USB3 drive speeds using a USB3 hub

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    hdmi said:
    USB3 hubs are not created equal, and some of them are so poor that they not only cripple the combined speed a lot, but also tend to drop connections for no apparent reason. The good ones are reliable, and they all have UASP as well as are fast enough to not slow down a pair of 7200rpm 3.5 inch SATA III harddrives in external USB3 enclosures by any significant margin, at least not when it comes to the sustained sequential data transfer rate when both drives are active. But not all of the ones that have UASP are good. (Just the good ones all have UASP.)
    To avoid issues with speed and cables and hubs I add a PCIe X1 or X4 card with 4 x USB 3 ports to the Desktop.
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    Berton said:
    To avoid issues with speed and cables and hubs I add a PCIe X1 or X4 card with 4 x USB 3 ports to the Desktop.
    Decent ATX motherboards have enough USB3 ports on them, and the speed isn't an issue because external drives are meant for their increased storage capacity anyway.

    EDIT: And of course cables going into a hub that's on the table are much less of a hassle compared to having to crawl underneath the table to reach the back of the PC when usually there's too few USB3 ports on the front of the PC case.
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    hdmi said:
    Decent ATX motherboards have enough USB3 ports on them, and the speed isn't an issue because external drives are meant for their increased storage capacity anyway.
    Some do but some don't.
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    Berton said:
    Some do but some don't.
    It mostly depends on what you like to call a decent ATX motherboard. lol Adding a PCie card in a dektop PC very often limits the primary PCIe x16 slot to x8 speed so, if you are a gamer, then it's typically not the best option. The powered hub that I use was close to 90 Euros. It has 16 USB3 ports, and it uses a 100 watts power supply.
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