Date Joined: 07/14/14
Pros: Long and sturdy cable.
Cons: Doesn't work for any of the ASRock server motherboards with embedded VGA outputs (using the ASPEED AST2300 chip).
Overall Review: Didn't work for my use case from embedded ASPEED AST2300 chip to my Asus MG279Q monitor.
Pros: I used this for reading from DVD archives I have and creating ISOs from old DVDs and they were about 50% of the speed of my SATA drives so pretty good considering they don't have the cache that the SATA drives do. It took about 30 minutes to create an 8 Gb ISO from the dual layer DVD-Rs I had. (If you have single layer DVDs they will probably be a lot faster.)
The drive is pretty quiet for reads anyway.
It didn't get too warm from the 30 minute it was reading from the DVD.
Cons: The USB cable that comes attached is pretty short (about 8") but there is an USB y-extender so that should take care of that problem.
Overall Review: Very good external DVD burner. The read performance is very good. It is pretty low power since I was able it to use it on my USB 2.0 connection (without the splitter) when installing Windows 7.
Pros: Puts out a lot of heat for such a small heater (8x10x5).
My 12x12 room gets very warm in about an hour. It probably increases the temperature about 10 degrees Fahrenheit in about 1-1.5 hours.
Even in my living room + hallway + kitchen which is probably 400 square feet it will keep it warm after running it a few hours. I think it took 4 hours of running it on the 1500W setting and the temperature went from 58 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Very stable internal thermometer gauge. The unit maintains the temperature pretty accurately when using the temperature gauge.
It has 2 front and 1 top handles. The cord length is about 65-66 inches so pretty good without an extension.
Cons: The 750W setting doesn't seem as useful as the 1500W setting. The temperature gauge never seems to work correctly on this mode. Of course that may be because the room never reaches the desired temperature at that setting -- I'm not sure exactly.
It does get pretty warm if you run it for a few hours straight (without the temperature gauge on) but that is to be expected since the unit is made of some kind of metallic alloy.
Overall Review: Good heater for small to medium size room. Fast for raising temps 10 degrees Fahrenheit quickly.
Pros: Thin shape but not too thin. Doesn't interfere with other things on my USB hub.
Great reads on most files -- around 120-150 Mb/s.
Decent writes on small files (25-40 Mb/s) and good writes on large files (75-100 Mb/s).
Cons: Writes on small files (4-10 Mb) are pretty slow and they bottom at about 20-25 Mb/s but better than a lot of other drives.
It does pretty warm if you write to it for the 40-45 minutes required to fill it up.
Overall Review: Good drive for writing large files and of course reading any size files. The cap is a little strange -- it doesn't always fit on the back of the drive. It is very finicky.
Pros: Very thin and cool looking whistle shape.
Reads are very fast -- even on small files you get 120-130 Mb/s and you get 150-160 Mb/s on files greater than 2 Gb. Writes on large files are pretty good at around 60-100 Mb/s.
It doesn't get as warm as other drives I've used (like Sandisk & Mushkin).
Cons: Slow writes for small files (4-10 Mb) -- around 20-25 Mb/s. That is actually not too bad considering these are made for read maximized.
Overall Review: Good drive for read many write occasionally. It took me about 40 minutes to fill this drive with small files so not too bad.
Pros: Reads are very high -- around 125-150 Mb/s. Even reads on small files (4-10 Mb) are at 125 Mb/s so very good reads.
It has to be the most compact drive I've ever used.
Cons: Packaging is terrible.
Takes forever to get to the actual product.
Writing small files (4-10 Mb) is very slow -- about 6-8 Mb/s. Even writing large files (4 Gb) is pretty slow at about 25 Mb/s. These may have to do with leaving the formatting in FAT32. Maybe they perform better on NTFS.
Overall Review: Good for people who do a write once read many. It takes 160 minutes to fill up the drive (using small files) so I wouldn't want to do this too often. This drive actually has 61.5 Gb and not 64 Gb -- not sure where the 2.5 Gb went to.
Pros: The fan is good for long transfers especially if you aren't using a "green" drive. The max transfer rate is about 265 Mb/sec aggregate which seems to be the max for USB 3 ports. It does work on 8 Tb & 10 Tb drives.
Cons: I bought 2 of these and they both died at about the same time. I would say they both died within about 50 uses. When the ports died they become malicious and tell you to format perfectly working drives. I tried to write these "dead" ports and I would get NTFS disk write errors which ultimately led to the infamous Windows BSOD.
Overall Review: The QA on this product is terrible. Dead after 50 uses? That is pathetic. Looks like this is meant for casual users and not power users. Startech used to be really good once upon a time but this product is terrible.
Pros: Very light & a small footprint. Certainly faster than Mushkin's older generation 'fast' USB3 (aka: Ventura Ultra). It maintains a solid 225-275 Mb/s in real world performance (files > 500 Mb in size). The burst rate is the stated max of around 350-450 Mb/s so the marketing info is accurate. If you copy/move a really large file like a 20+ Gb BD iso it can maintain about 350 Mb/s.
Doesn't generate much heat at all which is impressive considering their older Ventura Ultra would be untouchable for like 5 minutes after transferring a lot of data.
Overall Review: Probably the best in class for the price level. If you need a fast USB3 stick this is a goo buy.
Pros: It works as it should. I used it as a way to get 2 SFF-8088 from my workstation to connect to an external SAS expander.
Overall Review: It works. The card is solid and sturdy.
Pros: Lots of power. Fast 1X charging. The 2X charging was okay -- I'd say it was more of a 1.5X charging.
Cons: Pretty heavy. Certainly alot heavier than my Anker 14000 mAh charger.
Charging my Galaxy Note 3 on the 2X was slow -- probably about 50% longer than the straight cable.
The USB cable is very short -- probably like 12 in.
Overall Review: Its good. It works as it should. Slow for the new quick charge phones.
Pros: Whisper quiet and good airflow (80 CFM).
Cons: The rubber corners reduce the vibration but make it tricky to screw it in.
I attached these to the back of the Rosewill RSV-SATA-Cage-34 and the the Rosewill screws which are pretty long barely fit this fan.
Unfortunately there wasn't enough airflow to cool 4 WD Re drives so I had to go back to my Enermax fan which has 50% more airflow at about 120 CFM.
Overall Review: Good fan. Its probably best for the front or back of the case. Also its probably an upgrade from the radiator fans if you use water cooling.
If your going to use these to sool hard drives it is probably only good for desktop or at best NAS drives (<6000 RPM).
Pros: I attached 4 SSDs on the side of my PSU (EVGA Gold 1300 wt) with these Velco strips. Good positioning since it is right next to a 200mm fan (in the HAF X) which provides more than enough airflow to cool these Enterprise SSDs.
Overall Review: Very useful for organizing cables, SSSds, etc. in a case if you need it.
Pros: These are great for stiff Sata power connectors especially for my EVGA PSUs. The wires are loose and not stiff so its easy to connect adjacent HDDs in my case.
Cons: I would have preferred them to be a little longer but the 9/12 in cables are hard to find.
Overall Review: These are very useful if you want to attach low power peripherals like SSDs or if you want to reduce the slack on stiff power cables for some PSUs.
Pros: Worked well for splitting a fan extender and HD sata power.
Cons: Wish it was a little longer (maybe 12 in).
Overall Review: Worked well for my use (extending a 4-pin fan connector & HDD sata power). I find that StarTech's power cables are pretty good.
Pros: It is an upgrade from the H100i in performance. My i7-3930K CPU went down at least 10-12C compared to the old H100i I had (before it died). Even at 100% usage the CPU doesn't go past 55C and it is overclocked about 15%.
The tubing is a little more flexible which I liked. The material seems more sturdy as well.
Cons: The downside is that you can only control 2 fans from their CorsairLINK software where as before you could connect 4 directly into their connectors. Not sure why they changed it.
Overall Review: Overall a very good upgrade. I also have the regular H100i and this does do a better job of high heat cooling.
Pros: Good instructions which are important. It did cool the card down a few degrees celsius. Definitely good to cover the back of the video card so it is useful.
Cons: Be careful to read the instructions since they have there own screws to use. Don't use the screws on the video card itself.
Overall Review: Good product if your video card didn't come with the backplate.
Pros: You can't beat the value of this cage. It costs like 50-60% of the Icy Dock or IstarUSA cages and it does what it should. The 120mm fan slot is the real advantage of this cage. I've used these 3x5.25">x3.5" cages and none of them seem too have a 120mm fan slot which seems crazy to me especially the 5 drive cages.
It is very light so it doesn't burden your case with even more weight.
Cons: I would have preferred SATA power connectors instead of the LP4 connectors.
The included fan is not useable for anything but green/desktop drives maybe the NAS drives if you live in cool weather. I believe the airflow is around 40 CFM, which is not going to cool 4 drives for very long before your drives get very hot.
Overall Review: Best value out there for this kind of device. You will need to replace the fan but that is expected.
I use 2 of these in my Cooler Master HAF X and they work well on my Enterprise drives. I replaced the fans with 120mm Twister Storm fans and the WD Re drives stay very cool (29-32C ambient=16C).
I wish they put the SATA connectors on the right side instead of the left side but I believe this cage was made for their 4U server case.
Pros: You can't beat the extreme airflow of this case. This case takes 4 200mm+ fans which is pretty remarkable. I think it is the only case to do so. Plenty of room for most hardware you can throw at it. It supports almost every non-proprietary motherboard size. It also has a 140mm fan slot in the back. It even has an included bracket for a 120x38mm fan meant to cool your video card if you want to use it.
The 2 x 200mm on top & the 1 x 140mm in the back is meant for exhausting and the 1 x 230mm front & 1 200mm side fan are meant for intake. The best airflow I've seen in any case.
It has the holes for AIO Water Coolers. I use the Corsair H100i and it works perfectly and you only need the 2x120mm fans since the 2x200m fans are on top. I'm not sure if the 280mm AIO water coolers will work since I've never used one of those.
It has a lot of good wire management especially in the back.
Cons: I had to hammer a few areas in the back since it was not straight and the pins to close the case were very tight.
The add-on fan adapter is a little flimsy so be careful when screwing it onto the hard cage (if used).
I don't like the PSU cover it only works if you have a normal length PSU. I think if you have on of those really long PSUs like the eVGA 1000+ watt it won't fit.
Their 2 included 5.25">3.5" hot swap brackets are wasteful since it would have been better to include a 2x5.25">3x3.5" module. Plus it has no fans in the back so unless you have a green drive it will overheat.
The included fans are pedestrian. Cooler Master fans in general don't have a lot of airflow.
Overall Review: This is probably the best case for high airflow especially if you have a lot of high end hardware.
I actually bought this to use as a SAS expander with 13 WD 6 Tb Re/Se drives with the Supermicro CTJBOD1 power board. So I actually have a ton of heat coming from the 13 Enterprise drives and even at full load the drives never get past 34-35C which is a lot better than my old HAF XM.
I recommend to replace all the fans with higher airflow versions:
-140mm fan use the Fractal Design Venturi
-200mm fan use the BitFenix Spectre Pro
-230mm fan use the BitFenix Spectre Pro
Pros: Very sturdy and heavy for such a small device. Worked flawlessly for my use -- RAID6 with 8 Intel SSDs. Good placement of the SATA power connectors. It doesn't interfere with anything and is vertical.
Cons: With those 2 40mm fans there is no way you can put in 8 2.5" HDDs. It would overheat in like 10 minutes of use.
Overall Review: Great product for its purpose -- installing SSDs. Very useful for turning spare 5.25" slots into SSDs.
I wish they would support SAS SSDs even single port would be okay.
I really wish manufacturers would make these with the SFF-8087 connectors since I doubt these are made for casual desktop users. Who else is going to use 8 SSDs? Even Supermicro/IstarUSA don't make them that way.
Pros: Works good enough. I liked the blue color -- not too bright. Had all the crews needed which was useful. It had the 3-pin to LP4 adapter which was necessary since it wouldn't work on the motherboard or the NZXT grid. Fairly quiet for such a high airflow.
Most useful was that it works on the Cooler Master HAF XM in the front without modding the fan (unlike the BitFenix Sprectre Pro 200mm).
Cons: I wish it would work with the 3-pin connector. I do not like using an extra LP4 connector to add this to the PSU. It just seems awkward in the case.
Overall Review: Pretty good fan. I wish it had more airflow but it is what it is. It does an adequate job of cooling my hard drives on the HAF XM case (6 x WD 6Tb Re drives). It was replacing the 2 x 120mm fans which was okay but very loud.
Pros: Very useful for splitting a 3-pin fan connector to 2 more 3-pin fans. The 6 inches was just enough for my use.
Cons: None I could see.
Overall Review: Very good splitter. I used it on my Supermicro CTJBOD1 power board to split the 3-pin fan connectors.
Pros: Worked as it should. Pretty useful since a lot of modern PSUs seem to have more SATA power than the LP4 connectors.
Cons: The 4 connectors are a bit flimsy so be careful to not let it hang loose in the case.
Overall Review: Its worked well so far for 24/7 for about 5 weeks. I used it for my Apevia 200mm fan which won't work on the NZXT 10-port fan hub (probably exceeds the 30 watt limit).
Pros: Very modular since almost every piece can taken off/replaced. 7 5.25" bays adds to the usefulness. The m-ITX standoffs are premounted. Very sturdy and heavy. Only takes up 1700 cubic inches which means you can get 11 HDDs + motherboard in just 1 cubic foot.
Cons: Airflow in this case isn't very good. There is only 1 120mm fan spot. I think this case should have at least one more 120mm fan mount on top for an exhaust. Even with high CFM fans on the ICY Dock drive cages the drives are still near 40 C.
The screws that are mounted on the bays are very difficult to get out. I don't even know why they put them on there. It took me like an hour to do that.
The hole mounts don't seem align very good for the drive cages I used (Icy Dock & AMS).
The documentation is sparse to non existent. Even if you download their PDF it gives no directions at all about where the connectors go especially their cleaved USB 2.0 connector. I couldn't get it to work at all. The reset "button" can only work if you use a pen or something since it isn't a button at all. The only positive is that the connectors have different colors on them.
I think this product is meant for industrial use or for integrators.
Overall Review: Overall very modular. Lots of ancillary problem (see Cons section). I used this as an external RAID enclosure for 11 HDDs (it could be used for 10 HDDs & 6/8 SSDs as well). The Intel 24-port SAS expander I used along with all the SAS cables was a very tight fit so airflow was a problem.
I think in retrospect I probably should have bought a Lian Li case which probably has better airflow, however this is a good case but for my purpose it didn't entirely meet my needs.
Pros: Good ITX motherboard. I like their support for the Broadwell CPUs without a bios upgrade. I had no problem installing the i7-5775C CPU. Good GUI bios and I was able to use my RF keyboard/mouse on it (Logitech). Controlling PWM fans fro the bios is very useful. It recognized my Areca RAID card on the 16X PCIe slot. It has 2 USB 2.0 connectors which is very useful if you are using the Corsair 80i/100i AIO closed loop water coolers.
Cons: It could use some more fan connectors. I had to use the NZXT Grid fan expander.
I didn't like the WiFi antennas -- they are too bulky. I don't know they didn't just the traditional plastic ones. I don't use WiFi so it didn't really affect me.
I didn't like foam packaging of the motherboard. It was very hard to cut the ties that bound the motherboard to the anti-stat bag.
Overall Review: Overall an excellent motherboard. I used the i7-5775C Broadwell CPU and 16 Gb of Corsair Dominator 1866 MHz RAM (CMD16GX3M2A1866C9) along with the Corsair H80i AIO WC and this machine was very fast.
Pros: Everything worked as it should. No problems with the backplane. The LG BD-RE (LG BT30N) I used fit perfectly. One of the few backplanes that allow you to use dual port SAS 2.5" drives.
Cons: The 40mm fans are pretty weak. Those screws to attach to the ODD are really really small. I almost lost them multiple times.
Overall Review: Very useful product. I especially liked the dual port SAS backplane. Worked flawlessly.