TeckNet USB 3.0 PCI Express Interface USB 3.0 Dual Expansion Card - £9.98 @ Amazon Sold By TeckNet Online - HotUKDeals
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Add two USB 3.0 ports to your computer
NEC component for the highest level of performance and compatibility
Backward compatible with USB 2.0 devices
Interface (Bus) Type: PCI Express x1
System Requirements: Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / 7
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#1
Good deal considering there was another USB 3.0 card on HUKD yesterday for about £14.00. It is worth finding that thread and reading the info posted about potential power supply issues.
1 Like #2
But why just two sockets?

They all seem to have this.
#3
Will it make my mouse faster?
#4
is usb 3 worth it for external hard disks? does it give you comparable speed to e-sata or firewire?
suspended#5
ibiza
But why just two sockets?

They all seem to have this.


that is all the NEC chip supports.
suspended 1 Like #6
csf
is usb 3 worth it for external hard disks? does it give you comparable speed to e-sata or firewire?


esata is 3gbps, firewire is 0.8gbps, usb3 is 5gbps so its much faster than all of those. Esata 6gbps isn't finalised yet and no products using it will be available for ages. Thunderbolt is out on apple laptops which support upto 10gbps but won't be that speed for ages as the cables use copper instead of optical fibre at the moment.
1 Like #7
hajj_3
csf
is usb 3 worth it for external hard disks? does it give you comparable speed to e-sata or firewire?


esata is 3gbps, firewire is 0.8gbps, usb3 is 5gbps so its much faster than all of those. Esata 6gbps isn't finalised yet and no products using it will be available for ages. Thunderbolt is out on apple laptops which support upto 10gbps but won't be that speed for ages as the cables use copper instead of optical fibre at the moment.

good luck finding an external hard drive anywhere near that speed ;)
#8
Does anyone know if this work with generally any PC with spare Pci-e slots or does the motherboard have to support it?
2 Likes #9
csf
is usb 3 worth it for external hard disks? does it give you comparable speed to e-sata or firewire?

It has the flexibility of also supporting fast and cheap(ish) USB 3 flash drives as well.
Firewire seems very marginalised now and I can see eSATA going the same way once USB 3 becomes integrated into the main system chipsets. Therefore for future compatibility USB 3 seems a better bet.

Edited By: Agharta on Apr 06, 2011 14:30
#10
stevvie
hajj_3
csf
is usb 3 worth it for external hard disks? does it give you comparable speed to e-sata or firewire?


esata is 3gbps, firewire is 0.8gbps, usb3 is 5gbps so its much faster than all of those. Esata 6gbps isn't finalised yet and no products using it will be available for ages. Thunderbolt is out on apple laptops which support upto 10gbps but won't be that speed for ages as the cables use copper instead of optical fibre at the moment.

good luck finding an external hard drive anywhere near that speed ;)

What he said.
1 Like #11
Thunderbolt using copper is 10gbps , but with a maximum cable length of 3m. Optical cables will allow for a much longer distance, but still at 10gbps.
#12
I have one of these on an old Asus P65 motherboard, it has 2 x usb and 2 x Sata 6 Gbs ports.

I would highly recommend it as you can get max speed out of ur SSD too.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-U3S6-USB-SATA-PCIe/dp/B002VVQ58M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302098281&sr=1-1

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-u3s6-2-port-sata3-%286gbps%29-and-2-port-usb3-superspeed-pci-e-combo-controller

Edited By: B0GiE on Apr 06, 2011 15:01
#13
Ordered one thanks!, Just got to keep my eye out for a good priced, preferably 1Tb portable HDD
#14
anyone know if this will work in the hp proliant microserver?
#15
hajj_3
esata is 3gbps, firewire is 0.8gbps, usb3 is 5gbps so its much faster than all of those.

True, but eSATA may still have the edge, because as a native format it avoids two transport conversions (PCI-e and USB3). Also I think this adapter only uses a single PCI-e lane, so if you have a board with PCI-e v1.0, you only get half the speed: 2.5gbs.

Of course for a mechanical hard disk all of these should be plenty fast, and much better than USB2.
#16
Hmmm, I got one of these but the PCI express slot is covered by my Nvidia 460GTX graphics card.

I'm wondering if anyone has any experience of a PCI X4 USB3 card and whether they do just the same job?
#17
Gixxerman001
I'm wondering if anyone has any experience of a PCI X4 USB3 card and whether they do just the same job?

Regular PCI is too slow to run USB 3.0 properly. You'll only get about one fifth of the speed of running USB 3.0 over PCI Express..
#18
nick1austin
Regular PCI is too slow to run USB 3.0 properly. You'll only get about one fifth of the speed of running USB 3.0 over PCI Express..

Thanks for your reply Nick
I gathered that, but this is slightly different, my Dell has 3 regular PCI slots, one PCI x4 slot, one of the small PCI express slots (covered/blocked by the graphics card) and the one PCI Express x16 slot the graphics card is in.
I know I can't use a regular PCI slot but I have seen cards for USB3 using the PCI x4 slot.....I just wondered if anyone here knows about these.
#19
The latest technology which should be available soon is Intels Thunderbolt connections which are twice the speed of USB 3.0.
Only Apple currently supports it but within a year you will see these alongside USB 3.0 on your PC.

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