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Windows 7: usb 3.0 card question

17 Jul 2011   #1
77273GU

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
usb 3.0 card question

Hello, I'm thinking of adding a usb 3.0 card because I'm getting a external HD thats 3.0 capable.

Looked at New Egg and it seems like the only difference is the price. $25 to $75
Found this one while I was looking for some cables at Monoprice. For only $12.31 each when QTY 50+ purchased - 2 Ports USB 3.0 PCI-Express (PCI-e) Controller Card w/ Molex 4pin Power - NEC Chipset | USB 3.0 PCI Cards Any good?

Any advice on what to look for or what to stay away from?

Thanks.


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17 Jul 2011   #2
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

It should be fine. Uses the NEC chip. Newer Motherboads may have USB 3.0 in their chipsets but if not they use the NEC chip and probably all add on cards use the NEC chip.

Jim
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17 Jul 2011   #3
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

That one should work, but NEC was bought out by renasys (sp), which should not create a problem. I put this card in a Dell computer an it works great. It also usus an NEC chip.
Newegg.com - Buffalo USB 3.0 PCI Express Interface Card Model IFC-PCIE2U3
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17 Jul 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I wondered why my USB 3.0 drivers are now Renesas.
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17 Jul 2011   #5
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

and now, you know the rest of the story.
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17 Jul 2011   #6
Sedril

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Yeah, I have the same card in one machine, and my motherboard has it built in with the same NEC/Renesas chipset...

When you get it, just go to stationdrivers and update the firmware and drivers to the latest... :

SONY/NEC/RENESAS Drivers & Firmwares

Works like a charm, just make sure any cables you attach to it are 3.0 cables.. there is a difference
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17 Jul 2011   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
and now, you know the rest of the story.
Thanks...Paul.
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18 Jul 2011   #8
77273GU

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for all the info and the link to the drivers site. I'm buying it.
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