Does anyone know what type of card i need to purchase that will give me usb 3.0 capabilites on this new computer. i would prefer to be able to mount it so that i could use the avalible slot on the front of the machine. it says optional usb 3.0 in the system stats.
A PCIex1 card will work, you won't be able to convert/use the front panel USB ports to 3.0, just the ports on the USB 3.0 card.
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72YMW USB 3.0 Module, Includes the PCIe Card, Cable, & Cage
Adding USB 3.0 ports to the Dell XPS 8300 via a PCi express x1 card. Does it require a power cable?
For example if I add the Transcend PCI Express Interface USB 3.0 Dual Expansion Card. Am I good to go, do I just plug it into the PCI-x1 slot?
Or I need to plug a power cable into the white bit?
Also if I have 2 hdds and 2 disc drives plugged in, it is not possible for to get a power cable?
I have used this card. The power cable is required. The way around this is to get SATA to Molex adapter.
Thanks I thought so. But I have 4 SATA cables. 2 are up at the top of the system: 1 of these is for the disc drive, presumable the second is for the second disc drive (not installed). The other 2 are at the bottom of the system but used for each of the hard drives. I cannot stretch the cable from the disc drives to the bottom of the system, as are linked quite close together in sets of two.
There is no way to have 2 hard drives, 2 discs drives and this USB 3.0 card?
Would this card require additional power?
Looking at this part also. There is a splitter just as it goes to the hard drives. If I use this part and split it between the two harddrives (therefore there will be 2 splitters before I get to the hard drives - the original one and the one I added) and take the other end and add it to your connector (SATA to MOLEX) - original spliiter then connector then USB 3.0 card.
Will this work or drain too much power/slow down my drives? In addition to having 2 disc drives.
I have an Alienware Area 51 which came preinstalled with a usb 3.0 PCIex1 card and it works just fine. It does not require any power connection. Here is the Dell driver and download site: - Its a Micro Star brand installed by Dell.