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IOGEAR GCS1724 4 Port VGA KVM Switch w/ PS2 & USB
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Good build. I need A/C adapter. 03/31/2015

This review is from: IOGEAR GCS1724 4 Port VGA KVM Switch w/ PS2 & USB

Pros: Versatile: your hands-on input devices can be USB or or PS/2. Your remote systems can be USB or PS/2. You probably will not need the (not included) A/C adapter.

Cons: No audio switching: Unlike newer IOGEAR equipment, this unit does NOT have audio in-line switching. Was not a deal for me at all, but it's a feature people might incorrectly assume is present.

Other Thoughts: Con for me personally: this unit would not work with the oldest of my 3 systems: a vintage 2002 Dell Dimension 8300. Consistent "keyboard failure" during Power-On Self Test. I could still use the USB KB to change BIOS settings on the 8300, but after boot, only the mouse (and not the KB) would be seen by WinXP.

Solution was to scavenge an unused 5V A/C adapter from another IOGEAR setup. Problem went away. My USB keyboard now stays backlit 24/7, but whatevs. If I didn't have a machine this old, I probably wouldn't have this problem.

So I can't really ding IOGEAR about it.

Silverstone PCI Express Card w/ USB 3.0 Internal Connector and USB3.0 Front IO ports - Black Model SST-EC03B-P
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Data cable from front-facing external plate to USB3 header on the PCIe card has generous length: sufficient length to reach diagonally across my big, clunky DELL box.

Drivers from CD included in package worked first time.

I can now transfer 80MB/sec to an external Western Digital USB3.0 drive. (I think the bottleneck is that my PCIe slot, while 2nd Gen, is only running 1 lane. Maybe it's the WD. Whatever, I'm still VERY satisfied with that improvement in speed. Just went and ordered some USB3 flash drives so that I can sneakernet my movies to the living room that much faster.... )

Cons: Front of box has two different model numbers printed on it: SST-EC03-P and SST-EC03B-P. Neither one is a sticker. I used the SST-EC03 drivers from the provided CD first time and they worked, so I guess I'm glad I wasn't paying super-close attention, or I would have picked the driver setup for the EC03B.

So, not a con for me, really? Guess I got lucky.

Other Thoughts: Thanks to Newegg reviews, I knew to install the drivers before the hardware. Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their installation experiences.

ASUS Radeon HD 6450 EAH6450 Silent/DI/1GD3(LP) 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Economical card. Lets me watch 1080p video at my desk. No noise is always a plus.

Cons: Ghosting. Pretty noticeable and distracting depending on the circumstance. (that being anything with straight vertical lines, like, every Windows program or progress bar. :)

I have my monitor on an iogear KVM with the other host being a 10yo Dell 8300, and at the same resolution, on the same monitor, the 8300 does not produce the ghosting I see with this controller. Also, I never had a ghosting problem with this controller's predecessor (onboard SiS).

Still, 4 eggs because it's not noticeable to my eyes on moving video, really. And that video is rendered smoothly and was a big upgrade at a small price for me. If you'll be watching video (or playing games which aren't tetris or pac-man), I think this card should not be a problem.

But it's not exactly a home run.

Other Thoughts: Gets 1080p video to my screen smoothly.

I'm personally happy.


ANTHONY R.'s Profile

Display Name: ANTHONY R.

Date Joined: 03/01/05

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  • First Review: 12/19/07
  • Last Review: 03/31/15
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