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Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card

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Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card

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  • USB 2.0 and 1.1 Compatible
  • Data Rates Up to 5Gbps

You Pay: $13.99

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Install the 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card from Transcend to add two USB 3.0 ports to your computer. The USB 3.0 standard supports data transfers as fast as 5Gbps, more than ten times faster than USB 2.0. The card is fully compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices, and is designed to fit in a PC with an available PCIe slot. The PCIe slot must be connected to the power supply via a molex connector.

Add USB 3.0 ports to any desktop computer with a PCI Express slot
Connection bandwidth up to 5Gbps
Ultra-fast PCI Express interface eliminates speed bottlenecks
Installs easily in any PCIe slot, including x1 and x16 slots
Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices
Supports PCI bus power management interface rev. 1.2
Compact size saves space and inside your PC
Fully compatible with PCI Express 2.0
Two external USB 3.0 ports
xHCI compliant
UPC: 760557818205
Dimensions 3.1 x 2.7" (80 x 69mm)
Weight 1.7 oz (47g)
USB Power Output: DC 5V/900mA per port
Interface PCI Express 2.0 x1
Ports 2 USB 3.0 (2.0 and 1.1 Compatible)
Transfer Rate Up to 5Gbps
Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 41-95°F (5-35°C)
System Requirements Windows 7, Vista, or XP
Certifications CE, FCC, BSMI
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 4.3 x 1.9"
Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card
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  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    Transcend2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card
     
    4.2

    (based on 57 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (32)
    • Fast connection (15)
    • Fast (14)
    • Reliable connection (13)
    • Small (9)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Desktop (19)
    • Home network (11)
    • Home (6)
    • Small networks (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • High bandwidth user (33), Low bandwidth user (7), Quality oriented (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (36), Business (14)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (46)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nice product! I even found the driver!!!

    Product works fine and fast. I have Windows 7 64bit. I couldn't get the driver from the Transcend website to work. Found out this card had a Renesas/NEC USB controller chip onboard....Read complete review

    Product works fine and fast. I have Windows 7 64bit. I couldn't get the driver from the Transcend website to work. Found out this card had a Renesas/NEC USB controller chip onboard. I went to the site that had the drivers. The exact driver is uPD720201 & uPD720202 ver 3.0.23.0For Windows 7 Users. Once you download it, unpack/unzip the downloaded file, click the installation file and install. Or right click on "my computer" select "properties" select "device manager" (located on left column) right click on the "usb controller" the is outstanding. Select "update driver" choose "browse my computer" and locate the extracted folder and click okay.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    You get what you pay for

    First off, once you get it installed, this adapter does work, and that counts for something.

    However, there are reasons why it costs very little, and they add up...Read complete review

    First off, once you get it installed, this adapter does work, and that counts for something.

    However, there are reasons why it costs very little, and they add up to there is very little in this.

    For instance, it needs a device driver, but none is included. The directions, in which the English text is there if you but look for it, provide a website address for the driver. The address is non-existent, and getting close to it gets you to the manufacturer's Taiwanese website. In Chinese. No joy there.

    So, a Google search for the driver, using the adapter's part number, gets you the URL of the proper web page, and away you go. It took us two tries to get the driver recognized, but that might have been nothing worse than bad karma.

    Power for the bus comes from a power supply lead in the computer, so you will need not only a spare power lead but an extension cable to get it all the way over to the back of the computer. The power supply lead by itself will likely not reach. The instruction sheet shows an old-style Molex connector, and that's what you get. Not the current SATA style power connector.

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    5.0

    Works as advertised

    By LanShark

    from Long Beach, CA.

    About Me Low bandwidth user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast
    • Small

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Desktop
      • Home

      Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

      I bought this expansion card at the same time as an external hard drive for my pc because i don't have any USB 3.0 ports and i wanted to get the best transfer speeds possible with my new drive.
      the install process was ok, although you do have to go to the Trancend website to dl the driver for windows 7.
      got it installed and working with no hiccups.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      usb 3 pci card

      By JD

      from NY Metro area

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Desktop

        Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

        good value, I have a few year old work station that has a lot of great hardware but no usb3 -- this only has 2 usb ports but since most of my other hardware is still usb2 having only 2 ports is ok.
        I also purchased an Sandisk Extreme USB3 64GB flash drive which works great with this exp card - really good read/write speeds.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        3.0

        Initial Trouble on Win 7 - Works Great on Win 10

        By Chip F.

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me High bandwidth user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast

        Cons

        • Incompatible

        Best Uses

        • Desktop
        • Photo File Tranfer

        Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

        I board the Transcend PDU3 to add USB 3.0 ports to an older Win 7 (x64) workstation to be take advantage of the data transfer speed of a new portal HD and a memory card reader. Physical install was easy, but Win7x64 could not load the driver successfully. The device showed up in Device Manager as unknown device with driver issue. Transcend tech support responded quickly to my initial request, but never followed up. Coincidentally, I was also planning to upgrade to Win 10 and having done so, the PCI card was recognized and drivers loaded automatically. It works well giving me at least 4X throughput on data transfers. So far i have not been able to really push the limit as my other devices on the receiving end of the transfer are now the bottleneck. Bottom line, I can recommend this product for Win 10 users, but not for Win 7 (at least with my system: Asus M4A79XTD-EVO).

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        3.0

        Didn't see any performance changes

        By yonatan367

        from Queens, NY

        About Me High bandwidth user

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

        Used it for tethered capture with my Canon T3i and lightroom to get faster speeds, didn't see much of a change.
        I will use it some more and hopefully post an update later on again.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        Faster USB for a Small Price

        By Joe

        from Tennessee

        About Me Low bandwidth user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast
        • Reliable
        • Small

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Desktop

          Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

          I installed this mini-card in a 6-year-old PC and it works very well. When used with USB3 devices it speeds up the data transfer considerably.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          No need to upgrade my mainboard..

          By MEKSEA

          from Kimbe, WNB PNG

          About Me High bandwidth user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

          • Energy Inefficient

          Best Uses

          • Desktop

          Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

          Quality product. Installation was so easy..

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Remember the power adapter

          By Tony C.

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me High bandwidth user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Cheap
          • Fast

          Cons

          • Power Hassels

          Best Uses

          • External Storage
          • Server Backups

          Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

          Easy installation into PCI Express (PCIe) v2.0 1x port. Make certain your older machine (manufactured in 2008 or older) supports v2.0.Installed on Windows 7 computer. Downloaded the driver from the URL provided on the instruction insert. If it doesn't work, check the spelling. It is a printed URL, not a link. You must type it in.The version I received had Molex and SATA power connectors, so you could use either, but none of my cables were long enough. Make sure to order a power extension cable or long enough 'Y' cable. For $[$]more, Transcend should add an 8-inch SATA 'Y' cable to the package, as almost every computer with PCIe 2.0 will have SATA power.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          simple to use

          By blink blink

          from montgomery tx

          About Me High bandwidth user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Desktop
            • Home

            Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

            work right out of the box

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            5.0

            Life extender

            By DJT

            from Fresh Meadows, NY

            About Me Low bandwidth user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Desktop

              Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

              Will extend the life of my desktop, I can now share USB 3.) peripherals with my newer laptop with very little loss of speed.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              3.0

              Works As Expected, But Expect Delays Too

              By Photoman

              from Austin, Texas

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Expanded

              Cons

              • Power Cord Sold Separate

              Best Uses

              • Desktop
              • Extra Port For Added Item

              Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

              As always with my experiences with B&H, this product works as I expect it will and even better. My intention was to use this for the 2 Seagate Backup External Hard Drives that I purchased from B&H.Buyer we aware though, that white thing you see at the top left is a connection for a four pin "Molex Drive Power" cord with a male and female connector that needs to be connected to the power supply of your computer (thus it is not a "plug and play" card). I checked the B&H website for one, but did not find one. Perhaps if B&H does sell this item, they could put it as a suggested purchase like they do with so many other items that are accessories to the item they are selling. Thus, I had to wait on the Molex Drive Power cord to come from a separate supplier. Thus, I was not able to use the card for close to two weeks, because the other supplier did not deliver as expected causing a delay in using this product.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good, inexpensive USB 3 adapter

              By Paul C

              from Madison, NJ

              About Me High bandwidth user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to install
              • Fast
              • Small

              Cons

              • Power Cable Not Included

              Best Uses

              • Desktop
              • External Storage Adapter

              Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

              I bought this for use with an external LG Blu-Ray burner. It was easy to install, but you should be aware that it doesn't include a (required) internal power cable, and it's very likely that your desktop computer's power cords won't be long enough to reach it.

              It supports both 4-pin and SATA power connectors. Do yourself a favor, check your computer ahead of time, and order the appropriate internal power extender cable for your computer.

              It should just work under Windows 8.x. With Windows 7 SP1, you'll have to download the current drivers from Transcend.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              5.0

              Good performance for cheap price

              By Richard

              from NYC

              Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

              This product is great for any PC usb interface upgrade from 2.0 to 3.0. Installation of the hardware and driver is very easy and the performance is very stable. Customer service in B&H is very helpful too.

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              5.0

              Easy to install

              By Dick Z.

              from Downers Grove, IL

              About Me Low bandwidth user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Small

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Desktop
                • Home

                Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

                I purchased This USB 3 card for added USB 3 ports. My Desktop only has one on the front. The price was right and was very easy to install I figured I couldn't go wrong. I believe it took me under 10 minutes to install.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                4.0

                Nice hardware

                By Opjjm

                from Arizona

                Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

                It was easy to install. Had a little trouble finding the right driver but once I did it is working fine

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                I would by this product again with corre

                By BJnorthwest

                from Seattle, wa

                About Me High bandwidth user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Desktop

                  Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

                  a Review saying " . I have Windows 7 64bit. I couldn't get the driver from the Transcend website to work. Found out this card had a Renesas/NEC USB controller chip onboard. I went to the site that had the drivers. The exact driver is uPD720201 & uPD720202 ver 3.0.23.0For Windows 7 Users" solved the problem.
                  I would say the Transend web site should have had this info so only 3 stars but the product works fine and fast.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  3.0

                  I would by this product again with the g

                  By BJthewalker

                  from Seattle, wa

                  Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

                  a Review saying "I have Windows 7 64bit. I couldn't get the driver from the Transcend website to work. Found out this card had a Renesas/NEC USB controller chip onboard. I went to the site that had the drivers. The exact driver is uPD720201 & uPD720202 ver 3.0.23.0For Windows 7 Users" solved the problem.
                  I would say the Transend web site should have had this info so only 3 stars but the product works fine and fast.

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                  5.0

                  Works great !

                  By Southern man

                  from NC

                  Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

                  This works perfect with the 4tb drive I also bought. Fast

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                  4.0

                  Easy Install fast velocity

                  By MJ

                  from Brazil

                  About Me High bandwidth user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Expanded
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Fast
                  • Small

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Desktop

                    Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

                    Easy Install fast velocity

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    3.0

                    Must be powered

                    By RayF10

                    from Sayville, NY

                    About Me High bandwidth user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Not For Novices

                      Best Uses

                      • Desktop

                      Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

                      Finding a cable to connect the power in my Dell XPS7100 was not an easy task! Even called B&H to see if they had one that would work. Tech said that power would only be required if I was connecting devices that were powered via USB. Wasn't the case. My powered external drives "exceeded power capacity" until I finally found and connected a sufficient cable. Powering a USB card is pretty standard, but finding the proper cable was tedious.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      Price and Performance Outstanding

                      By Pipestem

                      from Jacksonville, FL

                      About Me High bandwidth user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Expanded
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Fast
                      • Reliable
                      • Small

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Desktop

                        Comments about Transcend 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card:

                        This is simply a USB3.0 card but for $, it can't be beaten for price and performance. Have been using it with a USB3 4TB external WD drive for several weeks and no problems.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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