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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

Card Reader Final Thoughts

For anyone who needs to transfer large files between a DSLR and a computer, a USB 3.0 card reader can be a real timesaver, and the FP37 performs this function very well.

The FP37 is not without its quirks. The need to insert a CompactFlash card upside down is made even more confusing by the fact that this requirement is not described on the front panel, and there are no hardware guides to ensure proper alignment of the card to the socket.

SilverStone FP37 Media Card Reader

SilverStone FP37 Conclusion

The SilverStone FP37 demonstrated very good performance, translating the high speed of the USB 3.0 interface into speedy media card access. Ultimate transfer speeds depend heavily upon type of media used, and the FP37 appears capable of handling these higher bandwidth devices.

SilverStone has put some thought into the appearance of this front panel device by including two choices of front panel color. Most desktop PCs can add a bit of high-tech finish to their front panels by choosing either the black or silver front panel option.

The device is well constructed and very simple to insert in an available 3.5" front panel bay. It would have been helpful if SilverStone included an adapter for 5.25 inch bays, as most computers have at most a single 3.5 inch front panel bay.

The functionality of the FP37 could have been greatly improved if a CompactFlash socket had been a bity more intuitively designed for normal card insertion. The combination of difficult card alignment and upside down insertion somewhat reduces the functionality of this card reader.

The SilverStone FP37 is available for $32.99 (Newegg), and represents good value given that an additional USB 3.0 connector is made available on the front panel.

The FP37 device is a good choice for systems with an available 3.5" external drive bay and a motherboard with a USB 3.0 header available. Installation is straightforward even with the need to potentially upgrade the device firmware.

Pros:

+ Supports most media card formats
+ Bonus USB 3.0 connector
+ Fast performance

Cons:

- Upside down CF card insertion
- Easy to misalign CF card during insertion
- Not all motherboards have required USB 3.0 socket

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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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