Date Joined: 03/22/05
Pros: Fast, no issues.
Cons: The mounting bracket does not play well with mounting rails that came with my case - the screw holes on the mounting bracket do not match up with the screw holes on a 3.5" drive and, therefore, do not match up with the pins on the rails. No big deal, installed with screws.
Overall Review: I ran some benchmarks and was not reaching half of the reported read/write speeds. It was still faster than standard spinning HDDs though (~120MBps). I changed the benchmarks read/write block size from 64K to 2MB and began seeing numbers more in line with the reported max speeds (>220MBps). Drive is properly aligned on 4K and is running in AHCI mode with TRIM enabled.
Pros: It looks nice and is of fairly sturdy construction.
Cons: The quick install brackets are garbage. They do not hold the drive in place - the drive can still be shifted half an inch when the brackets are "locked" in place. HDDs must be installed backwards (power/sata connection towards the motherboard) in order to line up with the holes in the drive bay. To fully secure a HDD (four screws, two on each side) you must remove both side panels, the front panel, and the front fan.
The front panel is made of flimsy plastic which is kind of scary to remove when you want to install a drive.
It has these plastic add-on slot locks which: A) prevent you from installing double-wide cards and B) do not secure the card tightly. Even when locked in place, the add-on card could be shifted almost completely out of the slot simply by pushing the external connection (in this case, a DVI connector) in to the card.
Overall Review: I ended up throwing out all the quick-install bracket/lock things and just using screws.
Pros: Small form factor, nice on-board video, stable. Plenty of USB slots.
Cons: Only has 1 PCI-E x16 lane. The other is x4. Additionally, the slots are directly next to each other making it impossible to have double-wide video cards - this prevents you from installing medium to high end cards in an XFire setup and completely blocks the usage of the x4 slot if you install the card in the x16 slot.
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Pros: Works with a 1gb ADATA flash with no problems.
Cons: First, there is absolutely no documentation with the device, or on their site. Currently waiting for their "support" to get back to me, but I haven't even received an automated response to say they received my e-mail.
Second, it doesn't work with my 32gb ADATA compact flash card. This could be because there is a lack of documentation (ie. I've exceeded the supported size of the device), or it could be because of a faulty device. But there is no way to tell the difference.
Overall Review: I bought from Syba because I did not see any alternatives. However, if this is the level of support (and documentation) that they will continue to provide, I will not be buying anymore of their products.
Pros: The picture quality is first rate(at least for S-Video and Component).
Cons: There's no way to configure the hardware for quality, etc. Everything, except for the initial encode, is done in software. There's also a 2-3 second delay caused by the hardware encoder (per e-mail from Tech. Supp.;but I noticed that if I use VLC, there is no delay, but there is no sound.)
Overall Review: I bought this card so that I could play my console games on my PC monitor, which only has DVI and D-Sub connections. I've had previous capture cards that could do this no problem and allowed me to configure the hardware encode resolution. All in all, I'm disappointed.