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Old 03-10-2014, 12:51 PM   #1
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Need USB 3.0 PCIe card recommendation


I am looking for a recommendation for a good USB 3.0 PCIe card to work with the system below. So far my research has found that something based on the NEC chipset would be good, and something based on the VIA chipset will be problematic. Not sure about the Fresco Logic chipset (however, it appears that one may be problematic too, at least for some people). Most of my research turned up posts from two years ago or older, and may no longer be relevent.

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Gigabyte GA-MA78G-DS3H motherboard
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2800

LinuxMint 13 (Maya - LTS)
Does anyone have experience with this particular card:

http://www.amazon.com/Inateck-Supers...pr_product_top

The "5 ports rear, 20-pin internal" model looks nice, but it is based on the Fresco Logic FL1100 chipset which is an unknown for usage under Linux based on my research thus far.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
 
Old 03-11-2014, 06:09 PM   #2
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I think I'm leaning towards one of these two now:

http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Te...pr_product_top

http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-2-Por...eywords=rc-505

Either should be well-supported in Linux, due to their NEC/Renesas chipsets (the second card above is cheaper, probably because it uses the 2nd generation chipset and only 2 ports, while the top card uses the newer 3rd generation chipset and supports 4 ports).

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The Renesas documents tout a 40% speed increase between the 2nd and 3rd generation chipsets:

http://documentation.renesas.com/doc...ej0200_usb.pdf

However, one users real-world testing didn't show an increase anywhere near that:

http://club.myce.com/f122/nec-upd720...speed=noscript

Per other Renesas documents, these chipsets have been supported by the Linux kernel since 2.6.31:

http://www.tyan.com/manuals/LinuxUSB...tingManual.pdf

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Anyway, I think I have over-researched this by now. I tend to do that. Just buy a silly card and be done with it!

p.s. - Plus, some user listed the Silverstone card above as "works perfectly" with LinuxMint in the hardware compatibility list, FWIW:

http://community.linuxmint.com/hardware/view/16881

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Old 03-11-2014, 07:16 PM   #3
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I saw this post but had no info to share. Thanks for the update and solution.
 
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I think I'm leaning towards one of these two now:

http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Te...pr_product_top

http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-2-Por...eywords=rc-505

Either should be well-supported in Linux, due to their NEC/Renesas chipsets (the second card above is cheaper, probably because it uses the 2nd generation chipset and only 2 ports, while the top card uses the newer 3rd generation chipset and supports 4 ports).
Chip generation could be making a difference, but Rosewill is seen as a much cheaper brand than Silverstone.
 
Old 03-18-2014, 04:43 AM   #5
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I think I'm leaning towards one of these two now:

http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Te...pr_product_top

http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-2-Por...eywords=rc-505

Either should be well-supported in Linux, due to their NEC/Renesas chipsets (the second card above is cheaper, probably because it uses the 2nd generation chipset and only 2 ports, while the top card uses the newer 3rd generation chipset and supports 4 ports).
Chip generation could be making a difference, but Rosewill is seen as a much cheaper brand than Silverstone.
 
  


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