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Pros: I paired this drive with a Syba SI-PEX40115 PCI adater. I was able to boot on an old PC to this card prior to install as the bootdrive in my home server. I treid a slightly older PC i'm using as an HTPC, don't recall the chipset, was unable to boot, but the system did see the drive when used as secondary drive.
Cons: M.2 Stand is a bit hard to follow, PCI vs SATA, Mkey BKey, m+bkey, who came up with this? makes my head hurt, but in the end the drive works.
Other Thoughts: Do some research on the M.2 NGFF, is minding numbing, but in the end I'm able to reclaim a sata port on my server for more data storage, and booting off the m.2.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cheaper than other similar cards running the same marvel chip
Cons: the included cables were bad on my unit, purchased new cables, and the card works just fine.
Other Thoughts: update to my earlier review on 2/23. I purchased a second card locally to test, had the same exact problems which is really odd, I could duplicate the problem with both cards, didn't use the included cables from the second card, used cables from original card, and a couple others I had laying around, returned the second card, and bought some sata 3 cables with the clips. Reinstalled the original card from new egg, with the new cables, and viola, it works. I have two weekends of headaches all due to some cr@ppy SATA cables that shipped with the card.
Decent card but be warned the cables may be faulty.
Upgrade rating to 4,
Pros: Pro’s 6 tuners, 1 cable card, stand alone device, pure TV exstasy.
Cons: Bad reviews that are continually written for a fantastic device. User error, system incompatibility, I have no idea what the deal is, I’m sure there are some folks that actually do have some real problems, but the device works and you don’t need 20 years of IT experience to get it up and running, basic reading comprehension and the ability to follow directions is prerequisite. Oh, it does run super hot, 59C , room temp’s are 69C, I’m down to low 50’s/high 40’s as using a USB power 120MM fan blowing directly across the unit.
Other Thoughts: Upgrading from the Infinitv 4 PCI, setting up the ETH was breeze, unit shipped with latest stable firmware, but a new hardware version was released as I was writing this review, updated without issue via the Ceton diagnostic tool. Installed the latest Ceton Windows drivers, had it going in a matter of minutes, not counting the hour and a half I spent at the Comcast office getting a second cable card, argh. Paring/activation of the cable card with the ETH was painless after calling the Comcast number provided in the directions. I setup using assigned tuners, split between 3 PC’s, waiting for dynamic tuners to come out of Beta before giving that a go. ETH has been up and running now for a month without a problem, I’ve already decommissioned the Infinitv 4, listed it on fle@b@y.