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SYBA USB 3.0 PCI-Express 2-port SATA Powered Controller Card Model SY-PEX20124
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Works as advertised, but wrong drivers included 08/14/2012

This review is from: SYBA USB 3.0 PCI-Express 2-port SATA Powered Controller Card Model SY-PEX20124

Pros: I was looking for a simple solution to add USB 3.0 support to my 2-year old AMD-II X4 system, and this controller did the trick. I had to give up my "graphics card" PCIe X16 slot (as it is the only PCIe V2 slot on my Asus M4A785TD-M mobo - the PCIe X1 slot is V1). But no big deal for me, as I use the decent integrated graphics (purchased the mobo for that reason).
Transfering from my system's SATA-based WD Caviar Black 7200RPM internal drive to my WD Passport 500GB USB3.0 drive, transfer speeds increased by up to 60% over USB2.0 ports (i.e., more than cut the time in half). From my testing, that's about what I would have expected if I were directly transfering between two SATA devices of comparable specs. Frankly, main limitation now is the spindle speed and data rates of the drives themselves.
The card looked the same as shown here.

Cons: Packaging was sparse - but worse, it came with the wrong manual and driver disk! The bundled manual was for some sort of Syba SATA6G SSD/HDD Tiering card, and the none of the drivers on the disk worked (for that matter, the bundled drivers didn't even match what was in the included wrong manual). I still use Windows XP on this system, so proper driver support was important to me.
No problem, just downloaded updated drivers from the sybausa website (search for the SY-PEX20124 part number and you'll find them). Although the usual warnings about not being signed by Microsfot came up, they still installed and worked fine.

Other Thoughts: So far, it seems to be a decent bare-bones solution for adding USB 3.0 support. But that's assuming your system has a free PCIe V2 slot. But if you don't, you might as well update your mobo anyway (PCIe V1 doesn't really have the bandwidth).

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LG Blu-ray Player BD270
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good value for the money so far 08/14/2010

This review is from: LG Blu-ray Player BD270

Pros: Cheap, quiet, loads relatively quickly compared to other blu-ray players I've seen. No obtrusive bright LED lights when on. DivX supported.

Cons: Remote not compatible with my multi-function wands. Plays DivX, but only in standard def, not HD resolutions (need to master as AVCHD disk if you want to watch HD).

Other Thoughts: Bought the LG as a second player for the bedroom, has worked reliably for 6+ months so far. Not surprising these inexpensive players break down quicky (the entry-level Samsung has many similar complaints). Don't forget good airflow (passive cooling only on unit, as with many others). Heat death likely an issue for many who stack in cramped areas. Of course, if it had a fan, I suppose everyone would complain about the noise!
I don't get all the complaints about lack of HDMI cables (what do you expect at this price? it's not like the competitors offer it - pick one up a discount computer store). Also don't get the complaints about slow loading - the LG is faster than my main second-gen Panasonic unit, and faster than others I've seen. First-gen BD players - now those were slow. And the need to update firmware is common on all BD players, due to emerging technology. Frankly, a lot of the gripping on this unit seems to stem from not being familiar with bu-ray.

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Display Name: Eric M.

Date Joined: 08/08/10

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  • Last Review: 08/14/12
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