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USB 3.0 PCI Cards

USB 3.0 is the next major revision of the ubiquitous Universal Serial Bus, created in 1996 by a consortium of companies led by Intel to dramatically simplify the connection between host computer and peripheral devices. Fast forwarding to 2009, USB 2.0 has been firmly entrenched as the de-facto interface standard in the PC world for years (with about 6 billion devices sold), and yet still the need for more speed by ever faster computing hardware and ever greater bandwidth demands again drive us to where a couple of hundred megabits per second is just not fast enough.

Image of the USB 3.0 Logo - SuperSpeed USBIn a nutshell, USB 3.0 promises the following:

  • Higher transfer rates (up to 4.8 Gbps)
  • Increased maximum bus power and increased device current draw to better accommodate power-hungry devices
  • New power management features
  • Full-duplex data transfers and support for new transfer types
  • USB 3.0 devices can send and retrieve data simultaneously
  • New connectors and cables for higher speed data transfer...although they are backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices and computers (more on this later)

The good news is that USB 3.0 has been carefully planned from the start to peacefully co-exist with USB 2.0. First of all, while USB 3.0 specifies new physical connections and thus new cables to take advantage of the higher speed capability of the new protocol, the connector itself remains the same rectangular shape with the four USB 2.0 contacts in the exact same location as before.

Asus U3S6 USB 3.0 PCI Card SATA 6Gb/s (SuperSpeed USB) - 90-C1BMY0-00EAY00Z

Asus U3S6 USB 3.0 PCI Card SATA 6Gb/s (SuperSpeed USB) - 90-C1BMY0-00EAY00Z

The Asus U3S6 offers true USB 3.0 & True SATA 6Gb/s Support for transfer speeds up to 4.6Gps!...
IN STOCK 43
£32.45 / £27.04 ex vat
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Dynamode USB-2PCI-3.0 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCIe Express Card

Dynamode USB-2PCI-3.0 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCIe Express Card

The Dynamode USB-2PCI-3.0 USB 3.0 PCI Card offers the latest SuperSpeed technology to home or office Desktop PCs....
IN STOCK 39
£10.73 / £8.94 ex vat
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Buffalo USB 3.0 PCI Express Card (SuperSpeed USB) IFC-PCIE2U3S2

Buffalo USB 3.0 PCI Express Card (SuperSpeed USB) IFC-PCIE2U3S2

Upgrade your desktop PC to teh Buffalo USB 3.0 PCI Card, achieve ultra fast transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps, 10 times faster than USB 2.0!...
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IN STOCK 34
£24.59 / £20.49 ex vat
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USRobotics USR808402  2-Port Super Speed USB 3.0 PCI Express Card

USRobotics USR808402 2-Port Super Speed USB 3.0 PCI Express Card

The USRobotics 2-Port USB 3.0 Super Speed PCI Express Card easily adds 2 USB 3.0 ports to your computer...
IN STOCK 7
£19.07 / £15.89 ex vat
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D-Link DUB-1310 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card

D-Link DUB-1310 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card

D-Link’s DUB-1310 PCI Express Card complies with the new USB 3.0 standard, which provides speeds of up to 4.8 Gbps...
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£27.18 / £22.65 ex vat
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