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Transcend 8GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card Model TS8GCF133
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1 out of 5 eggs Cheap in every sense. 01/03/2009

This review is from: Transcend 8GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card Model TS8GCF133

Pros: Price.

Cons: Mine died within 1/2 hour of unpacking, just as I was partitioning it for use with Linux. Now I am a proud owner of an empty read-only 8GB CF card - every attempt to write to it fails (Windows or Linux, CF-IDE or CF-USB adapters).
I would have RMA'ed it, but given the cost of shipping it makes no sense.

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SYBA SD-CF-IDE-BR IDE to Compact Flash Adapter (Bracket Version)
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1 out of 5 eggs A disaster waiting to happen 01/03/2009

This review is from: SYBA SD-CF-IDE-BR IDE to Compact Flash Adapter (Bracket Version)

Pros: None.

Cons: The P-ATA IDE connector has the key pin installed - so the modern 80-conductor ribbon cables won't work. You will need to find an old 40-conductor cable (not so easy these days). My card came set up for 3.3V CF supply voltage (JP2 in the 2-3 position). Bad idea - in this setting, the card shorts the +12V from the floppy connector to the P-ATA signal cable, driving motherboard voltages off-spec and causing system instability.
The adapter seems to work with 5.0V CF supply voltage, but I won't be using it anyway - given the trouble I had with it so far, it will likely cause other problems.

Other Thoughts: This device is a textbook example of bad design. Stay away from it.

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APEVIA X-QPACK-NW-BK/420 Black Aluminum 1.0 w/ ABS plastic front panel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 420W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Inexpensive relatively compact case, with a large number of available device bays. With five 3.5" devices installed (two with 5.25"-3.5" adapters in the 5.25" bays), the case does not feel cramped at all. Large-diameter case fan is helpful. Two temperature sensors with front-panel display are a nice touch.

Cons: Very flimsy construction. The manual suggests that the front-panel handle is good to 20lbs. I'd say carrying a 20lbs case using this handle will tear off the front panel - it is held in place by four smallish notches at the edges and four small self-cutting screws. Power supply comes with only one SATA power connector, four Molex connectors and two (!) 3.5" floppy connectors. If you want to install several hard drives (a natural application for a case with so many bays!), get Molex to SATA power adapters. The front temperature is always in Fahrenheit, never mind what the manual says. The Fahrenheit/Celsius dip switch is very hard to reach - you need to remove the ABS front panel - but do not bother: switch position makes no difference.
Still, given the price it's a fair deal.

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Date Joined: 10/30/08

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