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HooToo HT-PC002 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 2-Port PCI-E Add-On Expansion Card with Internal USB 3.0 19-Pin Motherboard Male Header & 5V 4-Pin Molex Power Connector (VIA VL800 Chipset, Solid Capacitors)
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Pros: This would be the perfect solution to my need for a 19 pin USB 3.0 connection to feed a front panel USB 3.0 jack, while also providing two rear panel USB 3.0 jacks.

Cons: It simply will not work.

Other Thoughts: The driver disk that came with this had directories but no files (at least none that showed up when looking for drivers under XP Pro SP3) so I went to their website and downloaded them from there. The installation went smooth, and it shows up in Device Manager, but the ports both on the card and connected to the 19 pin header are completely dead. I even confirmed that the card is getting power through the 4 pin connection by checking voltages on the connector solder joints with a DMM. It has power, and device manager sees it and says it's working, but nothing is passing through the ports.

EDIMAX EW-7811Un N150 USB 2.0 Wireless nano Adapter
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4 out of 5 eggs Insanely Tiny! 04/19/2014

This review is from: EDIMAX EW-7811Un N150 USB 2.0 Wireless nano Adapter

Pros: Probably the smallest wi-fi adapter on the planet, and it works quite well. Easy to forget about and lose though, if you don't keep it in a USB port.

Cons: Gets quite hot in use (you're warned about this in the manual and told it's normal) and would be very easy to forget or misplace. I looked all over my messy desk for it today, and forgot I left it plugged in the back of a computer I'm working on.

Other Thoughts: Took off one egg for how hot this gets. Even though the manufacturer says this is normal it still worries me about this causing possible damage to the port, or burning my fingers taking it out.

Thermaltake V3 Black AMD Edition VL800P1W2N Black / Red SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: A sharp looking case with good bay capacity at a very fair price. Build quality on mine appears to be very high and overall I'm pleased with my choice.

Cons: Looks can be deceiving. The one thing I didn't like about this case was the front ports for audio and USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. For one thing it made no sense to me to have both USB versions when 3.0 is backwards compatible, not to mention that you've now used up the header and if you want more 3.0 ports you'll have to add a card. Make them both 3.0 and get full capability from the 20 pin header you have to connect to. And that ties in to the second thing that bugged me about that setup, which is that if you wanted to put a multifunction panel on that included audio or USB 3.0 ports you were going to wind up with some that weren't connected and which wouldn't work. Fortunately, looking at the photos, it seemed you could remove those ports and just slip a different device in that slot. As I said though, looks can be deceiving. While taking off the front allows you access to remove the port hardware and cables (just attached with screws), turning over the face gives you the nasty surprise that the upper bay cover isn't actually a removable cover, it's molded into the face to look like one but is actually non-removable. Bummer! I bought the case, and a multifunction card reader with audio jacks and USB 3.0 and eSATA ports intending to just remove the stock unit and replace it with the card reader. Yes, I can put the card reader below it, that cover is indeed removable, but both devices need a 20 pin header, which means one of them is going to be non-functional. I really wish Thermaltake would read this and redesign this portion of the case because it really limits what you can do with it and that has to be hurting sales of it. I know that if I had known this ahead of time I would have bought a different case, and I'm sure others have thought the same way. It should also be noted that the case does not come with the nice black knurled case screws as shown in the photo of the Kensington security slot (I wish it did), just regular shiney hex screws.

Other Thoughts: Since I already popped out sheet metal covers for two of the 5.25 bays to mount my 2 bay high fan controller I can't return the case, so instead I'm going to try a little front panel surgery with my Dremel and a saw blade to remove that upper false cover and still mount my card reader. Since it's all plastic it shouldn't be difficult, and will look just fine when I'm done if I'm careful and take my time. I really don't understand why the manufacturer made the case this way when having that as a removable module would have resulted in a much more versatile and user friendly product. I took off an egg for this, otherwise this would be a 5 egg case IMHO.


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Display Name: Bernhard B.

Date Joined: 04/26/08

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  • First Review: 05/04/08
  • Last Review: 05/01/14
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