MUKii TransImp USB 3.0 PCIe Controller Card

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mukii transimp usb 3.0 cardWell, our new friends at MUKii has shipped us a solution to the above issue. By simply adding in a controller to one of your empty and hardly used PCIe slot will give you just what that new motherboard will. The TransImp USB 3.0 PCIe card give you the 5 Gb/s transfer of USB 3.0 while provide 5 volts of power output to power your favorite USB-powered devices.

 

Introduction to the TransImp 2-Port USB 3.0 PCIe Card

The must have feature on any motherboard right now has to be USB 3.0 and SATA III. These two new protocols have us transferring and accessing data faster than ever. The revolution has been so great that we are seeing motherboard manufacturers refresh older models to include them.

However, that leaves some of you asking two very reasonable questions: If you already have a fast and reliable computer why would anyone want to buy a new motherboard for just those features? And second who really wants to reconfigure a perfectly working system just to add USB 3.0 and SATA III support? By simply adding in a controller to one of your empty and hardly used PCIe x1 slots, you are able to gain just what that new motherboard offers, but at a fraction of the price. As it just so happens to be, our new friends at MUKii have shipped us a solution to rectify the issue, or at least the USB3 issue.The TransImp USB 3.0 PCIe card gives you the 5 Gb/s transfer speed of USB 3.0, as well as 5 volts to supply your favorite USB-powered devices.

MUKii's take on the TransImp USB 3.0 PCIe Card

In response to the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 revolution that leads to a significant change in the characteristics of the traditional external I/O communication devices, MUKii released the 2-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCIe adapter. This USB3.0 PCIe adapter complies with PCI Express Base Specification Revision 2.0. The external USB 3.0 device can deliver data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps, 10X faster than USB 2.0. It is also backward compatible with the existing USB devices. Each USB port provides up to 900 mA power output, enabling you to transfer data more safely and charge your electronic devices in less time. Using MUKii's 2-port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCIe adapter is the easiest and most convenient way for you to upgrade your desktop PC to USB 3.0.


Specifications

  • Model: TIP-PU301
  • Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 type A(Backward Compatible With USB 2.0 & 1.1)
  • Data Transfer Rate: Maximum Data Transfer Rate 5 Gbps w/USB 3.0
  • Maximum Data Transfer Rate 480 Mbps w/USB 2.0
  • Power: LP4 molex power connector
  • Power output: +5V / 900mA (each port)
  • Dimensions: 120 x 81 x 19mm
  • System Support: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7

Features

  • Supports PCI Express Base Specification Revision 2.0
  • Compliant with USB 3.0 Backward Compatible With USB 2.0.
  • Transfer rates up to 5Gb/s with USB 3.0.
  • Each USB port supplies maximum +5V / 900mA power output to USB device
  • Gold plating USB connector
  • USB interface for easy data access.
  • Built-in SATA power connector for receiving extra power supply from system
  • Low-profile bracket included.
  • Hot Swappable
  • Plug and play
  • Support Windows Vista® , Windows® 7, Windows® XP

Closer look

There isn't much to a controller card of this type, and this one is no different. The card is sports a slick black PCB and is based around the ever popular NEC D720200F1 chip.

Your standard Molex connector is used to provide the power to each of USB3 ports. Also as we had mentioned the card is of the PCIe x1 variety.

For a better ground connection between the your device and the card, the ports have been gold plated. Looks like an engineer with greasy palms got a hold of this one before we did.


Testing and results

We tested the card using some of the most popular and easy to find benchmark applications. Testing was between the MUKii card and the built-in controller on the motherboard.


Conclusion

For those that do not wish to go out and spend the money to get a motherboard just for USB 3.0, then a card like the MUKii TransImp USB 3.0 is a worthy investment. It will allow you to achieve those ultra fast transfer rates needed to get your data from one drive to another, especially if they are large files like home movies or a large 3D modeling project.

If you are worried about a PCIe card not performing as fast as the one integrated onto the motherboard. Well you will be surprised. We saw absolutely no difference in performance between the two.

The only issue we have with the MUKii PCIe USB 3.0 card is that it is not readily available in the US, but are told that will change in the coming weeks.

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