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4 Port PCI Express (PCIe) SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter w/ 4 Dedicated 5Gbps Channels - UASP - SATA / LP4 Power

Add four USB 3.0 ports with four independent channels, LP/SATA power, and charging support to your PC through a PCI Express slot

Product ID: PEXUSB3S44V

  • Provides four external, independent USB 3.0 Ports
  • Supports up to 20 Gbps total transfer bandwidth - Up to 5 Gbps per port
  • UASP support across all four ports
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  • PCIe x4 interface compliant with PCI Express 2.0 specifications
  • Optional LP4 or SATA power connector provides up to 900mA per USB port
  • Supports USB Battery Charging Specification 1.2 (Apple Mode only)
  • Fully compliant with USB 3.0 rev 1.0 and Intel xHCI rev 1.0 specifications
  • Backward compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.0/1.1 devices
  • Includes a Low Profile/half-height installation bracket
  • Hot-swap feature to connect/disconnect devices without powering down the system
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Overview

The PEXUSB3S44V 4-Port PCI Express USB 3.0 Card lets you add four, dedicated 5 Gbps USB 3.0 ports to your PCIe x4-enabled PC. This independent port architecture improves USB 3.0 performance by transferring data on four individual channels to your computer, giving you faster file transfers.

When multiple devices are connected, traditional single bus USB 3.0 cards share your maximum bandwidth between all ports. By employing four host controller chipsets, each port operates on a separate independent transmission channel. Dedicating up to 5 Gbps to each USB port reduces performance bottlenecks, and effectively quadruples your total available to bandwidth to 20 Gbps.

Enhanced with UASP support (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), this USB 3.0 controller performs up to 70% faster than conventional USB 3.0 when paired with a UASP supported enclosure (Note: UASP requires a compatible operating system). Using a more efficient protocol than the traditional USB BOT (Bulk-Only Transport), UASP technology optimizes transfers by allowing multiple commands to be processed simultaneously, significantly increasing transfer speeds for less wait time on data transfers. See our UASP test results below for further details.

For high-power USB devices, this PCIe USB 3.0 card includes an optional SATA or LP4 power connector to connect to your system power supply and deliver up to 900mA of power per port to USB 3.0 bus-powered devices (500mA for USB 2.0). The USB 3.0 card also supports USB Battery Charging Specification 1.2 (Apple Mode only), letting you charge compatible Apple devices (iPhones and iPads) faster than a standard USB 3.0 port.

The controller card is compliant with USB 3.0 standards while offering backward compatibility with existing USB 2.0 / 1.1 devices. For added versatility, the USB 3.0 PCIe card is equipped with a standard profile bracket and includes a low-profile/half-height bracket for installation in small form-factor computers.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Improved Performance with UASP

UASP is supported in Windows® 8, 8.1, Server 2012 and Linux kernel 2.6.37 or later. In testing UASP performed with up to a 70% faster read / 40% faster write speed over traditional USB 3.0 at peak performance.

UASP Speed Diagram

At the same peak in testing, UASP also showed up to an 80% reduction in required processor resources.

UASP Speed Diagram

Test results were obtained using an Intel® Ivy Bridge system, StarTech.com add-on USB 3.0 cards, a UASP-enabled StarTech.com enclosure, and a SATA III solid state drive.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Increase the efficiency of your USB 3.0 devices with four dedicated bus channels and up to 5 Gbps of bandwidth per channel - 20 Gbps total
  • Time-saving file transfers, up to 70% faster than traditional USB 3.0 when used with a UASP-supported enclosure
  • Power high-powered USB devices as necessary, with the optional LP4 or SATA power connector

Applications

Upgrade an older PCIe-based system to USB 3.0 connectivity and UASP support to fully utilize USB 3.0 devices

Expand the USB capabilities of your system with four external ports for connecting additional external hard drives, CD/DVD drives, MP3 players, printers, scanners, webcams, game controllers, digital cameras, etc. to a computer system

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type PCI Express
Card Type Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Chipset ID Renesas/NEC - µPD720202
Industry Standards USB 3.0 Specification Rev. 1.0
USB Battery Charging Specification Rev. 1.2 (Apple Mode only)
PCI Express Base Specification Rev. 2.0
Intel xHCI Specification Rev. 1.0
Interface USB 3.0
Port Style Integrated on Card
Ports 4
Performance
Maximum Cable Length 9.8 ft [3 m]
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 5Gbps per port - 20Gbps Total
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
UASP Support Yes
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - PCI Express x4 Male
External Ports 4 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 Female
Internal Ports 1 - LP4 (4 pin; Molex-type Large Drive Power) Male
1 - SATA Power (15 pin) Plug
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Linux 2.6.31 to 4.11.x LTS versions only
Special Notes / Requirements
System and Cable Requirements Available PCI Express x4 or greater slot
Environmental
Humidity 5~85% RH
Operating Temperature 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Physical Characteristics
Product Height 4.7 in [120 mm]
Product Length 6.6 in [167 mm]
Product Weight 3.2 oz [92 g]
Product Width 0.6 in [15 mm]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 7.1 oz [202 g]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - 4 Port PCIe USB Card
1 - Low Profile Bracket
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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Windows® Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Linux 2.6.31 to 4.11.x LTS versions only

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(3 stars) Great card, wrong port orientation

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I bought this to allow additional peripherals. While the card is the best I found in terms of quality and speed, the USB port placement is terrible and it is impossible to plug anything into them unless I cut my case. An horizontal place would have been way more appropriate.
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(5 stars) Works Amazing for oculus rift

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Recently bought this to solve my usb issues as the rift is a bit of a bandwidth hog and wow :o after installing this everything is just perfect. runs so well no issues what so ever with windows 10, the drivers install perfectly using for just over a week now and my vr experiance is so much better. its worth the price tag! :3.
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(5 stars) Perfect for the Oculus

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The dedicated channels are a must for any VR device owner, or those looking to insure USB storage is performing at it's absolute best. Plug and play in Windows 10. It has been flawless.
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