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This review is from: D-Link DES-1005E 200Mbps Desktop Switch
Pros: I have owned two others - for more than a year. All are flawless. I was wondering the other day why I was getting more than 12 MB/sec Ethernet transfer speed, since 100 Mb/sec is 12.5 MB/sec - and I was getting 20. Just now in looking this up in my "supplies" wishlist, to get the same one I got before when I did all the research, I see that this is not just 100, this is 200. No wonder! I had forgotten that some of the 10-12 devices around here are connected to this switch, which I added to an existing 8-port 10/100 switch. The extra speed is great!
Cons: nothing wrong
Other Thoughts: I had done a lot of research initially - read a lot of Newegg reviews, which are extremely helpful - better in fact than google research. Then I put the product in one of my permanent wishlists - this one the "supplies" wishlist. That's easier than looking through past orders when I want the same great product again, like now.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Koutech IO-PESU220 PCI Express x 1 SATA Controller Card
Pros: In my full review below, I talked about the matching cable, part number N82E16816104039 here at newegg, which is out of stock. BUT I FOUND OUT THAT KOUTECH MAKES TWO VERSIONS OF THE CABLE, THE NEW ONE ABOVE WHICH IS ONLY 5 VOLTS, AND THE ONE THAT I OWN TWO OF WHICH IS 5 VOLTS AND 12 VOLTS.
Cons: Newegg is out of stock on cable N82E16816104039, and personally I would never buy it anyway, because you would not be able to run 3.5" drives off the cable - as I am unaware of any 3.5" drive that does not require 12 volts for the spindle motor. In any case, I have discovered that Koutech makes another form of that cable, available on the internet for about $5 more, which specifically supplies BOTH 5 volts and 12 volts. That is the cable to have.
Other Thoughts: All the discussion in my full review applies - it applies to both power over esata cables, since it was the 5 volt amperage which caused me to lose two drives, not the 12 volts spindle motor amperage. I like this card very much and I own 3 of them. I own two of the cables that supply 5 volts AND 12 volts. And I am aware on my one everyday desktop, where I have connected floppy 5 volts to this card, that I cannot ever run more than one hard drive using the power over esata special cable. But I do run that one cable, with never any problem, and I have transferred hundreds of gigs of information - it is a terrific "invention." Read the full review before purchasing this card so you know what you are doing. If never ever carried here again, at least now, Fall of 2013, you can still find it on the internet.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Koutech CBL-PSA5V-50 5V Power Over eSATA Cable with SATA SSD/HDD Adapter
Pros: This review relates to my earlier review below. At that time I said that this must be the regular cable that I own two of, but I have since found out that Koutech does indeed sell two of these power over esata cables - the "5 volts only" is $5 cheaper than the 5 volts and 12 volts version. If you run 3.5" drives, you need the one that also supplies 12 volts.
Cons: This cable says no 12 volts, and assuming that is true - see top - then don't get it for a regular 3.5" desktop hard drive - it will only work for laptop 2.5" drives. (Maybe also for SSDs.)
Other Thoughts: I was not aware that they supplied two versions of their power over esata cable. Everything in my full review holds. The cable is very useful, but I would myself spend the extra $5 and get their cable that very clearly says 5 volts AND 12 volts. I am not aware of any 3.5" desktop hard drives that do not require 12 volts to drive the spindle motor - the motor which rotates the drive. The smaller laptop drives run off 5 volts and do not require 12 volts. All the caveats - all the cautions in my full review apply to this cable as well, since laptop drives also have micro-processor-driven controller boards, of course, which depend on a clean source of 5 volt energy.READ FULL REVIEW