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Anker USB 3.0 2-Port PCI-E Express Card

Anker USB 3.0 2-Port PCI-E Express Card

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Product Description

Technical Details

- SuperSpeed USB 3.0 supports transfer speed of up to 5Gbps - The actual speeds limited by connected device's settings.
- Extend with 2 USB 3.0 downstream ports and 1 USB3.0 20-pin Connector (can expand another two USB 3.0 ports) for standard desktop PC.
- Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices. The PCI-E Port support PCI-E X1/X16 slots.
- 4-pin DC connector to power USB devices from your PC power supply.
- Free lifetime technical support and free 18-month Manufacturer Warranty.

Introduction

With quick and easy installation, this Uspeed USB 3.0 PCI express I/O Card offers a simple solution for connecting to and using USB 3.0 devices on your standard desktop PC. USB 3.0 is the latest generation of USB technology, boasting enhanced transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, which means you can copy videos, music, photos, data files between USB devices and the computer at blazing fast speeds.

Features

- SuperSpeed USB 3.0: accelerated file access and transfer speeds, up to 5 Gbps;
- Boost Your Peripheral Capability: USB 3.0 PCI express I/O Card with 2 ports and 20-pin Connector;
- Connect and Go: Connect any USB 3.0 devices to your PC;

System Requirements

Drivers for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 (32/64-bit) included on CDROM 

Package include

1 USB 3.0 2 Port PCI-E Card, 1 Installation CD

PLEASE NOTE

This PCI-E card is powered by a 5V 4 pin power connector. Please confirm that your computer motherboard is equipped with a 5V 4 pin power connector plug before purchasing. This is necessary to ensure sufficient power supply and smooth transfers, particularly for large data transfers from hard drive disks (3TB or above).

Customer Reviews

Jonathan
  • Very good performance for priceThis review is from: Anker® Uspeed PCI-E to USB 3.0 2 Port Express Card, with 1 USB 3.0 20-pin Connector and 5V 4 Pin Male Power Connector (Personal Computers)Help other
  • When using proper USB3 devices, I manage a consistent data transfer rate of 60-70 MB/s. This is the case when I transfer data from a connected device to my (SATA 6 magetic) HD, as well as when transferring data between two devices connected to the card.(Tested on Asus P5K)
  • 2014-09-01

Amazon Customer
  • Drivers created some issues.Verified PurchaseThis review is from: Anker® Uspeed PCI-E to USB 3.0 2 Port Express Card, with 1 USB 3.0 20-pin Connector and 5V 4 Pin Male Power Connector (Personal Comput
  • The unit itself is good, but the Anker firmware CD caused problems on my PC. I'm sure it's partially my fault, but when doing the simple setup firmware installation via the CD, the Anker USB drivers knocked out some of the existing drivers for my ASUS motherboard. Now I'm troubleshooting issues on EVERY USB port on my machine. I haven't had time to clear everything up yet or figure out exactly what is to blame, but I urge caution when installing their drivers.
  • 2014-08-25

Gary A Grigsby
  • Customer support was very helpful
  • Firmware and driver installation were quick and simple. Only issue was that the first unit I ordered was DOA. Called Anker customer support to see what they could do for me. The tech listened well and asked a few questions(Yes they spoke English and I had no issue communicating with them) to test the unit hardware. After the quick troubleshooting process they determined (like I had) that the unit was DOA. They shipped me a second unit for free and after installation works as advertised. Now I get two additional rear USB 3.0 ports while gaining use of the ones on the front of my case (motherboard didn't have a USB 3 controller). Would buy from Anker again.
  • 2014-08-25

James A. Heard
  • Great way to add USB 3.0 capability to an older desktop
  • I used this with the Anker USB 3.0 front panel (sold separately) and the StarTech 3.5 to 5.25 inch floppy mounting bracket (sold separately) to add USB 3.0 ports to the front of my Dell Inspiron 620, and the combination works flawlessly. I've clocked the speed of my portable HDD as over 100 MB/s, compared to 20-30 MB/s using the old USB 2.0 ports. This was easy to install, though I did have to purchase a separate adapter cable to go from the 15-pin power cables on my motherboard to the 4-pin Molex connections on this card (less than $5).
  • 2014-08-24

Michael Ouellette
  • Product Great, Driver disk lacks.
  • The only problem was the driver disk was a mini cd, if I didnt have an external cd drive with a snap in spindle I wouldnt have been able to load the drivers
  • 2014-08-22
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Customer FAQ

Q1.  The device connected via the PCI-E card keeps disconnecting from the computer or restarting while transferring data. Why is this?
This is probably being caused by insufficient power supply. The PCI-E interface provides some power, but the main source is the 4-pin DC connector. Ensure the 4-pin connector has been securely inserted into its socket on the motherboard.
Q2.  Why am I receiving a “Code 10” error?
"In simple words, a Code 10 error is a very generic message indicating some kind of unspecified driver or hardware problem. Please try the chipset maker's newest driver, which you can download at: http://via-labs.com/en/support/downloads.jsp. For more troubleshooting tips, you are welcome to have a look at this page: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findbyerrormessage/a/code-10-error.htm"
Q3.  I’m getting a driver conflict/error/failure message. What should I do? Where can i get the updated driver?
In addition to installing the driver on the CD you can also download it via our website. You can even download the chipset maker's newest driver from: http://via-labs.com/en/support/downloads.jsp.
Q4.  Which types of computer frames are compatible with the PCI-E card?
The PCI-E card is compatible with all standard computer frames. For Mini frames, the Low Profile Bracket is needed to insert the card into the computer’s internal PCI-E port. Please note that the Low Profile Bracket is not included.
Q5.  What are the different interface types for PCI-E cards?
The interface types for PCI-E cards include: PCI-E X1/X2/X4/X8/X16. The most prevalent types are PCI-E X1 and X16, which are supported by our products. Remember to only connect to PCI-E slots when the computer is powered off.
Q6.  How do I install the PCI-E card?
There are 3 steps needed to install the PCI-E card:
    a. Be sure your computer has been powered off, then open the computer case.
    b. Insert the PCI-E card firmly into one of the available PCI-E X1 / X16 interfaces, then connect the 4-pin DC power cable to its corresponding connector on the motherboard.
    c. Turn on the computer and install the driver.
Q7.  Why is the transfer rate so much slower than the 5Gbps promoted?
The USB 3.0 transfer rate is 5Gbps and has a theoretical transfer speed of 500MB/s which is about 8 times faster than the USB 2.0 transfer rate of 480Mb/s with theoretical transfer speed of 60MB/s There are numerous variables that will affect USB transfer rate including data source and destination and file type. With all reasonable usage environments taken into account USB 3.0 can achieve average transfer speeds about 3 times faster than that of USB 2.0.
Q8.  What is the USB 3.0 20-pin interface?
The 20-pin interface is the standard USB 3.0 pin interface, usually located on the computer’s motherboard. This 20-pin interface can be converted into 2 USB 3.0 female ports via the USB 3.0 adapter cable.

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Power adapter cable
I have a Molex female power source.  Is there a cable which will adapt that source to the power connector on the PCI-E two USB 3.0 card?  If so, where can I get one?  When I got the card, I wasn't paying enough attention to the power requirement. 
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ANKER Team


Unfortunately we don't manufacture a cable like that. There will almost certainly be one available though that could help you get in working order.
Reply Report as spam Aug 24, 2014 at 10:30 PM

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UEFI Compliant?
Hi, Is this card UEFI compliant? Will it work on Advent DT2410 which has OS Win8.1 and UEFI BIOS?
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ANKER Team


This card won't work with a UEFI BIOS unfortunately.
Reply Report as spam Jul 8, 2014 at 4:30 AM
Happily surprised!! USB 3
Okay for those who have a epty slot for pcie-1 and need more usb ports this is the perfect solution.  It gives a second header for most memory card readers for usb and reading memory cards if the one onboard your mother board is already in use for case header.  Secondly it give two more on back side of computer which is helpful. Software was easy and worked like a champ. Speed is right up there as fa as data transfer.  I had a extra slot and used this card for the fill now i have every usb slot type covered and then some. My system came with 4 backside usb3 slots and two for front case. I added four more slots .. two in front and two in back .. so now iam ready to rock n roll and i will not dee for lack of usb 3 what so ever. Highly recommend as i used to work on electronics at component level and this care is built very well by almost military standards.  Well Done Anker!!
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ANKER Team


Excellent news, glad to hear we've expanded your computer's possibilities!
Reply Report as spam Jul 7, 2014 at 3:00 AM
Issues powering up Samsung Galaxy 5
I purchased this card to read and charge my Samsung Galaxy 5.I can read files just fine but the power charge function turns on and off over and over. Is there a way to make sure the power flows continuously?Doc Milo
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ANKER Team


This card should deliver power consistently. If you're having trouble, first try reinstalling the drivers and if that doesn't help then get in touch with our customer service guys at support@ianker.com and let them know, they'll be able to help you further.
Reply Report as spam Jun 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM
USSPEED TWO PORT USB 3 PCIE

i PURCHASED THIS CARD THROUGH AMAZON UK AND AM HAVING PROBLEMS STARTING THE DEVICE (CODE10)

IT IS IDENTIFIED BY BOARDS BIOS ON WINDOWS 7 AND PROCEDES TO INSTALL THE DRIVERS FIRST THE VIA eXstensible HOST CONROLLER THEN THE USB 3 ROOT HUB

EVERY THING IS OK AT THIS STAGE DEVICE MANAGER SHOWS HOST CONTROLLER AS OK NO CONFLICTS BUT USB 3 ROOT HUB CANNOT START (CODE10). A FEW MINUTES AFTER THAT THE SYSTEM FREEZES. STARTING USING SAFE MODE I DISABLE THE USB 3 HUB AND RESTART AND WINDOWS 7 RUNS OK AS LONG AS THE USB 3 HUB IS DISABLED. I HAVE TRIED MANY OPTIONS OF UPDATING THE BOARDS BIOS-UPDATING THE SOFTWARE FROM YOUR SUPPORT SITE- UPDATING SOFTWARE FROM VIA SITE. THERE DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A IRQ CONFLICT THE STRANGE THING IS THE HOST CONTROLLER IS WORKING AS ENABLED AND DES NOT SHW AN CONFLICTS - I HAVE CHECKED THE PCIE SLOT AND RE-SEATED THE CARD. HELP!

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ANKER Team
Please email our customer service team at support@ianker.com and let them know the problem.They'll talk you through some troubleshooting and get you a refund or replacement sorted if need be!
Reply Report as spam Apr 18, 2014 at 2:00 AM
Tech X-Ray

Man, your CAPS lock key must be broken.

 

That's definitely the thing that's causing all the problems...

Reply Report as spam Apr 9, 2014 at 5:34 PM
Great upgrade for Enterprise workstation
I got this card to upgrade an HP Z400 that is an otherwise fantastic computer, but came out before USB 3.0. In terms of performance, it is as powerful as anything you can buy today. I have mine upgraded with a Xeon X5660 Hex-core CPU and a GTX 560 Ti video card and Intel 530 SSD. So I wanted to bring the computer's USB up to date since I do a lot of USB 3.0 stuff such as imaging OS's to SSDs and hard drives. USB 3.0 makes this kind of process go a lot faster. I installed the card in the top slot, which is a PCI-E x8 slot right above the video card. I plugged my SanDisk Extreme 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive into the card and booted the system up. I am running Windows 8.1 Enterprise. The computer recognized the card and the attached flash drive immediately. My other USB 3.0 card had all sorts of problems with partial drive recognition. It actually convinced me to initialize and format my other SD Extreme drive (I have 2), and the drive got completely messed up and I had to reformat it. No such problems with the Anker card. It didn't even pause to install to "Device Setup". It was just all there. Being as everything worked, I decided to do an Atto benchmark on my USB drive to make sure the card was not the bottleneck. Being as the SanDisk Extreme is the fastest USB drive there is right now, I figured I could get a good benchmark. Here are the results: Read: 264729 KB/s Write: 199209 KB/s Which is above the rating from SanDisk on the package. So the card is not bottlenecking the USB drive. In addition, I have the card connected to the Anker 2-port USB 3.0 front panel, and they work well together. So I now have the perfect solution to bring 2-4 year old enterprise workstation into the modern age with USB 3.0.
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Tech X-Ray

Glad to hear it works so well without any trouble

Reply Report as spam Apr 9, 2014 at 5:41 PM
kevinhanna
Happy to hear that. Anker really has good quality products :)
Reply Report as spam Jan 27, 2014 at 7:32 AM
Wonderfull product!!
I had just ordered an external usb 3.0 HDD and needed something faster than my computers 2.0 ports. Works as it should and fits in with my black case. The internal 20 pin I connected to Ankers usb 3.0 front hub. Love it!
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xnap30
Haha yep definitely a good investment to take advantage of the faster USB 3 speeds
Reply Report as spam Jan 19, 2014 at 9:59 AM
decent price for a quality product
useful if you are in need of extra usb ports!
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kevinhanna
Indeed. They are also very fast.
Reply Report as spam Jan 27, 2014 at 7:33 AM
USB Card
I have a PVU3-2021 USB card with 20 pin interface. I also have a card reader with a 9 pin plug. I have run out of space on my motherboard is there a way I can hook it up to this PVU3-2021card with some kind of adapter.
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ANKER Team
Unfortunately, this express card can only be connected to the motherboard via the PCI-E X1 or the X16 slots. If there are no spare PCI-E X1 or the X16 slots available, there is no way to connect it.
Reply Report as spam Oct 7, 2013 at 8:43 PM
Driver/firmware page says "Don't use!"?
I am reading code 10 error. In following your instructions above you say, "Please try the chipset maker's newest driver, which you can download at: http://via-labs.com/en/support/downloads.jsp. - See more at: http://www.ianker.com/product/68UPPCIE-2S20PU#ptop" This link takes me to a site for drivers and firmware however says the following disclaimer that would discourage anyone from using the drivers and firmware provided: "VIA Labs is providing the latest Firmware and Driver updates for testing and evaluation purposes only. These updates are not manufacturer-specific and are intended for use by Industry Partners and USB-related companies only. End-Users should NOT use these files. For product-specific support, please visit your device manufacturer's support site. Disclaimer: This software is provided 'as is'. VIA Labs, Inc. cannot be held responsible for the use or misuse of this software, or for any loss of data or hardware failures that result from the use of this software." If 'End Users' should not use these files, what is your advice for the code 10 error? Gary
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ANKER Team
Thanks for letting us know your concern. For this card reader, you may either use the driver link on our website, or the one from VIA lab by searching keywords "VL800/801 & 805/806 Superspeed USB Host Controller Driver 4.00B – Released Apr 19, 2013". Meanwhile, a code 10 error could be a driver issue or a hardware problem. Be sure the motherboard has a working PCI-E slot, and the card is installed correctly and the driver runs. If the problem persists, please let us know.
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