I would try one of those brands and avoid these for sure!

Other Thoughts: They will have to improve drastically and have a dedicated power input before I try a newer model if they come out with one.

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  • Thomas B.
  • 1/19/2013 10:12:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad USB 3.0 implementation

Pros: Looks good in mid tower. Great concept.

Cons: Poor USB 3.0 circuit design. Loaded down entire USB system. Regardless of my M5A97 BIOS settings, computer would boot slowly. Progams became sluggish and/or behaved erratically. Asus AI Suite II system information would not come up at all. The moment I unplugged USB 3.0 connector from my motherboard all was well again.

Other Thoughts: I suspect the problem lays with their attempt to power the card reader with USB 3.0. The idea is fine but there is a problem with their circuit design. Replaced with superior performing Rosewill unit that powers it's fast USB 2.0 card reader with a separate connection to the power supply and has no problems with it's USB 3.0 connection what so ever.

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  • Robert K.
  • 1/11/2013 6:10:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood and Bad

Pros: A good selection of ports on the panel; supports new tech (USB 3.0) and old tech (IEEE1394).
Card reader is connected to USB 3.0, so it can transfer data as fast as the card can go.
Good selection of supported card types.

Cons: Mediocre construction; plastic chassis, misaligned card reader.
Do not get full speed out of the USB 3.0

Other Thoughts: I bought this unit because I wanted a card reader, USB 3.0 ports, and IEEE 1394 Firewire on the front panel of my computer. This is the only panel I found that had this combination. Also, I wanted a panel that connected all of the ports to the motherboard. I did not want cables sticking out the rear panel to connect to rear jacks or extra PCI boards.

Other reviewers noted that the USB 3.0 was slow and may not work with an external hard drive, but I only needed it for use with a USB flash drive, so the speed was not a big problem for me.

I timed how long it took to transfer a 3.8 GB video file to the various ports using a USB 3.0 flash drive:
Took 85 seconds on the rear USB 3.0 connected to the motherboard
Took 170 seconds on the rear USB 2.0 connected to the mobo.
Took 160 seconds on the front panel USB 2.0 on the case.
Took 147 seconds to the USB 2.0 on the nMEDIAPC panel.
Took 123 seconds to the USB 3.0 on the nMEDIAPC panel.
So the USB 3.0 on the nMEDIAPC panel is halfway between the speed of a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. This could cause problems with certain devices.

The faceplate was about 1mm wider than the DVD faceplate. It fit my case OK, but may need to be trimmed for some cases.

The chassis and faceplate are plastic and the standoffs that support the upper circuit board are also plastic. I noticed that when inserting a compact flash card, the upper board moved a lot because the standoffs were bending. I think the standoffs would eventually break off if you used it for CF cards a lot.

I decided to return the unit to Newegg since the upper circuit board with the card reader and USB 3.0 jack was misaligned with the faceplate. I could not insert an SD card in the slot. I could have modified it, but I didn't pay for a do-it-yourself kit.

I felt that the price was too high for the quality of the unit. A price of around $20 would be more in line with the quality.

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  • Daniel T.
  • 1/2/2013 9:09:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsvvary goodd

Pros: gogod d ,,easy to connect , wiring fast,

Cons: 1/16 inch wider than my case,but file it a little and works

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  • Thomas B.
  • 12/26/2012 2:50:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt works!

Pros: Nice convenient way to add USB and card reader ports to front of computer.

Cons: none really

Other Thoughts: Pluggeed in easily to Asus M5A97 evo mama board. All ports seem to function ok. Card reader uses USB 3.0 and is fast.

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  • Pat L.
  • 11/27/2012 7:15:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't Buy This

Pros: Has USB 3 for motherboard header and front panel audio.
It does work.

Cons: The front panel is too wide to fit my Antec case. Filed about 1/16" off each side to make it fit. Then discovered it is to short the other way and left a gap between it and the DVD drive. Also the front panel is slightly curved, just enough to be noticeable.

Other Thoughts: It is hard to insert SD cards & audio plugs. Although everything seems to work, the general feeling is cheap & shoddy.
Looking at the specs this might seem like just what you want. Keep looking for a better one.
Didn't try to RMA since I had modified it.
I've always been satisfied with my New Egg purchases before but one egg to New Egg for selling something this shoddy!

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  • David J.
  • 11/18/2012 10:12:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood but miscategorized product

Pros: USB 3 Realtek card reader. Easy installation and long cables -- all cables other than USB 3 cable attach to the internal hardware using standard SATA or pin header connections.

Cons: NewEgg refuses to acknowledge that this is a "card reader," not a controller. This has no fan control capability. Of course, card readers have regularly had discounts, and this "mistake" ensures that this product does not qualify.

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