[Cord-free Power Supply, New Version] Inateck® 4 Ports PCI-E to USB 3.0 Expansion Card Interface USB 3.0 4-Port Express Card Desktop for Windows XP/7/8, Mini PCI-E USB 3.0 Hub Controller Adapter, No Additional Power Connection Needed
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- No additional power supply for normal recognition and operation needed anymore; One Step Update your Windows Computer to USB3.0 Easily with PCI Express to USB3.0 Controller Adapter Card; Supports USB Hot Plug, Plug & Play; Low Energy Consumption
- Super Speed USB 3.0 supports transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, The actual transmission speed is limited by the setting of the device connected.
- Operating System Compatibility: Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (32/64-bit); Backwards Compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices
- With quick and easy installation, Enjoy copying videos, music, photos, data files between USB devices and the computer at blazing fast speeds
- Package: 1x USB3.0 PCI-E Expansion Card; 1x CD Driver; 1x User's Manual
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-No additional power supply is needed, optimized board plane architecture, fast and easy installation, keeps your Desktop PC case tidy
- This PCI Express Expansion Card expands your PC by adding 4 USB 3.0 Ports, offerring a simple solution to USB 3.0 devices connected to your standard desktop PC
- Support UASP: 70% Faster than traditional USB 3.0; The UASP Transfer Protocol can only accelerate read and write speed of SSD hard disk
Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 (with included drivers), Windows 8 (No additional drivers are needed, it has built-in support for the NEC D720201 chipset)
Windows XP and Vista Users Please Note: Due to OS limitations, the real transfer speed will be located between the level of USB 2.0 and 3.0
Power Usage Alerts
-For stable operation, do not connect it to more than 2 high power-consuming devices, such as 1TB hard drive.
-This USB 3.0 express card is not meant to serve as a stand-alone charger
If the card doesn't work properly from the start, you may try out the following steps
Step 1:De- and reattach the devices to be recognised, so the system can try another recognition search
Step 2: Augment with the optional power supply, so an automatic search can be retried
Step 3: Check the PCI-E socket on the main board for possible faults
Step 4: Try out another Desktop PC, if available, to determine the card's general functionality
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Top Customer Reviews
Having tried other USB PCI-E cards in the past, this one worked better as others would just drop from task manager for no reason. Losing the power cable also makes it easier to fit in next to my custom water loop. This was a god send as the SATA connector on every other USB 3.0 card was just that much too big to make things very difficult to fit.
The item arrived quickly in sturdy packaging and an antistatic bag. Can't fault the product or packaging at all. Top notch!
***** In the box: *****
The first thing that i noticed, was that the box was green, instead of the usual Inateck black coloured packaging (which i think looks a bit more premium, than the green but as long as the quality of the product is the same as usual, this doesn't really matter at all).
1 x Inateck KT4005 4 Port USB 3.0 PCI-E Card
1 x packet containing securing screws
1 x Driver/Software CD
1 x User Manual
1 x Return/Exhange instructions
***** Installation *****
Installation is quick and easy as expected with such an upgrade.
* Open the chassis and locate the PCI-E slot.
* Slot the PCI-E to USB 3.0 card into the slot and screw it in - note that this version of the card does not need any extra power connections which is a bonus as it makes for better cable management inside the chassis.
* Boot the computer and then install the driver (I chose to go straight to Inateck.com and download the latest driver, but a driver is supplied on CD with the card).
***** Testing *****
Unfortunately my aging motherboard (due to be upgraded in the next couple of months) is only equipped with a PCI-E v1.0 slot, so i knew that i wouldn't be able to take full advantage of the theoretical 5Gbps transfer speeds that the card could possibly manage when using a PCI-E v2.0 slot, but i hoped that the card would offer atleast a small boost in transfer speeds over my current USB 2 connection.
I ran a CrystalDisk Mark test on my Buffalo USB 3.0 MiniStation Slim HDD connected to my usual USB 2 interface - the Sequential Read speed was 37.00 MB/s while the Sequential Write speed was 27.52 MB/s.Read more ›
Arrived on time so no complaints nicely done
Once fitted in the PC, I switched on and put the CD in the drive and ran the set-up program. This is self explanatory till a screen is reached which asks one to choose between Red or Green card. To be honest I had no idea, and could find no reference to this in the manual. I elected for Green on the assumption that if it was the wrong choice I would be able to uninstall and re-install the correct version later.
The driver installed with no problems and the card works perfectly. Fitting and installation time, including reading the manual was about 15 minutes.
I tested it with four powered external drives and though there was a slight drop in speed moving files from one drive to another, this was not really a problem as it was still so much faster than USB 2.0 ports. I even noticed an increase in data transfer speed when I plugged an old USB 1.0 drive into one of the ports.
I would certainly recommend this card if one needs to expand the USB 3.0 availability on a PC. Just in case anyone is thinking this, an older Motherboard without USB 3.0 support will NOT run this card at USB 3.0 speeds, so you cannot add this card and expect your machine to function as USB 3.0, however it installs ok and seems to function at USB 2.0 speed on a USB 2.0 motherboard.
This expansion card from Inateck adds four USB 3.0 ports by plugging into a spare PCI Express slot on your PC motherboard. Compared to regular PCI slots, these PCI-E slots are shorter, faster and incompatible so if you’re not sure then do check your motherboard before purchasing.
I slotted the card into my Windows 7 PC and powered it up. Windows gave the standard message complaining it couldn’t find the driver. I followed the link to the Inateck website, found the driver download link and after that, installation was straightforward. Once the drivers were installed the card started working right away.
As described in the Amazon listing, this card differs from some as it only draws power from the PCI-E slot itself instead of requiring a separate drive power cable be plugged in. This is obviously a big advantage if your PC doesn’t have one of these cables handy, but may cause problems if you need to plug in multiple high-draw USB devices. Check inside your PC and if you can easily plug in that additional power cable then I’d recommend spending a few extra quid for one of Inateck’s external powered cards.
My PC is pretty old and so I didn’t get the theoretical transfer speeds that USB 3.0 supports. However I don’t think this was due to any fault with this card and my external drive did run quite a bit faster than using the USB 2.0 port, so I’m happy with this upgrade.
I’d previously purchased a cheaper card from eBay which came with no instructions and a CD with loads of different drivers - eventually trial and error got it working but USB devices would disconnect during the higher speed USB 3.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very pleased with this item installation was easy, run the software and away you go and no extra wires to worry about inside cabinet.Published 2 months ago by darkangel1066
Working as expected, and came with full instructions. Installation done in minutesPublished 6 months ago by Eh
The Inateck KT4005 4 Port USB 3.0 to PCI-E expansion card was sent to me in exchange for my honest and impartial review. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Manvear Singh Sira
Great - installed - no drivers needed with windows 10 - worked first time, runs perfectly fine with 3 drives plugged in , using my PC's crappy 250 watt PSU.Published 9 months ago by ColourTronic