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VANTEC UGT-CR935 USB 3.0 Multi-Memory Internal Card reader
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Sometimes works, sometimes not 03/18/2014

This review is from: VANTEC UGT-CR935 USB 3.0 Multi-Memory Internal Card reader

Pros: A nice layout of card reader slots, activity lights and USB 3.0 port. But problem-plagued operations.

Cons: I really liked the design of this memory card reader, which enabled me to easily download files from cards and connect USB 3.0 portable hard drives to the front of my PC. Problem: this device intermittently flakes out. About 25 percent of the time it doesn't operate, as if the connection to the motherboard header was cut. Sometimes I'd have to reboot to get it to work. I put up with the random outages because I thought perhaps I had a bad mobo header or the USB 3.0 drivers were flakey. I just had two days where it would not work, no lights, nothing. Rebooting, powering down, etc. didn't help.

Other Thoughts: I am shopping for another USB 3.0 card reader from a different vendor. This unit only cost $25 and it's not worth going back to Newegg for a refund. One last shot before I toss this unit: I just got a new SSD drive, so I am reinstalling Windows 7. Will see if that changes anything. However, when I installed this device originally it was right after a fresh Windows install, so I don't have much hope. And to note, all of my USB 3.0 back panel mobo ports work fine, never flake out. So tending to think the header is fine too.

VANTEC UGT-CR935 USB 3.0 Multi-Memory Internal Card reader
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Great accessory 02/28/2013

This review is from: VANTEC UGT-CR935 USB 3.0 Multi-Memory Internal Card reader

Pros: I surveyed USB 3.0 port-only accessory front panels for half the price, then opted to get a card reader + USB 3.0 front port option. Glad I did. Now I don't have to search around anymore for one of those portable card readers that I always seem to misplace. My 5-year-old Antec computer case already had ports for audio, firewire and and two USB 2 ports, so this unit offered ports not available. Now with USB 3.0 external hard drives the choice is to fish around in the back for a port or leverage and external drive bay. My new mobo has the U.S. 3.0 connector, and this unit worked out of the box -- no problems. Someone complained that they can't see the on light or the activity light. I can see them just fine at any angle. So far I have tested a USB 3.0 drive and an SD card, no issues.

Cons: None really.

Other Thoughts: This unit will fit in a 3.5" floppy bay, or in a standard 5 1/4" drive bay *if* the bay has a 3.5" adapter. My Antec case had a metal adapter that was kinda funky, so I opted to buy a $5 plastic 5 1/4" to 3.5" adapter that was easy to work with and matches my black case, no problems. I read reviews of all the other units in this price range with similar or more features. This unit had the lowest level of user grief and I can confirm it's a good deal. I would definitely avoid any unit that does not have the special USB 3.0 mobo plug. Of course, if your motherboard doesn't have the USB 3.0 connector on board, you are kind of out of luck and must connect to an add-in card or buy a unit that has a standard USB connector that you would then have to thread outside of your case to an external USB 3.0 port in the back (not a very elegant solution).

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This was my first purchase of G.Skill memory. For years, I have purchased the Corsair brand, which has been reliable and Corsair has always been very responsive if there was ever any product issue or complaint. I decided with my new build (Gigabyte motherboard, i7-3550K CPU) to try 16GB of G.Skill memory because of the lower latency (9 vs. 10) and the ratings on Newegg (most popular memory in the 16GB DDR3 class).

I was disappointed after I completed the build and ran Memtest86+ ver 4.20: I was getting memory errors on every completed pass, and I was not able to isolate the problem to a single module (testing individually). In other words, inconsistent results. There is a G.Skill email address listed on the Newegg product page, so I sent a note asking if a few errors were OK. I also sent a note to Newegg reporting the issue. G.Skill responded within 24 hours. (Someone is listening, yeah!) The G.Skill response: even one error is not acceptable to our company. Right answer!

Newegg immediately shipped replacement G.Skill memory and included a pre-paid UPS mailing label to return the defective memory, so there was no cost to me for the replacement. I could have just as easily asked Newegg to refund the G.Skill and send me comparable Corsair memory. But I wanted to give G.Skill a chance. I received the replacement G.Skill memory in 2 days and tested with Memtest86+ for more than 48 hours with NO errors.

Cons: I can't recall ever getting a bad memory stick; it pays to test. I didn't like having to go through the hassle of the return, but Newegg was stellar in this case. G.Skill has zero tolerance for imperfection. Whoa!

Other Thoughts: It's been stated by prior users, but more than likely your motherboard will not automatically set the memory frequency to 1600. It will probably be set at 1300. When your mobo boots, go into the BIOS settings and select the option for memory settings and change the Extreme Memory Profile (also called XMP) to a custom profile. In the case of the Gigabyte mobo, on doing that it automatically switched the memory frequency from 1300 to 1600. Save and you're done. Nice if all mobos could parse the memory and do this setting change automatically, but not.


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Display Name: Joel D.

Date Joined: 03/29/04

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