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Rosewill RC-229U4 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 USB 3.0 Controller Card

  • 4 x USB3.0 External Connectors
  • Up to 20Gb/s (5Gb/s per port)
  • Hot-Swap and Hot-Plug
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Learn more about the Rosewill RC-229U4

Model

Brand
Rosewill
Model
RC-229U4

Specifications

Type
USB 3.0
External Connectors
4 x USB3.0
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x1
Transfer Rate
Up to 5Gb/s per port
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and Linux

Features

Features
Ti Chipset

Supports PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0 motherboard

Supports up to 4 external USB3.0 Devices
- Optimized for external USB SSDs, hard drives, drive enclosures, and USB3.0 Flash Drives

Supports Max 1.5A USB 5V bus power per USB 3.0 port

Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 & 1.1

Compliant Intel eXtensible Host Controller Interface (xHCI) Specification 0.96

Hot-Swap and Hot-Plug

Support Standard 4-pin Molex 8981 power connector or 15pin SATA power connector

Supports 64bit and 32bit Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP, and Linux kernel 2.6.31 or later

RoHS Compliant

Packaging

Package Contents
1x RC-229U4 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 USB3.0 Controller Card
1x Driver CD
1x SATA Power Converter Cable (SATA 15pin Female to Molex 4pin Female)

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Grzegorz D.
  • 12/13/2014 6:06:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood cheap way to upgrade to usb 3.0

Pros: Bought this to bring usb 3.0 to an old lga775 system

Cons: None i can think of

Other Thoughts: Good buy for a mobo that has no usb 3.0

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  • Dean L.
  • 12/12/2014 9:56:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRosewill PCI-Express 2.0x1 USB 3.0 Card

Pros: Works and does what it's supposed to do. USB 3.0 card that adds 4 more ports. I have another card and so now I have 8 ports.

Cons: I had no problems loading the drivers off the CD provided, although I still have one driver with an unknown exclamation on it, but when I click on the update, it says it's already updated . . . .Not sure what that's all about.

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  • Mr. t.
  • 11/23/2014 6:01:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggswell worth the money

Pros: no more BSOD in win 7 like the cheap junk NEC/Renesas USB 3.0 Host Controller where causing!!! great build and easy to find updated drivers. 100/140 mb/s on 10 gig file transfer almost double the 74/89 mb/s on 10 gig file transfer from junk NEC/Renesas USB 3.0 Host Controller.

Cons: did not install itself.

Other Thoughts: after buying a junk NEC/Renesas USB 3.0 Host Controller and losing data due to crashing hard drives and BSOD from their "updated" drivers.i found this on newegg and have never been happier . no more drives need to be scanned, repaired or hard drive needs to be formatted errors. wish i would have spent a few dollars more in the beginning and just bought this.

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  • Mark Z.
  • 10/27/2014 3:53:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWhat a relief!

Pros: It works! 4 ports. Decent speeds for an add-on card. TI drivers, not Renesas. Only 4 eggs because I haven't had it long enough.

Cons: This is nit picky. If you go to get the latest drivers from their website, use the search box, not the guided search. This product won't show up in the guided search. It will come up when you try to find it through the search box.

Other Thoughts: I had a Silverstone card with Renesas drivers. What a pain. The drivers had to be reinstalled weekly and even at that, one of the ports (it only had 2) just quit after about 9 months. I've only had this Rosewill card a few days but so far everytime I've hooked an external drive up to it, its worked. When you've spent the past lord-only-knows how many months futzing with getting your computer to access an external drive, this is an incredible relief. Am using it in a Windows 7 Dell desktop (XPS 7100 circa 2009) that didn't come with USB 3.0 ports.

Edit: Newegg's okay with 'lord', not with the 3 letter g-word. Strange.

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  • Brian A.
  • 7/6/2014 5:59:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUSB3 Solved

Pros: It works. Just follow the setup steps in order or: do it over.

Cons: Still looking for the zUSB3 slot card with a cable and hub out where it can be accessed. When o' when?

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  • David T.
  • 2/12/2014 7:38:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks fine IF you use their driver

Pros: Ran well when installing on a Windows 8.0 desktop and letting the OS find and install it. Upgraded to Windows 8.1 and the drives would disappear and there was some sort of conflict in the device manager between a "uhxi driver" and a "Texas Instruments Extensible...(0096) driver". I downloaded and install the drivers from the Rosewill site, which didn't include Windows 8 in the list, and the drives and card have been running fine ever since.

Cons: Needed an extra power cable to reach all the way to where my Dell desktop's other end was.

Other Thoughts: Do yourself a favor and download the latest drivers from Rosewill, especially if you are running Windows 8.1.

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  • Neil K.
  • 12/18/2013 6:13:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes what it is supposed to do

Pros: Easy to install. No Windows 8 drivers needed. Put into PCI-Express slot, closed case and booted up. All is well.

Cons: None

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  • Robert W.
  • 11/24/2013 10:59:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRosewill RC-229U4 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 USB 3.0 Controller Card

Pros: No problem installing in PC. Works fine with driver per enclosed CD, but not with generic driver loaded by Microsoft.

Cons: Learning how to install driver could be easier. Had it not been for green card included with CD I would not have figured it out.

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5 out of 5 eggsVery capable USB controller

Pros: Inexpensive solution for older systems without (or newer systems without enough) USB 3.0 ports.

Fast! Almost as fast as the integrated onboard USB on a higher-end motherboard (see "Other thoughts" below for actual tests.)

Utilizes a Texas Instruments chipset, not a no-name knockoff import.

Constructed with higher-quality 105°C capacitors.

Hardware is easily installed by anyone who's ever worked inside a PC case in the last ten years.

Recognized and installed automatically by Win 7 x64, for other Windows operating systems there is an included driver CD, be sure to check the (admittedly sparse) installation instructions for the correct file path.

Includes a Molex -> SATA power adapter for older PSUs, or those without enough SATA connectors.

Well-packaged for shipping, should avoid damage from all but the most determined freight handlers.

Cons: Very little documentation included, only basic installation instructions, which are, albeit, adequate.

Box is very confusingly mislabeled "Server HDD Controller / RAID Card Solution." This product is neither, and at first I was not even sure what product I was supposed to be reviewing. Stick-on labels applied over the erroneous text would have been a very cheap and effective solution to this.

Other Thoughts: Test of the Rosewill PCIe card vs. an integrated Etron Technology chipset.
USB Test Device: 128GB Corsair flash drive:

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CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo
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Onboard USB 3.0
Sequential Read : 134.342 MB/s
Sequential Write : 35.922 MB/s

Rosewill RC-229U4
Sequential Read : 131.565 MB/s
Sequential Write : 33.760 MB/s

Test : 4000 MB [H: 0.0% (0.0/115.1 GB)] (x3)
OS : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)

No doubt the top speed of both USB interfaces was limited by the flash drive itself, but you can see only a minor difference in performance between the two. This test was not intended to gauge the upper-speed of this PCIe card, only to compare it to an integrated USB 3.0 PC setup.

Device longevity remains to be seen, but the PCB and components all appear to be of good quality and design.

Despite the lack of any detailed documentation and grossly mislabeled box, I could not define any other issues which would warrant the loss of any Eggs.

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  • Barty B.
  • 10/28/2013 1:10:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product

Pros: Fast, cut the backup time to my USB3.0 External HD, that had been connected to a 2.0 USB port, from 31 minutes to 8 minutes! I was also having issues with the system not recognizing one of my external drives while powered from a 2.0 powered hub; after attaching to this new 3.0 Port, it works perfectly. Easy to install.

Cons: Didn't find any cons!

Other Thoughts: Window XP was having boot issues prior to the installation of this USB 3.0 card. I think part of the problem was that one of my USB external HD wasn't getting enough power from the 2.0 hub and that was confusing the system. Those boot problems went away as soon as I installed this card!

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