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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 Card Reader Review

Manufacturer: SilverStone Technology
Product Name: Premium 3.5” front bay card reader
Model Number: SST-FP37B
UPC: 844761007966
Price As Tested: $32.99 (Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been self supplied

A media card reader can be a convenient device when it comes to transferring information between cameras, video cameras and a desktop computer. Media card readers based on USB 3.0 should take advantage of the higher interface bandwidth to allow much faster file transfer. In this article, Benchmark Reviews looks at the SilverStone FP37 USB 3.0 front bay media card reader to find out just what kind of features and performance can be expected from this newer generation of media card reader.

As the size of DSLR image files continues to increase, so does the need to quickly transfer these files between devices. SilverStone's FP37 is one of a few aftermarket USB 3.0 based devices that potentially allow a faster way to move files between a DSLR camera and the computer.

But is there any real advantage to using a USB 3.0 card reader with the media that is available for typical DSLR cameras? The typical read rate for a 400X CompactFlash device is 90 MB per second, which can easily saturate a USB 2.0 port. In theory, there appears to be a definite potential for a card reader to utilize the higher speed offered by a USB 3.0 ports.

Silverstone FP37B USB3.0 SDXC Cardreader

Features & Specifications

  • 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
Model No. SST-FP37
Enclosure mterial SECC
Color Black with extra silver front panel
Operating system support Windows XP, Vista, Mac OS 9.x / X, Windows 7
Front I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.0 port
Interface USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
Media card power requirement USB powered
Media card support SD / SDHC / SDXC / Mini SD / Micro SD(T-Flash)(No Card Adapter Required) / MS / MS Duo / MS PRO / MS PRO Duo / MS Micro(M2)(No Card Adapter Required) / MS PRO-HG Duo / MMC / RS MMC / MMC Micro / MMC Mobile / xD / CF
Dimension 101.6mm (W) x 25.5mm (H) x 136mm (D)
weight 0.3kg



# 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.
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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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