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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

Spec

Color
Black
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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  • Michael M.
  • 9/30/2014 11:00:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect! However, make sure you understand the hardware requirements to run it!

Pros: extremely useful variety of ports. i have tested them and they run super fast. i believe all the mem card slots communicate with each other at USB 3 speed, too. product looks attractive (nice if you are concerned about appearance) and feels very high-quality. all blacked out plastic face, black metal body, and black rubber/plastic sleeved cables.

Cons: You need to be sure you understand the full requirements to run all of the ports in this bay. You will need: 1 female A (external-style) USB 3 port (from your motherboard, or from a pci-e USB 3 card that has a header, or you can cut a notch into a PCI bracket and feed the included cable out the back of the case into an avail USB 3 A port). You will need a 19-pin USB 3 internal header (from your motherboard or from a pci-e USB 3 card that has a header). You will need an internal SATA port. You will need a 4-pin Molex power connector.

minor cons? -- USB ports are upside-down. power connector is the only thing that is not black!

Other Thoughts: if your motherboard does not have the avail ports, and you would like to keep all of the cabling inside your case, the following product is extremely useful, since it features both an internal female A port AND a 19-pin header:

USB3.0 7Port PCI Express Card (5 USB3.0 Ports & Internal USB3.0 20PIN Connector)

As of this review, it is only avail by import from China, and i bought it on the electronic-bay website. It has all of the USB ports necessary to satisfy the Thermaltake bay by itself!

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  • Bryan R.
  • 9/6/2014 10:18:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsStopped reading cards in less than 2 months

Pros: USB 3, Charging port, Many Card reader options

Cons: It lasted less than 2 months. It no longer reads any of the cards I use. The blue light comes on and that is about it. The USB ports still work, but the point is to read memory cards without using adapters.

Other Thoughts: It did get a little tricky to install with all the connections required for everything to work on the unit. When it work it was great. I hope there is a repair facility close because I an not going to spend almost half the purchase price to send it back.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
The card reader is backed by a 1 year warranty. Please contact Customer Service who will provide you with RMA instructions.
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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  • Michael N.
  • 8/3/2014 11:36:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMeh.

Pros: Lotsa memory card ports.

USB 3.0

E-Sata

Solid construction, everything is nice and straight.

Cons: That internal 3.0 problem everyone is complaining about.

This device cost enough, it SHOULD have had a 3.0 hub inside to take care of all the ports with ONE PLUG...not THREE (yes, three). The header port, is really 2 and the extra external one is the third. I solved this by ordering an internal usb 3.0 card with an external port on it. One thing they could have done is to design this thing so that the card reader used the external plug....that way that could be plugged into a usb 2.0 header with an adapter...I don't really need usb 3.0 speeds for memory cards.

Another con is the charging port. It certainly doesn't work very well on my Nexus 5. Very slow charging. I'm guessing they didn't do their homework on this one either.

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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)
089

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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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