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Thermaltake AC0031 USB 3.0 Support MS Slot, CF Slot, SD Slot,Extreme Slot, Micro SD Slot, M2 Port Multi-Card Reader

  • USB 3.0
  • Multi-Card Reader
  • Supports USB3.0 x 2
  • Front eSATA port x1
  • 5V 2.5A charger port x1
  • 3.5" External Drive Bay
  • LED Display for Power and access
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Learn more about the Thermaltake AC0031

Model

Brand
Thermaltake
Model
AC0031

Features

Color
Black

Spec

Interface
USB 3.0
Dimensions
150 x 26 x 102 mm
Support - Compact Flash
Yes
Support - Memory Stick
Yes
Support - SD
Yes

Features

Features
MS Slot, CF Slot, SD Slot,Extreme Slot, Micro SD Slot, M2 Port

Front I/O: 2 x USB3.0, eSATA x1 , 5V 2.5A charger port x 1

Weight: 370g

Material: SECC

Connector: 1 x USB3.0 internal 20pin , 1 x USB3.0 TYPE A, 1 x SATA , 1 x 4pin molex

OS Support: Windows XP, Vista, Mac OS 9.x / X, Windows 7, Windows 8

Super Speed USB3.0 Multi-Card Reader (MS Slot, CF Slot, SD Slot,Extreme Slot, Micro SD Slot, M2 Port )

Supports USB3.0 x 2 , front eSATA port x1 and 5V 2.5A charger port x1.

Charge port compliant with 2012 Smartphone Charging Specification BC1.2.

Fits in any 3.5 external drive bay

LED display for Power and access

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Anonymous
  • 6/30/2014 7:13:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAll (non-SATA) slots USB 3.0 - YAY!

Pros: With the 19/20 pin internal connector, combined with the type A connector (either internal or...), the USB 3.0 ports PLUS the five (5) concurrent card slots ALL run at full 3.0 speed. Sweet.

The molex power connector makes sure they all have enough juice.

The reader has an E-Sata connector too.

Talk about packing a ton of good stuff into a little 3.5 inch slot, this one has it.

Construction quality is decent. Certainly I've seen worse...

Hey, if you've got a spare pci-e x1, add some external plus an internal Type A sockets using something like a syba PEX20135, and you can stay internal with all the cables. Just sayin'...

BTW, shouldn't complain if you didn't think it through before purchase...

Cons: No manual. Really. If not for the good people writing reviews here, how the heck would others know how this thing works? Like, that the right USB 3.0 goes to the Type A connector? Sheesh. That's the one egg off.

Other Thoughts: My motherboard almost stopped Windows 7 from working when I installed what was (for the mobo mfg) the latest driver for the onboard USB 3.0 - but only when this Reader was connected. Boot went from around a minute to about 20. Really.

Took much longer than that to troubleshoot. Motherboard wasn't Etron or Renesas - it is VIA. Works just fine after installing latest driver available from VIA website. Go figure.

I could have blamed this on Thermaltake. I could blame it on GigaB. I could blame it on society... No, I just isolated problem and found the improved driver.

Now all I want to do is raz the people who didn't do their troubleshooting props before RMA'ing the product. Tech Knowledge of (cough) 5? Oh My Goodness...

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  • William S.
  • 5/21/2014 1:50:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsThis is internal only!

Pros: Be aware-this is for internal PC only.

I'll have to send mine back . I was looking for external reader. When it says " USB 3.0 Card reader" it should add internal card reader only--not USB 3!

Cons: Not as describe

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  • Joseph W.
  • 5/14/2014 4:11:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJust a little warning

Pros: All the features I wanted. Not perfect in it's connections, but it'll work with my setup

Cons: I couldn't edit my other review, but in getting a RMA and sending the thing back to newegg for a Defective product cost me almost $11 in shipping charges!!! That's going though the newegg RMA process and their UPS shipping. 1/3rd the price I had to pay in shipping fee on a Defective product. Ya, I'm not very happy about that. They should have it by the 15th, and then I'll get yet another one and see what happens.

Other Thoughts: Other then the Orange Charging port not working and having to PAY for shipping the thing back, the only other strange thing is both the 20-Pin USB3 motherboard port connection and the normal USB3 external port connector.
Why both? I assume the 20-pin is for one if it's external USB3 ports and the Card Reader ports. Then the other external USB3 cable plug is for the other external USB3 port on the front of the unit. The the 4-pin Molex connector is for power for the Orange Charging port. I guess that's where the 5 volts, 2.5 Amps is coming from.

So plugging in my iPad into the Blue port, my New PC can charge my iPad from any of my USB3 ports, including this device, after I installed the Charging software for my motherboard. So if I plug in here, my iPad will charge and iTunes should auto start up. Using just the Orange Charging port, my iPad should charge and iTunes NOT pop up as it doesn't have a connection to the PC, it only charges. This is actually kind of nice! I just need a unit that fully works, and that means a working Orange port also. Having to PAY for a defective product I've barely used. Hell my new PC still isn't finished for another reason. I was at the Testing part to make sure it all worked. So unless you pay for New eggs Subscription service which costs $50 a year, you're forced to pay for Defective product returns. $11 is a little cheaper then $50.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
You may also choose to go through Thermaltake to receive a warranty replacement. If necessary, please contact Customer Service for additional instructions on how to obtain an RMA.
Thermaltake USA Customer Service
Email: ttsupport@thermaltakeusa.com
Toll Free: 1-800-988-1088 M-F 9:00AM~5:30PM (P.S.T)
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  • Joseph W.
  • 5/9/2014 6:52:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsJust what I wanted!!!

Pros: I love all the ports this thing has. The 2 USB 3.0 ports and a USB Charging port that's 5 volts at 2.5 Amps for things like a iPad that require more power to charge up. Plus the Ability to plug in all the different types of memory cards. My case has USB 3.0 on the front top but harder to access under my desk then right on the front.

Cons: The Connection for this thing may be a problem for some people. The 2 USB 3.0 ports require both a free 20-pin USB 3.0 port on your motherboard, plus a External USB 3.0 port to plug into. I have 2 20-pin USB ports on my motherboard, one is used for the my tower case 3.0 ports, and I had one free for this. Plus my Motherboard has a External USB 3.0 port sticking up right on the motherboard. So in my case this was a Snap. For others, make sure you have the 20-pin connector free, and if you have to, you can run the external 3.0 cable outside of your case and plug it into one of the external USB 3.0 ports from the motherboard that way. How you get the cable out can be done a few ways. Again a snap for me.

Other Thoughts: My one problem is the Orange USB charging port. It doesn't seem to be working. I plugged my iPad into it and nothing. The display should turn on and say it's charging. It turns on but shows not charging for the USB 3.0 ports, so that's working. The #1 reason I got this card reader was the charging port!!!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
If your card reader is not functioning properly, please call Customer Service. The card reader is also backed by a one year warranty so a replacement will be sent to you if necessary.
Thermaltake USA Customer Service
Email: ttsupport@thermaltakeusa.com
Toll Free: 1-800-988-1088 M-F 9:00AM~5:30PM (P.S.T)
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  • Jason C.
  • 4/27/2014 4:57:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsevery connection works

Pros: Haven't tried to max the USB speed because I don't have a fast enough external drive. USB 3 speeds are equal to my other computers and motherboard attached USB 3 ports. My Ext USB 3.0 2.5" 1TB drive transfers 100MBs.

Cons: My mother Board doesn't have enough USB 3.0 connectors.
One of the Front USB 3.0 ports has to connect to an available USB port on the motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Core i7 4770K
32GB RAM
256GB SSD+1TB and 4TB of Network storage

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  • Andrew P.
  • 3/17/2014 3:19:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast

Pros: It works, and is fast.

Cons: Requires one 20 pin internal connection and one connection that runs outside the case. I would have preferred if it had plug-in connectors on the back of the reader and cables / adapters to use use internal or external ports. For me, it was the best solution as provided, but...

Other Thoughts: I tested a few different types of cards and USB devices and they all work just fine.

It seems that most of my USB keys have status lights such that when I plug them in, the status light is facing down and I can not see it. This reader continues that trend. My solution was to mount the card reader upside down so that I can read my status lights since I do that often.

I had no problem reading any card that I dropped into this device, and, it was pretty fast. I am very happy at the moment with this device. I hope that it has good longevity.

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  • Dennis S.
  • 3/7/2014 1:17:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWork quite well

Pros: Has all the slots/ports I need and they all work well. Build quality seems very good so far. I find myself mainly using the USB Charging Port for my Smart Phone, the MicroSD slot and eSata port in addition to USB ports. I tried the CF slot using a camera's CF card and it works fine. Overall a clean install and looks nice once installed.

Cons: As others have noted the USB 3.0 cable hook-up is a little quirky. I had to pull off an unused expansion slot cover and notch it to run the USB 3.0 cable through it and out my case and hook to the external USB 3.0 connector on my HooToo PC002 USB 3.0 PCIE adapter card. The 19 pin header was no problem and plugged right in to the internal header on the PCIE adapter card. Once installed it all works well and I am satisfied, despite the quirky USB 3.0 cable routing, that I have the complete functionality this reader was designed to deliver. Very handy to have.

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  • Jason S.
  • 2/23/2014 12:58:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood item

Pros: Actual usb 3 card reader. It has a 5W 2A charding port.

Cons: You actually have to use the header on the MB AND a usb3 port to enable all the ports on this thing. It seems like it should have a port multiplier inside it so the header should have been adequate. Oh well. It's still nice to have USB3 and eSATA on the old case.

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  • Darian R.
  • 2/20/2014 11:02:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice ports, weird connecters

Pros: It has a nice selection of ports, and I like the power USB port for some of the devices with high power requirements.

Cons: My problem with it is that it uses the USB3 header on the motherboard and a USB3 port from the back of the motherboard. This configuration is weird and incredibly awkward. How exactly do I get a cable from inside the case to the back, when cases are designed to be sealed? I have an idea, but it is really awkward.

Other Thoughts: Good idea, bad implementation.

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  • Alin C.
  • 2/13/2014 10:33:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks fine with CF, SD and USB

Pros: Fast, on USB3 (CF rated at 90MB/s got read at 110MB/s :-), SD rated at 45MB/s got read at 40MB/s).

Other reviewers complained the 2nd USB3 front slot works only if you take a cable out of the case and plugs it back in to your MOBO back I/O USB3 ports. I see that as a pro - my MOBO has only one 20-pin USB 3 internal connecter, if the reader were to use 2 USB3 internal connecters I wouldn't have where to connect them to. This way I can have both front USB3 slots working. My case has (unused) holes in back for liquid cooling pipes so it was easy to take the cable out of the case through one of those holes.
It is a strange design though - maybe it would have been easier to put a USB2 port instead of that 'pass-through' USB3, the MOBOs have usually lots of USB2 internal connectors

Cons: One weird thing: the slots on bottom row (at least the CF slot) are bottom-up, so the cards needs to be inserted need to be inserted face-down. Likewise, the USB slots are bottom-up (have smartcard FOB with LED that points to the ground when it's inserted this way, so it's not visible)

Other Thoughts: Blue LED comes on only when reading a card, nice

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