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7-Port PCI Express USB 3.0 Card - Standard and Low-Profile Design

Get the scalability you need by adding 7 USB 3.0 ports with SATA power to your computer

Product ID: PEXUSB3S7

  • Extend your system capabilities by adding 7 USB 3.0 ports – 6 external and 1 internal – to any PCIe compatible computer
  • Unique dual-profile design fits standard and low-profile computers
  • Get up and running quickly with native OS support in Windows 8.1, 8, and Linux kernel 2.6.31 or later
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  • Enjoy fast file transfers with USB 3.0 5Gbps and UASP support
  • Backward compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.x devices
  • SATA power connector with up to 900mA per port for high-power USB devices
  • PCIe x1 interface compliant with PCI Express 2.0 specifications
90,99 € EUR exc VAT
110,10 € EUR inc VAT
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Overview

Handle your workload more efficiently. This USB 3.0 card expands your computer’s capabilities by giving you seven extra USB 3.0 ports. It’s engineered with an innovative stacked port layout to fit easily into both low-profile and standard desktop computers.

Greater port count. Greater scalability.

More ports means you can add USB devices as you need them.  This robust USB 3.0 card gives you seven USB 3.0 ports – six external and one internal – so you can plug in your tablets, smartphones, external hard drives, CD/DVD drives, printer and other devices at the same time. With so many extra ports, you can leave your devices plugged in, so they’re ready to use when you need them. It’s also economical – by being able to connect so many devices, you save the cost of extra hubs or cards.

The internal USB 3.0 port lets you connect a USB device inside your computer for added convenience and security.

Unique dual-profile design

This versatile USB 3.0 card features a dual-profile design with a stacked port layout. The innovative port configuration allows a high number of external ports in a compact design, allowing it to fit both low-profile and full desktop computer systems. A bracket is included for installation into low-profile computers.

Easy driver installation

You'll be up and running in no time. The card automatically installs in Windows® 8.1 and 8, with native operating system support. It’s also backward compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.x devices to help you get the most out of your existing peripherals.

Effective USB 3.0 performance enhanced by UASP

This high-performance SuperSpeed USB 3.0 card supports data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps and is enhanced with UASP support, which can perform ~70% faster read speed and 40% faster write speed over traditional USB 3.0, when paired with a UASP-enabled enclosure.

UASP speed benefit diagram

The rugged build quality of the card delivers long-lasting performance, and gives you peace of mind when connecting multiple devices. The PEXUSB3S7 is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

 

Note: UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) is supported in Windows 8, 8.1, Server 2012 and Linux kernel 2.6.37 or later. 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

Enhance the connectivity capabilities of your PCI Express enabled computer or server

Connect external hard drives, tablets, smartphones, CD/DVD drives, MP3 players, printers, scanners, webcams and game controllers to your computer

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type PCI Express
Card Type Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Chipset ID Renesas/NEC - µPD720201
µPD720210
Industry Standards USB 3.0 Specification Rev. 1.0
PCI Express Base Specification Rev. 2.0
Intel xHCI Specification Rev. 1.0
Interface USB 3.0
Port Style Integrated on Card
Ports 7
Performance
Maximum Cable Length 3 m [9.8 ft]
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 5 Gbps
MTBF 1,920,042 Hours
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
UASP Support Yes
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - PCI Express x1 Male
External Ports 6 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 Female
Internal Ports 1 - SATA Power (15 pin) Plug
1 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 Female
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® XP, 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
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.
System and Cable Requirements PCI Express enabled computer or server with an available PCI Express x1 slot or higher (x4, x8, x16)
SATA power connector (recommended, but optional)
Environmental
Humidity 20~80% RH
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
Product Height 120 mm [4.7 in]
Product Length 105 mm [4.1 in]
Product Weight 72 g [2.5 oz]
Product Width 15 mm [0.6 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 150 g [5.3 oz]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - 7 Port PCI Express USB 3.0 Card
1 - Low-Profile Bracket
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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Windows® XP, 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

Certifications

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Accessories

Product Support

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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: