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StarTech USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet NIC Network Adapter - Add Gigabit Ethernet network connectivity to a Laptop or Desktop through a USB port - usb 3.0 to gigabit ethernet - usb 3.0 gigabit adapter - usb 3.0 to ethernet - usb 3.0 adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: No pro's as I cannot get it to run at 1Gbit

Cons: Will only run at 100Mbit on my MacBook Pro 2012

Other Thoughts: StarTech doesn't have much support for OSX on this adapter, I tried contacting StarTech support but got no response. For Macbook pro I would look into the Kanex usb 3.0 adapter, I wish I would have to begin with.

3ware 9690SA-4I-SGL PCI Express SATA / SAS Controller Card (Integrator 1-Pack) - Single
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great RAID card for small NAS or home servers 02/16/2009

This review is from: 3ware 9690SA-4I-SGL PCI Express SATA / SAS Controller Card (Integrator 1-Pack) - Single

Pros: - Does RAID very well, cached reads and writes
- Easy to install
- Good monitoring software
- GUI & CLI interfaces
- Driver built-in to Linux 2.6.23 or higher kernel's

Cons: - Can't do RAID-6 with 4 drives, so no RAID-6 if you're using SATA storage
- SAS to SATA cable is separate

Other Thoughts: Installation was a breeze, I'm currently using 4 ST3320620NS 320G 7200 RPM drives. The 9690 card had no trouble seeing the drives and I had a RAID-5 array up and configured in no time. I'm currently using it on a small server running Ubuntu Server (Debian Linux), I installed the OS right on the RAID array with no troubles and I'm booting from it without issues. I am getting around 100MB/sec write peaks from the card to the disk (25MB/disk), I haven't tested to see what I'm getting over the network with cache but I'm guessing its a bit more than that. Overall the card is great and I would definitely recommend using it for a small NAS or home server. I did have to play around with the PCIe settings for my MB to recognize it as a 8x card, not hard but I would definitely check the BIOS after install to confirm it's running at full speed. I dropped a star for it due to the fact you can't use RAID-6 for less than 5 drives.

Rosewill 15.4
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Worked as advertised 08/10/2008

This review is from: Rosewill 15.4"~17" Notebook Cooler RNA-7000W

Pros: Using it for my MacBook Pro 2.6GHZ Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM Laptop. When I am using my macbook with a external screen and having the lid closed the system really heats up, almost to hot to touch after a day of running. With this laptop cooler it is barely hot under the CPU's. Works better than I even expected.

Cons: Takes up 1 USB port, but easily fixed

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend this laptop cooler, it's a little more cost but well worth the extra.


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Display Name: Mark S.

Date Joined: 03/29/04

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 03/20/07
  • Last Review: 12/15/12
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