Specifications, Pricing and Availability
The VIZO SPEED-UP PCIe USB 3.0 Host Card is pretty much everything the title makes it sound like. On one end you have a PCIe card that plugs right into your motherboard's PCIe slot and on the other you have two USB 3.0 ports. There is a driver that does need to be installed, but it is very small and nothing like the monsters we are seeing from say video card makers these days.
USB 3.0 is around 10 times as fast as USB 2.0 when measuring the protocol, but we have yet to find a product that is capable of delivering promised true USB 3.0 speeds. Still, everything that we have looked at to date has been much faster than USB 2.0 and this early in the game we really only care about getting an interface that is capable of delivering speeds that are fast enough that we don't see a bottleneck when transferring data to and from hard drives. We will get into this more later.
When it comes to the cost, I have yet to find the VIZO SPEED-UP PCIe USB 3.0 available on the etail or retail market. Similar products can be found for 30-50 USD and I would suspect that VIZO is not looking to make a premium off of their host card.
Just having a USB 3.0 card doesn't mean you are ready to rock 'n roll either. There are a number of USB 3.0 products on the market already, but most of them are for data storage. I really don't see many people wanting to boot a system full time off of an external HDD, so that means USB 3.0 products at this time are pretty much targeted to users of portable storage.
Portable USB 3.0 products are now abundant and the cost has dropped sharply since I reviewed the world's first USB 3.0 external drive that cost around 400 USD for 1TB of capacity. How quickly times change.
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