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This review is from: HighPoint RU1144A (RocketU 1144A) PCI-Express 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 Controller Card
Pros: This beats the pants off my integrated (very disappointing) USB 3.0 controller on my motherboard. This is the fastest USB add-in card I've used to date (Used a few SIIG's and several integrated setups on motherboards).
Cons: None so far
Other Thoughts: I have a Shuttle SH61R4, with integrated USB 3.0 (2 ports). Well, I was using this setup as a TV server with a Ceton card & a Seagate GoFlex USB 3.0 1.5GB drive attached for my recorded TV target. Sadly this did not work due to a performance issue with the USB 3.0 ports on the MB. It was fine if I was just watching a show or just recording a show to it in HD, but doing both was not working. I benchmarked the drive and saw a very disappointing 45MB/sec max throughput on the drive. I knew the drive was faster than that and suspected the interface was the issue. So I said...I'm going all out and spending $100 on a card. My Seagate now hits 90+ MB/sec RW speeds (Using default settings ATTO Disk Benchmark). I was pretty happy with that and it is inline with the drives capabilities. I decided to do one more benchmark using an external 2.5" 3.0 SIIG enclosure with a 256GB VERTEX 3 SSD. I couldn't really break 200MB/sec. O well, it is an improvement.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Intel Pentium D 945 Presler Dual-Core 3.4GHz LGA 775 Desktop Processor CPU-PD945-R
Pros: Fairly inexpensive, easy drop-in performance upgrade for an older system losing its abilities.
Cons: power consumption
Other Thoughts: I upgraded a Dell Dimension 9100 from a 3.0 GHz single core P4 to this chip. I replaced the XP load with Fedora 16 hoping to bring some new life in both look and feel. The Fedora ran ok with the single core but you could see its age even when surfing heavy media webpages. This dual-core really brought some new life to this old system. I still can't play 1080p video's off youtube jitter free, but overall a nice improvement for $40. I don't regret it at all. I didn't even have to upgrade the BIOS (running A02).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655) Wireless N300, USB SharePort, Gigabit
Pros: It works
Cons: I've never seen it get anywhere near the advertised speeds but then again none of the others do either in real world scenarios.
Other Thoughts: This router provides both functionality in the basic sense that it is reliable. I have two of these, one being 2 years old and I never reboot it...have issues..etc. There are also all the normal advanced settings for port forwarding...etc etc.READ FULL REVIEW