tatony333
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Adding USB 3.0 card to new Dell XPS 8300?

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.

Thanks

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fireberd
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Re: Adding USB 3.0 card to new Dell XPS 8300?

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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Re: Adding USB 3.0 card to new Dell XPS 8300?

Call Dell Spare Parts 1-800-372-3355. Ask for part number:

72YMW USB 3.0 Module, Includes the PCIe Card, Cable, & Cage

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tatony333
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Re: Adding USB 3.0 card to new Dell XPS 8300?

Thank you...thats great info..now i can have usb 3.0 convinently on front of my machine...

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KevinGriffie
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Re: Adding USB 3.0 card to new Dell XPS 8300?

Did you successfully install this card?  Have you had any problems?  Are the front USB ports now USB 3.0?

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silvery79
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Re: Adding USB 3.0 card to new Dell XPS 8300?

Does that module fit in the empty slot in this picture? Is that where you installed it?

 

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Philip_Yip
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Re: Adding USB 3.0 card to new Dell XPS 8300?

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?

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Re: Adding USB 3.0 card to new Dell XPS 8300?

I have used this card.  The power cable is required.  The way around this is to get SATA to Molex adapter.

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Philip_Yip
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Re: Adding USB 3.0 card to new Dell XPS 8300?

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.

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stevep397
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Re: Adding USB 3.0 card to new Dell XPS 8300?

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.

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