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Buffalo USB 3.0 PCI Express Card Review

By on March 21, 2011
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One of the best upgrades to get USB 3.0 on your PC.

Good: Full USB 3.0 speeds, Easy installation, Small size
Bad: A bit pricey with only two USB 3.0 ports
Price: AED
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

USB 3.0 is slowly starting to become the norm, yet most of the newer motherboards I have reviewed will carry on 2 or 4 USB 3.0 ports. On very high-end boards I’ll see some extra ports, but the total number never exceeded 6 ports in total for USB 3.0.

Obviously not everyone started building a PC from mid-2010 onwards when USB 3.0 supported motherboards flooded the market. For those amongst us who are happy with their existing setup, but would still like to savor USB 3.0 speeds, Buffalo has us covered.

The Buffalo USB 3.0 PCIe interface card is very small, and is designed to do exactly what it says. Carrying an NEC controller chip on board, the Buffalo USB 3.0 PCIe card accepted the existing drivers on our Gigabyte P67A-UD7 motherboard, which also happens to have the exact USB 3.0 chip. The Buffalo USB 3.0 PCIe car has two USB 3.0 ports, which in most cases should be enough for that extra expansion for USB 3.0 devices.

For testing the Buffalo USB 3.0 PCIe card I have used the previously reviewed DriveStation Axis 1TB external HDD. The USB 2.0 speeds have been achieved by plugging in the aforementioned drive into one of the existing USB 2.0 ports on the Gigabyte P67A-UD7 motherboard.

The Buffalo USB 3.0 PCIe speeds seem to be consistent with the onboard USB 3.0 speeds on the Gigabyte P67A-UD7, while you can also see the tremendous jump in speeds from USB 2.0 to 3.0.

As far as performance goes, the Buffalo USB 3.0 PCIe has its bases covered. The card itself is very small and I had no problems during installation. It was a simple matter of plug & play. If you want to experience USB 3.0 speeds on your recently purchased USB 3.0 HDD, then for its price, size and performance, there’s no better alternative out in the market than the Buffalo USB 3.0 PCIe card.


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