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No-name Internal Card Reader 11 in 1 USB 2.0

  

  

This device is almost an exact copy of the previous one. It too installs into the 3.5” bay and has an integrated USB cable. There are two USB ports on the face panel; Compact Flash, MicroDrive, Smart Media, MultiMedia Card, Memory Stick, Secure Digital Card formats are supported. The reader comes with a drivers CD; it costs $15.

No-name Card Reader/Writer 9 in 1 USB 2.0

  

  

The reader is designed in two-color gray-violet gamut and supports Compact Flash type I/II, MicroDrive, Smart Media, MultiMedia Card, Memory Stick Pro, Secure Digital Card, Memory Stick Duo, RS MultiMedia Card, and Mini SD (via an adapter). There’s a combo power/mode indicator on the top of the case. The dimensions of the reader are 60x93x15mm. The device comes with a drivers CD and a USB cable. The retail price of the device is $16.

Testbed and Methods

I used two programs to test the readers:

  • FC Test version 1.0;
  • AIDA version 3.95.

The readers were connected to the following testbed:

  • Albatron PX865PE Pro mainboard;
  • Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz CPU;
  • IBM DTLA-307015 HDD, 15GB;
  • RADEON 7000 32MB graphics card;
  • 256MB DDR SDRAM;
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4.

I tested the readers with four CompactFlash cards: Apacer Photo Steno Pro II 100x 512MB, Pretec Cheetah 80x 256MB, SanDisk Ultra 1GB and Transcend 45? 2GB. In other words, I sed the best media I could find at the time. The FireWire-interfaced card-reader was connected to the mainboard’s IEEE 1394 PCI controller (Agere FW322). The rest of the devices were attached through the USB ports and onboard connectors of the mainboard.

 
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