Transcend TS-PDU3 USB 3.0 Expansion Card £11.90 @ Kikatec
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Transcend TS-PDU3 USB 3.0 Expansion Card £11.90 @ Kikatec

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Found 1st Feb 2011Made hot 2nd Feb 2011
I’ve been looking for a way to upgrade to USB 3 speeds without replacing my motherboard and this card looks like an inexpensive way of doing it. Maybe some tech guys can let us know what they think. Hope this helps.

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If you are not ready yet to switch out your motherboard, 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.


Main Features:
Transcend TS-PDU3 USB 3.0 Expansion Card
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
Two year warranty

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Original Poster

http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/5489/minitspdu3package.jpg

Heat added.
Check out this thread for more info

Original Poster

^ Thanks for the thread link footyfan, I notice you already have this, is it giving you a big speed increase over usb2

Haven't installed it yet so can't really comment. I bought it to use with a still-to-purchase USB 3.0 HDD when they are a decent price.

You won't get USB 3 speeds unless you have a recent M/B that can supply the bandwidth.

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SenorFunkyPants

You won't get USB 3 speeds unless you have a recent M/B that can supply … You won't get USB 3 speeds unless you have a recent M/B that can supply the bandwidth.



If you have a PCI-Ex2 slot on your Motherboard then you are good to go for USB 3.0 speeds. Most pc’s have at least PCI-Ex1 which is still an improvement over usb2 speeds.

Surely, you also won't also get USB 3.0 speeds if the USB port on the external HD/device you're connecting isn't USB3.0 [rated] either?

all usb 3 will do is make stuff quicker thats it, so for external drives etc this will just speed things up thats all dont all go running out to buy one yet as theres not many items out there running usb 3 yet. Until u have a load of usb 3 devices u wont get the benefits, i know u can use usb 3 for ipods etc when the pc is switched off...

The speed difference between USB 2 and USB 3 is such that when USB 3 is common enough you can feasibly run your entire computer off a USB stick. £11.90 is a good price, voted hot.

And have you ever tried moving large amounts of data onto a 16Gb USB drive? At 10Mb/sec it takes forever! Can't wait to see what kind of real world USB 3 speeds can be achieved!

~Cyrix

I have a usb 3 & sata 6 Mobo. Question: what would you buy a usb 3 external HD or internal sata 6 for speed, & will it be a big improvement on usb 2 & sata 2? Thanks.

my advice... don't buy it unless u have something which actually is USB 3.0...

"oh you don't? well i thought as much"

usually £20+ and trancend are a good brand... nice price though! HOT!

SenorFunkyPants

You won't get USB 3 speeds unless you have a recent M/B that can supply … You won't get USB 3 speeds unless you have a recent M/B that can supply the bandwidth.



Nah, not really. Look at it in terms of numbers. Any board with a PCIe 1x slot can shunt data to and from this card at 250MB/s, and even if half of that bandwidth gets frittered away by inefficiencies, you're still looking at a 125MB connection to the device. That's more than enough to run any harddrive at full load, with transfer rates some four times higher than are allowed by USB2. I think you'd have to try copying 2 RAID0 harddrives to two other RAID0 harddrives to feel the limits of the bandwidth this setup allows.


CyrixInstead

And have you ever tried moving large amounts of data onto a 16Gb USB … And have you ever tried moving large amounts of data onto a 16Gb USB drive? At 10Mb/sec it takes forever! Can't wait to see what kind of real world USB 3 speeds can be achieved!~Cyrix



Still just 10MB/s, actually. With these flash memory sticks, it's not the bus that's the limit, but the slowness of the memory itself.

will need to get 4 pin molex extention cable and usb 3.0 extension cable. I bought mine list week, still waiting for the molex 4 pin.
good deal, £2 cheaper than the one I bought from Mymemory, H&R

I use the asus u3s6 card, pci express x4 had to be used to get full transfer rate, mind for sata 6 and usb 3. with a new usb 3 ext hd its amazing speed.

CyrixInstead

And have you ever tried moving large amounts of data onto a 16Gb USB … And have you ever tried moving large amounts of data onto a 16Gb USB drive? At 10Mb/sec it takes forever! Can't wait to see what kind of real world USB 3 speeds can be achieved!~Cyrix



In the case of flash drives, that 16GB is the speed of the chips - nothing to do with USB2. The theoretical speed of USB2 is 48MB/sec and although that is never (seldom?) reached, there are external HDDs which reach around 30MB/sec.
(Ops, hadn't seen dxx's comment above...)
Edited by: "kgrings" 2nd Feb 2011

OT but can anyone recommend a cheap USB2 card for an old PC withwhich just has PCI slots?

jazid

OT but can anyone recommend a cheap USB2 card for an old PC withwhich … OT but can anyone recommend a cheap USB2 card for an old PC withwhich just has PCI slots?



Will this do?
ebuyer.com/pro…594

Original Poster

This may be of interest to some, I just picked up a Iomega ego 500Gb USB 3.0 portable hard drive from argos for £29.99
It will go well with this hub.
hotukdeals.com/dea…e=5
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