|The Cavalry USB 3.0 host card supports the latest generation of USB 3.0 devices with speeds of up to 4.8 Gbit/s or 10 times than that of USB 2.0. The card uses the second generation PCI Express (PCI-E 2.0) which allows faster transfer speeds than the traditional PCI Express card and does not require an extra power source.
The host card is downwards compatible with earlier versions of USB (USB 1.0, 1.1, 2.0) devices, accessories and peripherals.
Perfect for digital cameras, scanners, printers, external CD/DVD/Blu-ray readers and writers, external hard disk drives, flash memory drives and more.
Customer Reviews of Cavalry 2 Port USB 3.0 PCI-E Host Card
Cavalry 2 Port USB 3.0 PCI-E Host Card7/24/2011
Perfect..exactly as described
It just plain works6/19/2011
Purchased and returned a similar NEC chipped card (I think it was StarTex) that did not work (frequent connection drops). The Cavalry, at the same price, so far works flawlessly. Also worth noting that the USB2 is benchmarking faster than my on-board USB2.
Addendum... can't boot attached drive4/13/2011
When I boot up my computer and select the BIOS' Boot Menu to boot from a different drive, the menu won't include my Transcend USB 2.0 HDD when it is connected to the USB 3.0 card.
Makes my USB 2.0 HDD 10% faster!4/9/2011
Installed without problem. Bought it on sale even though I have no USB 3.0 devices yet. I saw a user review of USB 3.0 sometime ago where it was claimed that a USB 2.0 HDD ran faster when plugged into a USB 3.0 port. HDTune reported roughly 10% faster throughput from my Transcend USB 2.0 HDD when plugged into a USB 3.0 port so I'm more than happy. I assume the performance gain is due to USB 3.0 controllers' higher performance design.
Works with Windows XP SP32/8/2011
fast delivery, easy to install, works as advertised
USB 3.0 for the Masses1/3/2011
Cavalry PCIe (x1) USB 3.0 card rocks! I installed on Win7 Pro with no fuss or muss - USB card from my camera transfers in less than 1/4 of the time it took before. I am also running my Draft N USB network adapter on the Cavalry card and have better Internet transfer and fewer drops than I had on my motherboard's USB 2.0 bus. Basically, I'm getting the max out of my USB 2.0 peripherals. Nice! I would recommend this for any PCIe eaquipped motherboard running Vista or (better) Win7 - Windows XP users may have different actual mileage :-)