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Transcend Information TS-PDC3 Combo PCI-e Interface Card 2 x USB 3.0 2 x SATA III


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  • Add USB 3.0 & SATA-III (SATA 6Gb/s) ports to any desktop computer with a PCI Express slot (min requirment: PCI Express 2.0)
  • Connection bandwidth up to 5Gbits per second (USB 3.0) & 6Gbits per second (SATA-III) 
  • Ultra-fast PCI Express interface eliminates speed bottlenecks 
  • Installs easily in any PCIe slot (PCI Express 2.0)
  • Two power connection options (15-pin SATA or traditional 4-pin)(requires power input!)
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Technical Details
BrandTRANSCEND
Item Weight68 g
Product Dimensions17.8 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm
Item model numberTS-PDC3
  
Additional Information
ASINB0056TYT66
Best Sellers Rank 54,945 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight181 g
Date First Available14 Sep 2011
  
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Product Description

Transcend PCI-e expansion card for USB 3.0, PDC3. Connectivity: PCIe, USB 3.0. Weight & dimensions: 120 mm, 63 mm, 70 g. Certificates: CE, FCC, BSMI. Environmental conditions: 0 - 70 °C

Box Contains

PDC3 PCIe Expansion Card
Low Profile Bracket
SATA Cable
Quick Installation Guide
Warranty Card

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Adidre on 21 Nov 2012
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Before buying this card be sure that you have the following specs to use the card at the full potential, meaning SATA III SSD speed 500-550MB/s:
- The card requires PCI Express slot V2.0!!!
- A motherboard produced after 2007 when the PCIE v2.0 has been released
Intel's first PCIe 2.0 capable chipset was the X38 and boards began to ship from various vendors (Abit, Asus, Gigabyte) as of October 21, 2007. AMD started supporting PCIe 2.0 with its AMD 700 chipset series and nVidia started with the MCP72. All of Intel's prior chipsets, including the Intel P35 chipset, supported PCIe 1.1 or 1.0a.

Without PCIE V2.0 the card can run at max 250MB which are the specs for PCIE V1.0
So check first your motherboard specs for PCIE version details.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P _ UK on 20 Oct 2012
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The SATA III port on this card is no faster than the SATA II ports on my motherboard. Transcend drivers installed and at boot ACHI mode and that the SSD is connected with SATA 3 is reported although boot time is the same for both SATA II & III. In fact connecting my Samsung 830 SSD to one of the two ports (other port left unused)and using the Samsung Magician software to test the SSD's performance it returned worse readings under SATA III in all 4 tests. It's probably something to do with the data throughput of the PCIe x 1 slot used, perhaps if PCIe x 4 or higher slots used the card would perform better but I only have PCIe x 1 slot spare on the motherboard. Unable to test (see below however) the USB 3 port through-put as yet but would suggest thar if you only want USB 3 and need additional SATA ports then this product is OK but not if you really want full performance (6Gb/s) SATA III.
Apart from this issue the card seems well made and comes with a SATA lead,a molex to SATA power lead and a low profile bracket. Just make sure when ordering that it is not supplied by a company based in the USA. Mine was but it was not obvious as the normal Amazon despatch times were shown at check-out and it was not until the tracking info appeared on the order that it was obvious the item was being sent from the USA so instead of the stated 3-5 business days it in fact took 10 business days. But at least the company (HotDeals4less) in the US were very helpful and communicated well.

Added later....... After attempting various tweeks to get the SATA III port to return better speeds I discovered that this card has to be installed in a PCIe gen2 (PCIe 2 x 1) slot, this info was supplied by Transcend support.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robmalt on 7 May 2012
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The combination of SATA 6GB/s and USB3 on one card is great as I don't have more spare slots. It enabled me to upgrade and expand my PC economically. Unfortunately this card does not have hardware the raid capability that I wanted. It was very helpful for me though that the system or boot drive can be connected through this card so I have the set-up that I want now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GadgetRepairs on 9 Jun 2012
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First card was faulty out of the box (PC wouldn't power on with it installed). Replacement card worked perfectly. Supplied with a full profile bracket (fitted), low profile bracket and right-angle SATA cable in the box. Can be powered from a molex or SATA power connector. SATA was plug and play on Win7 X64, USB3 needed manual installation of drivers, available on Transcend website.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Doe on 8 Nov 2012
There are many reviews saying that this card performs worse than SATA II controller -- this is not true, and here is the story telling how.
I have an older PC from Dell and wanted to use SATA III SSD disk, but the motherboard has only SATA II controller (3Mbps), but luckily it also has PCI Express version 2.0 which can support up to 5Mbps, so my hope was to get more than SATA II speeds (300MB/s).
I connected brand new OCZ Vertex 4 256G SSD (firmware rev.1.5), measured with palimpsest on Debian and on average got 404.9MB/s read and 351.6MB/s write with 0.1ms access time -- so here you go, even better than on ssdreview.com!

I think those poor reviews had simply bad luck with their PCI Express version 1.0, which can only do up to 250MB/s and thus the card would perform poorer than the built in SATA II.
Note that PCI Express can have various connections on motherboard like 1x, 2x, 8x, 16x (do not confuse with the version!!) -- the card can be fitted in any of those.

The package also included one SATA III cable and an alternative mounting plate for thin desktops.

My only problem is that my power supply has too short power cables which cannot not reach this card -- this is needed to power the external USB3.0 ports, so no USB3.0 for now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. DM Griffiths on 26 Sep 2013
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An excellent piece of kit that has done the job of bringing my aging PC up to date with USB 3 & SATA 3.
I haven't got a USB 3 device to test it with yet, but the Sandisk SSD I connected to it works brilliantly. With this combo as my boot drive, I have a Windows 7 desktop in about 20 seconds. 10 of that is spent waiting for the pointless, swirly animation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Jefferis on 5 July 2013
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An excellent card but beware the need to download from Transcend the drivers and observe the need to install 2 of the 3 listed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joolswang on 3 April 2013
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Arrived on time when stated. Wasted hours trying to make it work. Windows 7 64 bit would not recognize it at all. Enabled all correct settings in bios, downloaded all the correct drivers tried everything dead end trying everything. Before anyone says did you do this or that? I assure you tried everything. Noted on the software license agreement several pages of we are not liable etc finishing up saying you may have to contact your motherboard manufacturer and pay for advice. Maybe I was unlucky with a dud card but suspect not.
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