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Review of the Iomega USB 3.0 PCI Express Adaptor


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If you want to start using USB 3.0 hard drives but don’t have any USB 3.0 ports on your laptop you will need an adaptor. We take a look at the Iomega USB 3.0 PCI Express Adaptor.

Iomega USB 3.0 PCI Express Adaptor

What is USB 3.0?

The website describes USB 3.0:

USB 3.0 is the next major revision of the ubiquitous Universal Serial Bus, created in 1996 by a consortium of companies led by Intel to dramatically simplify the connection between host computer and peripheral devices. Fast forwarding to 2009, USB 2.0 has been firmly entrenched as the de-facto interface standard in the PC world for years (with about 6 billion devices sold), and yet still the need for more speed by ever faster computing hardware and ever greater bandwidth demands again drive us to where a couple of hundred megabits per second is just not fast enough.

In 2007, Intel demonstrated SuperSpeed USB at the Intel Developer Forum. Version 1.0 of the USB 3.0 (confusing, isn’t it?) specification was completed on November 17, 2008. As such, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has taken over managing the specifications and publishes the relevant technical documents necessary to allow the world of developers and hardware manufacturers to begin to develop products around the USB 3.0 protocol.

In a nutshell, USB 3.0 promises the following:

  • Higher transfer rates (up to 4.8 Gbps)
  • Increased maximum bus power and increased device current draw to better accommodate power-hungry devices
  • New power management features
  • Full-duplex data transfers and support for new transfer types
  • New connectors and cables for higher speed data transfer…although they are backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices and computers

With USB 3.0 drives now starting to be released, and with people wanting faster speeds, more people are finding that their current computer hardware doesn’t support USB 3.0 – because unless you have a fairly new machine you won’t have USB 3.0 ports!

Obviously this is a problem and unless you really feel like buying a new computer you need an adaptor.

If you have a laptop we recently reviewed the Iomega USB 3.0 ExpressCard Adaptor.

If you have a desktop computer, with a spare PCI Express slot, then the new Iomega USB 3.0 PCI Express Adaptor is the one for you.

Adding this little card will give you two USB 3.0 ports.

Iomega USB 3.0 PCI Express AdaptorIomega USB 3.0 PCI Express Adaptor

Iomega USB 3.0 PCI Express AdaptorIMG_2791

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


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