Date: August 31st, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: NZXT
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The IU01 module itself appears to be rather simple and consists of a small PCB with a USB controller soldered to it, complimented by the extra USB headers. The NZXT IU01 layout has a white 2-pin power connector, a 9-pin header for USB data communication between your motherboard and the IU01, three 9-pin USB headers (for six ports,) and two conventional male USB Type A ports. For mounting the module inside a computer case, NZXT has applied a strip of Velcro with a self-adhesive backing for peel-and-stick installation, and a rubber-like material will prevent any nasty shorts from occurring. Let's get it installed and see how it performs.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Here's how the NZXT IU01 looks prior to installing it into the computer. Really, the only 'assembly' required is to connect the USB 2.0 header on the device to a motherboard header using the provided data cable. Then the 2-pin power connector gets plugged into a 4-pin molex connector on the power supply. The only way to go wrong here would be to confuse a 1394 header for a USB header on your motherboard, which would be, in a word, BAD. Read your motherboard manual if you're unsure. Oh, and you should probably shut the machine down for this install.
At this point, the only task remaining is to decide where to place the device inside the case. The communication cable is long enough to reach most any location in the chassis, just make sure there's enough room to add/remove devices in the Type A ports. The IU01 is very compact, as you can see in comparison to the Corsair flash drive in the photo. As mentioned earlier, no drivers or other software need be installed, so the IU01 is ready for some testing. Let's boot the machine up and see what happens.
The IU01 shows up as a generic USB hub in Device Manager and the Power tab confirms that the unit is self-powered with 500mA available at each of the ports.