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    USB Card Upgrade

    I have been reading about USB.
    https://www.partitionwizard.com/part...sb-speeds.html
    https://www.partitionwizard.com/imag...b-speeds-1.png

    Currently, my MOB supports up to USB 3 GEN 1 which is 5 Gbps.

    I am thinking about getting this card.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B097TDK5M3

    Will this card work correctly if insert into my PCI Express 2.0 x16?

    Can you also confirm that the USB 3 GEN 2 (10 Gbps) is faster than SATA III (6 Gbps)?

    Is it possible to get a card that is USB GEN 2x2 (20 Gbps) or USB 4 (40Gbps)? But is this really necessary since a SSD average speed is about 550 MB/s?

    Last, is all USB above speed of 10 Gbps use USB Type C interface?
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    Can you also confirm that the USB 3 GEN 2 (10 Gbps) is faster than SATA III (6 Gbps)?
    USB 3.2 Gen 2 is CAPABLE of faster speeds, but it depends on the devices connected to it.

    If you're using a SATA SSD, then getting a USB 3.2 Gen 2 card wouldn't make much difference. You'd need an NVME based SSD. Something like this:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GV9M64L...ding=UTF8&th=1

    There aren't many USB4 devices available right now, so it's not practical right now.

    Last, is all USB above speed of 10 Gbps use USB Type C interface?
    Yes.

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    Thanks for the clarity MidKnyte

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon Speed
    USB 3 GEN 1 which is 5 Gbps.
    Does USB 3 GEN 1 come in USB C interface?

    That card that I have provided above only goes up to 10 Gbps per port although it has a total 20 Gbps bandwidth.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B097TDK5M3

    This means this card is still below the speed of the SSD (that you have provided) since it has speed of 2000MB/s. Would that be a correct assessment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon Speed
    Will this card work correctly if insert into my PCI Express 2.0 x16?
    Also, will this card work at its maximum performance if I stick it into the PCI Express 2.0 x16 or will it need PCI Express 3.0? Any thoughts?

    Thanks
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    In order to meet the speed of the drive that you have provided, I would need to buy this card if I am correct?

    https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-.../dp/B08T6FCF9S
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    Does USB 3 GEN 1 come in USB C interface?
    Yes.

    That card that I have provided above only goes up to 10 Gbps per port although it has a total 20 Gbps bandwidth.
    Oh, I misread it. It's not a 2x2 card. It has 2 type A ports and 3 type C ports. It's a bit misleading at a glance.
    The Startech card you posted about is a 2x2 card.

    PCI Express 2.0 x16 is capable of 8GB/s.

    What are you trying to do exactly? If you don't have any 2x2 drives, you don't need to buy a Gen2 2x2 card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midknyte View Post
    What are you trying to do exactly?.
    I had time on my hand and was just researching whether to add a card in and delay building another desktop for a while.

    Also, just wanted to get to the bottom of things on learning about the USB generations and how the cards work with PCI Express which you cleared up my questions.

    Thanks for the follow-up MidKnyte. Really appreciate you.
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