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Pros: Very small and works in my PCi express x16 slot. Sounds are more crisp and clear and louder then on-board. Same look but less expensive to buy and use. Less distortion from the sounds.
Cons: Con if you plug into your x16 slot make sure there is enough power in your system to work. I found that out my board told me to add more power to run the PCi 2nd x16 slot. Once I did that it powered up with no problems. This is for some board that have the extra power adapter for their 2nd GPU x16 slot like mine. Get a good pair of head phone and quality 5.1 speakers.
Other Thoughts: One thing I did notice my old 5.1 setup had a odd buzz in them but not in the headphone plugs. It could be related to my 5.1 age of the hardware. But my cheap headphone can't handle the output so I had to turn it down or risk destroying the cheap headphone. My Sony works fine but it's a Sony. Also on my system UEFI/Legacy I did have to turn my on-board sound setting to "Auto" so that it would recognize the sound card automatically so I didn't have to disable it in the UEFI which is a big plus if I have to do any kinda warranty on the board if it should have problems I don't have to mess with the UEFI bios for the sound settings. I will have to use it more to find where that hum is coming from but I suspect it has something to do with the age of my 5.1 speakers are from 2009. I installed everything default and it could be a setting that I need to make to stop the humming. Will report back and update experience in the future how it goes. I will give it 5 stars for now for the quality of the product but because I have had prior experiences with Sound Blaster products working good in Gaming.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I used up all my 6 ports and needed expansion so a card with 4 ports help to add more HDD to my Storage needs. This allowed me to use my Asus board of 7 yrs to expand with 2 syba 4 port giving me 8 ports to use of which I used up now. Now I might get a 8 port syba card to give myself more expansion to add more HDD. I have a full tower Cosair that can expand to 36 HDD but will most likely go to 24 since the GPU will be longer thus I won't get the full 36 HDD expansion. I do also have one of the two 4 port attached to my Optical BD burner LiteOn and it works so it's not limited to HDD only. Also my system didn't need to install any software as it detected and recognized the attached devices. I am running Windows 7x64 Ult Sp1 as well. Oh and my Asus has the lastest updated BIOS as well so that might help to better recognize the cards.
Cons: Having too few ports....getting a 8 port will be the next upgrade to see if it will take. This if works will mean a 7 yr old board is still able to handle the expansion.
Other Thoughts: Beyond problems others are having my old 7 year Asus board seems to take them without any problems and could be board or driver related for other users but my experience so far has been good with the 4 ports syba cards and I have two of them in the PCI-e slots as well and those control WD 3tb Green drives in GPT format. Those drives are mainly backup/storage not a main drive. So for now I give it 5 stars as I haven't had problems others have mentioned so far as a good value expansion 4-port card.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cost of buying two saves time/money is a big incentive. Very good black printouts for printing or faxing or scanning.
Cons: Can be dusty when removing toner so do with care.
Other Thoughts: Beyond being less expensive when buying bulk from local electronics retailer. Only down is the wait for the item to arrive but fits and works well with Samsung printer. No problem removing or replacing-one needs to take time in doing so as to reduce the amount excessive toner dust from getting on to stuff or things.READ FULL REVIEW