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StarTech.com 4 Port PCI Express Low Profile High Speed USB Card (PEXUSB4DP)
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- Add 4 USB 2.0 ports to a low profile/small form factor (SFF) computer system, to conserve expansion port availability
- Dedicated power input ensures each port receives the full amount of power capable under USB 2.0 specification
- Backed by a StarTech.com 1-year warranty and free lifetime technical support
- 3 external and 1 internal USB 2.0 port
- High Speed USB 2.0 compliant, with transfer rates up to 480Mbps
- Backward compatible with USB 1.0/1.1 devices
- Provide up to 500mA of power per port with dedicated power input
- Plug-and-Play compatible
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This StarTech USB/VIA card worked well in both a Windows XP machine and a decent 98SE machine with adequate hardware resources. The 2 internal ports are a plus because one is a motherboard-style 9-pin header, a feature not found on all add-on cards, very handy if you have an internal USB connector cable of that type.
But, and ONLY for owners of older machines with limited hardware resources, a caveat - further testing turned up a potential problem for them.
In such cases there may be a large performance difference between this PCIUSB7/VIA card and other brands of multiport USB cards with NEC chipsets. While this card worked well in systems with adequate hardware, in two older 98SE machines with more limited resources it did not - one would not even boot up, while the other (with somewhat better hardware) did but its functions were greatly slowed - for example, a simple copy/paste of a large file on the hard drive (no USB connections) that took 30-40 seconds before this card was installed, slowed down to about 5 minutes with the card in. A partition defrag operation barely crept along, looking like it was going to take many hours to finish instead of the usual several minutes.
For comparison I substituted another brand of 5-port USB card with a NEC chipset: while this made no difference with the XP and newer 98SE machines (both ran equally well with either card), in the older 98SE machines the difference was like night and day - with the NEC chipset card both machines then booted up OK and all functions ran at normal speeds, no problems.Read more ›
The card can be powered so that it will support a mouse, keyboard, USB-powered portable drive, etc., as it has an on-board fitting for an SP4 power cord. My Inspiron 580s has one unused SP4 cord, but it is too short to reach any of the expansion slots (nice work, Dell). It would have been nice if StarTech had included an SP4 extension cord in anticipation of such a problem. I installed my card unpowered rather than attempt to obtain this obscure item, and it works fine with external hard drives and optical readers that have their own power supplies, and with a self-powered USB hub plugged into one of its ports, USB-powered devices would also be supported. (Not sure why I'd want to connect a portable device to the back of a tower anyway, where the connection would be difficult to access.)
A 5-star device, but minus one star for the lack of a power cord extension at such a substantial price.
Update as of 01/27/11 - Turns out the SP4 power receptacle on this card is redundant, at least on my PC, as the PCI-e x1 connection appears to provide power to the USB ports on the card. The card can provide power to at least some USB devices that require it, as I discovered accidentally. So now it's 5 stars.
without drivers (win98SE needs Patch drivers from Windows UpdATE.
sIMPLE install AND GREAT PERFORMANCE even for powering devices.
The card arrived yesterday and I installed it last night. So far I've been able to plug in my Ipod without any trouble, and have a game controller running through a hub without any conflicts. This isn't a name brand, but the company did follow through, and so far I'm happy with this card.
Pretty much plug and play. Immediately recognized by Windows XP SP3, plugged my wireless Logitech keyboard mouse combo in, they were recognized and the rest is history. Ironically, the transfer speed from computer to external hard drives seems faster than my original system. Not bad for about $15 bucks! It's been a few months now, everything works great. so, if your USB ports go down as in all of them, chances are it's the USB Controller somewhere on your mainboard. Good luck repairing that. This drops into n empty PCI slot and that's pretty much it. You may have to check if you system uses PCI or PCI Express but that's really the only issue. If you're reading this, you probably need one, go buy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really like that this utilizes the traditional PCI ports as well as it has an additional USB header, which you can use for other components as needed. Great price.Published 19 days ago by MK
Wants this for the internal sub header. I saw it on the picture, but there was only one internal port. Fortunately it was all I needed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher R Baird
I installed this USB 5 port high speed card in an audio sampler that has a PCI slot and is real old audio sampler and the sampler booted up just fine with this USB card and I also... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jaysen A. Delauney
This works just fine for an HP 410-010 Slim Line. I had my doubts but it is the right size unit for the PCIe (express) slot. The space inside the PC was cramped. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Julian Rouse
Who are these people giving this 5 stars...this card has the worst designed I've seen. No way to access usb slots. Returned immediately.Published 3 months ago by Tyrone S.
This gets the job done! I was amazed at how many devices weren't functioning correctly on my desktop computer (which only has USB 3.0 ports), especially given that 3. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Crates