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Rosewill RC-227 PCI-Express 2.0 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Fast, proper clips for cables; they won't fall off. Easy install in W7/64.

Cons: Blew out at boot up and corrupted both HDDs on the RAID 1 array. Happily I had a Toshiba external HDD on USB running hourly backups. If not for a constant back up program losing BOTH HDDs on the array would have been a disaster. Is that not the point of having a RAID?

Other Thoughts: Two Eggs because it performed well while it worked. Electronics die, I get it; zapping both HDDs on the card was un-cool and that rates negative Eggs. So, net +5 and -3 = 2.
It lasted 13 months in service, I wish it could have just checked out and not bombed the computer.

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SYBA USB 3.0 External 2-port, 19-pin Header PCI-e Card,IDE Power Feed, Low Profile Bracket Bundled Model SY-PEX20140
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: All four ports work. Some cards select either inside or external ports, not all. Much faster than the first gen 3.0 card it replaced. Software install went smoothly after a 40 minute hassle getting the mount to align. Overall it was worth the hassle for the improved performance and the heavy duty plug receptacles.

Cons: Fit. The bracket fit was terrible. Given that all PCI-e cards need some bending adjustments, this one was off in all three axis by as much as 3/32". I had to remove the bracket, flatten it in a vise, re-bend the tab (lengthen the mount height), and clip off the tab so the screw would fit. The two tabs that screw to the card were not 90 degrees and made the card not align with vertical.

Other Thoughts: Given that this is an Antec aluminum case and an ASrock mobo, slot alignment is not guaranteed. I do not know what industry standards exist here. All cards I have installed in many computers have required some adjustment. This card was an extreme example.

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StarTech USB2VGAE3 USB to VGA External Video Card Multi Monitor Adapter – 1920x1200
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works fine if you do not stress it by switching programs on the laptop.

Cons: Closing a program brings immediate hard crash. Sometimes loads a jpg, sometimes not. Hot swap = crash.

Other Thoughts: I am running this to a Viewsonic projector. Perhaps this device cannot handle that.

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Burt B.'s Profile

Display Name: Burt B.

Date Joined: 04/03/04

  • Reviews: 27
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 04/22/10
  • Last Review: 01/29/14
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