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See my system specs, currently only have USB 2.0, and don't plan to do a major MB/CPU/GPU upgrade till later in the winter. So, for the time being, I'm looking for a USB 3.0 add on card, PCIe. It'd be nice to have some front panel connectors, but I'm not stuck on that... I have a few 5.25" drive bays free. My HAF case was made before USB 3.0 came out.

Any advice on a good USB 3.0 card and/or what to look for? When I do upgrade, the card will stay with the old PC, and will still be used.
 

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Quick q; do you have any usb devices that could utilize USB 3.0? I say skip it til then, and even at that even then give it some thought as 3.0 devices will still function ok on 2.0 ports.
 
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Quick q; do you have any usb devices that could utilize USB 3.0? I say skip it til then, and even at that even then give it some thought as 3.0 devices will still function ok on 2.0 ports.
Good question and answer is yes, I just got a 750GB 2.5" portable drive that only has USB 3.0/2.0 interface, and man it's slow on USB 2.0!
 
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I bought a Startech USB 3.0 card it works okay. Problem is finding new drivers for it is kind of a PITA. It's also about 30 MB/s slower on the reads and writes from the onboard NEC controller.

I think I picked it up on a Shellshocker deal for $20.
StarTech 4 Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Express Car...

Other problem is you would need to pickup a female to male USB 3.0 cable and route it through the case to get it to the front. That's pretty easy to find though (hint, hint Monoprice).
 
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I bought a Startech USB 3.0 card it works okay. Problem is finding new drivers for it is kind of a PITA. It's also about 30 MB/s slower on the reads and writes from the onboard NEC controller.

I think I picked it up on a Shellshocker deal for $20.
StarTech 4 Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Express Car...

Other problem is you would need to pickup a female to male USB 3.0 cable and route it through the case to get it to the front. That's pretty easy to find though (hint, hint Monoprice).
Drivers are definitely a concern especially with off brands.

I found this: SIIG USB 3.0 4-Port PCIe i/e Model JU-P40212-S1

Monoprice is about the only place I go for cables :)
 
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Bad news, that SIIG uses the same TI controller (TI TUSB7340) as the Startech card I mentioned. So at the end of the day finding updated drivers is still going to be a PITA. Like I said before the performance isn't that bad, might help too if I hooked up the SATA power adapter to the card. I just figured for what I use it for the provided PCIe power should be adequate.
 
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Any advice on a good USB 3.0 card and/or what to look for?
Yep, some things to look for:
1. the type of power port you want/need (SATA or molex)
2. the type of connector on the card (20 pin motherboard type, 9 pin, etc.)
3. whether PCI, PCIe (x1,x4,etc.)
4. how many ports & connections; and, internal, external, or both

Bad news, that SIIG uses the same TI controller (TI TUSB7340) as the Startech card I mentioned. So at the end of the day finding updated drivers is still going to be a PITA. Like I said before the performance isn't that bad, might help too if I hooked up the SATA power adapter to the card. I just figured for what I use it for the provided PCIe power should be adequate.
I would hook up the External power, as so, you don't have to later when you might need it.


Google it, they are all over.
Ain't that hard to find the drivers for any of them.

Just scroll down and look for the section "Software" and seems that chipset uses all the same drivers for, either , TUSB7340EVM or TUSB7340.
TUSB7340EVM

TUSB7340

And, the TUSB7320, if you need it.
 
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Yep, some things to look for:
1. the type of power port you want/need (SATA or molex)
2. the type of connector on the card (20 pin motherboard type, 9 pin, etc.)
3. whether PCI, PCIe (x1,x4,etc.)
4. how many ports & connections; and, internal, external, or both

I would hook up the External power, as so, you don't have to later when you might need it.

Google it, they are all over.
Ain't that hard to find the drivers for any of them.

Just scroll down and look for the section "Software" and seems that chipset uses all the same drivers for, either , TUSB7340EVM or TUSB7340.
TUSB7340EVM

TUSB7340

And, the TUSB7320, if you need it.
Thx!
 
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I bought this yesterday: SYBA USB 3.0 (3+1) PCI-e Controller Card, Etron Ch...

Bastards had it priced at $19.99 when I bought it, now it's $18.99 lol. $1.99 shipping



I would have preferred the version with SATA power connector, but I have a few molex leads in use for my case fans and lights so it's not an issue.

Nice feature is the internal port to have a cable at the front of the case. Ghetto, but oh well.

The chipset is Etron EJ168, which appears to have decent support: http://www.etron.com/EJ168.php
 
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Never heard of the controller. Let the rest of us know how it works.