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

3.9 stars (7 reviews) |
  • 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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$172.99CAD

In stock: CA: 16 | US: 363

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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.

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

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

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram Micro Canada 74140V
  • Tech Data Canada 3711CE
  • ASI Distribution Canada 147772
  • D&H Canada PEXUSB3S44VCA
  • UPC 065030854627

Compatibility

  • Windows 8 logo
  • Linux logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • Windows 10 logo
  • Windows Server 2016 logo
  • Windows Server 2019 logo
Windows® Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
Linux 2.6.31 to 4.11.x LTS versions only

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) 1 - Connector Type(s) PCI Express x4
1 - Internal Ports SATA Power (15 pin)
LP4 (4 pin; Large Drive Power)
4 - External Ports USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Humidity 5~85% RH
Hardware Ports 4
Interface USB 3.0
Bus Type PCI Express
Card Type Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Port Style Integrated on Card
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
Chipset ID Renesas/NEC - µPD720202
Packaging Information Package Height 1.6 in [41 mm]
Package Length 8.2 in [20.8 cm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 7.1 oz [202 g]
Package Width 5.7 in [14.5 cm]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 5Gbps per port - 20Gbps Total
Maximum Cable Length 9.8 ft [3 m]
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
UASP Support Yes
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 3.2 oz [92 g]
Material Steel
Product Length 6.6 in [16.7 cm]
Product Width 0.6 in [15 mm]
Product Height 4.7 in [12 cm]
Software OS Compatibility Windows® Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
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
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package 4 Port PCIe USB Card
Low Profile Bracket
Driver CD
Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, right-click the Setup.exe file and select Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be attempting to run the installer from within the zipped file. Extract the files using the instructions in Step 2.

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  2. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, double-click the Setup.exe file.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  4. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

Troubleshooting

If the USB device does not work after your computer has been in extended hibernation, it is likely that Windows has automatically turned off the USB Root hub to save power. 

The steps below outline how to configure the USB root hub to stay on during hibernation, to prevent this from happening.
 

Windows 10 / 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows XP

  1. On your desktop, right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers by clicking the arrow to the left of it.
  4. Right-click the first USB Root Hub device and select Properties.
  5. Click the Power Management tab.
  6. Clear the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  7. Click OK to apply the setting.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for any remaining devices in the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section with “Root Hub” in the name.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

When you troubleshoot issues with a USB controller card, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • USB cables

  • USB devices

  • USB controller card

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the USB cable, device, and controller card in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different USB cable, device, and controller card in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the USB device and controller card, it is recommended that you do the following:

You should not upgrade your device's firmware if you do not have any issues with the functionality of your device. The only time you should consider an upgrade is if you are experiencing a problem with the device, and you have confirmed that the firmware addresses this problem.  You can confirm this is the case by reviewing the documentation included with the firmware or by consulting with our Technical Support team. Incorrectly upgrading firmware can result in diminished performance so it is best to contact StarTech.com if you would like to perform this operation.

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your expansion card, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Compliance and safety

Compliance letters

  • RoHS
    • Language: English
  • WEEE
    • Language: English

Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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(5 Stars)

Perfect for the Oculus

By: Spenny - 03-02-2018
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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(5 Stars)

Works Amazing for oculus rift

By: Lee J - 05-27-2018
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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(3 Stars)

Great card, wrong port orientation

By: syn111 - 09-08-2018
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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(4 Stars)

Great card but StarTech needs to update drivers

By: ManglerX - 12-04-2018
I have purchased 2 of these now. They work awesome BUT after a system upgrade to Ryzen 7 CPU and a ASRock mobo that has PCIE 3.0 and 2.0 ports the card will only function on the 3.0 slot. my last PC 2.0 slot was not an issue. The drivers have not been updated since 2012 and Windows default driver is no good... it sees the card but says it cant start... HELP!
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Stefan T, StarTech.com Support on 2018-12-05 3:55:18 PM
Hello! Thank you for reviewing our PEXUSB3S44V card. We are sorry to hear you are having installation issues with the card. We do not expect this type of limitation, as long as the slot is a PCIe x4 or higher it should function properly, although it may lower speeds on PCIe 2.0 and lower. Based on your description, it sounds like it was working before and may be specific to this motherboard you have now. We would like to hear more about your setup to troubleshoot the issue. You can always contact our support team 24 hours a day 5 days a week at www.startech.com/chat or 1 800 265 1844 for any product related issues. A member of our Technical Advisory team will be reaching out to you shortly by email to assist! Thank you,
(3 Stars)

To big for teh backplate!

By: virgopunk - 04-20-2019
Great card in terfms of specs, however, I've found that having the USB ports verticle rather than horizontal makes it impossible to actually plus a USB device in. The back plate of my PC is too narrow. Now I'm guessing the gap is industry standard so I have no idea how Startech managed to get this product out there. In order to make this work I'm going to need to physically file the back port to make the gap wider.
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(2 Stars)

If it would only work reliably on Linux

By: tuxwarrior - 05-03-2020
I bought this card especially because of its four USB controller chips in the hope that this could avoid the trouble I have with my StarTech PEXUSB3S4V on Linux. Unfortunately this card behaves even worse. There's a kernel bug report about this specific card (https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=199627) which explains the issue quite thoroughly. It's not StarTech's fault that the used uPD720202 USB controller chip gets such a bad handling in Linux but the end-user experience is really frustrating. I really hope someone at StarTech might have the right influence to improve Linux' xhci_hcd driver for this card because I really want to use it on my Linux box.
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Stacey, Customer Support on 2020-05-06 9:42:36 AM
Thank you for your feedback on our PEXUSB3S44V. We're sorry to hear that you were experiencing issues. We've forwarded your concerns onward. If you require any further assistance please don't hesitate to contact us.
(5 Stars)

Finally, a card that my Oculus Rift S likes!

By: The Starglider - 09-03-2020
So for a while now I have struggled with my Oculus Rift S. Not with actually playing games with it. No, but with ROBOT VOICE when using the built in Mic. It would appear that it's not enough that you have to use a USB3 connection that Oculus approves of, but if you want the best functionality, you need a port up to the task. I have tried 4 different expansion cards but this is the first one ever that actually does the job! If you're a Windows 10 user, just pop the card in and let Microsoft do the rest - the official drivers aren't up to the task.
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