StarTech USB 3.0 Enclosure and PCIe Adapter Review

By on June 1, 2010, 6:24 AM
Itís not often that a computer interface remains relevant over the course of a full decade, but that is exactly what USB 2.0 has accomplished since its release in April 2000. Over the past few years however, our media-dominated culture has experienced incredible growth and file sizes have increased exponentially and the aging interface simply canít keep up in a number of tasks.

Other interfaces have challenged USB 2.0 over the years but none have been successful in dethroning it. It appears the only true successor to USB 2.0 is a revision of itself aptly called USB 3.0, dubbed ďSuperSpeed.Ē USB 3.0 supports theoretical transfer rates of up to 5 Gbit/s.


A majority of current USB 3.0 devices are all external hard drive enclosures which is what we'll be looking at today in the form of StarTechís 3.5Ē SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure. If your motherboard doesnít support USB 3.0, which is likely the case unless your computer is relatively new, StarTech also offers the 2-Port PCI Express USB 3.0 Card which utilizes a spare PCI Express slot.

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TJGeezer said:

I'm thinking about the unused PCIe slot in my machine, a capable USB3.0 card that would fill it nicely, and an almost no-hardware enclosure for a spare SATA drive, for under $80... drooling just a bit on my keyboard... It'd make a fine storage extender for a PC-based TV recorder, among many other uses. Gotta talk to my wife, take her out to dinner maybe...

Route44 Route44, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

...for under $80... drooling just a bit on my keyboard... It'd make a fine storage extender for a PC-based TV recorder, among many other uses. Gotta talk to my wife, take her out to dinner maybe...

LOL! If you get this along with a USB 3.0 card would love to know your experiences with this StarTech offering.

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