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This review is from: VANTEC UGT-CR935 USB 3.0 Multi-Memory Internal Card reader
Pros: I surveyed USB 3.0 port-only accessory front panels for half the price, then opted to get a card reader + USB 3.0 front port option. Glad I did. Now I don't have to search around anymore for one of those portable card readers that I always seem to misplace. My 5-year-old Antec computer case already had ports for audio, firewire and and two USB 2 ports, so this unit offered ports not available. Now with USB 3.0 external hard drives the choice is to fish around in the back for a port or leverage and external drive bay. My new mobo has the U.S. 3.0 connector, and this unit worked out of the box -- no problems. Someone complained that they can't see the on light or the activity light. I can see them just fine at any angle. So far I have tested a USB 3.0 drive and an SD card, no issues.
Cons: None really.
Other Thoughts: This unit will fit in a 3.5" floppy bay, or in a standard 5 1/4" drive bay *if* the bay has a 3.5" adapter. My Antec case had a metal adapter that was kinda funky, so I opted to buy a $5 plastic 5 1/4" to 3.5" adapter that was easy to work with and matches my black case, no problems. I read reviews of all the other units in this price range with similar or more features. This unit had the lowest level of user grief and I can confirm it's a good deal. I would definitely avoid any unit that does not have the special USB 3.0 mobo plug. Of course, if your motherboard doesn't have the USB 3.0 connector on board, you are kind of out of luck and must connect to an add-in card or buy a unit that has a standard USB connector that you would then have to thread outside of your case to an external USB 3.0 port in the back (not a very elegant solution).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This was my first purchase of G.Skill memory. For years, I have purchased the Corsair brand, which has been reliable and Corsair has always been very responsive if there was ever any product issue or complaint. I decided with my new build (Gigabyte motherboard, i7-3550K CPU) to try 16GB of G.Skill memory because of the lower latency (9 vs. 10) and the ratings on Newegg (most popular memory in the 16GB DDR3 class).
I was disappointed after I completed the build and ran Memtest86+ ver 4.20: I was getting memory errors on every completed pass, and I was not able to isolate the problem to a single module (testing individually). In other words, inconsistent results. There is a G.Skill email address listed on the Newegg product page, so I sent a note asking if a few errors were OK. I also sent a note to Newegg reporting the issue. G.Skill responded within 24 hours. (Someone is listening, yeah!) The G.Skill response: even one error is not acceptable to our company. Right answer!
Newegg immediately shipped replacement G.Skill memory and included a pre-paid UPS mailing label to return the defective memory, so there was no cost to me for the replacement. I could have just as easily asked Newegg to refund the G.Skill and send me comparable Corsair memory. But I wanted to give G.Skill a chance. I received the replacement G.Skill memory in 2 days and tested with Memtest86+ for more than 48 hours with NO errors.
Cons: I can't recall ever getting a bad memory stick; it pays to test. I didn't like having to go through the hassle of the return, but Newegg was stellar in this case. G.Skill has zero tolerance for imperfection. Whoa!
Other Thoughts: It's been stated by prior users, but more than likely your motherboard will not automatically set the memory frequency to 1600. It will probably be set at 1300. When your mobo boots, go into the BIOS settings and select the option for memory settings and change the Extreme Memory Profile (also called XMP) to a custom profile. In the case of the Gigabyte mobo, on doing that it automatically switched the memory frequency from 1300 to 1600. Save and you're done. Nice if all mobos could parse the memory and do this setting change automatically, but not.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Works but now wish I purchased the gold certified because I decided I like the idea of modular cables and higher energy efficiency.
Cons: Not modular, not gold.
Other Thoughts: This is now my backup PSU. I just purchased the gold, modular version with 7 year warranty, vs 5 years for bronze. An expensive lesson. Stick with gold if you can afford it. Wait for the sales.READ FULL REVIEW