Plugable PCI Express to SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Two-Port Expansion Card

  • “This card showed me how much faster USB 3.0 is compared to E-SATA, and I was impressed. 300GB transferred in less than one hour from a Maxtor 500GB 7200rpm drive in a Vantec external USB 3.0 enclosure. ” – Nathan D. Wilder
  • “…it worked like a champ…I would highly recommend the product and would buy again.” – Vincent P. Bedus, New York, NY
  • “This is my favorite kind of hardware — I installed it and it worked.” – Steve Smith, Santa Rosa, CA


  • Update — All Plugable PCIe-USB3 Two-Port Expansion Cards purchased after October 16, 2012 have the new Renesas µPD720202 chipset
  • The µPD720202 is fully compliant with USB 3.0 and xHCI (eXtensible Host Controller Interface) 1.0
  • Up to 90 percent reduced power consumption in low power states
  • Increased effective data write speed of more than 40 percent
  • PCI Express Card (PCIe Gen2 x 1 Lane) expands your desktop to support two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Ports
  • CD includes 32/64-bit drivers for Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2, and Windows 7
  • Supports USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.x devices at spec transfer speeds of 5000/480/12/1.5 Mbps
  • Includes Standard and Low profile brackets

Upgrade any Windows-based desktop to Super Speed USB 3.0 REQUIRES: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or later, one free standard or low profile PCIe x1 slot. SPEED: Theoretical maximum speed of USB 3.0 is 5Gbs and PCI-e 1x is 4Gbs. Included in package: PCIe card and driver disk.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to I install the Plugable USB 3.0 Expansion Card?

Confirm your desktop PC has an available PCIe slot (can be 1x size). Open case, insert card. Your PC now has two extra USB ports, capable of connecting USB 3.0, 2.0, or 1.1 devices.

I have a low profile PC. Will this standard profile card fit?

The bracket included with the card is sized for standard profile PCs. However, it’s possible to unscrew the bracket from the card and fit in any low-profile PC by swapping in a low profile bracket (included). A screwdriver is necessary. There are holes in the low-profile bracket for the card’s LEDs. Take care to properly align the LEDs with the holes for proper installation of the low-profile bracket.

How does Windows see a USB 3.0 host controller?

With the NEC drivers installed, this product appears as any other USB host controller. It runs the NEC drivers at the HCI level to provide full USB 3.0 functionality. And yet it is compatible with all higher level drivers in Windows or from 3rd parties (e.g the USB mass storage class driver provided by Windows), so all older/existing drivers will work transparently, and in fact can benefit from the increased throughput of any native USB 3.0 devices that are attached.

What is the state of support on Linux?

The NEC/Renesas µPD720200 is the most widely used and tested USB 3.0 chipset. For Linux, kernel driver code was first provided in kernel 2.6.31. Driver code is in drivers/usb/host/xhci*. USB 3.0 has been receiving active work and improvements in later kernels. The µPD720202 is supported in kernel 3.4.10 and later.

What do the LEDs mean?

There are two blue leds on the PCI Express to SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Two-Port Expansion Card that are illuminated when the card is powered from the PCI-e bus. They do not blink with activity or turn on or off to indicate a device is present.

Drivers available for:

  • Windows XP,  Vista, and Windows 7 (all versions)
  • Linux support in kernel 3.4.10 and newer
See our Renesas USB 3.0 Drivers page for details and links


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