|Item model number||PCIUSB3S22|
|Item Weight||4.8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.6 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||5.59 x 6.69 x 1.18 inches|
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StarTech.com 2 Port PCI SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Adapter Card with SATA Power PCIUSB3S22, Red
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- Form Factor: plug-in card - low profile
- Interface (bus) Type: pci-x
- Bus voltage: Universal (3.3 v & 5.0 v)
- Add 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to a computer through a PCI slot
- Compatible with Dell OptiPlex 7010 / HP Compaq dc7800
- 2 Port PCI USB 3.0 Adapter Card / PCI USB 3.0 Card Adapter
- PCI USB 3.0 Controller / SATA Powered PCI USB 3.0 Card / USB 3.0 Expansion Card
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Add 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to a computer through a PCI slot
The PCIUSB3S22 2-Port PCI to USB 3.0 Card enables you to connect USB 3.0 peripherals to a PC through a legacy PCI host bus, which doubles the data transfer speeds when used with USB 3.0 peripherals than would be possible with a USB 2.0 host connection - up to 1.3 Gbps (PCI bus limit). The card features an optional SATA power connection, which enables each port to supply up to 900mA of power to USB 3.0 bus-powered devices.
By supporting a legacy (PCI) host connection, the card adds updated peripheral connectivity, without having to upgrade to a PCIe-equipped motherboard or rely on the backward compatibility of USB 3.0 peripherals. Guaranteed to provide reliable performance, the PCIUSB3S22 PCI USB 3.0 card is backed by lifetime warranty and free lifetime technical support.
What's in the Box
- 1 - PCI USB 3.0 Card
- 1 - Low Profile Bracket
- 1 - Driver CD
- 1 - Instruction Manual
Add 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to a computer through a PCI slot. The PCIUSB3S22 2-Port PCI to USB 3.0 card enables you to connect USB 3.0 peripherals to a PC through a legacy PCI host bus, which doubles the data transfer speeds when used with USB 3.0 peripherals than would be possible with a USB 2.0 host connection - up to 1.3 Gbps (PCI bus limit). the card features an optional SATA power connection, which enables each port to supply up to 900mA of power to USB 3.0 bus-powered devices. By supporting a legacy (PCI) host connection, the card adds updated peripheral connectivity, without having to upgrade to a pcie-equipped motherboard or rely on the backward compatibility of USB 3.0 peripherals.
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Installation was easy. The USB 3.0 Expresscard worked immediately and didn't have any problem when connected to USB 3.0 external hard diver. Its the right fit for expresscard. Its a little bit hard to be reomved but that makes it not pulling out when unplugging the USB cable (Image is included on the product description). However. The transfer speed was exactly as it is in USB 2.0. I thought it could be a power issue, so I connected the power adapter that came with the item but nothing changed. Transfer rate is between 12MB to 30MB/sec which is equivalent what I get from USB 2.0.. Tried everything possible nut nothing worked. My laptop is Thinkpad X201 with Expresscard 2.0 which support much higher speeds.
Second Review: 5 star
Now I came to update my review. I gave the product 5 stars.
I updated the driver from 220.127.116.11 to 18.104.22.168 (not available from the company. Found it in a forum) and flashed the new firmware 3.0.28 while the original firmware was 3.0.25 (Also not available from the vendor). Now I am getting higher speeds.
I downloaded HD Tune Pro which tests the speed of any USB drive. I connected my USB3 HDD to an USB 2.0 and ran test drive. The result I got are as follow : Read 31MB / Write 26MB with a maximum speed of writing to 50MB. Transfer time for 665MB almost 1.5 minutes. Then I connected the HDD to the USB 3.0, ran test drive and got the following result: Read 110MB/ Write 55MB with a maximum speed of writing up to 110MB. Transfer time: 0.5 minute.
I uploaded four images (find the images within the product images up in the left corner of the product description page). an image showing that it fits right to the expresscard. Another one for the update for the driver and firmware. Third image for the read/write speed and the time to transfer over USB 2.0. And finally, the read/write speed and the time to transfer over USB 3.0.
Not the speed expected from USB 3.0 but this is due to the limitation of the expresscard while I do have ExpressCard 2.0
I blame the company for not including the updates for the driver and firmware in their website. I am not sure if I am allowed to post links for the updates here or not. reply to this post if you need the links.
**UPDATE March 6th, 2013
I added the links to the firmware and new driver at the end of the posts. Here is the link for my new post:
The reason it became an issue in recent times is because I had a couple of situations where I needed to move multiple Terabytes of data from one drive to another. Well, USB 2 can do that at a rate of about a couple of Terabytes per DAY if you're REALLY LUCKY!!! Most likely, less than that! USB 3.x can get it done in hours. It will still take most of a day, but you can move 5 or 6 or 7 Terabytes in the same amount of time it takes you to move ONE Terabyte via USB 2.
THAT is what convinced me I needed to find a way to get some USB 3 LOVE on this laptop. Lo and behold, I found the PCMCIA port that I had long since forgotten about.
The only real issue I had with this card was caused by the spring inside the PCMCIA port being a bit too intense. This is the spring-loaded device that allows you to push in on the card to pop it out. When I push this card in, that button doesn't seat all the way and it causes a bit of outward force on the card which causes it to disengage, even though it looks like the card is still fully seated. I saw some other people complaining about the connection coming and going and I thought it was a bad driver or some other issue.
I finally realized that the issue went away when I manually pressed in on the card! The connections solidly stayed and the drives remained online! So I took the card out and used a metal nail file to firmly press down the spring-loaded button inside the slot. I gently place the card back in and seated it, being careful not to push so hard that it activated the spring-loaded button.
The function has been flawless since then!!! Boy was I glad I figured that out. I had a call in to the tech support at StarTech. I called them and gave them the thumbs-up because I didn't want them thinking there was still some kind of issue here.
This is a great product, and I'm glad it still exists, even though it is of an age long gone!!!!!
For the first few hours I had nothing but problems. The transfer speeds were barely better than USB 2 and the card was too easy to physically eject from the slot.
After emailing with tech support I decided to run the firmware update posted on the website again. Lo and behold after rebooting file transfer speeds quadrupled from 25 MB/s to 100MB/s.
However, the card simply doesn't work as advertised with respect to 2.5" eSATA drives. It doesn't supply enough power to spin them up. One of my use cases is to backup drives pulled from laptops. These are top tier Seagate and WD drive. I used StarTech's own eSATA to USB adapter cable to connect these to the ExpressCard. There is a supplemental AC power cable you can use to supposedly boost the power the card supplies. Even with this clunky setup connecting the card to a wall outlet, and trying other non Star-Tech eSATA to USB cables, it still can't spin up any 2.5" drive.
Then there still a risk of the card physically ejecting from the slot but this can be worked around. I ran several lengthy backups with two cables connected and had no issue with either drive or the card disconnecting.
If your only need to use externally powered drives or other peripherals, this should be acceptable. If you're looking to connecting 2.5" drives look elsewhere.
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But I can't get it operate external hard disk drives; only USB removable disks (thumb drive).