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IOGEAR GIC320U
8.3 out of 10

IOGEAR GIC320U

Ten times faster than the current USB 2.0 specification * Read more

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Reviews and Problems with IOGEAR GIC320U

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Overall 10
10

Clarification

David E., Newegg
18 June 2013
  • Summary: The reality is that these cards generally aren't going to work as well for everything as a built-in USB interface. Many of these same limitations also apply to SATA 6.0 cards. It is understandable that one may want to extend the life of an older set up, but you won't get the best of everything as...
  • Pros: I have another brand card but wanted to address a couple of issues that have been brought up in previous reviews. In order to be able to boot to a USB drive (hard or thumb) the BIOS in your system would need to be able to recognize the card in that PCI-Express slot, and then be able to communicat...
  • Cons: No cons as long as limitations are understood
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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

Don G., Newegg
26 December 2011
  • Pros: None
  • Cons: Bought and installed 3 of these. Does not work with Seagate USB3 Hard drive. latest drivers and firmware did not help. HDD works on another computer with built in USB3.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good Performance

Clarence W., Newegg
17 April 2011
  • Summary: So far I have not been able to accurately pin down either the makes of these USB 3.0 adapter cards nor the bios maker of my system board regarding why a boot drive inserted in the card does not show up when tapping F8 during boot.
  • Pros: Standard PCIe install process; Good instructions: install, firmware, and software not issue; Company Website is good; works as it should in Windows 7; Customer Consciousness High, as seen in reponses to other customer complaints below.
  • Cons: Big Con, and that accounts for the 4 vs 5 Eggs Award, is that this card, like other company UsB 3.00 cards, does not have the capability to support a boot drive inserted into it. In short, cannot boot from a thumb drive that is bootable so now fast Windows installation from it, no fast system rec...
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Overall 2
2.0

new firmware does not help

Robert C., Newegg
4 April 2011
  • Summary: No IOGEAR, the new firmware does NOT solve the issue. I had already tried that before I first contacted you for support. In my first contact with you I stated that I had already installed the new version of the firmware and loaded the latest driver but was told to "try downloading the new firmware"...
  • Pros: none
  • Cons: see previous review
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Overall 2
2.0

Fails to power-up a portable drive.

Robert C., Newegg
16 March 2011
  • Summary: I contacted IOGEAR support to try and determine if I had a defective card or it's just designed that way. They responded asking me if I had any other eSATA device I could try it with. Yeah, they actually said "eSATA". This is the first IOGEAR product I have owned.
  • Pros: Bought it on sale. Five dollars off regular price. Works with flash drives.
  • Cons: Will not power up an external portable drive (which is USB powered). The drive just clicks repeatedly trying to spin up and can't. This is with the internal power connector connected to the power supply and confirmed voltage being delivered to the card.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

Anonymous, Newegg
1 February 2011
  • Summary: using windows 7ult. 32bit w/3.2ghz processor. I like the usb 3.0 port so well, I ordered another one. Yes when I boot my system up and turn on the external usb 3.0 device before boot up is complete, I get a msg stating device could run faster if plugged into usb 3.0 port.
  • Pros: Works right out of the box. Transferred 6.6gb in 50secs and then used same file to transfer by usb 2.0 which took 5.5minutes.
  • Cons: None
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Overall 2
2.0

Not so great.

Scott E., Newegg
26 January 2011
  • Summary: Got the latest driver from the website and still no joy. It may have to go back.
  • Pros: None.
  • Cons: Have not got any USB 3.0 devices to be reconized as 3.0 devices in Windows 7 64bit. Always says it could perform better if you plugged the device into a USB 3.0 port.
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