Date Joined: 07/17/04
Pros: Fits slim profile ODD very well. 2.5" tray-less slot really supports hot swap; drive slides in very well. Two USB 3.0 front slots are very convenient with "older" enclosures that have only USB 2 front ports. Rugged design real space saver.
Overall Review: You may need a slim profile to normal SATA adapter or cable.
Ignore the troll that gave a 1 star review.
Pros: It can be used to split a 4-position combo audio port into a 3-position (stereo) headphone port and a 2-position (mono) microphone port. Really! The (Newegg) title is misleading: the ground is common and so there is no way to split the other 3 (signal) positions into 2x2 independent signal positions. (For those born after 1965: 2x2=4; sorry for this stinker but once in a while I have to vent). If the mike socket is 3-port indeed, its 2 signal positions must be shorted in the splitter.
For the one-egg reviewers: if you receive the wrong product have it returned. And if you have connection problems try to figure out where that bad connection actually occurs. Startech does not make bad stuff but if you are so unlucky to receive a lemon just have it replaced. And do not pollute the reviews!
Cons: The icons on the separate black sockets are pretty much unreadable. So take apply a small piece of pink/green heat shrink on the mike/headphone socket.
Pros: Use it with an Intel DP45SG mobo and Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 processors. Tests turn out well compared to benchmarks. Fast enough to check my e-mail and make notes.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I am not an expert memory tester/benchmarker. This is to let know that it works with the other components.
Pros: Fits, works, quiet
Cons: Not much to write about these
Pros: Just works, great design, no more Marvell components
No legacy devices/connections
Cons: No legacy devices/connections
Overall Review: I find it strange that the boot logo screen appears twice
It took me a while to enable WOL from S5. Finally figured that I need to Enable PME in the NIC device properties under Windows.
Pros: Great design, quiet, good cable management
No front door, power button remains accessible.
Everything works as it should.
Pros: Just works, I now have two of these, no problems.
Cons: Not free
Pros: It works for many drives.
I did not notice any loss in write/read speed.
Cons: This item is hardly cheaper than that the sata replacement drives you would have to buy.
Often slows down startup; sometimes device does not show up under windows; occasionally does not work at all. (I tested 2 of these and 2 similar in several PCs.)
Overall Review: Reasons to buy this include nostalgia, and environmental concerns.
Pros: Lenovo has clearly picked up where IBM left off. I "upgraded" to Windows XP Pro without any issues. Rugged but beautiful design, excellent keyboard, mouse, screen, fingerprint chip, white led light.
Cons: The Intel Turbo memory cannot be used under "Windows XP" and, apparently, has little effect under Windows Vista.
Overall Review: Lenovo provides a small dummy driver to get rid of the yellow bang for Turbo memory under Device Manager. I do not understand the issues the other customers had; seems like the ones with bad luck are the only to provide feedback.
Pros: Works, easy setup, quit, rugged design.
Cons: This array comes with a silicon image SiI 3131 SoftRAID5 controller. I created a maximum size RAID5 volume just over 2TB. That volume was not recognized by Windows XP SP2 (x86). The same for an exact 2 TB volume. I could not enter any size between 1 and 2 TB, and ended up creating 2 half size volumes. No big deal but it may be an indication of something else wrong.
Technical support did not reply and I don't like that.
Overall Review: Problems are mostly at the Silicon Image side. Hopefully this get resolved in new releases.
Pros: I bought 6, initially to make one huge array but changed my mind. I use them in my new low noise Frankenbox, one for system disk and for for RAID10. I keep one for spare and experimenting. Problem free.
Cons: You hear them if they are working. Not a big deal.
Pros: Used it in my new low noise Frankenbox with Intel Quad core. Works straight out of the box. Initial BIOS problems have been solved. I use Intel RAID10 for storage and Marvel SATA for the system disk.
Cons: You cannot do RAID with more than 4 disks.
Overall Review: You need to install Intel Audio Studio for good sound.
Pros: Used it in my new low noise Frankenbox. Works straight out of the box and faster than anything I have seen before.
Cons: Was a little pricy but price is quicly coming down now.
Pros: One of the most affordable ATI with dual link DVI. I use it with my Dell 3007WFP for office use 1920x1200 pixels (my eyes are getting older as I do).
Cons: Advanced gamers should look for higher end cards.