TrendNet 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Adapter Review

To quote a famous movie actor “I feel the need! The need for SPEED!” My friends, today we enter a new era of data transfer speeds. For several years we have heard of the rumored USB 3.0. Well here it is folks! And there it goes for most of us who have older computers with that doggy, tired, sluggish USB 2.0. But wait! Is that really so? Have you ever wondered that the tiny little slot above your nice, fast, expensive PCI Express video card was for? Well wonder no more! TrendNet fills that long empty spot and has come to the rescue with their TrendNet 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Adapter. This affordable adapter promises USB 3.0 speeds at 5Gbps. Join me in a step into the future as we see what our ever-increasing need for speed has brought us. And it fits in that cute little slot, which is called a PCIEX1_1.

Closer Look

Provided by: TrendNet
Price: 48.99

First I think a little background is in order.  USB 1.1 was released in January of 1998.  With Data rates of 12Mbit/s it was relatively slow but opened up a whole new world of data storage and transfer.

In 2000 USB 2.0 arrived.  With a data transfer rate of 480 Mbit/s it was hailed as the holy grail of data transfer by many computer geeks and manufactures alike, it became standard on all computers, cameras, Ipods, and dozens of other devices.  Not to mention the USB storage device.  No bigger than your thumb, these thumb-drives revolutionized the data storage industry.  Wikipedia states that over 6 million USB devices have been sold.

Announced in late 2008, USB 3.0 was going to change the world!  Data transfers at the astronomical rate of 5Gb/s!  2 years later and its here!  

The TrendNet 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Adapter comes in a minimally invasive package.  Just enough plastic and cardboard to protect and display the product.

The back of the package has all the features and specifications as well as other important information.

And here is a great picture of the TrendNet 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Adapter itself.  Notice you now have 2 USB 3.0 ports! The adapter is powered by a standard molex power plug.

Inside the package you will find the operations manual in a nice booklet form that is easy to read and understand in 5 different languages.  Also included is the driver disk which also contains the manual.

Features and Specifications are next.

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