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Transcend Also Introduces USB 3.0 Addon Card

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  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Transcend Information, Inc., a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, today introduced a USB 3.0 Expansion Card that comes with two high-speed USB 3.0 ports. This easy-to-install add-on card enables speed enthusiasts to connect USB 3.0-compatible peripherals to their desktop PC and experience data transfer rates up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 with optimized power efficiency.

    For users who are not prepared to upgrade their entire computer system for the sole purpose of adding USB 3.0 functionality, Transcend`s USB 3.0 Expansion Card is a perfect solution that allows them to join the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 revolution. The card`s PCI Express 2.0 single lane connection interface is compatible with virtually all current motherboards, and guarantees unrestricted two-way communication between the computer and any USB devices plugged into the card.

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    The USB 3.0 Expansion Card is equipped with two external USB ports that fully support the new USB 3.0 standard with connection bandwidth of up to 5Gb/s, which is ten times faster than USB 2.0 specifications. With Transcend`s USB 3.0 Expansion Card, users can finally take the full advantage of their USB 3.0 external hard drives and USB flash drives without being limited by the insufficient bandwidth of the previous USB technologies. The USB 3.0 card is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1, so users can rest assured that their older devices will still work with the new interface.

    In addition to providing a much faster transfer rates, Transcend`s USB 3.0 card supplies 900mA of power per USB port, allowing about 80% more power to be available for connected devices (USB 2.0 only provides 500mA). This means that power-hungry devices will operate with increased stability, and battery-powered devices will be able to charge more quickly.

    The PDU3 USB 3.0 Expansion Card is fully compatible with Windows 7, and is backed by Transcend`s 2-year warranty. Offering exceptional quality at an affordable price, Transcend’s compact USB 3.0 card is a value-priced solution to help users get in on the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 action.
  2. Mussels

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    we need USB 3.0 hubs alreaaaady
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    Why there is a molex connection?
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    900ma X 5V = 4.5W per USB port

    honestly i dont get it either, but they all have it... i wonder what voltage PCI-E gives out, if say.. it only does 5V, maybe these things need 12V? (hence the molex is for voltage, not wattage)


    http://www.interfacebus.com/Design_PCI_Express_1x_PinOut.html

    according to this, 1x slots have no 5V rail... so the power must be for the 5V that powers the devices themselves.
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    :confused: why is there no vrm for the molex then, im confused :banghead:
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    i did an edit. seems that PCI-E has 3.3v and 12v, but no 5V.

    This just makes me wish mobo makers would put more than 2x USB 3.0 ports on a motherboard, since it'd be quite a hassle to run several of these if you wanted more ports (and no ones made a 3.0 hub yet!)
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    This would probably be good for people with the Gigabyte boards and such which only give you 2 ports, but it would be good if it was 4 ports or something. I can see in systems with only USB 2.0 onboard that if they get a few USB 3.0 devices that this will get full quickly and they will need another.

    The other thing that is a small niggle is that the molex plug might look a big ugly having to drag halfway across the case, but I suppose we got used to molex power for SLI and such.
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    running the cable is actually a big problem, since PSU's are coming with less and less molex, and more SATA power.


    THe problem is that to make one of your molex reach, another plug a few inches away on the cable may be dangling in mid air in your case... inaccessible to anything that needs it without some kind of extension cable.


    Do we need PCI-E 1x and 4x cards for this stuff? hells yeah! just that the power cable makes it clumsy.
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    There are some with SATA power connectors, and some (few) without the need for either!

    Personally I won't buy any that require additional power, so I hope when they start producing cards with more ports (ideally 4 ext / 2 int or more) they'll have some plug-less models. Otherwise I'm going to be pretty tight with my wallet, you hear me Transcend!
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    well if they don't come with it, they're transforming 12V down to 5V, the inefficiencies of which will produce more heat.
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    wait how can this not get power from the lane?

    now we just need to switch so there are like 6x 3.0 usb and only 2x 3.0 usb on mobo's or first start to make products that actually use usb 3.0 :p A free cookie to anyone that sends me a link of something that use's usb 3.0 like a flash drive or mouse ETC.
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    the lane doesnt provide 5V. USB uses 5V
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