Joined on 11/11/02
Works fine for me in XP Pro
Pros: Four internal ports! The connectors work with locking latches.
Cons: None really...maybe the price could be lower. It cost me twice as much as what I had paid for the RC-209.
Overall Review: I wanted an inexpensive 4-port card that supported the 300 speed. I've been using it with my 1 and 1.5 TB drives for over 3 months with no issues. My other card that I use simultaneously with this one (Rosewill RC-209) does not plug and play with my 1 and 1.5 TB drives. Since I needed more SATA ports, I decided against messing with the drives to make them compatible with the RC-209 and decided to just get this Sil3124 based card. I have not tried the RAID functions. I currently have 13 drives on my system (6 on the motherboard's ICH8R, 4 on the RC-209 with the Sil3114, and 3 on this Syba with the Sil3124). I use the 4th port of the Syba for a backup drive that I store in a fireproof safe. I run XP Pro 32-bit.
Won't read my SDHC card
Pros: CF and xD slots work for me (the only other two I've tested)
Cons: I chose this model because it advertised SDHC compatibility (at the time, it was the cheapest reader that advertised SDHC compatibility). I cannot get it to work with my 8GB SDHC card. The built-in reader on my laptop can read it just fine. My camera can read the card just fine.
Overall Review: I'll try to contact their tech support (if possible) someday to see if my unit is defective.
Works perfectly with my Windows 7 system and my 3TB Seagate external drives
Pros: Installed the card and driver, and it works perfectly in my Windows 7 64-bit system with my two Seagate 3TB external hard drives. Now they both run 2-3 times faster than they did when connected to USB 2.0 ports. I'm very happy!
Overall Review: I'm not using the internal power connector.
Mine runs at 4.0 GHz with the stock cooler!
Pros: I got mine after reading Tom's website and boy am I happy! I got mine to 4.2 GHz with the stock cpu cooler! Though to be on the safe side, I drop to 4 GHz to remain stable. I'm about to install a Scythe Ninja. It's the best cooler available (quiet as the Zalman 9500 in quiet mode, and cools as good as the Zalman in full speed mode). Maybe with this cooler, I can achieve stable operation at higher clock speeds. I'll be back to update this review after I've installed the Ninja.
Cons: This thing produces a ton of heat. But I'm a positive guy so I'm gonna turn it into a pro. I won't need a space heater during the winter! Hehe, but seriously, it only uses as much power as turning on an extra light bulb or two. It's no biggie.
Overall Review: Make sure you get a quality power supply and a good motherboard. When searching for a power supply, look at the specs for the 12V rail(s). Wattage ratings mean very little if you don't know what you're looking for. I chose the Asus P5WD2-E motherboard. I decided to get a premium MB with an inexpensive CPU because I like the features of a nice MB (8 SATA RAID, cool software and a great voltage regulation system).