Any advantage of a PCI-E USB3.0 Card?

June 18, 2010 at 01:36:56
Specs: Windows XP
Just found this PCI-E USB3.0 Card is good price on centralcomputer, it supports all USB compliant data transfer types.

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June 18, 2010 at 05:14:13
Only if you have a USB 3.0 device you wish to run at full speed. I haven't looked at the specs of the USB 3.0 standards. If it is STILL USB 1.1 backward compatible and it costs no more than a USB 2.0 card then go for it.

Be sure you have an available PCIe slot of the correct type available before buying the card. Could be 1x or 4x would be my guess. Check before buying.

I haven't heard of Central computer. Are they reputable? Check on if you are not sure.

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June 18, 2010 at 06:00:47
If this is the Central Computer in San Jose they have been
around for more than 20 years, I've bought from them
occasionally. They use to advertise in Micro Times.

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June 21, 2010 at 19:32:58
Oh, I am living in San Jose too, I want to visit the shop.

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June 21, 2010 at 19:35:35

That shop may be esales only.

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June 21, 2010 at 19:55:23
At some point more devices will be manufactured that use USB 3.0; Western Digital now has an external HDD that uses USB 3.0
Thanks for mentioning central computer-I never heard of them before. That does look like a good price for that card.

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June 23, 2010 at 00:30:26
I think the USB3.0 times is coming.

Slot this PCI-Express card into your motherboard for 2 x USB 3.0 ports and reach speeds of up to 4.8Gbps, ten times faster than USB 2.0. Transfer times on hard drives and other storage platforms that support USB 3.0 will be significantly quicker. A cost effective upgrade for your desktop PC that will give compatibility for the next-generation of USB products.

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June 23, 2010 at 05:41:03
Like many incremental advancements in computer hardware USB 3.0 may eventually take off. That probably won't happen until after your current rig is obsolete.

Firewire 800 has been around for some time but to my knowledge never caught on with hardware manufacturers. There can be many reasons why this happens. Licensing fees for instance.

eSATA is another advance that has made some inroads. My feeling is these newer standards are either not widely known or consumers may not see any real advantages. You also need to have that critical saturation level. USB does have that going for it.

So what if USB 3.0 is theoretically 10 times faster than USB 2.0. USB 2.0 doesn't run even half as fast as the theoretical standard.

USB has not lived up to its hype. When first announced it sounded good. However, try connecting even 10 different devices to the same USB 2.0 controller and see if they work right. The standard calls for 255 devices if memory serves.

Anyway, as I stated above, if you don't have to pay more for the newer standard then by all means get it.

I bet very few here know about VESA local bus. It was superior to what was available at the time but was leapfrogged by AGP. Who knows what is coming next.

Serial data transfer gave way to parallel mode for hard drives in PCs. Now serial mode is replacing the parallel interface. Much of this has to do with the increase in available CPU cycles.

Then there was 2.88MB floppies and of course Betamax tape.

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December 22, 2010 at 04:57:45
USB 3.0 generally advantageous - due to higher data transfer rates. But maybe a possible disadvantage is when you want to use the usb 3.0 card with a bootable software that doesn't support usb 3.0 - such as using a 3rd party data-backup software that boots from a bootable CDrom. For that case, you might not get usb 3.0 speed - especially if the motherboard typically supports usb 2.0

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