Pros: - 7 ports. The internal port may seem kind of useless to some. However I have an ASUS X58 chipset board and those do not have a TPM. So, in order to enable Bitlocker, you need to create a "key" USB stick. This stick has to always be in the machine to boot to windows. Now that USB stick no longer takes up a port on the back of the PC.
- FAST. Performing an Acronis image backup of 500GB now takes ~2 hours instead of 5.5. These backups are written to 2TB WD MyBook USB 3.0 drives. It would be even faster if I could ever convince management that mechanical drives are not the best answer... File copies from USB 3.0 stick to USB 3.0 stick of ~64GB (lab data, small files) takes about 2 minutes now.
- Price. For what this card does in this environment (small research lab, no real data-center), the price was right on point.
Cons: - The exclusion of Molex to SATA power adapter. Since this device works well for updating older equipment, one should be included. At the price point though, it's understandable why there isn't one. What respectable IT guy doesn't have like 5 in a drawer somewhere anyways??!!
Overall Review: Overall this is a fantastic product. To the other reviewer that gave this a bad rating because the port layout didn't work with his storage enclosures: YOUR BAD SIR. You should have looked at that BEFORE you bought the card. I have zero issue with the port layout on this card. It actually makes for nice cable management.
Overall Review: Haven't had it long to give a long term evaluation, but it is working with out any problems so far. Very handy if you need more USB ports than most motherboards come with.
Pros: - 7 USB 3.0 ports on an x1 card
- Sata instread of Molex Power
- Instantly recognized by Debian Linux and WIndows 10 Pro
- Works reliably when passed through to a VM using VFIO
Cons: - USB Port alignment is a bit snug on some chassis
Overall Review: I picked this up in a hurry to use in the x1 slot on my X399 Fatal1ity VFIO setup when I ran into issues trying to pass through just one or two of the onboard USB 3.0 ports to a VM reliably. A year later and it still does a great job of providing USB connectivity for my Windows 10 VM via Proxmox.
Would be even better if they had managed to fit a proper USB3 header in addition to the USB 3 port internally or had a version that could route the 7th port to the back (via silly cable) on a full height install.
Pros: I installed this in a workstation / desktop build last year. It has worked perfectly with all ports connected to a variety of peripherals.
Cons: I haven't encountered any problems.
Overall Review: I definitely recommend this card. It has worked flawlessly. I haven't had to mess with it at all.
Pros: -Good price
-Extends usable life of older boards
-Works with Win10
Cons: -Driver install is a bit cumbersome
-Do yourself a favor and download the updated drivers from Startech
Overall Review: Upgrading an older Win7 machine to Win10, this combo does extend the usable life of the old machine by adding new features eg USB 3 and gigabit ethernet
Pros: Allowed me to add all the ports i needed to add, fitment in my case was easy as long as i had a USB in it to line it up in the middle between each cut-out
Cons: didnt like my x4 slot so it populates my bottem x16 slot however after getting it installed and used it for about 2 weeks it now no longer works at all, i have attempted to reseat it and make sure everything was plugged in but it just wont show up in windows nor will it show in bios
Pros: Works fine on Linux (using Ubuntu 19.x), I get > 900 megabits over iperf to another Linux box. Connection seems stable.
Cons: I didn't realize before purchase that the LAN port is a USB device that's on the same bus as any other USB devices you'll have plugged in. My fault, if I'd have googled the Ethernet chipset (RTL8153) I'd have realized it. So if you're virtualizing your hardware and want to pass the gigabit port to one VM and the USB ports to another, you won't be able to do it using PCIe passthrough.
Overall Review: Good performance, would buy again.
Pros: Works in native mode (no drivers required)
Cons: The horizontal placement of the usb sockets interferes with the spacers on both of my Corsair enclosures, preventing any usb cables from fitting. So it's useless, unless I want to butcher the enclosures.