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This review is from: SIIG USB 3.0 4-Port PCIe i/e Model JU-P40212-S1
Pros: Worked with windows 8 native USB 3.0 drivers (this is a new Windows 8 feature vs Windows 7).
I just plugged the card in, powered the PC on, and it worked. Win8 didn't even say anything, so I didn't know until I plugged in my thumb stick.
Transfer from my Patriot Super Sonic Magnum 64GB USB 3.0 stick went from 30 MB/s to 230 MB/s. (for a single 1GB file, obviously many smaller files would slow the transfer down)
Cons: Uses up a PCI Express slot?
Other Thoughts: I had trouble with my onboard Renesas/NEC USB 3.0 controller. It would drop the USB 3.0 connection, so I had to just disable it at the BIOS level, and therefore had only USB 2.0 function from my USB 3.0 slots.
I upgraded it's firmware and everything to no avail.
The Texas Instruments controller in the Siig card worked flawlessly.
It's great to finally have stable USB 3.0.
Pros: This replaced my Galaxy Nvidia 470.
It doesn't heat up the room near as much.
It is definitely more powerful per watt.
There's not a single came I can't max out with my 55" single LED LCD TV at 1080p.
Has all the output ports you need.
Custom cooling system and factory overclocked.
Cons: Didn't come with SLI connectors? SLI might be a future consideration, but I also said that when I got my 470.
Other Thoughts: My Galaxy 470 had two 6 pins power connectors.
This had a 6 and an 8...not sure what that's about considering it draws less power...but luckily one of my 6 pins was a 6+2, so it worked out.
Would it have run with two 6 pins? not sure
Pros: The HDD is a Seagate ST92503010AS
This is a 5400RPM, 8MB, 7mm thin drive that at maximum uses 1.78 watts.
It is a SATA 2.0 drive, which is dissappointing because this is a SATA 3.0 system.
4 USB 2.0 (2 in back, 1 on front and 1 on side) and 2 rear USB 3.0 ports.
Got mine for less than $240 with promo code.
Comes with VESA mounting bracket to attach to monitor or wall.
SO QUIET! and power efficent
Seems snappier than Atom 525/ION2 machine it's replacing.
Cons: I knew this going in, but WIFI is not strong...there is no external antenna option. I use a Rosewill USB stick instead for better performance.
No optical drive
Other Thoughts: I bought this "PLUS" system, because hard drives are expensive right now and costed little more than the bare system.
I installed Win 7 Pro x64 via external DVD drive using USB 2.0 port.
Make sure to enter the BIOS and switch it from "NATIVE IDE" to "AHCI" mode for better HDD performance.