Vantec SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI-e Host Card Review


Simple upgrade to USB 3.0


Computer technology never stands still for long.  It wasn’t that long ago that USB took over as the de facto standard for PC computer peripherals, and has evolved into the standard data path for hard drives, cameras, and just about everything else you can think of.  USB 2.0 is well and good, but it still doesn’t provide the wide data path needed to take full advantage of today’s fast hard drives.  Hence, the USB 3.0 standard was introduced.

When USB 2.0 was introduced, it took a while for for the technology to become standard on motherboards.  The same is true for USB 3.0 (dubbed SuperSpeed USB), and it appears to be taking a lot longer to become standard as there only a handful of devices that need what the new technology offers.  It’s safe to conclude that most computers today do not have USB 3.0, and thus the only way to experience it is to either buy a new (and expensive) motherboard, or get an expansion card such as the Vantec SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCIe card.  Below is the marketing fluff, and the specifications can be found on the last page of this review.

The Vantec 2-Port PCI-e SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Host Card upgrades any desktop computer to the newest USB 3.0 standard. Integrated with the latest SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology, transferring files to an USB 3.0 external hard disk is faster than ever with transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps. Back up important data such as HD video, high resolution photos to an external USB 3.0 in a fraction amount of time. Backwards compatible, the 2-Port PCI-e SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Host Card allows the use of USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices making this card truly versatile. Upgrading your computer to the newest USB 3.0 technology has never been so easy with the Vantec 2-Port PCI-e SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Host Card.

On the next page we take a look at the card…

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1 Comment

  1. Len Lynch

    June 20, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Thanks for the review. Good stuff.

    One aspect you didn't comment on: impact on system CPU load when using this PCI-e host.

    USB 2.0 tends to consume more CPU cycles while doing real work. You don't compare how using this card affects CPU consumption. When compared against the ICH7 or comparing the PCI-e host CPU consumption comparing USB 2.0 against 3.0.

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