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Good card but not without caveats. 08/16/2013
Low profile bracket included/Molex to Sata converter included
19 pin + 2 USB External - a rarish combination
REALLY good placement of power connector - another rare aspect
Avg to good speed. No UASP but consistent speeds that are way, way, way better than USB 2.0
May not be fully PCI-E 1.0 backwards compatible
Doesn't work in the motherboard I bought it for (Intel DG45ID) so I'm pretty bummed.
Good card but truly frustrated me for about 3 hrs.
First of all, I have to say thank you to Syba for having the insight to put the power connector on the side of the card where it won't affect SFF cases. You wouldn't believe how many of these manufacturers drop the molex/sata at the side of the card that would be the roof of most HTPC/Desktop cases. In my case I have a Silverstone Milo ML04 case and it can't handle anything at the roof, there's no clearance. It's a real SFF HTPC case. I've sourced less than 5 USB 3 cards that have both the 19/20 pin front USB 3.0 connector as well as the power connector at a place where this case can accommodate the card, so you can imagine my frustration. Now I have to try another brand with a different chipset to see if that will work. Before this card I tried an Anker, but the Anker has the molex on the bad end (which I never realized until after, lol).
My HTPC is composed of repurposed parts, ie: my previous PC. It's an Intel DG45ID Board, Q6600 CPU, 8GB RAM, GT620 Graphics, 750w Modular Power - just to give you an idea. It's running Windows 8.
When I install this card, the Windows 8 boot screen freezes entirely (the little circling dots stop). When I remove the card, all is well again. I tried it in both my PCI-E ports.
I've checked my BIOS and there's nothing in there that would allow any changes to the PCI-E slots.
I've tried to let the OS load and freeze 3 times so Windows 8 would automatically go into repair mode, see if I could go into Safe Mode, which generally fixes Windows 8 driver issues (like switching from ide to ahci, etc). No bueno, locks up at the "preparing to auto repair" screen.
I thought I'd be tricky too, my Windows 8 install is expendable as all my software, drivers, passwords, etc. are saved on other partitions on my drive and 90% of my apps are 8 UI ones so they would be installed with 2 clicks; so I attempted to do a clean install of Windows thinking that maybe, just maybe my installation is just resisting this card somehow.
Luckily, even the Windows 8 loader locks up before I got to wipe my installation. It would have sucked if it locked up after the wipe.
Anyway, suffice it to say, I am at a complete loss as to why this won't work on this board. It works in my main PC fine and it also works on my older XFX board (which also only has PCI-E x1 ports). I've come to the conclusion that it's just one of those cases where either the mobo doesn't like it or it doesn't like the mobo for some reason.
I may try an extra step of installing 7 on a separate drive on the DG45ID board just to see. It really bothers me that it won't work! The good news is that either way, I will be able to use it in my other little machine so I don't have to return it.
I feel a little bit guilty about docking an egg, the thing though is that many will be buying this as an upgrade card to older systems (like the one I'm using) , so -1 for not being able to work, universally.
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