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    Should I install USB 3.0 card?

    2 of my recent USB hard drives are USB 3.0. My Win7 computer however only supports USB 2.0. I am thinking of purchasing and installing a USB 3.0 card to get better speeds when using these recent portable 3.0 hard drives.

    Have any members done this??? Comments??? Suggestions??? feedback???
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    I believe if you get a USB 3 card to install in your PC via a PCIe V2 slot, it should work fine as a USB 3 port. If the PCIe slot is a V1, then it will probably not give you the increased speed you are looking for.
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    That is correct, however even a V1 slot will be faster than USB 2.
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    I'm not very familiar with USB specs.
    I ran HWiNFO64 on my computer. This is what it shows.

    Motherboard Slots: 2xPCI Express x1
    PCI Express Version Supported: v2.0
    USB Version Supported: v2.0

    Does any of this info indicate the V2 slot that you fellas are referring to???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael37713 View Post
    Motherboard Slots: 2xPCI Express x1
    PCI Express Version Supported: v2.0
    USB Version Supported: v2.0
    It does indeed show PCIe V2. You should be good to go.
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    Some time ago I installed a 4-port USB 3.0 PCI card with its associated driver on my 64-bit Windows 7 Pro system. It worked fairly well, but I got an occasional succession of Blue Screens, and the attached drive, a large Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk, kept dropping out and reconnecting. Uninstalling and reinstalling the driver software made no difference, and a replacement card gave the same problems. After about 2-3 months of this I sent the second card back for a refund, since when I have had no Blue Screens.

    I'm not saying you'll get the same result, which may be machine-specific, but USB 3.0 cards might well still be flaky. Since the support for USB 3.0 is becoming available on motherboards, I would go that way, if you have the option. Otherwise, be prepared for problems, and be pleased if you don't get any!
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    Ted,
    Thanks for confirming the V2. I wanted to be sure i don't confuse X1 with V2. Your confirmation is appreciated.

    Batch,
    Your reply is very interesting and raises understandable concerns. Please tell me it was NOT amazon that your return went to! That is where i purchased my card. I hope they didn't send me your return! My card is also a 4 port. After reading your comment, i looked up customer comments on amazon. Many comments there seem to line up with your comment about dropouts!!!

    Motherboard support.
    My desktop was purchased about 1 1/2 years ago. There is no hardware support on it??? Well, there is NO USB 3.0 jacks. It is an AMD 760G chipset. Yes it is 64 bit motherboard. Actually HWiNFO64 says it is AMD 760G, but, Speccy says it is AMD 780G revision 00. Perhaps close enough??

    I looked up drivers on the AMD site and come up with...
    Description:
    This package is for motherboards with 700 series or newer AMD chipsets, and includes:
    AMD Chipset Drivers
    AMD AHCI Driver
    AMD USB 3.0 Driver

    This raises a question; is motherboard chip-set capable with latest drivers, but no jacks??
    I have no way of knowing whether the motherboard chip-set, as is, supports USB 3.0 or NO!!
    Should i update these chip-set drivers before installing new card???
    And then, there is the issue of the manufacturer supplied drivers for the card. Do these depend on updated motherboard drivers? This becomes further complicated by the card supplied mini CD which has some 8 folders of USB 3.0 card drivers, each folder with its own setup program. There is no overall setup or start program. So, how would i select manually, the correct folder to tell windows where to look for the card driver?
    Comments from anyone are appreciated.
    Michael

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    The card was from Aardvark and sold by Amazon. The Aardvark chap was extremely supportive, and I can't fault his efforts, but their card just wouldn't work on my PC, although he reported that most other people were very happy with it! I suspect the driver was a bit ropy, and of course there may have been an update to this since last Aug-Oct...
    Last edited by BATcher; 2012-09-20 at 13:08.
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