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This review is from: SYBA SY-PEX40039 PCI-Express 2.0 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: Inexpensive card, does what I need it to do. In the PCIe 1x slot of my Asus M5A88-V EVO motherboard my SSD gets the same benchmarks as when I have it hooked up directly to the motherboard. Note that the port on the mobo is set to RAID mode though, part of the reason I got this card was to occasionally move the drive over to it for full AHCI capability and allow my Intel SSD software to update the SSD firmware. Can't do that through the RAID set mobo ports, works fine through this card. Haven't had any issues with the card (other than the notes in "Cons") using it with bare Asmedia drivers.
Cons: The SATA plugs on the board are designed for the "force fit" SATA cable connectors, the ones that have no clip. If you have cables with the clip you may get flaky connections to the card. The only reason I knocked off an egg.
Other Thoughts: I've ordered a few Molex 47080-4005 SATA sockets from Digikey. These have the shroud that allows for clip SATA cables to be properly connected. Going to see if my soldering skills are up to removing the existing connectors and replacing them with what I would prefer to have. The connectors Syba used look to be similar to the Molex 67490-1220. Would have been nice if Syba went with shrouded connectors but (in bulk) it would have cost about 10c more per connector, not counting potential manufacturing hardware changes.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Coboc 3 ft. High Speed HDMI® Cable
Pros: Can pop the plug shells off to fit the plugs into areas that are tight. (Still can't get it into the HDMI port of Galaxy 65NPH7DN7WGU in my AOpen A600 series case) Works and is flexible.
Cons: Plastic clip-on plug casings instead of better molded on options. Shielding looks to be minimal so I wouldn't use these for long runs.
Other Thoughts: Popping the shells off the plugs does remove all strain protection from them so you're going to need to be careful. There isn't a whole lot of strain protection in the first place given how rigid the plastic is. But at the price I paid for them these are working and disposable if needed.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: All the items it supports. Looks good in my 3.5" bay. No major problems. Realtek drivers have some nice icons for when the cards are inserted.
Cons: Feels a bit flimsy. Fitment of ports to bezel could be better. Possible the internal SATA cable could pull off the connector. Forget which cards go in upside down. MicroSD card can be difficult to get a grip on to remove as my 3.5" bay is somewhat recessed. Concern from other problem reports here in the reviews. A couple of the icons could use some anti-aliasing. Don't know if Rosewill's bundled icons are different, didn't use their drivers.
Other Thoughts: I've been using the Realtek drivers many have mentioned in their reviews and doing so under WinXP. I think there the drives would still show up with nothing in them but I also had Windows set to show all hidden files so that could be why. When I fist upgraded to Win8.1 the stock MS drivers behaved the same. If I didn't show hidden files the drives would be hidden, but turning that on also displayed empty drives. Put the Realtek drivers on just now and the drives now hide properly.
Without opening it up (again) I believe the chipset is RTS5121 based on a Google search. On the Realtek site this is covered by the "USB RTS5159/RTS5138/RTS5176 card reader driver for XP/Win7/Win8/Win8.1" package. Current version at this writing is 6.2.9200.30164, built on 07/09/2013. Creation date of the archive listed on Realtek's site is 08/21/2013 and it can be found in
Downloads > Computer Peripheral ICs > Card Reader Solutions > Card Reader Controllers > Software. The hardware ID for my reader is USB\VID_0BDA&PID_0181.
Before installing initially I did open it up to make sure there were no concerns of shorts and such. While in there I added some internal slack to the SATA cable to ensure it didn't pull off the internal socket. This cable is just a normal SATA cable and plugs into the back of the eSATA interface just like it would to any hard drive. Replacing this with either a different cable (more flexible, different color, different opposite end connector, etc.) is easy and may help worries of it coming unplugged in the unit.
I've got the eSATA paired up with a Syba SY-PEX40040 SATA III (ASMedia ASM1061 chipset) adapter card. The eSATA port properly works with the Syba internal SATA port allowing hot swap of devices. At first I did worry about a problem with my Thermaltake BlacX drive adapter only being recognized if I held the connector into the Rosewill eSATA port, but on further investigation I found that the Syba eSATA port wouldn't recognize it at all. Compared this to another eSATA cable and found that the cable which came with the Thermaltake had molding that went slightly further down the connector. Trimmed this up slightly and now it works fine on both Rosewill front and Syba rear.
I had purchased a pair of these units two years ago on a sale/discount for $11 each and to date have only installed one. Have had no problems with it in that entire time. Great investment for me.