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4-Port PCI Express USB 3.0 Card - 2 External, 2 Internal - SATA Power

Add front or rear panel USB 3.0 ports to your computer case using USB 3.0 motherboard-style headers

Product ID: PEXUSB3S2EI

  • Flexibility to connect external and internal USB 3.0 devices and supports UASP
  • Fast, hassle-free setup with Windows 8 native support, and fits into standard or low-profile systems
  • Backward compatibility lets you save money and connect existing USB 2.0 and 1.x devices
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  • Transfer large files at lightning speed, with throughput support up to 5 Gbps
  • Optional SATA power connector provides up to 900mA per port for high-power USB devices
  • PCIe x1 interface, compliant with PCI Express 2.0 specifications
  • Configured with full-profile bracket, half-height bracket included
47,99 € EUR exc VAT
59,99 € EUR inc VAT
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Overview

This PCI Express USB 3.0 card offers a cost-effective upgrade that lets you add four USB 3.0 ports to your computer through a PCIe slot. It offers two external ports plus two internal USB 3.0 headers to help adapt your desktop or server to support a variety of USB 3.0 devices.

Flexible and convenient port design

With extra motherboard-style USB 3.0 headers you have the flexibility to add more internal USB 3.0 devices to your PC. When your existing headers are occupied, you can connect front panel hubs or card readers using this versatile alternative to costly motherboard and computer upgrades.

For added convenience, the card integrates two external USB 3.0 ports, so you can plug in more devices such as external hard drives or printers.

Simple installation and supports older devices

The USB 3.0 card is easy to install and requires no additional drivers or software in natively supported Windows® 8.1 / 8 operating systems. Plus, it features a dual profile design that fits in standard or low-profile cases, so you can rest assured it will fit in your small form-factor system if needed.

Connecting older peripherals isn't a problem either. So, there’s no need to purchase new devices since the adapter card is backward compatible with your USB 2.0 and 1.x technology.

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 PEXUSB3S2EI is ruggedly built for reliable USB 3.0 device connections and 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

Install as a vital hardware component when building your own computer or when upgrading your case

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
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 4
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 2 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 Female
Internal Ports 1 - SATA Power (15 pin) Plug
2 - IDC (20 pin, USB 3.0, Motherboard Header) Receptacle
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
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 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 92 mm [3.6 in]
Product Weight 55 g [1.9 oz]
Product Width 18 mm [0.7 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 140 g [4.9 oz]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - 4 Port PCI Express USB 3.0 Card - 2 Ext 2 Int
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® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016

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Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

The USB expansion cards derive power from the PCI or PCI Express slot on the motherboard. When high-powered USB devices are connected to the USB expansion card, the power provided by the slot may not be enough to power all of the devices and you should connect additional sources of power. When you troubleshoot issues, you should connect an additional source of power.

Symptoms that you are experiencing power-related issues include certain devices not working correctly, not all of the devices working at the same time, and certain devices not working at all.

Examples of low-powered USB devices include USB mice, keyboards, and flash drives. An example of a high-powered USB device is an external hard drive that does not have an external source of power.

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: