The StarTech.com 2-Port PCI SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter allows for legacy PCI slots to support the USB 3.0 standard, which is capable of data transfer rates up to 5Gbps (10x faster than USB 2.0). Using USB 3.0 devices with this two-port PCI card adapter will allow data transfer rates at up to 1.3Gbps, doubling the performance achieved with USB 2.0 cards and peripherals. With additional USB hubs, this USB 3.0 PCI adapter can support up to 127 devices from a single port. This adapter will also support future USB 3.0 devices.
I purchased this for a Dell XPS desktop running Vista that had an extra PCI slot and no available PCI-E slot. I knew I wouldn't get full USB 3.0 speed but I expected some improvement over USB 2.0. I got none. StarTech's technical support basically told me the problem was my motherboard and that their product wouldn't work with it. So I returned the card to WalMart*.
I guess you have to call StarTech before purchasing with details about your motherboard and see if it will work for you. Either that or do what I did i.e. purchase it and return it if it doesn't work. Fortunately, Walmart* makes returning easy and hassle free.
I gave it an 'average' rating because this page requires you to give it a rating but I really can't rate it because it never worked properly. It did not meet my expectations, thus the 'poor'. It costs more than twice the price of a comparable PCI-E card which will give you full USB 3.0 speed. I have one of those running on a Windows 7 machine. Nonetheless I was willing to pay $50 for it because of all the data transfer to external disk I have to do (several dozen GBs daily) so I rated the value 'fair'.
There are very few PCI USB3.0 adapters available. I'm thinking the lesson is if you need to upgrade your USB ports to 3.0, you really need a newer computer with multiple PCI-E slots.
Recommends this product? No
Age:55 - 64
Ownership:1 week or less
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