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Transcend PCI Express Interface USB 3.0 Dual Expansion Card


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  • Up to 10X faster than USB 2.0
  • Simultaneous bi-directional data transfer
  • Powered via USB port or power adapter (included)
  • LED indicates device insertion
  • 2-year Limited Warranty
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Transcend PCI Express Interface USB 3.0 Dual Expansion Card + Akasa AK-CBPW03-15 SATA PSU Power to 4 Pin Molex Connector Adaptor + 2 Way 4 pin PSU Power Splitter Cable LP4 Molex 1 to 2 Lead 15cm
Price For All Three: £14.17

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Technical Details
BrandTranscend
Item Weight45 g
Product Dimensions6.5 x 6.5 x 6.3 cm
Item model numberTS-PDU3
  
Additional Information
ASINB003MVJG8Q
Best Sellers Rank 33,917 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight127 g
Date First Available31 May 2010
  
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Product Description

Product Description

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 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 USB 3.0 high-capacity external storage devices, such as external hard drives and USB flash drives.

**The power provided by your computer’s PCI Express slot is insufficient to power USB 3.0 devices. Please ensure that the 4-pin (molex) power connector is connected to your PC power supply before connecting any devices.**

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andy Knott on 17 May 2011
Great value card - only problem was it didn't recognise my WD "My Passport" USB 3.0 drive, which was the only reason I bought it. Tried all sorts of drivers - nothing helped until I changed the BIOS settings on my Asus M4A78 Pro motherboard to disable "PCIE Spread Spectrum" - now it works like a charm. So, a bit of a hassle to set up but not totally the card's fault - well worth the investment for the improved speeds.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By welsh_dolphin on 2 Dec 2010
I bought this a few weeks ago to upgrade my PC to USB. Simple I thought. This requires a molex power supply which is not standard on newer pcs and certainly not if you bought one off the shelf (basically any pc that isn't self made). This thus meant I either had to buy a new power supply or get an adapter and piggy back off some other power supplies.

Complicated and annoying, it doesn't say you need a power plug free in the description!

Otherwise seems to work fine, not sure it is 10x faster but is quicker than USB 2.0

Lights up blue as well, pointless round the back of a pc but different....!
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Andy_atGC TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Feb 2011
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Small and neat card, its illustration is a little misleading in that the large white chunk at the top far-most corner could have been almost anything. Despite building several PCs for my own use and that of others, it did not scream POWER CONNECTOR to me. A further illustration may have made that clear, as may have an inclusion in the technical data.

My PC, bought about 18 months ago, is 100% SATA internally and thus is provided with a power supply fitted only with SATA connectors. Not having cause to venture inside before now, I was not aware of that this would be a problem. There is nothing MOLEX or even an old-style floppy power connector although I do have a spare SATA power connector available. Hence the card is currently unsuitable for me and, I guess, many PC owners. I bought mine from another supplier as Amazon were out of stock at the time and there was no warning about the additional power requirements, either in the technical information or in a user review available at the time it was ordered, although others have since added appropriate comments. It is made clear in the internal documentation that the power connection IS ESSENTIAL.

I have a laptop that provides for USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 and e-SATA and I had wished to be able to benefit from faster data transfer rates between the two machines and with each machine alone without needing to commit to a new PC that provides for one or both of the faster connection types. It may now be a consideration for the future.

Without the additional power provision, the card cannot obtain the required level of power via the PCIe-x1 slot and will provide USB 2.0 transfer rates at best. With the additional power provided, full speed is possible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GPS121 on 2 Mar 2011
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I bought a different manufacturers USB 3.0 PCI card with the same chipset as this one. It did not work with the supplied driver or the one on the manufacturers web site. I have XP with an ASUS mother board. I found a posting on the internet about drivers for this Transend card and motherboard. I pass this information on in the hope that it will help if your card does not work.

Look up on the internet how to permanently remove previously installed drivers. You need to identify the correct C:\WINDOWS\inf\oem*. (XP location) files to delete as well as uninstalling from device manager. Just uninstalling the driver from the device manager dialogue is not enough. It will reinstall the old driver everytime the system boots up.
Also uninstall any previous NEC or Renesas utility software from the control panel->add remove programs option. The new utility software allows you to switch off disk power management.

The driver/firmware that was recommended for the Transend card is at [...] or search for "station-drivers upd720200" if this link is not allowed. I updated the firmware and installed the driver. It worked for me.

I now get 4 times speed increase over USB2 when plugged into my PCI express v1.0 slot. I would expect to get 8 times speed increase if my board had PCI express v2.0

I use a sharkoon USB 3.0 docking station.

Originally very frustrated but now happy. Should not have been this difficult.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I Grok Frak on 3 Feb 2011
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Delivered fast. Works like a dream. It DOES require a Molex connector, and that does make a difference having it connected. But if your device is powered then you can avoid installing it - but that will be at your own risk, as USB2.0 devices can pull 900mA, hence the need for more power.

It was definitely worth getting, speeds on my WD External HDD are great. (And even better once I added the Molex power connector).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Holloway on 9 Jun 2011
It is difficult to find good adaptor like this for £10 in the market. It is fussy because there is no power cable in the box,which you have to buy separately.Other thing worth mentioning is about the drivers.The drivers cd might not work with all motherboards.I have downloaded from their site ,there are three different drivers on the web site. You have to install and uninstall until you find the one which works for you.
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