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#1 Azusa

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 07:52

I'm looking to add USB 3.0 to my current setup and after looking at some cards im not too sure what makes a good card when it comes to USB 3.0. The card I'm looking at this this but i see it has a molex connector on it does this mean it needs extra power or is that just for devices that may need power via USB? also has anyone had experience with this card or know of a better one the reason i like this one is i could then add more ports via a bracket or bring USB 3.0 to my front panel.


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#2 FalafelRaptor

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:38

The card seems to have some very negative reviews. I'd look at getting a different one, unless you're willing to return it if problems are experienced.

With regards to the molex connector, the card gets all the needed power for its own operation from the PCI Express bus (12V and 3.3V). But PCI Express doesn't have a 5V supply, which is what bus-powered USB devices need. The standard 4-pin molex has 5V and 12V lines.

#3 articuno1au

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:41

Goodness me, that was beautifully put. Well said Falafel >.<

I to would agree that would be worth avoiding due to reviews, but the base principle is right >.<

#4 OP Azusa

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:50

So what card would you recommend or what manufactures should i look into?

#5 OP Azusa

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 13:52

anyone?

#6 Arceles

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 13:57

Something with a Nec controller on it, they are highly regarded.

#7 OP Azusa

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 14:45

So I should go with this also if i were to get a bracket how many more ports would it support?

#8 Arceles

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 15:53

So I should go with this also if i were to get a bracket how many more ports would it support?


That one supports already 4 ports, two are internal, you can use a cable like this: http://www.amazon.co...sim_computers_5, other solution is to buy a descent USB 3.0 hub with more ports like this one http://www.amazon.co...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (I got that one and I can connect quite a lot of devices with it...)