Excerpt: Can adding a USB 3.0 adapter to an older system help speed up external storage access? SilverStone believes it can, and provides us with one to prove their point. Let’s see what it can really do.
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. The author's experience with the product may differ significantly from your own.
Pros: Good Value (if just using 3.5” bay.), Good Performance., Easy driver installation.
Cons: USB cord not long enough for larger desktop installs., 3.5” bay is flimsy., No Warranty visible in packaging., Rarely, a device would not be recognized unless it was inserted into a 2.0 port, and reinserted into the 3.0 port.
[Review] Silverstone EC03 Internal USB 3.0 PCIE card
31 August 2011
Conclusion: The EC03 performs well, not quite as well as an integrated solution does for boards that support it, but very close. For boards without any USB Super Speed integrated, the EC03 is a definite improvement over USB 2.0 and a must-have purchase for those that use USB 3.0 external drives with any frequency. Currently available for $30 online, the EC03 costs only slightly more than the EC01 (which does not include a front panel attachment or a cable).
SilverStone EC03 USB 3.0 PCIe Card & Front Bay Panel
30 August 2011
Summary: For anyone that does a lot of data transfer or backing up it is good to jump on the USB 3.0 bandwagon as the speeds are quite faster than that of USB 2.0. In order to do this though, one of two things must be done: First option is to buy a new PC or upgrade your motherboard. While the more enjoyable route (in our opinion at least), it is also the most expensive. The second option is why we are here today and that is via an add-in card like the SilverStone EC03.