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Written by Aidan Moore   
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Silverstone FP37 SDXC USB 3.0 Front Bay Card Reader
Closer Look: SilverStone FP37
SilverStone FP37 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

SilverStone FP37 Detailed Features

The SilverStone FP37 is very simply packaged with only the drive and attached cable, and a half page of instructions included in the box. The instructions reflect the simplicity of installing the device, directing the user to install the card reader in a 3.5" drive Bay and plug the USB cable into the motherboard connector.

The front panel of the drive is well laid out with the SD and memory stick slots on the left, CompactFlash and XD in the center, and a single USB 3.0 connector on the right.

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All memory slots are polarized, with the exception of the CompactFlash slot. It takes a few tries before a user realizes that the CompactFlash card must be inserted upside down for proper operation. The fact that the CompactFlash slot does not have any mechanical guides compounds the awkwardness of using this slot. Several users have reported damaging the FP37 through improper insertion of a CompactFlash into the slot.

The USB 3.0 connector on the front of the FP 37 is a welcome addition to most desktop computers.

Installation

It is a good idea to flip the unit over and record the serial number of the FP37 before attempting to install it in your system. Depending on your particular serial number, one of two firmware upgrades to the device may be required before the FP37 is recognized by the operating system.

SilverStone has an interesting way of providing firmware upgrade support for this device. A quick check of their website shows no files available in the download section, however the Q&A section reveals links for two versions of firmware which may be necessary depending on the serial number of the device.

Using an Asus X79 motherboard as the test platform, Windows 7 immediately identified the presence of the new hardware when the unit was attached to the motherboard. There were a total of four devices identified, and after a few minutes three devices were successfully installed, and the fourth one appeared to have failed. A reboot was necessary, at which time all four devices were automatically recognized by the Windows operating system.



 

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# Slow transfer speeds with FP37ACC3D 2012-11-12 22:06
I'm only getting about 30MB/sec using USB3 port on my FP37. It's connected to the USB3 header on my MSI P67A-C43 motherboard. I verified that the drivers for the USB3 controllers are working properly by plugging the same external hard drive into the motherboard's rear USB3 ports. I am seeing about 110MB/sec here.

I'm already running the latest firmware on the FP37 (DP04).

Any ideas?
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# usb3alfresc0 2012-12-04 06:10
According to the specs for your m/board it has 2 x USB 3.0 ports by NECŪ uPD720200F1 which are both on the back panel. The internal USB looks to be listed as USB2.

##msi.com/product/mb/P67A-C43.html#/?div=Detail
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# Slow speed with FP37Aidan Moore 2012-12-04 07:26
It appears alfresc0 is onto the source of the slow speed. From the MSI P67A-C43 specification, the board has the following internal I/O connectors:

- ATX 24-Pin power connector
- 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- CPU x 1 / System x 4 FAN connectors
- CD-in connector
- Front panel audio connector
- Front panel connector
- 1 x chasis intrusion connector
- 2 x USB 2.0 connectors
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# Yup.ACC3D 2012-12-04 20:44
You're right...looks like MSI cheaped out and didnt include 3.0 header on the board. CURSES! Guess I'll just run an extension cable from the rear ports.
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# RE: Silverstone FP37 SDXC USB 3.0 Front Bay Card ReaderBoggle Smith 2013-02-05 10:30
My last card reader read a Samsung microSD card at 70MB/s and wrote at > 20MB/s. This reader in contrast doesn't support UHS-1, and reads at 20MB/s and writes 17MB/s...
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