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Silverstone Tek Premium 3.5-Inch Front Bay Card Reader with SDXC and USB 3.0 Support with Extra Silver Front Panel (FP37B)
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- Supports standard 19pin USB 3.0 internal connector
- Fits in any 3.5" external drive bay
- Full support for SDXC card
- Additional SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port
- Support USB 3.0 for maximum data transfer
- Black with extra silver front panel
- USB powered
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Benchmark Update #2: Windows 8 Consumer Preview appears to have improved USB 3.0 support. Also able to test xD and CF cards. All without issues.
The Extreme Pro SDXC card is now hitting 85-90 MB/s (still not quite 95MB/s as advertised but getting closer) and the CF version is hitting 90 MB/s (just as advertised). As for the passthrough port, now hitting about 250 MB/s with a SSD in a USB 3.0 enclosure. Installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on the Mac Mini and ran ATTO. Read speed on the PCI-E card reader is 80.1 MB/s. So, at least in Windows 8, the usb 3.0 card reader is hitting higher speeds than the pci-express reader.
Benchmark Update #1: Using SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDXC UHS-I card.
FP37B via USB 3.0 (Windows 7 64-bit, Intel H67 system using Renesas uPD720202 USB 3.0 add-on PCI-E card)
QuickBench 4.0 Sequential Read @ 1024KB: 73.844 MB/s
QuickBench 4.0 Sequential Write @ 1024KB: 73.824 MB/s
ATTO 2.47 Sequential Read @ 1024KB: 78.485 MB/s
ATTO 2.47 Sequential Write @ 1024KB: 75.873 MB/s
FP37B via USB 2.0 (Windows 7 64-bit, Intel H67 system using internal USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 header adapter)
QuickBench 4.Read more ›
[ Original review starts here... ]
As a photographer, I tend to handle large RAW files and USB 3.0 was a must in my new PC build. Although my PC has external USB 3.0 ports which I could connect a card reader to, I wanted an internal one for less clutter. The product has a nice clean look with no manufacturer logo on the front and uses one 19/20 internal USB 3.0 header (so make sure your motherboard supports it.) The CF card is inserted upside down, but this seems to be the norm for most of these type of readers from what I've seen (probably due to how the internals have to be orientated for this small size?) Also, removal of the card could be a bit smoother - a slight angle seems to make the CF card catch a bit.
After my PC build, this was the only component that didn't work properly. After updating all drivers, it still wouldn't work. Only the USB port would work - testing my CF and SD cards would yield no results.
I did some research and looking over the manufacturer's website, I noticed a firmware update that could be applied. However, both of the available firmware updates would not work. The update would state that the device was not found. On the website, there is another user who commented with the same problem of having only the USB port work and being unable to update the firmware. Realizing this wasn't an isolated problem I decided to e-mail the manufacturer directly. Response was quick and the customer service representative replied saying that he would send me an adapter to properly update the firmware. The quick reply was welcome, a good sign of customer service - but not including this adapter which is needed for any firmware updates is ridiculous.Read more ›
You MUST click on the support tab at the top of Silverstone's website, then click on downloads. Choose accessories, then the FP37. Click search, and there is a FIRMWARE update available. The updater is 176KB and once opened, you simply run the application, it updates, and all of a sudden there you have it, all the drivers get green checks!!
I gave it four stars for not working perfectly out of the box and a less than 100% user friendly website for support. Overall the product works perfectly, looks great in the previously unused 3.5" bay and is very fast. Outperformed my onboard usb 3.0 found at rear of MB. Lovely product, but I save my 5 star awards for products that are darn near perfect, and this falls slightly below that margin.
On Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1, ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard, Intel i53570k, 8 GB DDR3 RAM.
Lastly, wrote an email to manufacturer's support team notifying them of lacking download on web page, hopefully they will fix it.
I bought this with a "2 Port USB3.0 USB 3.0 to PCI-E PCI Express Card Adapter Converter w/ Motherboard 20P 20 pin Connector & Low Profile Bracket, NEC Renesas D720201 Chipset" and installed both on a PC with a Gigabyte EX38-DS4 motherboard and Win 8.0 64-bit.
Installation was easy and all of the drivers were installed automatically. I notice a big improvement in speed reading my Sandisk Extreme SD cards compared to USB 2.0. Cards fit smoothly in the SD slot, and they go in right-side up-which is nice. (I didn't try other types of cards.) One more thing I really like about this front-panel is that, unlike some others, if you go to the system tray's "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media", you eject just the memory card. Some other front panels eject the whole card reader and you have to reboot in order to put another card in. (Tip: The workaround is to go to My Computer, right-click on the drive letter, and Eject.... That works for both kinds of front panels.)
** Caveat and Solution **
But after a few days, I noticed that the Silverstone card reader kept intermittently disconnecting after anywhere from a few seconds to a couple hours when I left an SD card inserted. The mounted drive letter would disappear, and I had to power the PC off and back on to get the card reader to work again. Also, since the SD card was not safely ejected, Windows would want to scan it for errors the next time I inserted it. Not good!
I've had a lot of trouble finding a quality internal card reader. The last one I tried (a different brand) was D.O.A. I really liked the design of this one and wanted to find a way to make it work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Would not read sd cards. Tech support website suggested that I update the firmware. Firmware update program could not detect the device even though the USB 3. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Randy Bowen
This replaced a front bay card reader that ran on USB 2.0, which seems very slow these days. I used the extra USB 3. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jim Jackson
This unit was a true USB3 in that it had a correct USB3 header for the MB, and it transferred data faster than USB2 will. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stef's books
Only worked intermittently for me. I upgraded the firmware, and my software, still not working properly. pretty sure its this device, none of my other USB devices have problems.Published 5 months ago by Ron S. Stransky
I recently purchased this item to use with a Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3. All I got was an additional USB3 port. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Martin
Works very good. It could use a little longer usb cable. It's a little short for a full tower to reach the motherboard.Published 6 months ago by Budman
This thing is a piece of crap. Customer service is indifferent and non-responsive. Get another brand! They know this thing doesn't work and they don't care to fix it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Travis Blanton
Installed cleanly in my desktop and the computer bios detected it as a USB 3.0 hub on boot up. Windows 7 pulled the drivers and installed them correctly. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Eric