Koutech FleX 7002 Firewire/1394 & USB 2.0 6-Port PCI Host Controller ReviewFormer staff writer -
Category: Input Devices
Mice, Keyboards, Printers, Cameras, Network Cards, CD and DVD, even Hard Drives, it seams like anything and everything now days has either a USB or Firewire/1394 connection. With the transfer rates for FireWire/1394 (400Mbps) and USB 2.0 (480Mbps) as well as the ability to add 127 USB or 63 FireWire devices, who can blame the industry for moving to such technology?
Whether you are like me and using an older motherboard that doesn't have USB 2.0 or Firewire/1394 support, or if you are just looking to add a few extra ports to your PC, the Koutech 7002 6-Port controller is a nice solution. For $65.00 (newegg.com) you get three USB 2.0 and three Firewire/1394 ports.
Features & Benefits
- Three 6-pin 400Mbps FireWire/1394 Ports (Two external & one internal)
- Complies with Open Host Controller Interface (OHCI) 1.0 Specifications
- Supports up to 63 devices in peer-to-peer configuration
- Three 480Mbps Hi-Speed USB (aka USB 2.0) Ports (Two external & one internal)
- USB 1.0/1.1/2.0 compatible (Transfer rates: 1.5/12/480 Mbps)
- Complies with Open Host Controller Interface (OHCI) and Enhanced Host Controller Interface (EHCI)
- Supports up to 127 devices
- PCI 2.2 Compliant
- Plug-N-Play compatible
- Supports Windows 98SE/ME/2K/XP
- Supports MAX OS 8.6 and above
- 5 year warranty
What You Get
In the box, was:
- PCI Controller Card
- User Guide
- Driver Disk
- Software - Ulead VideoStudio DV
- One 6-pin to 4-pin Firewire/1394 cable
A Closer Look
The card itself sports an ugly brown-ish PCB. It's actually the exact same color as my SoundBlaster Live 5.1! PCI card, so at least it matches something.
Here you can see the HiNT HB1 PCI-PCI Bridge, NEC D72872GC FireWire/1394 chipset, and the NEC D720100AGM USB2.0 chipset. The HiNT HB1 PCI-PCI bridge chipset, allows card vendors to use multiple PCI devices on a single PCI card. The two NEC chipsets do exactly what you would expect them to do. While doing some research on these chipsets, I found out that the NEC D720100AGM USB2.0 chipset is the same chipset that many of the USB2.0 supporting motherboards use.
I cannot vouch for any OS besides Microsoft Windows XP (SP1), but the instillation went extremely easy. The card is Plug-N-Play compatible, so I just powered down my computer, installed the card in a blank PCI slot, and powered back up as the instructions stated. I never even saw the normal "Windows Has Installed New Hardware" message, or anything like that, and the drive disk wasn't needed. It was ready to go as fast as I could plug something in to it. Here you can see the installed components, keep in mind, this is a complete list and includes the 4 USB 1.1 ports already installed in my computer.
There is nothing I can say about the device. It handles all my USB and FireWire/1394 devices without a problem, and installed extremely easily. The addition of the 6-pin to 4-pin Firewire/1394 cable as well as the Ulead VideoStudio DV video editing software was a nice bonus. And to top things off, if anything does go wrong with my card I have a nice 5 year warranty to fall back on, voided by Overclocking of course. :p
- Installs easy
- Extra software
- 5 year warranty
- $65 may be a bit pricy for some people