Showing Results: Most Recent
Pros: Fast, Reliable
Other Thoughts: I just had to buy a new USB3 docking station after a year of dealing with a Thermaltake Blacx USB3 docking station that would always disconnect (extremely aggravating). I looked around for alternative brands, and this one seemed to have decent reviews, though not that many. It's price was excellent (currently on sale for 27), and I thought I would give it a try. Transfer speeds are great, does not disconnect like my Thermaltake docking station did, half the price, it just works. I highly recommend this product.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Board works great, just as expected. No issues, no blue screens... it just works.
Cons: Having 2 more SATA ports would be nice, and having them all be 6 Gb/s ports would also be nice. Currently, there are 4 SATA ports that are 3 Gb/s speed. I only recommend the Intel 6 Gb/s ports for an SSD (there are 2 Intel ports, and 2 Marvell ports). I am currently using the 6 Gb/s Marvell ports for 2 Pioneer BDR-206 Blu-ray Burners.
Other Thoughts: Here is the new system I just built. It works perfectly without issues...
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) Low Profile RAM
Antec Twelve Hundred v3
Corsair HX750 Power Supply
Asus P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3
Intel i7 2600K @4.8Ghz
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
OCZ Vertex 3 Series SSD – MAX IOPS Edition 120GB (System Drive)
3x1TB Spinpoint F3 Hard Drive in RAID 0
EVGA GTX 570
2x Pioneer BDR-206 Blu-ray Burner
Pioneer Drives are plugged into the Marvell 6 Gb/s ports (navy blue). OCZ SSD is plugged into the Intel 6Gb/s port (gray) along with an Intel x25-E SSD Cache drive. Samsung Spinpoint F3's are plugged into the 3 Gb/s ports in a RAID 0 configuration. System overclocked to 4.8 Ghz without issues (Prime95, custom blend). I've been putting the system to heavy use with video encoding and other tasks. No blue screens or anything using the latest Intel Rapid Storage Technology Drivers. If you are concerned about compatibility with parts, you can't go wrong with the hardwar
Pros: Fast when it works.
Cons: This device frequently drops connection, making file transfers with many files a nightmare, trying to figure out what has successfully transferred, and what has not. I've tried swapping cables, USB3 ports, everything... it's definitely the docking station. Other USB3 devices connected to my system do not experience this problem.
Other Thoughts: After the device drops connection, it comes back as USB 2.0 only (max transfer of approx. 35 MBps), forcing you to power cycle the unit to get usb 3.0 speeds again. At first I thought it was disconnecting because the docking station was powered up after the system had booted, but it also happens when the system boots up with the station powered up. I'm very disappointed with this product. It took me a while to determine it was the docking station causing the problem since I didn't have any other USB 3 devices at the time of purchase. Hopefully Thermaltake can replace it now.READ FULL REVIEW
Some manufacturers place restrictions on how details of their products may be communicated.