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101 of 104 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2012
Card arrived promptly and well packaged. Be careful when cutting the tough retail packaging that you don't damage the mini CD hidden within -you'll need this to get started!

The card is quite dainty and fits nicely into your PCI Express slot (the tiny white one). It's a high profile card with a height of 4.2 inches; so don't buy this if you've got a low-profile case. Remember to fit the card with your PC turned off and all power cables removed.

Now there are two aspects of this card which I thought are worth comment; the drivers and the molex power connector on the card.

First, the molex connector. This is the white 4-pin power connector on the side of the card. This needs to be fed from one of the 12v molex cables coming from your PC power supply (which you've already got feeding your DVD drive and hard disks). Some report here that this card works fine without feeding it extra power, and others say it doesn't. My vote on this is that if you want to maintain USB 3 device performance you MUST power the card with a molex cable. To illustrate, when I provide extra power through the molex connector, my Kingston HyperX drive gives a sustained throughput of 135MB/s. If I turn off the computer, remove the molex plug and reboot, the performance goes haywire, surging randomly from anything between 5 and 135MB/s. So whilst the card works without extra power, it obviously struggles.

Next -the drivers. I recommend you upgrade these as soon as possible from the internet. This will prevent the spontaneous disconnection issue that some have reported. Downloading the latest drivers though isn't trivial as the tecknetonline.co.uk website doesn't provide them. As this card hosts the NEC/Renesas Controller chip you can get the drivers from Intel directly by googling "USB 3.0: Renesas Electronics* USB 3.0 Driver". I upgraded to version 2.1.28.0 and on my Windows 7 machine I am happy to report no problems.

In summary, this card isn't exactly plug'n'play. It's plug in, ferret around with your PC wiring, scrounge a molex cable, hunt for drivers on the internet, and then, finally, you can play. On the positive side though, once it's up and running it's perfectly good.
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72 of 80 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2011
This is a great and inexpensive device to boost your file transfer rates.

Two important things:

1. It doesn't come with a molex splitter as some past reviews state, the product name and description now reflect that change.

2. The newest version, being sold now, *doesn't require* an additional power supply to give full USB3 speeds and power - which is why the molex splitter is no longer included.

This is a very cost effective way to boost the speed of file transfers to and from external drives. A USB 3 capable portable drive I have transfers a 700MB file from it through USB2 at around 35 MB/s. Using USB3 via this card it transferred at a speed of around 100 MB/s. The marketing guff around USB saying 10 times the speed is exactly that: guff, but it performs appreciably faster than version 2 and can save sometimes valuable time.

Microsoft is still behing the curve and doesn't include USB 3 drivers in Windows 7 or via Windows Update (that may change) so you have to install driver software to make the card functional. Interestingly (and uniquely) the mini-CD that came with my card included a driver version NEWER than the one availbale on the internet (at a site the manual gives the link to).

The driver installed flawlessly and without hitch.

For only £9 for this card, which you now only have to plug straight into a PCI express slot to triple or quadruple your speeds (using USB3 devices) it's a no-brainer.

(Thanks to TeckNet for promptly addressing the matter of the splitter and the reviews that mentioned it, the same day I brought it to their attention.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2013
I've just received this board today and plugged it in to my 2007 vintage Gigabyte Motherboard. Note that the version I received did not come with a molex connection but a SATA style power connector. I connected a USB3 Seagate 2TB external harddisk to it and booted up.
Now I'm a Linux user and tried the card with Ubuntu 12.04LTS, Mint LMDE, Debian 6 (yeah, I know it's old but I like it) and Mint 15 - Mate edition and found that the disk was recognised and available straight away - no problems at all - no drivers required - no command line stuff - nothing - it just worked.
I also tried it with Windows 7 which did not recognise it straight away but went online to get the necessary drivers and failed. However I put the supplied CD in the PC and accessed the drivers as described on the single sheet instructions and this got it working OK.
I see in the other reviews that some find this card slow when using Linux. It's early days for me to comment, but I'll come back and edit this review when I've used the card with both Linux and Windows.
5 stars awarded as it worked as expected and means I can use USB3 peripherals with my ageing PC.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2011
Lets get to the point, I am not sufficiently knowledgeable to write this item's first review and quote technical stuff, not with any meaning or without copying from the items description anyway, but what I can tell you is what arrived and whether it works.
I received a 2 x socket USB 3.0 card as described, a PSU link cable which provides power from the PSU to the card but is a double so you lose nothing, and a driver CD (home made as far as I can tell).

I can also tell you that installing was extremely easy and there were some pretty decent written instructions in the box also.

The USB 3.0 sockets work and I wrote some files to my external drive at speeds of up to 43 Kb/s before I stopped the test, this compares with about 8 to my USB 2.0 so the new USB is definitely quicker.

I have a Medion PC which is about 3 years old if that makes any difference (some reviews of other products said different ages of PC's will make a difference) I had a spare PCI express slot on the mother board so it all went swimmingly.

Oh and the price was low to boot so I am happy indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2014
Firstly I'm a PC technical specialist. This card took me over an hour to install. I wouldn't recommend it because firstly your system can become unstable when you use it, and its a pig to install. I tried it on two PC's and both came up with issues once the card was installed. I got past these issues but there was more to be done to get the cards working.

The instructions are incomplete as they say to go to the disk (included) \renesas\uPDxxxxx directory and run setup. Unfortunately this will not fully install the device and even though some of the drivers needed are in this setup.exe file, they will NOT install. I had to go to c:\users\profilename\appdata\temp and copy the temp files created to another location before clicking the finish button during setup (as this does a install file cleanup) then browse to where I had copied these files manually with device manager to complete the first stage of the install. Well according to the instructions you think the card should work, think again. you then have to go into the VLI\VL80x folder and run the setup in there. If you don't do this you will not installl the XHCI controller and the card WILL NOT work. After you do this you should be fine. It works ok so far, but the build quality doesn't inspire me with confidence that this will continue.

Another thing I encountered is the card doesn't fit properly into my pcie slot. The back plate is a couple of mm too long so it sticks out a bit. Its not the end of the world, just a slight gap where the screw tightens, but this is a typical indication of the issues the card has. I bought the 2 and 4 port models (ordered one with a SATA power connector but then sent me one with the molex connector) The 2 port one gave the same (and some additional) issues.

I looked hard to find a reasonably price card, I mean Its just a USB card for christ sake, but the manufacturers have made a marathon out of plug and play technology. The sad thing is I only bought this because I couldn't find one from Belkin, Netgear, or a host of other reputable suppliers I norrmally use. Let that be a lesson to me. I gave it 2 stars because ultimately I did get it working but I cannot in fairness deem this to be an even average product in the league of what is available today.

I do NOT recommend you get this card. If you are a bored tech Savvy individual and fancy a challenge go ahead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2012
This product TeckNet USB 3.0 4 Ports PCI Express Card for PC had mixed reviews, but I decided to buy anyway.
The card was easy to install, though I'm no computer expert. Remember to note the product /serial number on the card before you install it. I also suggest you check whether you need a 4-pin power cable splitter/extension. The power cable socket attachment to the card looks a little flimsy, but I had no difficulty connecting it to the power supply unit (PSU). Recommend supporting the socket when you do, and I suggest connecting the card to the (off) PSU before putting it into the expansion socket. Downloaded and installed the updated driver (need product/serial number for this) from the site indicated in the 'user manual'.
The card's rated 3 stars because transfer speeds were slightly disappointing. I don't know whether this is down to the card, the 5-y.o. quadcore computer or the attached drive. I regularly generate between 50Gb and 100Gb worth of RAW and image files, which are moved between camera, computer and storage drives. With a USB 3.0 Western Digital 2Tb My Book Essential drive attached to a card socket, I obtained transfer speeds between drive and computer of 42 to 45Mb/sec for a set of several hundred large jpgs totalling 8Gb. This compared with the same files transferred via front and back USB 2.0 sockets of 27 and 28 Mb/sec, a maximum increase of roughly 166%, well below the suggested three-fold increase in speed. Even so, for me, at this price and the amount of data I move around, this USB 3.0 expansion card is a worthwhile investment, especially the 4 socket version.

Update 7 October 2013. Used this card with a new Seagate 1Tb usb3 portable hard drive. Transfer rates were between 2.5 and 3 times higher than between two usb2 drives. It involved reorganising several hard drives with terrabytes of data being moved backwards and forwards. The data was a mix of mainly image and video files ranging in size from about 50Kb up to 3+Gb. Have therefore upgraded the rating from 3 to four stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2011
I purchased this USB 3.0 card on the strength of the reviews here, for that reason I thought I'd add mine.

It's a very small card which is no bad thing but I also have a double slot PCI express graphics card which on my particular mainboard (ASUS M4A79XTD EVO) means this card sits right at the side of a much bigger card. No problem though, just a little fiddly with the extra power cable which I connected before seating this card. After that setup was effortless, drivers install without fuss on windows 7 and the card is up and running.

I have a Seagate goflex 2TB external drive and really wanted something to boost the transfer speeds which were struggling to sustain 28MB/s on the mainboard USB2.0 connection. After installing this card I ran a test transfer and immediately noticed the 28MB/s had jumped to around 32MB/s (sustained) while still using USB2.0 so what this card is doing that the mainboards USB2.0 controller isn't I don't know.

To utilise this USB card I then bought a Seagate USB3.0 dock for my go flex Hard Disk Drives and this is where the card shines. Transfer speeds are quite volatile due to the nature of the files being copied and the system overheads required as well as any file fragmentation on the source drive. My results with USB3.0 when copying from a 7200rpm HDD source saw transfer speeds jump to around 48-52 MB/s when copying very large contiguous files. These speeds were even better from a SSD (SATA150) source which for me resulted in solid 54-58 MB/s transfer speeds for most large files.

I suspect the USB3.0 transfer speeds I'm seeing now are indicating the limits of the external/internal drives and system overheads, hopefully the USB3.0 bus itself is no longer the bottleneck. The strange thing is that copying these files back (as a test) from the external drive to the source drive resulted in much lower transfer rates (~36MB/s) so that's a bit odd, I can only assume it's fragmentation or overheads causing that.

If I have to pick a fault with the card it's a minor one. The two USB sockets on the card sit slightly proud of the blanking plate, this means you need to be able to see the socket and plug the cable in precisely. Can't just fish around the back with a cable trying to locate the USB slot.

Excellent product though at a very reasonable price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2013
I purchased this as a low cost upgrade to add some more USB 3.0 ports to my PC. Needs an PCI Express port so check you have not only a spare slot but sufficient clearance to fit. Sounds obvious I know, but my video card, with its own cooling fan, blocked one slot. Running Windows 7 the card didn't work as Windows 7 had no native drivers and try as I might I couldn't find any on the internet. An email to Bluebyte and I received a reply within a couple of hours with a link to download suitable software and drivers which you can find here : [...]

So a shaky start but it worked out in the end and functions without any problems at a very good price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2013
Only installed after I got the latest driver from download website, quoted in the user manual. The XP driver on the installation CD did not work for me, but as it was easy enough to download a working driver, I can't complain.

To qualify other comments on power cables: The manual does says you need a power cable, but it's slightly ambiguous; I think they mean you need a cable only if you want to provide more than a certain amount of current (It should quote the limit, really). In practice, I got away without a power cable when using a Buffalo Ministation 3.0 external HDD. As soon as I connected a 2nd device however, the PC locked-up. With a SATA power lead connected internally, it worked OK. So best check inside your PC first & buy a power lead while you're at it.

On performance: My old PC only has Rev1 PCIe slots (this card is rev2), so I can't get full USB3 speeds anyway; Even so, my tests showed 50% improvement in backup times over USB2. Expect better (maybe 100% improvement) with a Rev2 PCIe motherboard. But face it, you'll never get 10x the speed of USB2, due to the HDD access speeds.

For the price, it's well worth having the 2 extra, faster USB ports.

UPDATE: photo has been updated to show the correct power inlet connector, i.e. SATA (it was showing a Molex). So top marks now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2013
Purchased this item from BlueByte. Product as described and arrived quickly.

Had some minor fun and games with drivers on Windows 7 x64 - the card is VIA Labs VL80x based, and I eventually found drivers @ [...] v1.90 of the driver works fine, but couldn't get the v4.00 version to work at all - apparently needs a firmware update which I couldn't find, and I couldn't determine whether a firmware update was appropriate for this card anyway. In any case, card works on the v1.90 driver without issue, and seems to perform well.

An excellent purchase, and would buy again from BlueByte.
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