Transcend USB 3.0 Expansion Card - £13.49 Delivered @ My Memory
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Transcend USB 3.0 Expansion Card - £13.49 Delivered @ My Memory

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Found 17th Jan 2011Made hot 17th Jan 2011
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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.

- 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

Specification
Dimensions (PCB size):80mm (L) × 69mm (W)
Weight:47g
USB Bus Power Output:5V DC, 900mA (max) per port
PC Interface: PCI Express 2.0 single lane (x1)
USB Ports:2 external (supports USB 1.1 / 2.0 / 3.0)
Connection Bandwidth: Up to 5Gbits per second
Operating Temperature: 5? (41?) to 35? (95?)
Operating System Supported: Windows 7, Vista, XP
Certificates: CE, FCC, BSMI

System requirement
Desktop computer with a working PCI-Express slot.
And one of following Operating Systems: Windows 7, Vista, XP


Warranty
2 Years


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Good card, been using it myself for a while now. Great price too if you're thinking of upgrading to usb 3.0.

Cashback availaible too @ 4% (about 50p) topcashback/ quidco making it about £13 delivered. Also avalable for a few pennies more at Amazon / ebay from mymemory.

29 Comments

very good price - wonder how good they are compared to the ASUS U3S6

would this fit in a laptop with an express card? if so, any pictures of what it looks like? those big bulky usb express cards do not interest me. thanks in advance.

fmushtaq

would this fit in a laptop with an express card? if so, any pictures of … would this fit in a laptop with an express card? if so, any pictures of what it looks like? those big bulky usb express cards do not interest me. thanks in advance.



No. This is for a desktop.

fmushtaq

would this fit in a laptop with an express card? if so, any pictures of … would this fit in a laptop with an express card? if so, any pictures of what it looks like? those big bulky usb express cards do not interest me. thanks in advance.



amazon.co.uk/Fre…PXC

Not sure what you mean by bulky though as they are going to have to be a certain size to get the plugs in!

sorry if this is a silly question ... will this charge an ipad? or is this not the limiting factor?

geneticmeddler

sorry if this is a silly question ... will this charge an ipad? or is … sorry if this is a silly question ... will this charge an ipad? or is this not the limiting factor?



yes it will charge

Super Fast 3.0 ---- Super Hot

Hot. Wish I had a device that could make use of the extra speed

Deal_HUNT3R

very good price - wonder how good they are compared to the ASUS U3S6



I'd much sooner get one of these for the integrated SATA 3.0.

I bought one of these a few weeks ago to go with my Verbatim 2TB USB 3.0 drive. It came with a v1.0 driver disk but when I plugged in the external drive, you could hear the USB sound coming on then going off and then on and off etc and it wouldnt recognise the drive.

I then upgraded the firmware and the driver for the USB 3.0 card from here:
station-drivers.com/pag…htm (NOTE: its listed as an NEC/Renesus USB3 Controller)
and the upgraded driver had a utility that allowed you to disable the USB 3.0 power management features. When I ticked this box, my Verbatim worked.

No problems since and so I do recommend it so long as you update the drivers and firmware.
Edited by: "chandlerweb" 17th Jan 2011

chandlerweb

I bought one of these a few weeks ago to go with my Verbatim 2TB USB 3.0 … I bought one of these a few weeks ago to go with my Verbatim 2TB USB 3.0 drive. It came with a v1.0 driver disk but when I plugged in the external drive, you could hear the USB sound coming on then going off and then on and off etc and it wouldnt recognise the drive.I then upgraded the firmware and the driver for the USB 3.0 card from here:http://www.station-drivers.com/page/nec.htm (NOTE: its listed as an NEC/Renesus USB3 Controller)and the upgraded driver had a utility that allowed you to disable the USB 3.0 power management features. When I ticked this box, my Verbatim worked. No problems since and so I do recommend it so long as you update the drivers and firmware.



Thanks for this ..am considering a purchase as I really want USB 3 for a new 2TB external drive.

You are going to need a Pci express slot that can supply the bandwidth to feel the full benefit.

Original Poster

chandlerweb

I bought one of these a few weeks ago to go with my Verbatim 2TB USB 3.0 … I bought one of these a few weeks ago to go with my Verbatim 2TB USB 3.0 drive. It came with a v1.0 driver disk but when I plugged in the external drive, you could hear the USB sound coming on then going off and then on and off etc and it wouldnt recognise the drive.I then upgraded the firmware and the driver for the USB 3.0 card from here:[url=http://www.station-drivers.com/page/nec.htm]http://www.station-drivers.com/page/nec.htm[/url] (NOTE: its listed as an NEC/Renesus USB3 Controller)and the upgraded driver had a utility that allowed you to disable the USB 3.0 power management features. When I ticked this box, my Verbatim worked. No problems since and so I do recommend it so long as you update the drivers and firmware.



Sounds like you were a little unlucky there. Mine installed fine without any issues. Followed the enclosed leaflet to the letter and it went without any problem. Have a 2tb WD My Book attached to it and it goes like a rocket, OK, well, maybe a small rocket, but much faster than usb 2.

Forgot to mention, you'll need a spare 4 pin Molex power cable/ connector from your PSU (See the white block at the top of the prod image) as this doesnt power from the motherboard. I believe this is pretty standard for this type of card though, but the prod details don't mention it.

If you dont have a spare, something like this will give you another socket.
play.com/PC/…tml



Edited by: "davej1710" 17th Jan 2011

Wish it had internal pins also

Is it true that external HDD will have these built in?

Naruto

Is it true that external HDD will have these built in?



That makes absolutely no sense. How are you supposed to connect this new hdd to your computer if your computer does not have usb 3.0 ports?

MadeDixonsCry

That makes absolutely no sense. How are you supposed to connect this new … That makes absolutely no sense. How are you supposed to connect this new hdd to your computer if your computer does not have usb 3.0 ports?



Most external drives have a range of connection methods if you can't use USB3.0

lol some of the comments here make me laugh, some people just dont have a clue lol

MadeDixonsCry

That makes absolutely no sense. How are you supposed to connect this new … That makes absolutely no sense. How are you supposed to connect this new hdd to your computer if your computer does not have usb 3.0 ports?



A USB 3.0 port will also work as a USB 2.0 port. It just means you won't get the USB 3.0 speeds.

nick1austin

A USB 3.0 port will also work as a USB 2.0 port. It just means you won't … A USB 3.0 port will also work as a USB 2.0 port. It just means you won't get the USB 3.0 speeds.



That should be common knowledge, but the guy I replied to was talking about usb 3.0 pci cards built in to the hdd

MadeDixonsCry

That should be common knowledge, but the guy I replied to was talking … That should be common knowledge, but the guy I replied to was talking about usb 3.0 pci cards built in to the hdd



Alright calm down. My gawd!

geneticmeddler

sorry if this is a silly question ... will this charge an ipad? or is … sorry if this is a silly question ... will this charge an ipad? or is this not the limiting factor?



USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0, so yes, it will.

good deal for a branded usb 3.0 card :)!
still waiting until i actually need usb 3 and when the 2.5" enclosures are considerably cheaper than the eSATA version and more versatile.
then i'll buy a card like this, but it'll probably be like 6 months anyway (_;)

chandlerweb

I bought one of these a few weeks ago to go with my Verbatim 2TB USB 3.0 … I bought one of these a few weeks ago to go with my Verbatim 2TB USB 3.0 drive. It came with a v1.0 driver disk but when I plugged in the external drive, you could hear the USB sound coming on then going off and then on and off etc and it wouldnt recognise the drive.I then upgraded the firmware and the driver for the USB 3.0 card from here:http://www.station-drivers.com/page/nec.htm (NOTE: its listed as an NEC/Renesus USB3 Controller)and the upgraded driver had a utility that allowed you to disable the USB 3.0 power management features. When I ticked this box, my Verbatim worked. No problems since and so I do recommend it so long as you update the drivers and firmware.



Can't get my card to see the usb3 drive, going to try this and see what happens.

davej1710

Sounds like you were a little unlucky there. Mine installed fine without … Sounds like you were a little unlucky there. Mine installed fine without any issues. Followed the enclosed leaflet to the letter and it went without any problem. Have a 2tb WD My Book attached to it and it goes like a rocket, OK, well, maybe a small rocket, but much faster than usb 2.Forgot to mention, you'll need a spare 4 pin Molex power cable/ connector from your PSU (See the white block at the top of the prod image) as this doesnt power from the motherboard. I believe this is pretty standard for this type of card though, but the prod details don't mention it.If you dont have a spare, something like this will give you another socket.[url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.play.com%2FPC%2FPCs%2F4-%2F17470112%2FMHP-2-Way-Internal-Molex-Power-Splitter-Cable-Power-Supply-Extender-Lead-4-Pin-Molex-5-25-Male-to-2-x-Female%2FProduct.html]http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/17470112/MHP-2-Way-Internal-Molex-Power-Splitter-Cable-Power-Supply-Extender-Lead-4-Pin-Molex-5-25-Male-to-2-x-Female/Product.html[/url]



Thanks for the power suply info davej. Mine arrived today and I had to order one.

Hi guys my Dell Vostro only has sata power cables but no molex. Any ideas?

Hi guys my Dell Vostro only has sata power cables but no molex. Any ideas?

Original Poster

ianjhicks

Hi guys my Dell Vostro only has sata power cables but no molex. Any ideas?



Sata to Molex converter? Google it and there are some products you might find that will do the job, depending on what you want.

ianjhicks

Hi guys my Dell Vostro only has sata power cables but no molex. Any ideas?



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