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Rosewill RC-304

Rosewill RC-304
alaScore 84

262 reviews

Aug, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 262 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size. The usability also gets good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the design.

value for money, usability, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Rosewill RC-304 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Rosewill RC-304 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on

value for money, usability

93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Rosewill 2+1 Port Firewire/1394a Low-Profile PCI Card Cable Bundle RC-501Rosewill 2 port Parallel (SPP/PS2/EPP/ECP) Universal PCI Card, Black/Silver RC-304Rosewill 2+1 Port Firewire/1394a Low-Profile PCI Card (Cable Bundle) RC-501

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Rosewill 2 port Parallel


Simple to use. Worked first time. No special equipment or procedures required


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Works in OS X


Works in OS X, I installed a driver from Lacie and it works great. I did not give the card power and it still works. I assume this is because I am using a device with it's own power supply.

Works in Mac OS X 10.9 in my Mac Pro Early 2008! And it works at USB 3.0 Speed

Need to install a driver


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Rosewill RC-505


works like it should


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works USB 2 drops USB 3


Apparently there are huge problems upgrading older USB 2 main boards to USB 3 - the tales of woe are all over the internet with many different chips, not just the NEC (Renesas) chip. It will be hit or miss as to whether your older main board will play...

none really since it constantly drops USB 3 devices. Completely drops off the computer in the middle of large file transfer at USB3. On the other hand USB 2 devices work fine - just what I needed - another 2 USB 2 ports

drops out when using USB 3 deveices

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Not worth sending back


Renesas *IS* NEC Semiconductor for all intents and purposes. Just because YOU haven't heard of them doesn't mean they are a no-name, fly-by-night, garage operation. NEC had the first decent USB3 chip on the market and was the de facto standard for...

Cheap. Well known chip maker (despite what others seem to believe), works fine as yet another pair of USB2 ports, which I need like I need a couple more holes in my head

Comes up as USB3 capable in both Win7x64 and several Linux environments, but always falls back to USB2 speeds when I actually plug a USB3 device in. Tried several external drives, including a brand new 4TB MyBook. Tried every driver I could find, as...

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Linux friendly


It works. Plug-n-play


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Worthwhile on older system


I bought this adapter so I could connect a Samsung 4tb hard drive and have some decent transfer speeds.

Works well on my aging Dell Vostro 410 system; even though it only has PCI-Express version 1.1. My external hard drive transfer speed is on par with my internal sata 2 mechanical hard drives. I was hoping for at least double the speed of usb 2.0 but...

It my not be much of a con but my system only has sata power connectors so I needed to buy an adapter to get this to work properly. Also I noticed if I transfered too many files at once it would slow down after a while but it could be because of my...

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Works for me


Have three of these. One in an XP box and two in a Win7. All three installed without issue and work well. Extra happy by purchasing them on sale


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Cheap, compact, reliable. Works on almost any system!


Great if you don't have a system with this built-in. To give you an idea, the last motherboard I had with Firewire onboard was made in 2006!

What can I say? If you need IEEE 1394 to connect an old DV camcorder or bridge, this is a great purchase ; I have it running right out of the box with Windows 7 64-bit. No doubt XP would also support it. Not sure about 2000, but I am fairly certain...

Nothing, really. Except that Firewire 400 is on the way out

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Good but


Simple to install

Never see even close to max transfer rates

Product Specifications

Rosewill's vision is to become the leading brand in computer hardware and peripherals. Rosewill believes that excellence is a standard. By purchasing a Rosewill product you are choosing exceptional value, unrivaled customer service and top quality hardware. PRODUCT FEATURES: Supports Standard Parallel Port (SPP), Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP) & Enhanced Capability Port (ECP); Data transfer rate support up to 1.5MB/Sec; 16 Byte FIFO; Easy Plug and Play installation; Automatically selects IRQ & IO address; Supports IRQ sharing; Multi card capability allows for upgrade with additional serial or parallel cards; For 5V PCI slot only.


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Rosewill


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Data Link Protocol:IEEE 1394 (FireWire)/Parallel
Data Transfer Rate:1.5Mbps/400Mbps
Form Factor:Plug-in card
Interface (Bus) Type:PCI
Type:FireWire adapter/Serial adapter

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Linux / Microsoft DOS / Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit versions)/Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit versions)