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Silverstone PCI-E to USB 3.0 Add-On Card Model SST-EC04-P

  • PCI Express to USB Card
  • USB 3.0
  • Up to 5.0 Gbps Data Transfer Rate
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Silverstone SST-EC04-P PCI-E to USB 3.0 Add-On Card

Introduction

SilverStone created an excellent extension card product, the EC04-P, which connects to the motherboard via single lane PCI Express 2.0. It supports two external and one dual port USB 3.0 connector for maximum compatibility and flexibility. This card is a great add-on for systems that require connections to multiple USB 3.0 devices such as SilverStone's own USB 3.0 enclosures RVS02 and TS07.
 

SST-EC04-P

Special Features

  • USB 3.0 with two external standard Type-A ports and one dual port internal connector
  • PCI Express 2.0 with single lane (x1) throughput 5Gbps
  • Supports simultaneous operation of multiple USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 devices
  • Adds four total USB 3.0 ports to your system
  • Built-in power connector to receive extra power from system power supply

Specifications

Model No. SST-EC04-P
Power Requirement 5VDC via peripheral 4-pin power connector
Operating System Support Windows XP, Vista, 7 (32-bit / 64-bit), 8 (32-bit / 64-bit)
Form Factor Low profile single lane (X1) PCI Express 2.0
USB 3.0 Controller NEC uPD720201
USB Ports Dual port USB 3.0 support (one internal connector)
Enclosure Interface USB 3.0 (Max. 5Gbps) compatible with USB 2.0
USB Power Output 5VDC / unlimited current
Transmitting Speed USB 3.0 (5Gbps), USB 2.0 (480Mbps), USB 1.1 (12Mbps)

What's in the Box

SST-EC04-P
SST-EC04-P
 

 


Learn more about the Silverstone SST-EC04-P

Model

Brand
Silverstone
Model
SST-EC04-P

Spec

Type
PCI Express to USB Card
External USB Ports
2x USB Ports
Internal Ports
19 pin Dual Port
Standard
USB 3.0
Data Transfer Rate
Up to 5.0 Gbps
Operating Systems Supported
Windows XP, Vista, 7 (32bit / 64bit)
Specifications
Power requirement: 5V DC via peripheral 4pin power connector

Form factor: Low profile single lane (x1) PCI Express 2.0

USB 3.0 controller: NEC uPD720201

USB bus power output: 5V DC / unlimited current

Transmitting Speed: USB 3.0 (5Gbit/s), USB 2.0 (480Mbit/s), USB 1.1 (12Mbit/s)

Features

Features
USB 3.0 with two external standard Type-A ports and one dual port internal connector

PCI Express 2.0 with single lane (x 1) throughput 5Gbit/s

Supports simultaneous operation of multiple USB 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.1 devices

Adds four total USB 3.0 ports to your system

Built-in power connector to receive extra power from system power supply

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Erica M.
  • 7/12/2014 8:53:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsImpressive!

Pros: Blazing speed over USB2.0. Easily installed.

Cons: Driver and software setup, but with a little research this is easily overcome.

Other Thoughts: I recently repackaged my computer into a new case and purchased this card to upgrade my Socket 775 motherboard to USB 3.0 in order to take advantage of the two USB 3.0 case mounted ports.
I followed the installation instructions to load the Windows 7, 32-bit drivers from the mini-CD, but was very disappointed by the speed at first. Tested 1 of my new USB3.0 flash drives and the increase in speed was about 0.5 Mbps over the same test performed at USB2.0.
I went to Silverstone's website and downloaded the latest driver and firmware. The firmware was the trick! Updated the firmware and my test speed went from 3.5 Mbps to over 25.0 Mbps. All I can say is WOW! What a difference when performing backups or copying large amounts of data.
IMHO, $29.95 well spent!

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  • Samuel L.
  • 5/27/2014 7:24:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo problems!

Pros: Easy to connect and install, adds USB3.0 header and ports to your mobo. Tested with a USB 3.0 device and r/w speeds are much higher than usb2.0. Never tried any benchmark testing, but this certainly does the job of upgrading to 3.0 without having to buy a whole new motherboard.

Cons: There just aren't that many USB 3.0 devices out there to utilize this to its fullest. I have also noticed that it doesn't recognize some usb2.0 devices sometimes, but I have enough of those ports that it doesn't really bother me much.

Other Thoughts: I wouldn't buy this unless I really just needed a USB 3.0 header in my system. USB 3 is still in its infancy, so unless you need it, just stick with 2.0... you probably won't notice what 3 could do for a few years still. The higher powered ports are nice for charging, though.

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  • Frederic P.
  • 3/30/2014 2:32:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWork when it feels like it

Pros: Small, does the job.

Cons: Doesn't work very well.

Other Thoughts: This device has a lot of problems. After googling for a few hours to try getting mine to work I realized I should have bought some other brand.

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  • Richard Q.
  • 2/15/2014 9:18:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA real problem-solver!

Pros: Finally, my USB 3.0 drive array is stable!
Small size
Has internal 3.0 header plug

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: My Intel MoBo has a Renesas chipset built-in, but still, nothing connected via 3.0 was stable. I always got the dreaded disconnect/reconnect. Not anymore! This one also appears as Renesas, but works! The RAID-1 drive array and Lexar MicroSD card reader both perform flawlessly, and I'm seeing sustained 130MB/sec file transfers on large files, which seems to be limited by the external array's capabilities.Highly recommend!
I have noticed that the SD reader gets quite warm during use, and since heat = power, I'm glad this card is externally powered!

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  • Stephen W.
  • 2/15/2014 1:18:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWILL NOT WORK!!!!!

Pros: None right now because I cant get it to work but I guess this device would be awesome if you want to use USB 3.0 if your motherboard doesn't have a USB 3.0 header.

Cons: I cannot figure out how to get it to work. I have everything hooked up correctly on my motherboard. The problem is I keep getting an ERROR message like this, "Error 2378 Could not access VBScript run time for custom action" with a following Fatal error 1603 has occurred error right after that one. I have already verified and checked that my registry file for VBScript was registered and it was succeeded so I know its not that. I have also tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver for Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Driver from the CD the product came with and also I tried installing from website. I don't understand why this thing will not work everything is checking out like its fine but it doesn't work. Very disappointed about this because 28 bucks is kind of expensive for this product but i went with this one because I thought i would work with no problems. Unfortunately I was terribly wrong. Has any one encountered this same issue with a fix? Thanks

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  • Andrew O.
  • 1/15/2014 1:21:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsProoven reliable thus far

Pros: Purchased this card to replace a Syba USB 3 card that went bad within months. This Silverstone card has provided reliable, high-speed, performance. Easy to install and use.

Cons: Only two USB 3 ports on card.

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  • Perry F.
  • 12/11/2013 7:03:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks

Pros: Works great even on older mb circa 2009 running ubuntu 13.10 (auto detected).

Cons: None

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  • Kyle K.
  • 5/31/2013 6:21:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Exactly what I was looking for
Works well in windows 8

Cons: n/a

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  • Chris H.
  • 4/14/2013 10:22:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo problems

Pros: No problems so far.

Cons: None

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  • Christopher K.
  • 3/28/2013 2:26:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDon't update driver!

Pros: Seems faster than the generic USB 3.0 card I replaced. Works so far.

Cons: Be sure to install the driver supplied on mini-CD. Don't allow Windows to update the driver. Card stopped working after update.

Other Thoughts: Had to remove updated driver and re-install from the CD.

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