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StarTech 4 Port Native PCI Express RS232 Serial Adapter Card with 16550 UART Model PEX4S553
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: All four ports have header connections.
Includes low profile brackets.
Kernel module source code available on StarTech's website.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: What can I say, StarTech never dissapoints. I always look to them for odd hardware like this that works in Linux. Had trouble locating the source code for the MosChip on this card to compile the kernel module. Decided just to look on StarTech's website vs. MosChip's website and there it was waiting for download! Compiled fine and a reboot later I had a working card. Also, all four ports have header/ribbon cable connections to the card which makes this perfect for people like me who like to add hombrew controllers internally in the case and need to "hi-jack" the connection to the port to do so; leaving the only external item as the remote device connected to the port. I loved this card so much I just purchased my 4th one. I do hope StarTech keeps this card in production for a long time as it is the only one I can find like it and I plan on purchasing more down the road.

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ASRock PV530A VIA PV530 Processor (1.8 GHz) VIA VX900 A3 Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great for Environmental Monitoring 04/29/2013

This review is from: ASRock PV530A VIA PV530 Processor (1.8 GHz) VIA VX900 A3 Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo

Pros: Has you basic I/O interfaces with some extras. Supports DDR2 or DDR3 RAM. Stable at default clocking (I purchased this with the intention NOT to overclock). Low power consumption means low heat output. Fits the void for a shrinking market.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this to setup a local environmental monitor running Linux (CLI only), and some extras, to process some input/output for some homebrew sensors I have made. Added a four port serial PCIe card and a two port serial PCI card for a total of seven serial interfaces for my sensors. Combined with the onboard parallel interface I have all the ports I need in a small form factor, low power monitor. Sometimes you just need a small simple system like this and, in the world of gaming, this fits a shirking market. I liked it so much I just ordered another for my next homebrew project.

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Habey EMC-800B Black Heavy duty 3mm aluminum Server Chassis with 12V DC Power Supply 60W
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Poor Internal Design & Air Flow 11/22/2012

This review is from: Habey EMC-800B Black Heavy duty 3mm aluminum Server Chassis with 12V DC Power Supply 60W

Pros: Has a very basic exterior design. Nice small footprint. Easy to put together.

Cons: Very very very poor internal layout! Has basically no air flow even if you install the "optional" fan. Which the position to install the fan has to be modified in order for and common fans to be installed. That being said, the case generates standing heat pockets even with the fan. Not to mention the HDD sits right on top of the CPU heat sink! Had this for about 3 months. If not keep in an environment less than about 70 degress F, it shuts down from heat. Sad to report that the PSU board inside burnt up and died. I opended the case to see what happened and all the connectors were yellowed from excessive heat. The hard drive's label was chared and when I plugged it to to see what the cause was, a flame burst out on an inductor on the PSU board!

Other Thoughts: Nothing but a fire hazzard! Not to mention, who designs a case with an "optional" fan? First and last time I will every buy from this company! Just glad I was home when the PSU board caught on fire...

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Display Name: Luke M.

Date Joined: 07/24/03

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  • Last Review: 02/28/14
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