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nMEDIAPC ZE-C288 Black Aluminum Panel 5.25
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I wish I could delete my previous review.

I got the Front Panel to work perfectly, everything. I had to hook the Headphone/Mic ports up to my HD pins on my motherboard (not the AC 97) and likewise change the settings in the Bios.

I found the proper USB pins to connect to for the media card readers and it works great as I tested a few Micro SD Cards in a larger adapter. I had to remember where the 4 pins went on my motherboard, and once they were in correctly (over a 9 pin area... using the top 4 pins) it worked great.

I hooked up the USB 3.0 pins to my USB 3.0 PCI Card and the Front Panel USB works properly as well.

Cons: None really, I thought about hooking my Zalman Heatsink fan up to one of the Fan switches but I don't think I can as my Zalman cable simply goes from the motherboard to the fan with it's own switch that is connected to a wire I hang out the back of the PC. I honestly never change the speed anyway as it is always on high due to producing no or little sound anyway.

Other Thoughts: Great product for the price. I do not know if my PC's motherboard can handle USB 3.0, I know it did not offer it since it's old so I purchased a USB 3.0 2 port PCI Card. That card had pins I hooked this front panel into. Besides my 3.0 Survivor USB Flash Drive I do not have anything USB 3.0 to test. But as of now the Front Panel Device offers Audio via Headphones, (I haven't tested the Mic port), it has 2 USB ports working, and the media card readers work like they are supposed to. I always have the option of hooking optional fans into the Fan switches if needed, but I never worry about fan speeds or sounds as my case is large enough and thick enough that sounds do not factor in to being a bother ever.

nMEDIAPC ZE-C288 Black Aluminum Panel 5.25
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I hooked the USB 3.0 up to my USB 3.0 PCI Card as it had a pin set for any type of extension or connector. Tested the USB and it works great, not sure if it was 3.0 but it was fast and that's all I need in the front!

Cons: I tried hooking up the AC 97 Audio by connecting to the motherboard, Enabled it in the Bios but no sound came out the front Mic port.

I have the Media Card Reader hooked up to one of my open SATA ports on the board but it wasn't reading the SD Card I tried via an adapter through the SD/MMC.... I will have to figure out how to get the front panel reading media cards as I forget since my old model I previously had broke and I took it out weeks ago.

Other Thoughts: I really just wanted USB (3.0 or not) in the front through a slit I cut in my cases front side. It works like advertised which is great. I recently converted an Apple Power Mac G5 Tower so I could put my ASUS ATX system inside it. Everything is working great inside it and there is plenty of room for fans and toys.

I have no use for the eSATA as of now... I would just like to hookup the front panel audio for headphones and the media card reader. I guess I will have to play around a bit. I wasn't willing to remove a star as this product was cheap and got my USB in the front. I also need to properly mount this product as it is sitting one something mounted on the inside and kind of hangs out of the case as I did not have a proper tray since this is a customized case.

  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs USB 3.0 Version... Works Great! 03/05/2014

This review is from: VANTEC CB-ISA200-U3 IDE/SATAIII to USB 3.0 Adapter

Pros: It does what it is supposed to, hooks up to hard drives that are for whatever reason external or not connected to the PC internally anymore so that you can read them via USB. I hooked up a couple drives both SATA and IDE via USB 3.0 onto my PC and it worked flawlessly as I retrieved 80GB from one drive and put it on a different drive.

Cons: I guess that it will only read as fast as the hard drive can? Really no cons to be honest.

Other Thoughts: I had the original model of this product from a few years ago which still works perfectly as well... so now I've got two... really good products I highly suggest for techs or even the average PC user who has old hard drives they want to check into and retrieve data from.


John B.'s Profile

Display Name: John B.

Date Joined: 03/24/08


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  • Reviews: 66
  • Helpfulness: 18
  • First Review: 04/01/08
  • Last Review: 03/11/14
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