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$12.87 Inateck PCIe USB 3.1 Gen 2 PCI Express Expansion Card (Type A + Type C) (Damaged Box)

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Seems like a great deal for a latest generation USB-C PCI-Express expansion card shipped directly from the official manufacturer's eBay store. Condition description says these are unused cards just with damaged packing. 8% coupon automatically applies at checkout to bring the price down to $12.87.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Inateck-...4399730269

Reviews on Amazon [amazon.com] for this card seem solid, though it is $30 there.
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Reviews look like crap. Looks like Chinese Garbage to me.
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The integration of a SATA power port is a plus for modern power supplies where Molex is getting in short supply, however the Molex to SATA adapter is generally asking for trouble (and as with most USB ad-in boards most negative reviews center on issues regarding add-in power.

The biggest material ding on this card is that the newer USB interface requires a PCIe 4x slot, and not the more common PCIe 1x slot. This means it isn't an upgrade for a large segment of users who didn't already have USB 3.0 integrated on their motherboards (unless the graphics slot is given up for this card).

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The biggest material ding on this card is that the newer USB interface requires a PCIe 4x slot, and not the more common PCIe 1x slot. This means it isn't an upgrade for a large segment of users who didn't already have USB 3.0 integrated on their motherboards (unless the graphics slot is given up for this card).

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It should still work in a 1x slot, just won't provide full USB 3 speeds on all ports simultaneously.

*EDIT:* Nevermind, you'd need an X-Acto knife to use it on a 1x slot.
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The integration of a SATA power port is a plus for modern power supplies where Molex is getting in short supply, however the Molex to SATA adapter is generally asking for trouble (and as with most USB ad-in boards most negative reviews center on issues regarding add-in power.

The biggest material ding on this card is that the newer USB interface requires a PCIe 4x slot, and not the more common PCIe 1x slot. This means it isn't an upgrade for a large segment of users who didn't already have USB 3.0 integrated on their motherboards (unless the graphics slot is given up for this card).

Good luck!
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It should still work in a 1x slot, just won't provide full USB 3 speeds on all ports simultaneously.

*EDIT:* Nevermind, you'd need an X-Acto knife to use it on a 1x slot.

so much misinformation here.
1 There's nothing wrong with using a molex to sata power adapter.
2 this does not fit x1 and clearly says x4 and above meaning x4 x8 x16
3 most motherboards these days do have 2 x16 slots and one of them runs at x8 so it should be fine
4 the chip supports PCI gen2 x2 or gen1 x1. Meaning like the last guy just stated with his revision, this will work on x1 slot if you cut it but that's YMMV depending on the manufacturer of the card and how it's designed. (Both of which are around 8Gb/s max not 10Gb/s) https://www.asmedia.com.tw/eng/e_...5&item=158
5 if used on gen3x1 you will max at just under 8Gb/s instead of 10Gb which is plenty for most. For Gen2 x1 you will be at 4Gb/s.

But again if you don't run SLI use your second x16 slot for this and you won't have any problems.
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But again if you don't run SLI use your second x16 slot for this and you won't have any problems.
Yeah, I had to revise my post also because I failed to notice that there isn't any internal USB 3 header on the card, and that was why I bought a couple planning to X-Acto knife the x1 slot on my older motherboards.

So now I have two almost useless USB 3 expansion cards. But I have installed dozens and dozens of Molex-to-SATA power adapters and none have ever failed. Live and learn.
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Yeah, I had to revise my post also because I failed to notice that there isn't any internal USB 3 header on the card, and that was why I bought a couple planning to X-Acto knife the x1 slot on my older motherboards.

So now I have two almost useless USB 3 expansion cards. But I have installed dozens and dozens of Molex-to-SATA power adapters and none have ever failed. Live and learn.
They aren't almost useless. You prob have a spare x16 slot to use and even if you use x1 you prob have a pci gen3 board so you get like 7.6Gb/s. That's still pretty good considering this card maxes at 8Gb/s
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FWIW this card worked great for me, and the deal is back. I paired the card a USB-C extension cord and can now plug my laptop and desktop into the same USB-C 14-1 hub with no issues.
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