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2-Port USB 3.1 (10Gbps) and eSATA PCIe Card - 1x USB-A and 1x eSATA

Add one USB 3.1 Gen 2 port and one eSATA (6Gbps) port to your computer, through a PCI Express slot

Product ID: PEXUSB311A1E

  • Enhance your connectivity by adding one USB 3.1 Gen 2 and one eSATA port to your computer, through a single PCIe slot
  • Supports USB 3.1 data rates up to 10Gbps
  • Supports SATA I, II, and III up to 6Gbps
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  • PCIe x4 interface compliant with PCI Express Base Specification Revision 3.0
  • Backward compatible with USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and USB 1.0/1.1 devices
  • Includes a low-profile/half-height installation bracket
92,99 € EUR
VAT not included in the price
50+ In stock
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Overview

This combination PCI Express controller card lets you add both a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port and an eSATA port to your desktop PC, through a single PCIe slot. The versatile controller card offers a cost-effective way to add high-performance connectivity to your computer, with support for newer USB 3.1 devices as well as eSATA hard drives.

Fast transfers over USB 3.1 Gen 2

At up to 10Gbps, the USB 3.1 PCIe card delivers the speed you need for seamless performance from your compatible devices. It’s also backward compatible with previous versions of USB, so you can connect your existing USB 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.1 equipment.

Connect to eSATA devices

The controller card also connects your computer to an eSATA device, providing a hot-pluggable, high-speed storage solution for backing up or archiving data. With support for SATA I, II and III hard drives, and data transfer speeds of up to 6Gbps, the controller card offers reliable performance for your external SATA storage applications.

Versatile installation options

For added versatility, the controller card is equipped with a standard-profile bracket and includes a low-profile bracket for installation in small form-factor computers.

The PEXUSB311A1E is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

Upgrade an older PCIe equipped system to USB 3.1 Gen 2 compatibility

Expand your system or maintain support for eSATA-based external drive storage

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type PCI Express
Card Type Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Chipset ID ASMedia - ASM2142
ASMedia - ASM1351
Interface USB 3.1 Gen 2 & eSATA
Port Style Integrated on Card
Ports 2
Performance
ATAPI Support No
Maximum Data Transfer Rate USB 3.1 10Gbps
eSATA 6Gbps
Port Multiplier No
Type and Rate USB 3.1 Gen 2 - 10 Gbit/s
UASP Support Yes
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - PCI Express x4 Male
External Ports 1 - eSATA (7 pin, Data) Plug
1 - USB 3.1 USB Type-A (9 pin, Gen 2, 10 Gbps) Female
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2012, 2016
Linux® 3.5 to 4.4 (LTS versions only)
Special Notes / Requirements
System and Cable Requirements Available PCI Express slot
Environmental
Humidity 15~90% RH, Non-condensing
Operating Temperature +5°C to +50°C (+41°F to +122°F)
Storage Temperature -25°C to +70°C (-13°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Color Red
Product Height 100 mm [3.9 in]
Product Length 93 mm [3.7 in]
Product Weight 46 g [1.6 oz]
Product Width 80 mm [3.1 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 122 g [4.3 oz]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - controller card
1 - low-profile bracket
1 - quick-start guide

Compatibility

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Windows® 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2012, 2016
Linux® 3.5 to 4.4 (LTS versions only)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

USB 3.1 is the most recent version of the USB (Universal Serial Bus) standard for connecting computers and electronic devices. It is capable of data transfer speeds up to 10Gbps, and while it can use the USB-C connector type, it can also use a variety of other connector types. To achieve USB 3.1 transfer speeds, your USB host connection, cables, and device must all support USB 3.1. USB 3.1 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps). 

USB 3.0 is capable of data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps. USB 3.0 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps).

USB 3.1 is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, except in the following scenarios:

  • USB-B 3.1 cables are not compatible with USB-B 2.0 ports.
  • Unless you use an adapter, USB-C ports or cables will not work with USB-A or USB-B ports or cables.
  • Devices that require USB 3.1 transfer speeds of 10Gbps might not work with USB 3.0 or USB 2.0, or you might experience lower transfer speeds and impacted performance.
  • Bus-powered USB devices that requires more power than what USB 2.0 can provide are not compatible with USB 2.0.

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To transfer data at speeds of 10Gbps, you need to confirm that the following components in your setup support USB 3.1:

  • The USB host connection
  • The USB cable
  • The USB device and any subcomponents (for example, a hard drive docking station and the hard drives in the docking station)

Note: USB 3.1 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps). Devices that support USB 3.1 should have the USB 3.1 symbol on them. If the USB 3.1 symbol does not appear on your USB source or device, refer to the information provided by the manufacturer to confirm whether the USB source or device support USB 3.1.

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.

If your setup components support USB 3.1 but you are experiencing slower transfer speeds than you expected, consider the following:

  • A USB host connection with multiple USB 3.1 ports might not be able to support 10Gbps on each port simultaneously.
  • The type of port on a device does not determine whether the device is capable of USB 3.1 speeds. A USB-C port might not support USB 3.1 speeds, while USB-A and USB-B ports might support USB 3.1 speeds.
  • Any other devices that you include in your setup, such as an older hard drive in a USB 3.1 enclosure, might create a point of congestion and slow down transfer speeds.

To confirm the functionality of your USB host connection, its ports, and any other devices in your setup, refer to the information provided by the manufacturer.

Note: USB 3.1 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps). Devices that support USB 3.1 should have the USB 3.1 symbol on them. If the USB 3.1 symbol does not appear on your USB source or device, refer to the information provided by the manufacturer to confirm whether the USB source or device support USB 3.1.