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Transcend's USB 3.0 Expansion Card will allow you an opportunity to reap the benefits of USB 3.0 transfer speeds. This easy-to-install card enables you to add revolutionary new USB 3.0 ports to any desktop computer with a PCI Express slot, delivering data transfer rates up to 10 times faster than Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) with optimized power efficiency.

The Expansion Card's PCI Express 2.0 x1 connection interface is compatible with virtually all current motherboards, and guarantees unrestricted two-way communication between your PC and any USB devices you plug into the card. With two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, which have bandwidth up to 5Gb/s, Transcend's USB 3.0 Expansion Card is ideal for use with new USB 3.0 high-capacity external storage devices, such as external hard drives and USB flash drives.

- Add USB 3.0 ports to any desktop computer with a PCI Express slot
- Connection bandwidth up to 5Gbits per second (in USB 3.0 mode)
- Ultra-fast PCI Express interface eliminates speed bottlenecks
- Installs easily in any PCIe slot, including x1 and x16 slots
- Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices
- Supports PCI bus power management interface rev. 1.2
- Compact size saves space and inside your PC
- Fully compatible with PCI Express 2.0
- Two external USB 3.0 ports
- xHCI compliant
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#1
Seems cheap to me, free postage and possible quidco.

Think usb 3 will be mainstream next year so cheap way to upgrade your desktop now ready for all the external usb3 drives!
#2
Good Solid Brand
#3
Half speed eg 2.5gbps on anything less than revision 2 of pcie specs

You can still get about 117 meg second on a 2.5Gbps link with Samsung f2 Eco drive so add another 10-12meg when using an F3
#4
dontasciime
Half speed eg 2.5gbps on anything less than revision 2 of pcie specs

You can still get about 117 meg second on a 2.5Gbps link with Samsung f2 Eco drive so add another 10-12meg when using an F3


LOLWUT?
#5
That's a really nice price from a good manufacturer and it's in the UK - what can be bad with that? - Nowt :D
#6
The tales emerging about USB3 don't set the pulses racing though. I'll stick with my usb2 for the time being.
Good price as it is. But two ports isn't much to rush out and buy for
#7
PhilK
The tales emerging about USB3 don't set the pulses racing though. I'll stick with my usb2 for the time being.
Good price as it is. But two ports isn't much to rush out and buy for


I have to agree with all that. The jump from USB 1 to USB 2 is huge, but the jump to USB 3 doesn't seem to be that much, yet. When I feel that I'm being restricted by USB 2 speeds then I might consider it, and this sort of thing will be what I would go for (although perhaps with more than 2 ports). But not yet.
#8
I'd say 10x the speed of usb 2 is worth having if you do a fair bit of data transfer i.e music or videos. Also I don't think they make usb 3 cards with more than 2 ports on currently, even if they did it would be pointless to plug a mouse or keyboard in one, just use your usb 2 ports for that.
#9
I have USB 3.0 built into my mobo, well worth the upgrade.
#10
slimy31
PhilK
The tales emerging about USB3 don't set the pulses racing though. I'll stick with my usb2 for the time being.
Good price as it is. But two ports isn't much to rush out and buy for


I have to agree with all that. The jump from USB 1 to USB 2 is huge, but the jump to USB 3 doesn't seem to be that much, yet. When I feel that I'm being restricted by USB 2 speeds then I might consider it, and this sort of thing will be what I would go for (although perhaps with more than 2 ports). But not yet.

u obviously dont use a usb hard drive then :|! they get capped out at about 35MB/s when on usb 2.0. on usb 3.0 the transfer would be as fast as the hard drive inside e.g. 80 - 140 MB/s or even higher using an SSD (not that anybody is likely to be using an SSD as a portable drive!) definitely worth the upgrade price of the adapter and usb 3.0 enclosure IMO, or go 1 better and get a mobo with usb 3 built in :P!
#11
Quote from Lucas4: "u obviously dont use a usb hard drive then ! they get capped out at about 35MB/s when on usb 2.0. on usb 3.0 the transfer would be as fast as the hard drive inside e.g. 80 - 140 MB/s or even higher using an SSD (not that anybody is likely to be using an SSD as a portable drive!) definitely worth the upgrade price of the adapter and usb 3.0 enclosure IMO, or go 1 better and get a mobo with usb 3 built in :P!"

Does the USB hard drive need to be USB 3.0 enabled in any way or would something like a Samsung Story Station benefit from an uprated card like this?

Edited By: johnmac on Oct 23, 2010 23:39: addition
#12
johnmac
Quote from Lucas4: "u obviously dont use a usb hard drive then ! they get capped out at about 35MB/s when on usb 2.0. on usb 3.0 the transfer would be as fast as the hard drive inside e.g. 80 - 140 MB/s or even higher using an SSD (not that anybody is likely to be using an SSD as a portable drive!) definitely worth the upgrade price of the adapter and usb 3.0 enclosure IMO, or go 1 better and get a mobo with usb 3 built in :P!"

Does the USB hard drive need to be USB 3.0 enabled in any way or would something like a Samsung Story Station benefit from an uprated card like this?


A Usb 3 card would work with any usb 1 or 2 device, but to benefit from usb 3 speeds you would need a new usb 3 enclosure i.e. you could transfer the old sata drive over.
#13
lucas4

u obviously dont use a usb hard drive then :|! they get capped out at about 35MB/s when on usb 2.0. on usb 3.0 the transfer would be as fast as the hard drive inside e.g. 80 - 140 MB/s or even higher using an SSD (not that anybody is likely to be using an SSD as a portable drive!) definitely worth the upgrade price of the adapter and usb 3.0 enclosure IMO, or go 1 better and get a mobo with usb 3 built in :P!

Rumour or fact ?
Ive yet to see someone actually say they've actually achieved whats claimed.
#14
Great deal from a solid manufacturer.

USB2.0 is horrible for data transfer and USB3.0 is a great benefit but only people in marketing will tell you it's 10 times faster etc. Lots of things affecting this but it's well worth the upgrade (I'd guess people who REALLY need it have already jumped to eSATA or have a USB 3.0 PCI already).

I'm gonna buy one for my 2nd PC so thanks to the OP.

Real shame USB3.0 has turned into a bit of a dodo like eSATA (cards for that can be very poor quality as it looks like they've given up on charging big £££s for the licence unlike USB3.0).

I don't think I have ever seen a single HUKD either for a USB3.0 drive.
#15
A lot of pcs now have an Esata port. Maximum data transfer rates of up 3Gbps.Why not use it? For instance

StarTech 2.5" eSATA USB External Hard Drive Enclosure

and cheap and usb 2 as well
#16
http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/3997/77927529.jpg

MyMemory must have a whole load of these because they've got 'em on Amazon too http://www.amazon.co.uk/Transcend-Express-Interface-Dual-Expansion/dp/B003MVJG8Q
#17
jasee
A lot of pcs now have an Esata port. Maximum data transfer rates of up 3Gbps.Why not use it? For instance

StarTech 2.5" eSATA USB External Hard Drive Enclosure

and cheap and usb 2 as well


Well yes, and if the adoption of eSATAp had been taken up but the main problem with your eSATA enclosure is that you have to connect the usb cable too to supply the power. It's a shame eSATAp wasn't widely taken up. While USB3 isn't the best it will be the new standard and noticeably faster than USB2.
#18
I've seen a couple of usb 3 drives so far but as its still in the early days not many deals on them, ill get a enclosure and pop my own drive in. I think 2011 will be the year everything goes usb 3 we have already seen massive reductions on all usb 2 portable drives. Looking at reviews the real world performance of usb 3 within a portable drive is in the region of 100 meg and 35 for usb 2 so three times the speed, for data transfer this is excellent as it will be around the drives max performance ie as drive speeds increase so will the data transfer but with usb 2 its already maxed out at 35 meg.
#19
GAVINLEWISHUKD
jasee
A lot of pcs now have an Esata port. Maximum data transfer rates of up 3Gbps.Why not use it? For instance

StarTech 2.5" eSATA USB External Hard Drive Enclosure

and cheap and usb 2 as well


Well yes, and if the adoption of eSATAp had been taken up but the main problem with your eSATA enclosure is that you have to connect the usb cable too to supply the power. It's a shame eSATAp wasn't widely taken up. While USB3 isn't the best it will be the new standard and noticeably faster than USB2.


Obviously if you want to connect other things but most people only want to connect external hard drives so there's no problem. What other things need such high speed anyway?. If you want maximum speed out of your esata port you're probably going to use a 3.5" external enclosure which will be mains powered anyway

Edited By: jasee on Oct 24, 2010 11:24: update
#20
i just don't see the point of usb3 when we already have esata that more than cope with any drive on the market at full speed.

its like firewire all over again - the better standard will get killed by the cheaper one which just has better marketing ****.
#21
I've run out of USB socketson my PC and don't want messy hubs hanging out. Also I'm not particularly bothered if it's either USB 2.0 or 3.0. Does anyone know if there is a better, with more sockets on it card I can get than this one?
#22
I say go with the 2 socket option -it's well tested.

Mind people who have USB3.0 and eSATA (I have 2 PCIs of that) really REALLY need it usually. Moving big chunks of data with WIndows Vista or W7 is usually a complete and utter nightmare timewise. Best bet is to turn off indexing and all anti-virus scanning but things still take forever ie any PC will virtually grind to a halt if it's chunks of 30GB or more. I usually just drag and drop and leave the PC alone. eSATA is a much better option IME but just like USB3.0 and Firewire I still think we've got a way to go before we can transfer large files comfortably (ie not killing the host machine's OS).

As for USB3.0 I'm sure it's been around retail for 18 months and the [external] drives are like rocking horse **** still. People have no idea what it is.

USB2.0 was a great quantum leap but it seems too many of the supporters of that got off the bus (no pun intended :D).

Maybe some peeps could recommend a USB3.0 external (3.5") for viewers of this thread as that's the best option for using old drives (or shoving a cheap 1.5TB in for example) with this Transcend card.
#23
I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as I have not used any USB3 peripheral, yet, but it is encouraging to see that they are priced more or less the same as their USB2 counterparts.

Cheap enclosure for £21 at Scan for a 3.5" drive

Slightly less cheap enclosure for £19 at Scan for a 2.5" drive

Pretty sure eBuyer and the like will have similar items in stock.

I have always found eSATA a bit of a faff with overly rigid cabling - particularly not convenient to use with 2.5" external drives, so looking forward to this as an alternative to FW800, which is a pricey alternative.


Edited By: spraint on Oct 24, 2010 18:47: typo
#24
This might be of interest to a few people as it supports 2.5" and 3.5"

http://www.cclonline.com/product-info.asp?product_id=59059&category_id=856&manufacturer_id=0#

£22.91
#25
Thanks for the links guys :)
#26
PhilK
lucas4

u obviously dont use a usb hard drive then :|! they get capped out at about 35MB/s when on usb 2.0. on usb 3.0 the transfer would be as fast as the hard drive inside e.g. 80 - 140 MB/s or even higher using an SSD (not that anybody is likely to be using an SSD as a portable drive!) definitely worth the upgrade price of the adapter and usb 3.0 enclosure IMO, or go 1 better and get a mobo with usb 3 built in :P!

Rumour or fact ?
Ive yet to see someone actually say they've actually achieved whats claimed.

just search something about usb 3 on youtube. trust me, its much, much faster! the hard drive is basically the limiting factor.
suspended#27
ocuk sell a 2.5" usb3 enclosure for £15 and you can get usb3 2.5" enclosures off ebay delivered from hong kong for around £9.50 delivered, ordered 1 myself for that price :)

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