Date Joined: 11/09/07
Pros: Worked out of the box
Cons: Really bad instructions, no help online
Overall Review: This card has the Via VT6421 chipset. Methinks Via sells this as a reference design; Rosewill and others just produce the design and put out the card.
The instructions are pitiful and riddled with typos.
After regular POST, the card does its own POST but ONLY if there is a drive attached to it. No drive, no POST. This is confusing to the average user because the first time you boot up after installing, you don't attached a hard drive, you just want to see it work.
Win 7 recognized the card and installed the drivers right away. It shows up under RAID controllers.
I then moved one of my SATA drives from the mobo connector to the SATA connector on this card, and when I rebooted, the card had its own POST after the system's POST. Note that to enter the card's POST you have to hit CTRL+Z, not what the instructions say.
The card read the drive fine. When connected to my mobo drive gave 60Mb/sec and when connected to card I got 35Mb/sec
I only use card for extra SATA ports
Pros: Works great, I get 4 MB/sec transfer rates from a six year old CF card.
Cons: None yet
Pros: Worked right out of the box
Cons: Management software will not work, no support on the website. I had to practically hammer the card in.
Overall Review: I bought this card because my graphics rating on the Performance was a 1.0 (I was using a really old PCI graphics card). I am now up to a 3.0.
I don't play games so I didn't need a fancy card, just something that would let me have a better graphics experience.
I plugged the card in, and Windows 7 automagically downloaded the drivers and it worked right out of the box.
However, the management software is badly designed, badly written and will not work. Online support is nonexistent.
When I first loaded the software, it said the software didn't support the card. I was stunned. But the card itself worked, so I kept going.
However, I don't mind the price (around $40), and as long as it works, I don't care.
Cons: None (Yet)
Overall Review: I plugged in this little PCI card, put in and tightened the antenna, fired up the machine and it worked right out of the box. I get great connection, and I don't miss my network cable that was stretched across the hallway to the router.
I bought this because it had an external antenna, and I am happy.
Pros: Works well, easy setup
Cons: Really hurts my ear