USB3 PCI Card

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  1. oneextraid

    oneextraid MDL Member

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    Want to get a PCI card to add USB 3.0 to T3500 desktop running Windows 10 Pro. Have x1 and x16 slots available.

    Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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  4. oneextraid

    oneextraid MDL Member

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    Thanks for response. I will check these out. :)
     
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    WOW, £30 card to fit in £150 system...
     
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    I have bought a couple of the Inateck 2 port ones from amazon. The build quality is great, and I haven't had an issues with them. Here is the link to the powered version
    amazon.com/Inateck-Superspeed-Ports-PCI-E-Expansion/dp/B00FPIMICA
     
  8. xtcrefugee

    xtcrefugee MDL Novice

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    Who makes the chip is far more important than the card manufacturer. If you check out some reviews of USB 3.0 chips you'll see some have terrible performance. Some also have problems with (for example) WD USB 3.0 hard drives as they don't give you the option to disable USB 3.0 link power management, so you'll get frequent disconnects.

    I'd strongly advise you go for a card with an ASMedia, Etron or Renesas (NEC) chip. Avoid Fresco Logic. Try to get one with solid caps if possible.

    ^ Avoid that Inateck card like the plague, it uses a Fresco Logic chip. Copying between two USB 3.0 devices connected to the same card will only give you USB 2.0 speeds!
     
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    xtcrefugee MDL Novice

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    #10 xtcrefugee, Sep 28, 2015
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    That card uses a Renesas/NEC chip, very reliable IMHO. But you can get 4 port versions with solid caps if you're prepared to hunt around, try searching for "NECXG PC-4p".
     
  11. sagem

    sagem MDL Novice

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    you will be best getting a pci-e usb 3 card 2 or 4 ports.
    the 2 port has the xtra plug to plug in the front usb3 ports or you can go with the 4 port
    and r cheap i got mine for $30 nz