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Koutech 2-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Card Model IO-PU230

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  • PCI to USB Card
  • USB 3.0
  • Up to 5.0 Gbps Data Transfer Rate

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Easily add two USB 3.0 ports to your computer without any available PCI-Express slot. Koutech’s PCI USB 3.0 solution, IO-PU230, provides over twice the performance gain over on-board USB 2.0, and is backward compatible with USB 1.0/1.1/2.0 devices and fully plug-n-play and hot swap compatible. The IO-PU230 is a great way for legacy PC to take advantage of the latest USB 3.0 data transfer technology.

  • newegg PCI USB 3.0 Solution The Koutech IO-PU230 uses one free PCI slot to provide two USB 3.0 ports, and just comes in 30% slower than the maximum speed it can reach in PCI-Express slots. With over twice the speed than on-board USB 2.0, the IO-PU230 offers an ideal connection for digital cameras, scanners, printers, external CD/DVD/Blu-ray writers, hard disk drives, flash memory drives and etc. (PCI 2.x & 3.x slots will max out at 2.133Gbps. To meet available maximum transfer speed, high quality USB 3.0 cables and devices are required.)
  • newegg External Power Connector & Low Profile Bracket Included The IO-PU230 has built-in with 4-pin Molex power connector for added power source to better support power hungry bus-powered devices. A low-profile bracket is included for installing in height constrained cases. (Make sure the power is well connected, otherwise you will see a "Power Surge on Hub Port" message error and no 5V bus power in USB ports.)

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PCI to USB Card
External USB Ports
2x USB Ports
USB 3.0
Data Transfer Rate
Up to 5.0 Gbps
Operating Systems Supported
Windows XP / Server 2003 / Vista / Server 2008 / 7
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Carl G.
  • 10/27/2013 6:20:05 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood performance - when it works

Pros: Works well WHEN it works. Provides accurate USB 3.0 speeds for external USB 3.0 drives --- when it works.

Cons: The card is (randomly) not recognized by the (Windows and Linux) operating systems after a reboot, and requires one or more (power off, power on) reboots before it is recognized. Other times it works fine.

Koutech provided a replacement unit (after several month's of delays), but the replacement exhibited the same behavior. Of course, I had to pay return shipping, increasing the cost of this defective item.

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  • Kevin B.
  • 9/9/2013 7:17:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed way too soon

Pros: Worked well, while it worked.

Cons: Failed in less than 6 months

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  • edwin h.
  • 7/31/2013 5:49:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsA Mixed Bag

Pros: Performs as intended/as promised-after setup completed.

Cons: Some annoying snags in setup. Identified but would not function in 2 different PCs- 1 with Win 7 Prem Home 64x and 1 with WIN XP SP2 32x- until I downloaded latest driver, which was also a problem as the mfg's support page did not recognise my model number. Finally I learned to drop the first 2 letters off that number before entering same. Who knew-?

Other Thoughts: Unsophisticated installation instructions consist of 1 5x7 inch single sided sheet and several "chits" with "what to do if-" info that was of no use [and which sent me into the BIOS].

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  • Jun O.
  • 7/25/2013 4:03:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCode 10

Pros: Works under XP

Cons: Does not work under Win7. Device Manager gives yellow exclamation mark and device status "This device cannot start. (Code 10)". Called Koutech to ask for driver file that can be manually installed instead of the exe file from Renesas. Was told they don't know how to find the standalone driver file. Obviously Koutech just uses NEC's chip, standard board design and Renasas software, without understanding how the product really works. Did extensive google research for Renasas code 10, find this problem quite common since 2011, but no real solution exists, including uninstalling all USB driver, clean installing Win7.

Other Thoughts: Motherboard is ASROCK 4core-dual VSTA. Looking for another USB 3.0 PCI card.

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  • Dean H.
  • 3/10/2013 5:21:52 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well on older Asrock board.

Pros: Everything was painless. I'm running this on a AsRock Dual SATA 2.0 mb. I benchmarked around 60 Mb/s on an external USB 2.5" hard drive. Windows XP.

Cons: No cons. Worked out nice.

Other Thoughts: Wish it was a little less expensive.

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  • james b.
  • 2/17/2013 7:56:43 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works sometimes.

Cons: Only works sometimes. When it does work a big yellow exclamation point shows up with error code 10.

Other Thoughts: Because my computer knowledge is low I can't positively blame the card. I replaced it with a pci-e card and that card works fine.

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5 out of 5 eggsno complaints for 40 bucks

Pros: i purchased this product for my dell 3000 considering it has only native 1.0 usb ports on it this is a considerable upgrade..from tear down to rebooting after installs this card took me less than 30 mins to get up and instantly recognized my seagate 3tb external and im looking at transfer rates of of around 10gb's in about 3 mins

Cons: none that i can see i have yet to run this card on anything but windows xp sp3 at this time but with my setup this card was a perfect match

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  • Gary J.
  • 2/2/2013 1:51:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBeware using w/ASUS MoBo

Pros: Includes both brackets for full and half height slots, standard chipset

Cons: Won't work on both my ASUS motherboards.

The Multi-driver CD provided is confusing to insure your installing the proper driver.

Other Thoughts: Since it took me along time to find out that it was not compatible with either of my ASUS motherboards, I can't return it for refund. Koutech was great and sent me a replacement board with 4 ports, but that also doesn't work on either of my ASUS mother boards... I am waiting for a response from Koutech as what to do next...

Since they have been fantastic with support, I am hoping they will just replace it with a PCIe model (which I also need and is the same price) and I can send them back both these cards.

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  • William M.
  • 11/17/2012 12:59:56 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWont work

Pros: Looks fine and plugs in fine.

Cons: Prevents my system from booting up.

Other Thoughts: I tried installing the drivers first and that didn't help. I emailed customer support, but considering they don't reply to newegg reviews I won't hold my breath. I assume I will end up returning for refund.

Biostar motherboard (A880GZ).

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  • John M.
  • 9/27/2012 8:01:54 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat for some, maybe not older linux

Pros: Lets you get 90 MB / sec USB 3.0 speed on a PCI mobo.

Cons: Might have problems with the 2.6, and early 3.x, versions of Linux kernels on some motherboards. The driver for the NEC uPD720200 chip seems to give errors like :

kernel: xhci_hcd 0000:04:00.0: xHCI host not responding to stop endpoint command.

...followed by a disconnect. Apparently this is fixed in the latest kernels. Works good with XP and 2.6 Linux on some motherboards.

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