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This review is from: Silicon Power Blaze B10 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SP032GBUF3B10V1B
Pros: Changes color when warm. Whoa.
Cons: I showed this to my buddy at work. Plugged into a USB 3.0 port (blue connector) and got 8mb/sec transfer. My buddy says "Thats nothing" and whips out some no-name flash drive which yielded 20+mb/sec moving the same files. Embarassing.
Other Thoughts: Advertised speed values lie. Beware of bogus transfer speed numbers listed for this. Maybe the thing has to be warm to achieve its rated speed thus the color changing case art?READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MASSCOOL PCI Card, 4 internal SATA Model XWT-RC040
Pros: Has four SATA ports, and comes with two SATA cables.
Cons: Mascool's support for this product is zero. Thank goodness the chipmaker (silicon image - 3114) has the software to make this card work.
No RAID setup instructions on how to configure the card's BIOS.
No instructions on whether the drives attached to this card must be RAID or not. After messing with it, it would seem that drives attached to this card can be used in a non-RAID configuration without any BIOS setup.
Mascool needs to be forthcoming on what this card WON'T do on their website. Limitations are far more critical to us folks who are trying keep old computers running. Thanks to Newegg for giving us a forum here to possibly list some of the limitations we're all finding in the field.
Other Thoughts: Working on an industrial computer with an ASUS P5A motherboard running Windows 2000 Professional, I needed a way to expand the storage capacity since the P5A BIOS won't read drives larger than 137GB. I'd hoped to just ditch the motherboard's on-board IDE controller entirely and just run two SATA drives off this card, including booting from one of them.
The P5A won't boot unless you are using the RAID 188.8.131.52 BIOS. Any other BIOS version causes the P5A system to hang during BIOS POST. Flashing the card's BIOS requires a drive to be attached to the card (dumb). I was never able to get the P5A to boot from a drive connected to this card despite the P5A having a SCSI setting in its BIOS BOOT SETUP, it would always report NO BOOT DISK PRESS A KEY so I ended up buying a new 80GB IDE drive to house the operating system and allocating the storage to two 75GB SATA drives attached to the card.
This review is from: Nippon Labs USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA HDD Adapter w/ Power Model USB-SATA
Pros: Neat idea, but...
Cons: The power supply was dead right out of the box.
Newegg: Pleaase consider sourcing these from a different (higher quality) manufacturer, what Nippon Labs sends in their box for a power supply is garbage.