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Pros: Colorful fans
Cons: Lots and lots of wires, disorganized design, LED controller failed after 2 weeks, very loud fans
Other Thoughts: Just FYI, I had favorable initial impressions, until about 2 weeks after installation. I am removing all of the fans from this kit and reinstalling my original fans. These fans are loud, the LED controller failed after only 1 weeks of operation. Each fan has TWO connectors, one for the fan, one just for the LED, and there is sufficient current draw to cause problem on the 12 V rail if your power supply is relatively small. I had to rearrange all the 12V molex cables just to fit the kit in. Additionally, all of the fan comes with 3 pin or 4pin DIN connectors, I don't know any mothers that would allow 4 case fans on 4 pin DIN connectors, so you will inevitably need Molex or SATA to 4pin adapters. The controller for the LED also uses a SATA connector, so if your supply has more molex than SATA, then you will need an adapter for that. So after you spend money on the kit, you will have to spend more money buying adapters just to use all the fans. The fans are loud under full speed, they're just not well balanced and the bearings are noisy. With the LED controller failing after 1 week, I am done with this kit, it's pure headache. Avoid at all cost.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate Innov8 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive - USB-C Powered - STFG8000400
Pros: Large capacity, 8TB of storage capacity should sustain a home office use for quite a while
Very fast USB 3.1 interface more than able to sustain top transfer speed between your computer and this drive
Convenient one cable connection, USB-C reversible connector, no fuss, clean setup
Faster transfer speed for spinner drive, over 190MBps real life filer transfer rate both read and write
Cons: Requires USB 3.1 for power, no external power option
Enclosure is heavy and clumsy, uses spinner hard drives, not very portable
Short USB-C cable makes it difficult to place the drive at a convenient location
Other Thoughts: If you have a very new portable computer with a built-in USB 3.1 interface, and lots of files to be backed up, the Innov8 8TB desktop backup external drive would fit very nicely into your work flow. It has very large storage capacity in a solid, cooling efficient enclosure that only requires a single USB-C cable for both I/O and power. This world work well long as you don't intend to travel with the drive.
The enclosure of the drive is designed to sit on a desktop, not to be carried around. It's surprisingly heavy, and serves the function of the heat sinking the hard drive inside very well. However, portable this drive is not. I would not imagine carrying this unit inside a brief case or even a well padded backpack due to its weight and rigidity.
The only way to power this drive is via an USB 3.1 interface, however, because the drive uses a 8TB spinner hard drive, it tops out at a data transfer rate of about 1.5 Gbps (or ~ 190MBps). I was able to sustain real life data read and write transfer rate of 192 MBps copying over 10 gigabyte of data between the innov8 drive connected via USB 3.1 and a Samsung 840 SSD internal drive connected via SATA III. BTW, in the case of data transfer the innov8 is completely bottle-necked by the drive itself. Using the same workstation computer with the same USB 3.1 interface connected to a Samsung T3 1TB external SSD portable drive provided close to 420MBps (3.44Gbps) read/write transfer rate, which is more than twice the rate seen on the innov8. It seems the USB 3.1 interface is not even sweating dealing with this drive, a more common USB 3.0 interface could easily outgun the maximum transfer rate of the drive as well. This makes the requirement for USB 3.1 quite limiting. The USB 3.1 interface is used most due to the high power demand of the innov8 hared drive itself, as my attempt to connect the drive to a USB 3.0 interface resulted in sufficient interface power (the drive would spin up but not properly recognized by the computer). The drive also only comes with a very short USB-C cable at about 2 feet long, which makes connecting the drive to an USB 3.1 interface on the back of a workstation computer sitting under the desk in a tower case a bit tedious,. It also makes the placement of the drive itself difficult.
Overall, the innov8 is a large backup drive with good performance, 182 MBps sustained read/write speed is nothing to sneeze at. I just wish the innov8 drive has more versatile power options (maybe a small AC adapter?) that would enable its connection with USB 3.0 interfaces. That would make this drive a lot more versatile for use with a much wider range of computers. Additionally, having a longer USB 3.1 USB-C cable would also make working with this drive a lot easier for anyone whom have their computers sitting below their desks.
Pros: Super easy to install, driver is automatically detected under windows 10 upon boot, without any intervention needed, was able to directly power the seagate innov8 external drive entirely with the USB power (standard USB 3.0 ports could not provide sufficient current).
Cons: I don't know if the card can do 10Gbps, because I can not find any device fast enough in my immediate possession to test out the full throughput.
Other Thoughts: This card needs a PICe 2x slot (which has a theoretical raw data throughput of 15.7Gbps to support the 10Gbps 3.1 rated speed), so it most likely would take up a 4x or wider PCIe slot on older motherboards, also it needs a SATA power connection or a newer PCIe power connection to provide sufficient power for the USB 3.1 spec.
Tested a seagate innov8 8TB usb 3.1 external drive with the card, the drive reached 182 MBps or (1.456 Gbps) write without breaking a sweat, this number is clearly bottlenecked by the harddrive itself, not the USB 3.1 interface. Because below....
Brought out the fastest external drive in my possession, a samsung T3 SSD external drive, reached 380MB/s write speed, about 430MBps read which is about 3.44 Gbps. This is actually the top throughput rating for my internal older Samsung 840 SSD drive, so it is the throughput of SATA based SSD that's limiting the transfer speed.
You also have to copy files from SSD drives or very new SSD cached spinner drives to even come close to seeing the throughput potential on this card, my older spinner drive only provided close to 80MBps throughput because it can not transfer data fast enough to realize the throughput potential of the USB 3.1 interface.
As of now, I know this card can easily do 5 Gbps (USB 3.0 max), but I have no idea if this can do more anywhere close to its rated 10Gbps speed because there is nothing that I have ready access to would allow me to test the full throughput of the card.