Adding a USB 3 PCIe card to a Dell PowerEdge Server is easy, but most USB 3 PCIe cards require an internal power source, and Dell servers do not have any.
The HighPoint RocketU 1344A PCIe card works perfectly with Dell PowerEdge servers and does not require any additional power source. I’ve used it on many times and not a problem.
- It is a PCIe x4 card and can supply up to 25W of power
(most add-in cards which are PCIe x1 and provide only 10W of power).
- It has 4x Dedicated 10Gb/s USB 3.1 ports..
It is more expensive than many USB3 cards, but I have found it to be very good.
- PCIe 3.0 x4 Host Interface
- 4x Dedicated 10Gb/s USB 3.1 ports
- Designed for industry standard USB devices
- Fully backwards compatible with USB 1.0/2.0/3.x devices & peripherals
- Supports Windows 8 & Later, macOS 10.9 & Later, and Linux
I did some testing by copying a Windows Server ISO to a Samsung Portable SSD, it took 16 seconds with the USB 3 card:
The same file from the USB2 ports took 2 minutes and 57 seconds to complete:
This is the Samsung SSD I used for testing. It is tiny, smaller than a credit card!
- Superfast read write speeds: SSD with V-NAND offers ultra-fast data transfer speeds of up to 540MB/s (up to 4.9x faster than external HDDs); Ideal for transferring large-sized data including 4K videos, high-resolution photos, games and more
- Compact and portable design: Top to bottom shock resistant metal design fits in the palm of your hand and easily slides in your pocket or purse to take work and entertainment on the go
- Secure encryption: Optional password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption keeps your personal and private data more secure
- Seamless connectivity: Includes USB type C to C and USB type C to A cables to connect to PCs, Macs, smartphones and other devices
- Warranty and compatibility: 3-year limited warranty; Requires Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), Android 4.4 (KitKat), or higher; Older versions of the Windows, Mac and Android operating systems may not be supported
Here is the card installed in the server: