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Silverstone FP56 USB 3.0 Multifunction Card Reader with 3x USB 3.0, 1x high speed charging port (Black/ White/ Silver)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: USB 3 speed on card reader, lots of card types compatible, USB 3 hub

Cons: Light that stays on in sleep mode (may bother some), wore out (SD card slot) with relatively little use

Other Thoughts: I reviewed this item after I first bought it about a year and a half ago. I'm amending it now to reflect that the SD card slot has almost completely failed at this point (the MicroSD slot works fine; I don't own any media to try the others).

I don't use it that much... maybe a few times a month at most (and not at all in others). I can sometimes get it to work by removing and reinserting the card many times until it finally registers. I've tried it with multiple SD cards and even installed the unit in another computer with another operating system; same results. I tried cleaning the contacts with glycerin-free isopropyl alcohol, and it did not help.

It did make it past the one year warranty period before it started giving me reasons to question it, but barely. I've been having intermittent problems with SD card reading and getting external HDDs plugged into the USB3 ports on the front of the reader not being recognized since about then (though the ones on the back of the computer, attached directly to the motherboard with no hub, work fine in every case), and this near total failure of the SD card reader is a new thing.

I don't consider it a triumph that a piece of hardware makes it to the end of its warranty. I don't think of the warranty as the useful life of the item! I expect good hardware to last longer than this. My Asus F8SP laptop I bought from Newegg in 2008 (IIRC) has a built-in SD card reader that has seen far more use than the Silverstone, and it works flawlessly to this day.

I can't give the unit one egg; that is what DOA items get, and it did work for a while, and it works now if I only use the MicroSD slot. Three eggs would be average, and most electronics devices I use last longer than this, so I give it two.

Rosewill Armer RX308 USB 3.0 Full Aluminum 25mm 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Does what it is supposed to 08/31/2015

This review is from: Rosewill Armer RX308 USB 3.0 Full Aluminum 25mm 3.5" Enclosure with LED indication

Pros: It works with my 3gb Toshiba HDD without issue. Some of the reviews of HDD enclosures here on the egg have said that the SATA-USB3 bridge didn't recognize drives of that size.

The aluminum case helps to reduce HDD temps compared to plastic.

I got 175mb/s peak transfer speed with this enclosure, using the Renesas USB3 chip on my P8P67 Deluxe motherboard, measured with HDTune. The same drive gets about 195 mb/sec on the motherboard's native SATA3 port.

Cons: Even with the aluminum case, the drive does get a bit toasty with my 3gb Toshiba 7200 RPM drive. I've seen a peak of 46C (SMART reported, 78F ambient), though right now it's at 40C, halfway through a backup with True Image 2014. I would not be happy with temps in the 40s for day-to-day operation, but on a backup device that won't be seeing a huge number of power-on hours, it's acceptable. It still runs cooler than my WD Passport 2gb (2.5 inc h drive, in a plastic case), and is far faster.

One of the "green" type drives may be better on temps if that is important to you, but they're slower, and the aggressive spin-down has been reported to wear the drive out sooner too. I've never had any experience with the "green" 3.5" drives, so YMMV.

Other Thoughts: Keep in mind that this review is based only on a week of ownership, and is based on the "initial" product quality.

Corsair  Graphite Series 760T Black Full Tower Windowed Case
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Gorgeous case, but your HDD might buzz 08/20/2015

This review is from: Corsair Graphite Series 760T Black Full Tower Windowed Case

Pros: Great looks, nice fit and finish, plenty of room for extended ATX motherboard/longer GPU/taller CPU cooler/large PSU, great cable routing, easy to open and remove side panels,140mm fans x2 front and x1 rear, easy to clean front and PSU filters (no having to open or lift the case), the tallish feet/legs give plenty of room underneath for airflow to the PSU/bottom fan, modular HDD cages allow several positioning options, plenty of room for watercooling, and an attractive top cover if you don't wish to use the top vents.

That last one is huge for me. My setup is air-cooled, and I get plenty of airflow (and good CPU/GPU temps) with one 140mm exhaust fan (positive pressure with 2 identical fans up front). The ventilated case backs on most higher-end cases always seemed like magnets for spills, and while it has never happened to me, it's always a possibility. Corsair's got several cases now that have an attractive top cover for those who don't want to use the top vents, and that was probably what put the case "over the top" with me with regard to the purchase.

Cons: Expensive. You can get a lot of really nice cases for what this one sets you back-- but if you like the panoramic view of your pc's innards as I do, this one will probably make you happy.

The motherboard plate is surprisingly flimsy and flexible for a high-end case. It doesn't really make any difference that I can see-- just a little surprising in a case of this caliber.

The hard drive cages could also use a little work. I''ve been building PCs since the i386 days, so maybe I am a bit of a dinosaur... but I've always had and preferred the "old school" cases (like my Antec 300) with front-to-back hard drives and regular "screw it in" mounting setups, and I have never had any issues with HDD vibration. When I put my same HDD in this one, it vibrated and buzzed all over the place.

The HDD sled fits quite loosely in the cage (all the sleds in all the cage positions share this trait), and can move back and forth a couple of millimeters laterally and longitudinally. I corrected that with some stick-on rubber pads, but I was still getting vibration throughout the case I'd never had with my other cases and the same HDD. The top cover I like so much was resonating and making a low buzz or hum if the side panels were closed... but if I placed a single finger gently on top (hardly applying any pressure), it was quiet.

I moved the HDD to the other cage (the one attached with four screws to the bottom fan spot, closest to the PSU, rather than the one by the front fans, which is held in place with two screws and two plastic tabs) and it damped the resonance enough to quiet the top cover, though it did result in a slight increase in the HDD temp (4-5C). That allowed me to remove the front HDD cage, which gives the incoming air a relatively unobstructed path into the case.

With a conventional, screw-in hard drive cage, the hard drive itself effectively becomes part of the structure, adding rigidity and mass to limit the vibrations. That is not the case with the plastic sled type cages found in most new cases. The silicone rubber inserts in the 760T's sleds do nothing to decouple an installed HDD, as the drive will still contact the sides and bottom of the sled in several places.

The fans that came with the case are pretty weak. Quiet, but they don't move a lot of air or build a lot of static pressure. I always end up replacing the fans... it would be nice to get cases without them so I don't end up paying for parts I don't use.

Even with these negatives, I like this case enough to give it four eggs.

Other Thoughts: I know it is the norm now, but as you can tell, I still don't care for the side-saddle, plastic-sled HDD mount setup. This is an expensive case, and every one of my numerous conventional cases (including a couple that cost less than 40 dollars shipped) has done a better job at preventing HDD vibration noise than this case.

The sideways HDD cages also don't help cool the HDD as well (both from the reduced airflow across the drive and the lack of the heat-sink effect of the metal panels in contact with the sides of the drive), and are more restrictive to cool air for all of the components within, if you happen to have the cages mounted close to the fans Yes, they're ostensibly tool-free (though I put screws in mine), but I question this: are there really a cadre of builders out there who manage to lose the phillips-head screwdriver exactly after mounting the motherboard and PSU (and fans, maybe), and who need tool-free for all of the drives? Or are they switching drives around so much that it is a big hassle to use screws?


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Display Name: Frank K.

Date Joined: 12/12/07

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