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VisionTek USB 3.0 PCI-E Expansion Card Model 900544

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  • USB 3.0
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Model

Brand
VisionTek
Model
900544

Spec

Type
PCI Express to USB Card
External USB Ports
4x USB Ports
Standard
USB 3.0

Features

Features
Add 4 USB 3.0 ports to your current system

Compatible with USB 2.0 devices

Ideal for external drives and HD Streaming

Fits any PCI Express Slot adapters

Packaging

Package Contents
USB 3.0 PCI Express Card
CD (Manual & Driver)
Quick Installation Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Dominick P.
  • 8/6/2013 6:12:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsThere must be better quality for $30

Pros: The second one works.

Cons: Original card had a short circuit that caused a brand new machine to crash and corrupt the Win 7 install. Waited two weeks for warranty replacement, then discovered the unsecured power connector as another user noted. I secured the connector with a couple drops of Gorilla Glue.

Other Thoughts: Yeah, I got it to work but you shouldn't have to glue parts together on brand new item unless it's a hobby kit. Needed to get my machine up and running so no time to wait for another replacement, esp. after blowing the time to salvage my data and re-install Windows. Just stay away.

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  • Richard S.
  • 5/30/2013 7:55:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFollow Up: Avoid This Card

Pros: Initially I thought the card worked fine. Throughput was excellent.

Cons: Found out that the card was only recognized on a reboot. On a start-up from an off computer, the card was not recognized unless a warm reboot was performed under both XP & Windows 7. Then it corrupted 2 brand new USB 3.0 flash drives. After hours I was able to revive one of them but the other is toast.

Other Thoughts: Company response was to return to them for testing with postage paid both ways by me & tough luck on the flash drives that were ruined. I purchased a replacement card from a different manufacturer for half the price & it has performed flawlessly.
Any company can have a bad or incompatible piece of hardware but should stand behind it for the sake of the company name. Avoid this card and Vision-Tek like the plague.

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  • Richard S.
  • 4/1/2013 5:22:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBe Careful--Fragile

Pros: -Installed easily under Windows XP & Windows 7 on a dual boot computer

-Huge increase in speed using my 3Tb USB 3.0 external backup

Cons: -Molex power connector well secured to card

Other Thoughts: Installed relatively easily in the PCI x1 slot. The card has a molex power connector with a molex to SATA power convertor cable for computers with a PSU that does not have molex connectors anymore, I suppose. Since I have plenty of spare molex plugs, I naturally decided to make a direct connection. Everyone who has ever worked inside a computer knows how tight molex plugs can be. The molex power receptacle on the card lies flush against the card at the top. What I did not notice during installation was how flimsily the molex receptacle is secured to the card. The only attachment the molex connector had to the card itself were the 4 solder points at the bottom, 2 plastic positioning "spikes" inserted in 2 holes on the card just above the solder and 2 tabbed plastic snap-in tabs through 2 more holes in the card near where one would plug in the molex at the top. Sure enough, while pressing the molex plug in place with reasonable force, the receiving plug on the card suddenly pulled away at a 45 degree angle. All 4 plastic tabs were now outside the holes an the plug was now only secured by the solder! The only way I could reset the plug flush with the card was to snip off the lower "spikes" because they were too long & too close to the solder to pull away far enough to re-insert in the holes. Then I gently pushed the receptacle back flush with the card & popped the 2 upper tabs through their opening. As I started the computer, I prayed that none of the solder points had been compromised. Luckily everything was OK. I just need to be extra careful in the future when working with this card inside the computer.
The molex power receptacle should be riveted securely to the card. I am sure there must have been instances where installers have broken the power plug during installation. So......
BE VERY CAREFUL & GENTLE CONNECTING THE POWER TO THIS CARD!

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  • Jorge G.
  • 3/20/2013 6:35:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnice

Pros: 4 usb 3.0 ports

Cons: no front port adapter

Other Thoughts: works awesome

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/19/2012 9:43:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorking great so far

Pros: Very easy hardware installation. Delivers USB 3.0 performance with no hiccups or glitches.

Cons: Depending on your system you may find the drivers included on the CD may not work

Other Thoughts: You may find that the drivers provided on CD may not work and you should seek the drivers found on manufacturers website as was the case during my driver installation. My systems is as follows:
MSN-SLI Deluxe mobo
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 6000+ 3Ghz
6 GB DDR2 RAM
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Special instructions are found on a word doc for those installing drivers on x64 systems. Be warned it's not just a straight forward wise install via setup.exe but instead requires importing certificates to trusted lists, not hard but could be confusing to those who have never dealt with the Certificate Manager tool. After installing said drivers and receiving notification that drivers are installed correctly and also verifying USB 3.0 Host controller within Device Manager I decided to give it a go. When attempting to copy 2 GB of data from internal SATA drive to ext WD USB 3.0 drive the process would hang and crash. The WD drive no longer showed available in my Computer. Drivers are still there so I plug and unplug drive but same thing. Now this drive is working fine in USB 2.0 and still does.
Despite everything I uninstall the drivers and remove the certificates via certmgr.exe I then proceed to visiontek's site and download the drivers found there. This time went the route of using device manager, opening device properties for USB controller and updated driver via the ones found in the x64 directory. Working like a charm now, no crashes, no glitches and realizing USB 3.0 speeds.

All in all just do yourself a favor and install the drivers from manufacturers website. Would have given a 5 they included drivers without having to use the Certificate Management tool for installation...who does that nowadays any?

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  • Ken T.
  • 10/3/2012 6:32:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsRather unfortunate

Pros: Though my ASUS Maximus V Formula has several USB 1/2/3 ports, there still wasn't enough, so I bought this card with the hope that it would provide those additional ports. Install is straightforward and quite easy. No problems, no dramas.

Cons: I had moved my Logitech G510 keyboard and Microsoft Trackball Explorer to these ports, however, these soon suffered performance issues as the G510 would not recognize and connect to the Logitech software. The Trackball, on the other hand, had sketchy functionality. The cursor would skip, bounce and pause instead of any smooth movement. The keyboard and mouse were both connected directly to the MB ports, as wells as to a separate powered USB hub, previously and were functioning fine. And they resumed working fine once I pulled the card and reconnected them to the MB USB 3.0 ports.

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  • Eric H.
  • 8/23/2012 1:07:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsNot compatible w/Server 2008

Pros: Nice card, small package, easy installation.

Cons: No drivers available for Windows Server 2008. Was told by VisionTek that the drivers for Windows 7 may work. Tried those and the USB eXtensible host controller started working, however the USB 3.0 root would not initialize and gives a code 39.

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