• Silverstone Tek Aluminum 3.5-Inch Drive Bay with USB 3.0X4 and HD Audio Ports (FP32S-E)
  • Silverstone Tek Aluminum 3.5-Inch Drive Bay with USB 3.0X4 and HD Audio Ports (FP32S-E)
  • Silverstone Tek Aluminum 3.5-Inch Drive Bay with USB 3.0X4 and HD Audio Ports (FP32S-E)
  • Silverstone Tek Aluminum 3.5-Inch Drive Bay with USB 3.0X4 and HD Audio Ports (FP32S-E)
Silverstone Tek Aluminum 3.5-Inch Drive Bay with USB 3.0X4 and HD Audio Ports (FP32S-E)
Silverstone Tek Aluminum 3.5-Inch Drive Bay with USB 3.0X4 and HD Audio Ports (FP32S-E)
Silverstone Tek Aluminum 3.5-Inch Drive Bay with USB 3.0X4 and HD Audio Ports (FP32S-E)
Silverstone Tek Aluminum 3.5-Inch Drive Bay with USB 3.0X4 and HD Audio Ports (FP32S-E)

Silverstone Tek Aluminum 3.5-Inch Drive Bay with USB 3.0X4 and HD Audio Ports (FP32S-E)

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  • USB3.0 Front ports
  • Simple installation via grouped connectors
  • High quality aluminum finish
  • Four USB 3.0 and HD Audio ports
  • Compact and lightweight

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Its beautiful stuff. I did have a engineering problem installing ... To Silverstone, Its beautiful stuff. I did have a engineering problem installing the 19 pin connector on an Asus motherboard in a Silverstone FT01 chasis. The ROG Z370 motherboard situated the 19 pin connector horizontally instead of vertically, which made it impossible to connect the front panel device, too close to the chasis framework. To solve the problem I installed a silverstone USB adapter with a separate internal 19 pin connector. Works GREAT!!! NEED to get ASUS to situate their 19 pin connector vertically or have SOMEBODY develop a 19 pin right angle adapter...... 5Didn't work at first *REVIEW UPDATED**I ORIGINALLY RATED THIS PRODUCT A 1-STAR BUT HAVE SINCE UPDATED THE REVIEW (SEE BELOW)*[ 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. Anyone who doesn't have the patience to troubleshoot would quickly return this product. Including this adapter and having an instruction manual should be standard.I will update this review once I receive this adapter and try the firmware update. I wanted to put this review out there right now just in case someone else encounters this problem while I try to get this product working. Of course, all this trouble will probably put off potential buyers but according to the other reviewers who received a properly working product, it seems to work well.[ Review update on Nov. 2, 2012 starts here ... ]Okay, so here's the update. The customer service rep who I contacted (Joel) from Silverstone Tek shipped out the adapter and I received it in about 2 days (same state so quick shipping.) The adapter is an onboard USB 2.0 connector (connects to motherboard) to USB 19/20 connector (connects to card reader.) After hooking it up, I booted the PC and it started to automatically install a few drivers (I had originally deleted all the drivers when I first installed it.) I then downloaded the DP04 firmware update from the Silverstone Tek website and proceeded to run the firmware update program. This time it recognized the device and properly updated the firmware without any problems.After restarting the PC, the card reader now works! I was only able to test a SD and CF card but both are now recognized (unlike before) and I was able to transfer files without any problems. In order to test the speed, I used my Sandisk Extreme CF card (rated at 60MB/s) to transfer files to my internal hard drive (not a SSD.) At USB 2.0 speeds, transferring about 7GB worth of RAW photos (350+ files) took roughly 7-8 minutes. Using USB 3.0 it took roughly 1 minute and 30 seconds (reaching up to 70MB/s). A huge improvement in speed.I feel mixed about the overall product since it didn't originally work right from the start. Since I'm aware of driver/firmware installations and took the initiative to contact the manufacturer, I was eventually able to get the product working fine. But for the average user, they may not go through the trouble of trying to troubleshoot and as soon as it doesn't work on the first try, I'm sure they would just return the product. Although, if you're installing this product, you should already have a bit of technical knowledge to try and get it working. The card reader works great now but I obviously can't give it a full five stars since they really should have included the adapter and simple instructions for updating the firmware. Hopefully my experience will help others who have problems in getting this product to work properly.Good luck!4Good but could be betterIt works as advertised. The front panel is thin plastic and bends a little when pushing in/ pulling out usb s. The phone charger works great and is nice to have. The fan control and readout is just fluff, most motherboards and devices give you fan control. But, the 3.1 usb s all work as do the micro card readers, so it s worth the price. I knew going into the buy the fan fluff would be just that, but the other features are useful. Also, all the ports are not aligned just right with the cheap plastic front so you have to wiggle the usb s to get them in/out, thus the 4 stars.4Apparently only half works. USB works - Card reader portion doesn'tOne thing that annoys the heck out of me is when I have to do something twice due to no fault of my own. Appears most of the cards readers are a hit and miss. Time is precious and I despise lack of QC especially when I pay a little more for something. I thought it may have been my expansion card. My Motherboard 20/19 pin connector is being used for my case front panel. Either way, the card reader portion of this is not working.5/3/2019The replacement appears to work as expected. How long it lasts time will tell. Updated review to 2.52SilverStone model FP59B card reader I really wanted this unit (FP59B) to work for me, and the microSD slot was blazingly fast compared to what I m used to. I knew better then to expect 3.1 USB behind an Inateck USB 3.0 add-in PCIe 5 port card with 3.0 header, but believed the unit would be able to pass through the 3.0 connection. I was wrong about that. All functions except the card reader were dead on my trusty ASUS P8P67 rig with the Inateck card. I finally reached the conclusion that a 3.1 mother board header is required for this unit. Perhaps the product was upgraded at some point in time, but no effort was put into updating the hardware requirement?The Amazon page for this unit has many reviews and some Answered Questions which refer to USB 3.0 inputs. Little mention is made of the 3.1 header and no mention that it is the minimum hardware requirement. If my conclusion is wrong, perhaps the mfg can detail the facts going forward.I installed the latest Inateck driver hoping that would fix any compatibility issues, and updated the FP59B s firmware from v1203 to v1206 as recommended in the mfg s email. (Makes me wonder why it didn t come with the latest firmware preinstalled since the same issue was reported in 2012.)As the card reader function was working, I confirmed the Inatech card was working properly before giving up. The FP59B simply won t work behind my USB 3.0 header.For anyone wishing to update their firmware, the tool is on the SilverStone site. Another poster said he had to use a cable SilverStone shipped to him, but the mfg s second email made it clear that their tool works through the units supplied cable hookup, and it did. Their pdf instruction s images could use an update.My comments when returning the unit to Amazon:Doesn't work in my PC. Insufficient description of minimum hardware requirements. USB 3.1 MB header required? Will be choosing a replacement after refund. Two contacts w/ Mfg failed to fix.I ended up with a StarTech model 35FCREADBU3, the USB 3.0 version, not the 2.0 version. I posted my review there.I d planned to use the FP59B in my current box for another year or so and then move it to a new box later. In my next PC build, I m sure I ll have a USB 3.1 header, and I might give the FP59B another try. It does have some nice features, and some buyers report no problems.1Working Great on Win8.0 64-bit but ONLY AFTER Tweaking this Important USB 3.0 Driver Setting... (Updated 3-SEP-16, downgraded to 3 from 4 stars due to Win10 issues)I upgraded to Win 10 in July, but unfortunately have never been able to get the card reader working. Windows comes with two drivers that it considers compatible with this, but neither worked for me. One blue-screened the PC. The problem may be with Microsoft, but I couldn't find any alternative on Silverstone Tek's web site.(Updated 31-JAN-15, Downgraded to 4 from 5 stars due to caveat below)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. Technical support was not able to solve the problem, and agreed that it looked like defective hardware. So I returned it and ordered a new one. (Thanks to Amazon for making that so easy. The UPS driver came right to my door to pick up the old one!) Unfortunately, the second one had the same problem.After a lot of investigation and trial & error, I found a very similar problem explained in "A USB 3.0 drive randomly disconnects and reconnects from a PCA USB 3.0 drive randomly disconnects and reconnects from a PC" on Western Digital's web site. That led me to this simple solution:1: Run "RENESAS-USB3-Host-Driver-30230-setup.exe", which came with my USB 3.0 interface card, to install the chipset manufacturer's official drivers.2: Open `Control Panel'-> `Device Manager'.3: Expand the `Universal Serial Bus controllers' node4: Right click on `Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Host Controller' and choose `Properties'5: Go to the `Advanced' tab6: Check the box to `Disable USB 3.0 power management functions', then press OKNote: I switched to the Renesas driver because I could not find an option like this in the Microsoft driver which Windows installs automatically for the USB 3.0 card......More info in case you are interested...One of the things I tried which did not help was firmware updates. Mine came with "0570". For some odd reason the firmware updater cannot find the card reader if it is attached to a USB 3.0 port. I used a "19 Pin USB3.0 Female To 9 Pin USB2.0 Male Motherboard Cable Adapter" that I had on hand to temporarily get around this. When I ran the updater, it said I had version "0570", and had a button to click to do the update. (Or just exit without updating.) I asked Silverstone to post their latest firmware last week, but as of now, they only have "DP04" available under downloads for the FP37. However, the "DPxx" series is for a different variant of this model, and if you install it on a unit that uses the "05xx" series, the lights will stop working. The only other version I found is "0561". The link to that is mentioned in an entry under the Q/A section under support. But that version seems to be old, and although it seemed to work with Microsoft's drivers for my USB 3.0 card, I got an error when I tried to use Renesas's own drivers for my USB 3.0. So BEWARE - If you start with something other than what you can find on their web site, there doesn't seem to be any way to go back!Another thing I tried was disabling "USB selective suspend" in "Advanced Power Options" in "Control Panel" under "Power Options". Technical support suggested this. Unfortunately it didn't seem to make any difference in my case.Then I tried connecting it to an internal USB 2.0 header on my motherboard using a "19 Pin USB3.0 Female To 9 Pin USB2.0 Male Motherboard Cable Adapter". That did solve the problem, but then it took twice as long to read my SD cards, and the front panel USB connector, of course, no longer supported USB 3.0. 3Initial Issue with DriversWhen I first plugged this into my computer, the drivers attempted to installed and one of them failed (there was approx 6 different lines for devices being installed.) I assumed it was a driver issue etc and looked into. My first stop was at the manufacturer's page to check for available downloads. At the product page's download tab at the bottom, there was none available.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.4Made my PC look like something straight off of r2-D2Do you want your computer to load CDs like R2-D2 then this bad boy is for you and it ads some extra storage to boot its pretty niceGot a bluray player in mine for my HTPC does anybody watch new blurays in the age of streaming no of course not but ive got Star Wars 1-6 on Blu Ray and Back to The Future and of course Avatar the quintessentialBlu ray so yeah i like the option to watch them you can get amazing blu rays used and barely worry about scratches so just go get an old busted laptop that has a slot load bluray drive and install this into your PC to have that option without losing the sleek look of a good PC5If you have extra 3.1 headerIf you have an extra usb 3.0 or 3.1 gen 1 header and an unused 5.25" bay than this thing fits the bill especially because of the handy standard speed memory card slots. If you need to utilize usb 3.2 or want a real quick charge (Qualcomm 3.0) charger look elsewhere not to mention my pc case has a seldom-used speed selector for it's fans and CPU fans shouldn't be manualy adjusted. The led readout is always on and showing the voltage and amperage values any of it's 4 usb ports (has a selector button for that) this is amd unnecessary read out for the majority unless that's your concern otherwise it's not a good looking addition to the front of the pc especially if you want good aesthetics and a streamlined or built-in look.4Works great.Works great so far. No issues with usb 3.0 port, micro sd/m2 slot, sd/mmc slot, and ms/pro/duo slot. Unable to test the other two slots as I don't have xD or CF media. Uses a single 19/20 pin USB 3.0 mother board header cable for the entire device, unlike the fake USB 3.0 card readers out there which use one USB 3.0 cable for the USB 3.0 passthrough port but use a separate USB 2.0 header cable for the card reader itself. There's also no brand logo on the faceplate, so this will complement any case setup. The SS logo on the face plate does not stand for SilverStone but is the SuperSpeed logo.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/sQuickBench 4.0 Sequential Write @ 1024KB: 73.824 MB/sATTO 2.47 Sequential Read @ 1024KB: 78.485 MB/sATTO 2.47 Sequential Write @ 1024KB: 75.873 MB/sFP37B via USB 2.0 (Windows 7 64-bit, Intel H67 system using internal USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 header adapter)QuickBench 4.0 Sequential Read @ 1024KB: 32.802 MB/sQuickBench 4.0 Sequential Write @ 1024KB: 25.676 MB/sATTO 2.47 Sequential Read @ 1024KB: 33.912 MB/sATTO 2.47 Sequential Write @ 1024KB: 26.188 MB/sBCM57765 via PCI-E 2.5 GT/s (OS X Lion 64-bit, Apple Mac Mini Mid 2011 using its PCI-E connected memory card slot)QuickBench 4.0 Sequential Read @ 1024KB: 78.912 MB/sQuickBench 4.0 Sequential Write @ 1024KB: Benchmark FailedSo, the numbers definitely show that this is a true USB 3.0 card reader as well as the benefits over USB 2.0. I treated the Mac Mini PCI-E card reader as a "gold standard" of sorts for comparison purposes, but QuickBench failed for the write test. XBench didn't work either and showed an impossibly high read speed (3 GB/s!). USB 3.0 as a card reader did not have a significant difference compared to a native PCI-Express reader: 5 MB/s less using the same company's read speed benchmark.USB 3.0 passthrough port (Intel X25-M G2 160GB SATA II SSD via SIIG SATA II to USB 3.0 Enclosure):QuickBench 4.0 Sequential Read @ 1024KB: 173.757 MB/sQuickBench 4.0 Sequential Write @ 1024KB: 78.473 MB/s (interestingly enough, recorded 133.908 MB/s @ 128KB)ATTO 2.47 Sequential Read @ 1024KB: 202.428 MB/sATTO 2.47 Sequential Write @ 512KB: 91.658 MB/sThe passthrough port works well without issues.Overall, this is a great front panel product.5Wanted to love it, but it just wasn't worth the time ...Tried one, had major problems with it, so I returned it and got a replacement. Had just as many problems with the second, so return it also. For example, the sliding knob on the right fell off, the drives would constantly engage and then disconnect, back and forth. And, you can only use 2 drives at the same time; 1 USB and 1 card reader, or a second USB. Wanted to love it, but it just wasn't worth the time or problems. Very disappointed.1Works for meI wanted to add some USB 3.0 ports to the front of a HP 8300 SFF computer. Along with a Mailiya PCI-E to USB 3.0 2-Port PCI Express Card this did the job. It also allowed me a place to mount the two 2.15 inch system drives. My only complaint about this product is the USB cable(s). I had to put several loops in the cable inside an already crowded case. Also the cable for the center most USB connector has to bent at a very sharp angle to get past the USB drives. Silverstone would be well advised to instruct their vendor to use more flexible cables of a smaller diameter.Reference:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G85LFEK4A Sturdy, Nice-Looking Panel That Requires User Modification Before Audio Will Work Properly According To The HD Audio Spec. I had to give this 3 stars (and that's being generous under the circumstances), because user intervention was required to fix a design fault before it worked correctly- this should not have been necessary; if not for this, I would have given it 5 stars.I have an older Cooler Master Praetorian case that I really like because it's made out of heavy gauge aluminum, held together with thumbscrews, and a motherboard tray that is easily removable with several thumbscrews. The only major downside was that it had only an AC97 front panel audio connection that is now largely unsupported, instead of the more common HD audio connection. It also had no USB 3.0 front panel connectors. There are almost no options when it comes to replacing these front panel connectors, and for the Praetorian, none that fit. I was a bit disappointed when I read the reviews for this Silverstone product because in "shave's" review it stated that the HD audio specification is not fully implemented in this panel. Having no other good options I ordered one of these panels to see for myself what the issues were and whether or not they could be rectified. Upon receipt, I compared the wiring of the panel to the HD audio specification in the "Intel Front Panel IO Connectivity Design Guide". Everything is correctly wired in the panel per the Intel HD audio specification EXCEPT as "shave" stated in his review, the wiring is not fully implemented in this panel for the "PRESENSE #" signal to the motherboard on pin 4 of the connector- that signal does not exist, even though on Silverstone's website a schematic of the connector shows it. This is disappointing.However if you're technically inclined, there is a solution, although it will require some skillful soldering. On examination of the Intel document mentioned above, the missing 'signal' at pin 4 is simply a connection to 'ground' through a 1k ohm (1000 ohm) resistor. There's negligible current draw, so a 1/4 watt or 1/10 watt resistor will work fine. I scavenged a connector contact and wire from one stripped from an old case that I discarded, and soldered one end of the resistor to one end of this wire with the contact at the other end, and other end of the resistor to a short piece of wire that is then connected to pin 2 of the Silverstone FP32B-E HD audio connector (black wire) which is the 'ground' connector to the motherboard (*** Please note! The exposed connections to the resistor and the resistor itself should be covered with a piece of heat-shrinkable tubing to prevent them from contacting anything on the motherboard and potentially causing damage!). Once that's done, the panel will function as it should and the motherboard will detect that it is plugged in and when a headset is plugged into the front panel it will mute the audio out from the rear panel as designed. Kudos to "shave" for pointing out this design fault. Silverstone REALLY needs to fix this, but I'm not holding my breath. 3
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Description
  • USB3.0 Front ports
  • Simple installation via grouped connectors
  • High quality aluminum finish
  • Four USB 3.0 and HD Audio ports
  • Compact and lightweight
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Customer Reviews

Its beautiful stuff. I did have a engineering problem installing ... To Silverstone, Its beautiful stuff. I did have a engineering problem installing the 19 pin connector on an Asus motherboard in a Silverstone FT01 chasis. The ROG Z370 motherboard situated the 19 pin connector horizontally instead of vertically, which made it impossible to connect the front panel device, too close to the chasis framework. To solve the problem I installed a silverstone USB adapter with a separate internal 19 pin connector. Works GREAT!!! NEED to get ASUS to situate their 19 pin connector vertically or have SOMEBODY develop a 19 pin right angle adapter...... 5Didn't work at first *REVIEW UPDATED**I ORIGINALLY RATED THIS PRODUCT A 1-STAR BUT HAVE SINCE UPDATED THE REVIEW (SEE BELOW)*[ 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. Anyone who doesn't have the patience to troubleshoot would quickly return this product. Including this adapter and having an instruction manual should be standard.I will update this review once I receive this adapter and try the firmware update. I wanted to put this review out there right now just in case someone else encounters this problem while I try to get this product working. Of course, all this trouble will probably put off potential buyers but according to the other reviewers who received a properly working product, it seems to work well.[ Review update on Nov. 2, 2012 starts here ... ]Okay, so here's the update. The customer service rep who I contacted (Joel) from Silverstone Tek shipped out the adapter and I received it in about 2 days (same state so quick shipping.) The adapter is an onboard USB 2.0 connector (connects to motherboard) to USB 19/20 connector (connects to card reader.) After hooking it up, I booted the PC and it started to automatically install a few drivers (I had originally deleted all the drivers when I first installed it.) I then downloaded the DP04 firmware update from the Silverstone Tek website and proceeded to run the firmware update program. This time it recognized the device and properly updated the firmware without any problems.After restarting the PC, the card reader now works! I was only able to test a SD and CF card but both are now recognized (unlike before) and I was able to transfer files without any problems. In order to test the speed, I used my Sandisk Extreme CF card (rated at 60MB/s) to transfer files to my internal hard drive (not a SSD.) At USB 2.0 speeds, transferring about 7GB worth of RAW photos (350+ files) took roughly 7-8 minutes. Using USB 3.0 it took roughly 1 minute and 30 seconds (reaching up to 70MB/s). A huge improvement in speed.I feel mixed about the overall product since it didn't originally work right from the start. Since I'm aware of driver/firmware installations and took the initiative to contact the manufacturer, I was eventually able to get the product working fine. But for the average user, they may not go through the trouble of trying to troubleshoot and as soon as it doesn't work on the first try, I'm sure they would just return the product. Although, if you're installing this product, you should already have a bit of technical knowledge to try and get it working. The card reader works great now but I obviously can't give it a full five stars since they really should have included the adapter and simple instructions for updating the firmware. Hopefully my experience will help others who have problems in getting this product to work properly.Good luck!4Good but could be betterIt works as advertised. The front panel is thin plastic and bends a little when pushing in/ pulling out usb s. The phone charger works great and is nice to have. The fan control and readout is just fluff, most motherboards and devices give you fan control. But, the 3.1 usb s all work as do the micro card readers, so it s worth the price. I knew going into the buy the fan fluff would be just that, but the other features are useful. Also, all the ports are not aligned just right with the cheap plastic front so you have to wiggle the usb s to get them in/out, thus the 4 stars.4Apparently only half works. USB works - Card reader portion doesn'tOne thing that annoys the heck out of me is when I have to do something twice due to no fault of my own. Appears most of the cards readers are a hit and miss. Time is precious and I despise lack of QC especially when I pay a little more for something. I thought it may have been my expansion card. My Motherboard 20/19 pin connector is being used for my case front panel. Either way, the card reader portion of this is not working.5/3/2019The replacement appears to work as expected. How long it lasts time will tell. Updated review to 2.52SilverStone model FP59B card reader I really wanted this unit (FP59B) to work for me, and the microSD slot was blazingly fast compared to what I m used to. I knew better then to expect 3.1 USB behind an Inateck USB 3.0 add-in PCIe 5 port card with 3.0 header, but believed the unit would be able to pass through the 3.0 connection. I was wrong about that. All functions except the card reader were dead on my trusty ASUS P8P67 rig with the Inateck card. I finally reached the conclusion that a 3.1 mother board header is required for this unit. Perhaps the product was upgraded at some point in time, but no effort was put into updating the hardware requirement?The Amazon page for this unit has many reviews and some Answered Questions which refer to USB 3.0 inputs. Little mention is made of the 3.1 header and no mention that it is the minimum hardware requirement. If my conclusion is wrong, perhaps the mfg can detail the facts going forward.I installed the latest Inateck driver hoping that would fix any compatibility issues, and updated the FP59B s firmware from v1203 to v1206 as recommended in the mfg s email. (Makes me wonder why it didn t come with the latest firmware preinstalled since the same issue was reported in 2012.)As the card reader function was working, I confirmed the Inatech card was working properly before giving up. The FP59B simply won t work behind my USB 3.0 header.For anyone wishing to update their firmware, the tool is on the SilverStone site. Another poster said he had to use a cable SilverStone shipped to him, but the mfg s second email made it clear that their tool works through the units supplied cable hookup, and it did. Their pdf instruction s images could use an update.My comments when returning the unit to Amazon:Doesn't work in my PC. Insufficient description of minimum hardware requirements. USB 3.1 MB header required? Will be choosing a replacement after refund. Two contacts w/ Mfg failed to fix.I ended up with a StarTech model 35FCREADBU3, the USB 3.0 version, not the 2.0 version. I posted my review there.I d planned to use the FP59B in my current box for another year or so and then move it to a new box later. In my next PC build, I m sure I ll have a USB 3.1 header, and I might give the FP59B another try. It does have some nice features, and some buyers report no problems.1Working Great on Win8.0 64-bit but ONLY AFTER Tweaking this Important USB 3.0 Driver Setting... (Updated 3-SEP-16, downgraded to 3 from 4 stars due to Win10 issues)I upgraded to Win 10 in July, but unfortunately have never been able to get the card reader working. Windows comes with two drivers that it considers compatible with this, but neither worked for me. One blue-screened the PC. The problem may be with Microsoft, but I couldn't find any alternative on Silverstone Tek's web site.(Updated 31-JAN-15, Downgraded to 4 from 5 stars due to caveat below)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. Technical support was not able to solve the problem, and agreed that it looked like defective hardware. So I returned it and ordered a new one. (Thanks to Amazon for making that so easy. The UPS driver came right to my door to pick up the old one!) Unfortunately, the second one had the same problem.After a lot of investigation and trial & error, I found a very similar problem explained in "A USB 3.0 drive randomly disconnects and reconnects from a PCA USB 3.0 drive randomly disconnects and reconnects from a PC" on Western Digital's web site. That led me to this simple solution:1: Run "RENESAS-USB3-Host-Driver-30230-setup.exe", which came with my USB 3.0 interface card, to install the chipset manufacturer's official drivers.2: Open `Control Panel'-> `Device Manager'.3: Expand the `Universal Serial Bus controllers' node4: Right click on `Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Host Controller' and choose `Properties'5: Go to the `Advanced' tab6: Check the box to `Disable USB 3.0 power management functions', then press OKNote: I switched to the Renesas driver because I could not find an option like this in the Microsoft driver which Windows installs automatically for the USB 3.0 card......More info in case you are interested...One of the things I tried which did not help was firmware updates. Mine came with "0570". For some odd reason the firmware updater cannot find the card reader if it is attached to a USB 3.0 port. I used a "19 Pin USB3.0 Female To 9 Pin USB2.0 Male Motherboard Cable Adapter" that I had on hand to temporarily get around this. When I ran the updater, it said I had version "0570", and had a button to click to do the update. (Or just exit without updating.) I asked Silverstone to post their latest firmware last week, but as of now, they only have "DP04" available under downloads for the FP37. However, the "DPxx" series is for a different variant of this model, and if you install it on a unit that uses the "05xx" series, the lights will stop working. The only other version I found is "0561". The link to that is mentioned in an entry under the Q/A section under support. But that version seems to be old, and although it seemed to work with Microsoft's drivers for my USB 3.0 card, I got an error when I tried to use Renesas's own drivers for my USB 3.0. So BEWARE - If you start with something other than what you can find on their web site, there doesn't seem to be any way to go back!Another thing I tried was disabling "USB selective suspend" in "Advanced Power Options" in "Control Panel" under "Power Options". Technical support suggested this. Unfortunately it didn't seem to make any difference in my case.Then I tried connecting it to an internal USB 2.0 header on my motherboard using a "19 Pin USB3.0 Female To 9 Pin USB2.0 Male Motherboard Cable Adapter". That did solve the problem, but then it took twice as long to read my SD cards, and the front panel USB connector, of course, no longer supported USB 3.0. 3Initial Issue with DriversWhen I first plugged this into my computer, the drivers attempted to installed and one of them failed (there was approx 6 different lines for devices being installed.) I assumed it was a driver issue etc and looked into. My first stop was at the manufacturer's page to check for available downloads. At the product page's download tab at the bottom, there was none available.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.4Made my PC look like something straight off of r2-D2Do you want your computer to load CDs like R2-D2 then this bad boy is for you and it ads some extra storage to boot its pretty niceGot a bluray player in mine for my HTPC does anybody watch new blurays in the age of streaming no of course not but ive got Star Wars 1-6 on Blu Ray and Back to The Future and of course Avatar the quintessentialBlu ray so yeah i like the option to watch them you can get amazing blu rays used and barely worry about scratches so just go get an old busted laptop that has a slot load bluray drive and install this into your PC to have that option without losing the sleek look of a good PC5If you have extra 3.1 headerIf you have an extra usb 3.0 or 3.1 gen 1 header and an unused 5.25" bay than this thing fits the bill especially because of the handy standard speed memory card slots. If you need to utilize usb 3.2 or want a real quick charge (Qualcomm 3.0) charger look elsewhere not to mention my pc case has a seldom-used speed selector for it's fans and CPU fans shouldn't be manualy adjusted. The led readout is always on and showing the voltage and amperage values any of it's 4 usb ports (has a selector button for that) this is amd unnecessary read out for the majority unless that's your concern otherwise it's not a good looking addition to the front of the pc especially if you want good aesthetics and a streamlined or built-in look.4Works great.Works great so far. No issues with usb 3.0 port, micro sd/m2 slot, sd/mmc slot, and ms/pro/duo slot. Unable to test the other two slots as I don't have xD or CF media. Uses a single 19/20 pin USB 3.0 mother board header cable for the entire device, unlike the fake USB 3.0 card readers out there which use one USB 3.0 cable for the USB 3.0 passthrough port but use a separate USB 2.0 header cable for the card reader itself. There's also no brand logo on the faceplate, so this will complement any case setup. The SS logo on the face plate does not stand for SilverStone but is the SuperSpeed logo.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/sQuickBench 4.0 Sequential Write @ 1024KB: 73.824 MB/sATTO 2.47 Sequential Read @ 1024KB: 78.485 MB/sATTO 2.47 Sequential Write @ 1024KB: 75.873 MB/sFP37B via USB 2.0 (Windows 7 64-bit, Intel H67 system using internal USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 header adapter)QuickBench 4.0 Sequential Read @ 1024KB: 32.802 MB/sQuickBench 4.0 Sequential Write @ 1024KB: 25.676 MB/sATTO 2.47 Sequential Read @ 1024KB: 33.912 MB/sATTO 2.47 Sequential Write @ 1024KB: 26.188 MB/sBCM57765 via PCI-E 2.5 GT/s (OS X Lion 64-bit, Apple Mac Mini Mid 2011 using its PCI-E connected memory card slot)QuickBench 4.0 Sequential Read @ 1024KB: 78.912 MB/sQuickBench 4.0 Sequential Write @ 1024KB: Benchmark FailedSo, the numbers definitely show that this is a true USB 3.0 card reader as well as the benefits over USB 2.0. I treated the Mac Mini PCI-E card reader as a "gold standard" of sorts for comparison purposes, but QuickBench failed for the write test. XBench didn't work either and showed an impossibly high read speed (3 GB/s!). USB 3.0 as a card reader did not have a significant difference compared to a native PCI-Express reader: 5 MB/s less using the same company's read speed benchmark.USB 3.0 passthrough port (Intel X25-M G2 160GB SATA II SSD via SIIG SATA II to USB 3.0 Enclosure):QuickBench 4.0 Sequential Read @ 1024KB: 173.757 MB/sQuickBench 4.0 Sequential Write @ 1024KB: 78.473 MB/s (interestingly enough, recorded 133.908 MB/s @ 128KB)ATTO 2.47 Sequential Read @ 1024KB: 202.428 MB/sATTO 2.47 Sequential Write @ 512KB: 91.658 MB/sThe passthrough port works well without issues.Overall, this is a great front panel product.5Wanted to love it, but it just wasn't worth the time ...Tried one, had major problems with it, so I returned it and got a replacement. Had just as many problems with the second, so return it also. For example, the sliding knob on the right fell off, the drives would constantly engage and then disconnect, back and forth. And, you can only use 2 drives at the same time; 1 USB and 1 card reader, or a second USB. Wanted to love it, but it just wasn't worth the time or problems. Very disappointed.1Works for meI wanted to add some USB 3.0 ports to the front of a HP 8300 SFF computer. Along with a Mailiya PCI-E to USB 3.0 2-Port PCI Express Card this did the job. It also allowed me a place to mount the two 2.15 inch system drives. My only complaint about this product is the USB cable(s). I had to put several loops in the cable inside an already crowded case. Also the cable for the center most USB connector has to bent at a very sharp angle to get past the USB drives. Silverstone would be well advised to instruct their vendor to use more flexible cables of a smaller diameter.Reference:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G85LFEK4A Sturdy, Nice-Looking Panel That Requires User Modification Before Audio Will Work Properly According To The HD Audio Spec. I had to give this 3 stars (and that's being generous under the circumstances), because user intervention was required to fix a design fault before it worked correctly- this should not have been necessary; if not for this, I would have given it 5 stars.I have an older Cooler Master Praetorian case that I really like because it's made out of heavy gauge aluminum, held together with thumbscrews, and a motherboard tray that is easily removable with several thumbscrews. The only major downside was that it had only an AC97 front panel audio connection that is now largely unsupported, instead of the more common HD audio connection. It also had no USB 3.0 front panel connectors. There are almost no options when it comes to replacing these front panel connectors, and for the Praetorian, none that fit. I was a bit disappointed when I read the reviews for this Silverstone product because in "shave's" review it stated that the HD audio specification is not fully implemented in this panel. Having no other good options I ordered one of these panels to see for myself what the issues were and whether or not they could be rectified. Upon receipt, I compared the wiring of the panel to the HD audio specification in the "Intel Front Panel IO Connectivity Design Guide". Everything is correctly wired in the panel per the Intel HD audio specification EXCEPT as "shave" stated in his review, the wiring is not fully implemented in this panel for the "PRESENSE #" signal to the motherboard on pin 4 of the connector- that signal does not exist, even though on Silverstone's website a schematic of the connector shows it. This is disappointing.However if you're technically inclined, there is a solution, although it will require some skillful soldering. On examination of the Intel document mentioned above, the missing 'signal' at pin 4 is simply a connection to 'ground' through a 1k ohm (1000 ohm) resistor. There's negligible current draw, so a 1/4 watt or 1/10 watt resistor will work fine. I scavenged a connector contact and wire from one stripped from an old case that I discarded, and soldered one end of the resistor to one end of this wire with the contact at the other end, and other end of the resistor to a short piece of wire that is then connected to pin 2 of the Silverstone FP32B-E HD audio connector (black wire) which is the 'ground' connector to the motherboard (*** Please note! The exposed connections to the resistor and the resistor itself should be covered with a piece of heat-shrinkable tubing to prevent them from contacting anything on the motherboard and potentially causing damage!). Once that's done, the panel will function as it should and the motherboard will detect that it is plugged in and when a headset is plugged into the front panel it will mute the audio out from the rear panel as designed. Kudos to "shave" for pointing out this design fault. Silverstone REALLY needs to fix this, but I'm not holding my breath. 3
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