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Koutech IO-ASA120 IDE to SATA II Device Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Works, but .... 08/01/2012

This review is from: Koutech IO-ASA120 IDE to SATA II Device Adapter

Pros: I bought this to use with a 2.5" SATA SSD in place of a 3.5" IDE hard drive in an old Apple Cube, which surprisingly still has an active enthusiast community. Using a custom mounting sled, the adapter and drive work OK in the Cube.

Cons: For some reason, the 4-pin power connector on the IDE side is reversed or upside-down from the normal orientation of a 3.5" drive. On a standard drive, the 5V (red) lead is closest to the IDE connector. On this adapter, the 12V (yellow) lead is next to the IDE connector. This may not matter in most applications, but in the tight confines of the Cube, it required modification of the power cable to get it to fit.

Other Thoughts: Pricier than other SATA-IDE adapters, but its components are covered, not exposed like other adapters.

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Rosewill RNX-G300EX Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128bit WEP WPA WPA2 802.1x, 802.11i, AES, TKIP with 100cm cable external 2 dBi Antenna
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: The external antenna really helps increase the received signal strength. I substituted a short antenna from another wireless card, and the signal strength dropped by several dB as measured by the monitoring utility provided with the card. Put the external antenna back, and the signal increased to the original level. The antenna cable is about a meter long, which is enough for my application.

Cons: The Ralink configuration utility did not work correctly. I removed and reinstalled the card, and chose the Windows XP configuration tool, and it worked fine. If not for this problem, I would have given the card a 5-egg rating.

Other Thoughts: Uses the Ralink 2561T chipset.

As usual, Newegg processed the order and shipped it quickly.

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Mushkin Enhanced 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model 991089
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Pros: None

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The first pair of these that I got had one bad module, which failed Memtest86 every time in any memory slot. I RMA'd them for repair, and got another set. One of the new ones wouldn't seat properly in the slot. Turns out the heat spreader was mis-aligned and was hitting the end end of the socket. Rather than RMA another set, and wait a week for a third pair, I took a chance on voiding the warranty, and remounted the spreader myself. Now both modules work, but I can't get them to run stable above 200 MHz FSB, even with increased voltage. I know that's the rated speed, but I hoped for a little extra. Next time, I'll buy something other than Mushkin.

Newegg's service is very good. The RMA process works well, and it only took a week from the time I sent the bad ones until I had the new set. That includes shipping time across the country.

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Display Name: Charles A.

Date Joined: 02/23/02

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  • First Review: 03/05/04
  • Last Review: 11/02/12
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