4 Port PCI Express PCIe SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Controller Card Adapter with UASP - SATA Power

Add 4 external USB 3.0 ports to a low profile or standard computer, through PCI Express

Product ID: PEXUSB3S4V

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  • 4 external USB 3.0 ports in a stacked layout
  • UASP support for more efficient data transfer
  • Fully compliant with USB 3.0 revision 1.0 specifications and Intel xHCI rev0.95 specifications
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$210,928.00 COP
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The PEXUSB3S4V PCI Express USB 3.0 Card (with SATA Power) adds 4 external USB 3.0 ports to any PCI Express-enabled computer system with support for data rates up to 5 Gbps, while remaining backward compatible with USB 2.0 / 1.x devices.

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.

The card uses a "stacked" port layout that places the ports one on top of the other, enabling all four USB 3.0 ports to be external facing, while still allowing the card to fit into a small form factor/low profile computer system using the included low profile bracket.

Plus, with a built-in SATA power connector, each USB port can provide up to 900mA of power to devices that draw power from a host bus connection (500mA for USB 2.0) by connecting to your computer power supply.

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

Improved Performance with UASP

UASP is supported in Windows® 8 and Server 2012. 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 with USB 3.0 connectivity, to fully utilize USB 3.0 devices
  • Expand a system's USB capabilities with four additional external USB ports, for connecting additional external hard drives, CD/DVD drives, MP3 players, printers, scanners, webcams, game controllers, digital cameras, etc.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • USB 3.0 PCI-E card has 4 external USB 3.0 ports using a space-saving stacked layout
  • 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 SATA power connector

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030848961

Compatibility

  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • Windows 10 logo
  • Windows Server 2016 logo
  • Windows Server 2019 logo
  • Windows Server 2019 logo
Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) Connector Type(s) 1 - PCI Express x1
Internal Ports 1 - SATA Power (15 pin)
External Ports 4 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
Environmental Operating Temperature 5°C to 50°C (41°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)
Humidity 20% ~ 80% RH
Hardware Ports 4
Interface USB 3.0
Bus Type PCI Express
Card Type Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Port Style Integrated on Card
Chipset ID Renesas/NEC - µPD720201
Packaging Information Package Height 1.3 in [33 mm]
Package Length 5.2 in [13.2 cm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.3 lb [0.1 kg]
Package Width 6.4 in [16.2 cm]
Package Quantity 1
Performance Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
UASP Support Yes
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 2.4 oz [68 g]
Material Steel
Product Length 3.0 in [7.5 cm]
Product Width 0.7 in [19 mm]
Product Height 2.7 in [6.8 cm]
Software OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements Available PCI Express expansion slot
Note The maximum throughput of this card is limited by the bus interface. If used with PCI Express Gen 1.0 enabled computers, the max throughput is 2.5 Gbps. If used with PCI Express Gen 2.0 enabled computers, the max throughput is 5 Gbps.
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - PCI Express USB 3.0 Card
1 - Low Profile Bracket
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

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.

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:

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.

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.

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

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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)

Works perfectly with ProFlightSim instr. panels

By: PatM - 10/30/2014
The price was right, and it is small enough to fit in with my rather large GTX 780Ti graphics card. The Pro Flight Sim instrument panels require USB 3.0 ports; all eight work perfectly with two 4 port StarTech PCIe cards.
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(4 Stars)

great but only works sometimes

By: pandaman - 03/03/2015
I got it a year ago and it didn't work with my hp but I blame the mobo in that. It works on my main rig so it's still functional as extra USB ports.
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(5 Stars)

Half Height - PCI Express Card Adapter

By: GrizGrover - 05/12/2015
I have been using the USB 3.0 PCIe card adapter for about 6 months and it installed easily and has worked flawlessly. The half height card bracket came with the kit and enabled me to use it in my ASUSPro Series system unit.
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(1 Stars)

Only runs high-speed (usb2) not super-speed (usb3)

By: Brian Knudsen - 03/07/2017
Test the card on server 2016, will not accept the drivers from OS or the cd, make a firmware upgrade, the OS can now find a driver, only run USB 2.0. Try to install the drivers from cd, the system accepted the drivers, but only run usb 2.0 Have try a usb 3 pen and a usb 3 harddrive.
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(5 Stars)

Best for VR!

By: Talwyn - 12/30/2017
This card works brilliantly for my Oculus Rift (VR). It supports windows 10, but make sure you don't install the old drivers from this website. The new ones are automatically installed by windows 10, and are (at the time of my writing) driverversion 10.0.16299.125, dated 07.12.2017. Make sure your motherboard has enough PCIe-lane bandwidth left for a for x4 card - as well as a x4 slot, of course. Some motherboards downgrade to x1-speed when other slots are taken. Doublecheck your motherboard manual! Also keep in mind to plug in power from your PSU, otherwise the card won't work as well.
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(5 Stars)

Great for updating an older PC

By: George - 06/01/2018
I've been running this card well over a year and beside having to reinstall the drivers once (power failure) this card has been flawless. My machine only has USB 2.0 ports so the speed upgrade was quite dramatic, I don't think you quite get the full 5gbps as advertised but my external USB drives do outperform my internal SATA II hard drives.
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(5 Stars)

Great design!

By: grrbrts - 10/08/2020
The four USB 3.O ports are aligned vertically which allows for more ports, than say one with horizontal ports.
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