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Item#: N82E16815140001

Western Digital USB 3.0 PCIe Card Model WDBFNJ0000NNC-WASN

  • PCI Express to USB Card
  • USB 3.0
  • Up to 5.0 Gbps Data Transfer Rate
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Learn more about the Western Digital WDBFNJ0000NNC-WASN

Model

Brand
Western Digital
Model
WDBFNJ0000NNC-WASN

Spec

Type
PCI Express to USB Card
External USB Ports
2x USB Ports
Standard
USB 3.0
Data Transfer Rate
Up to 5.0 Gbps
Operating Systems Supported
Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7

Features

Features
Highest read and write speeds possible through a USB port. Up to 5 Gb/s transfer rate.

Dual compatibility means you can use it with your USB 3.0 devices, as well as any USB 2.0 devices.

Fully compatible with the newest generation of WD's My Book Essential and My Passport Essential external hard drives with USB 3.0 interface.

Packaging

Package Contents
USB 3.0 PCI Express Card
Full-height and half-height brackets
Installation CD
Quick Install Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Omar S.
  • 2/24/2013 8:21:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsgood throughput, works on freebsd

Pros: Easy install, no additional power required, works fine with FreeBSD XHCI driver in FreeBSD 8.3

Cons: Can't support USB-powered HDD (since it doesn't have its own power feed like some other cards do).

Other Thoughts: XHCI support on freebsd should mean this will work fine on Linuxes also

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  • John S.
  • 2/17/2013 9:04:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks

Pros: Works with every OS I've thrown at it. I bought one of these nearly a year ago and put it in my N40L MicroServer and it works great with every OS I've thrown at it from S2003 up to S2012 and S2012E as well as the desktop OS's. Got a 2nd card when I got my 2nd N40L -- the card just works. Plan to get a third to add extra USB 3.0's to my X58 when I move it to Win8.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: With the S2012 and Win8 family you don't even have to load the WD drivers.

Originally ordered this to pair with my Segate 4TB external GoFlex -- I liked the irony of pairing a WD with a Seagate -- Really impressed by the card after that!

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  • adam m.
  • 2/15/2013 5:11:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFinally a decent usb3 card

Pros: It just works with no driver issues. Ordered two, one went into a Dell 2900 III server with Windows 2008r2, the other other into a Dell dimension 9200 with Win7. Both systems worked great plugging in the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236385 WD 4tb drive, speed increase over usb2 was excellent. Next was http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820191384 and it worked awesome, this flash card is just super fast over usb3 with writes at 55MB/s, reads at 115MB/s by just doing to basic file copy operations.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Wished there was a 4 port card. Usable storage is a tad over 3.6tb. Backup software included is fairly basic. The usb ports themselves appear to be lighted, not sure the real purpose.

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  • Rodrigo P.
  • 1/4/2013 2:30:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsThis is the one

Pros: I have searched for months for a faster USB solution for my EVGA X58 SLI 3 board which only had USB 2.0 capabilities. This USB 3.0 card worked right from the start and sped up my Seagate 3 TB Expansion drive from 15 MB/sec to 60 MB/sec. Sweet!

You have to find the updated drivers that are hidden on the WD site. Thank you Lionel (earlier reviewer) for the link to the "My Book 3.0 xHCI Host Controller Driver": http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=123&sid=127&lang=en

Cons: None. If your speed is not increased substantially try plugging it into another slot....

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  • Ken W.
  • 11/26/2012 4:05:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat speeds and works on Windows 8.

Pros: The card is amazingly fast. Even though there are a few things that could be better (see below), the speed alone merits five eggs.

I am using this with a Seagate Expansion 3 TB USB 3.0 external drive. The first thing I did was start a transfer of nearly 2 TB of lossless ALAC files to back up my iTunes library. From my internal RAID 5 (Four WD Black 1 TB drives) array, this transfer *averaged* 160 MB/sec! I began the transfer using TeraCopy before going to bed and it was completed well before I woke up. On a USB 2 external drive, this would have taken DAYS since I rarely average more than 25-30 MB/sec. Doing other transfers, I have seen maximums approaching 200 MB/sec and even the "slow" transfers (lots of small files) are around 50-60 MB/sec.

The white lights next to the ports are great for me, but could be distracting for a gaming rig in the dark.

I have purchased over 100 hard drives made by WD (so inevitably some have failed and I've had to RMA) and any time that I have dealt with their customer service, it has been quick and painless.

Card works great in Windows 7 x64 and Windows 8 x64.

Cons: If you are not using the enclosed disk for drivers (I always like to get the latest ones), finding them is a PAIN. The card is nowhere to be found on the WD website and it appears as though it was intended to only be an included card with one of their drives. Thank you Lionel (earlier reviewer) for the link to the "My Book 3.0 xHCI Host Controller Driver": http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=123&sid=127&lang=en

Again, the lights I listed as a pro; could be a distracting con for some. It would be nice if the card had an internal header.

Other Thoughts: The only problem I actually had with this card is the length, and I won't fault the card. I have a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P board (Socket 1366) and the card was about 1/2" too long to fit in the PCIe slot due to a large heatsink not far behind the slot. Fortunately, the card does work (and very well I might add) in an open PCIe x4 slot.

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  • Benjamin F.
  • 11/23/2012 11:26:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Perfectly

Pros: No additional power needed, small LED lights illuminate sockets making it easy to see in dim areas, fast USB 3.0 speeds in a small form factor.

Cons: Had to manually install one of the drivers from the disc on SBS 2011 Essentials. Not really a big deal if you know what you are doing, but it's an extra step.

Other Thoughts: Added this to an office server that didn't have USB 3.0 so the automatic backups could be processed faster. Installed quickly, even with the need to manually find the missing driver (WD SES) and install that.

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  • Norman B.
  • 9/16/2012 9:32:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works perfect !

Cons: wish it had a stake header to plug into my front usb ports.

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  • Bryson B.
  • 7/26/2012 8:23:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat 3.0 Card!

Pros: Fast
Works
No problem
Easy Install

Cons: None.

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  • Jennifer B.
  • 6/27/2012 1:52:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazingly fast

Pros: Inexpensive and great quality, including both the full height and low profile half height bracket was nice. Installation was a breeze.

I bought this to replace my old (USB 1.0 Old) Lexar memory card reader with a new USB 3.0 reader, and now before Adobe Lightroom switches from the Import window back to the Library module the images are transferred and previews are being generated. I can't believe how fast this card allows data to be transferred.

Cons: Too fast?

Other Thoughts: For the price, and my personal experience with Western Digital products, I am glad I chose this card.

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  • Anthony N.
  • 6/24/2012 11:53:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks But Finicky

Pros: Install was fast, easy and simple. I would buy again, but there were a few issues.

Cons: WD Support told me this product didn't even exist in their database. So if there's problems, you're out of luck.

Also this is a USB 3.0 card, however the chipset seems to misbehave when there's products powered on and attached to slowing my boot times. It also errors saying that partitions need to be formatted. If I just ignore it, it defaults to USB 2.0 and works like it's suppose to.

Other Thoughts: The white LEDs have absolutely no documentation on them. Assuming that they were suppose to be line detection or activity LEDs was wrong. Apparently they must be port night lights. Why and what for, is beyond me.

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