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Akasa DuoDock S & USB 3.0 PCIe Card Review

Rating: 8.0.

After an eight year wait, the third version of the universal serial bus (USB) is finally available on the retail market. Sadly because of the high pricing – low end and many mainstream motherboards often do not often incorporate USB 3.0 controllers and many enthusiast users are unwilling to perform a major upgrade to their system just for USB 3.0 support.

Some would say that the high speed of the USB 3.0 controllers is currently only really useful for file transfers. What if you are one of those people who already have a high end PC with USB 3.0 support and perhaps a few, unused hard drives sitting idle?

Akasa have created two products which are just right for enthusiasts who want to adopt the USB 3.0 standard and especially for those with a couple of external storage devices.

First, the AK-PCCU3-01 PCIe extension card which adds two USB 3.0 ports to any system with an PCIe slot to spare. Second, the DuoDock S, the upgraded version of the very versatile HDD docking station. We are going to examine both devices and their performance thoroughly in this review.

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7 comments

  1. Interesting, as my friend as a new USB 3 motherboard and the speeds arent that impressive. those cards seem to be the way to go right now.

  2. Looks like a reasonable product, dont see it for sale anywhere, and no price?

  3. I personally still have concerns about akasa build quailty, ive had a case fall apart and several fans stop working.

  4. Oh yeah, also meant to say, the front of the case I had didn’t break, it just fell apart. two year old. not ancient either.

  5. Akasa are ok quality wise, but they produce a lot of ranges and I dont think they really are the highest of quality on the market. This product reviewed today seems good, but I also would wonder about long term lasting capabilities.

  6. nothing wrong with akasa, ive used quite a few of their products and never had a prob.

  7. Id like to pick the card up with the caddy. but I will probably get a USB 3 mobo in a few months.