IO Port Cards Archive

Best PCIe RAID Controller Cards 2019-2020

If you’re looking to expand the capabilities of your computer, RAID is a very powerful platform that can be utilized. There are three main benefits to using a RAID system. First, you’ll be able to add and maintain more storage space. Second, you can improve the performance of your hard drives or solid state disks well beyond what’s possible with a single disk system. Lastly, …

Best USB 3.1 and USB-C PCIe Expansion Cards in 2019-2020

For getting the fastest USB speeds out there, older USB ports aren’t going to cut it. Most peripherals are probably pretty well served by simple USB 3.0 connections. Keyboards, mice, and similar devices don’t exactly need to make use of the higher bandwidth potential of new-age USB formats. But some devices really do depend on the higher bandwidth potential of USB 3.1 and beyond. That’s …

Reviews of the Best PCIe Serial Port (Adapter) Cards

Very few interfaces have the rich, varied history of the serial port. They get there name from the way they transfer data. Just a single bit at a time, in a series. Serial technology laid the foundation for our modern communication protocols. USB stands for Universal Serial Bus. SATA stands for Serial ATA, which stands for Serial AT Attachment, which (strangely enough) stands for Serial …

Ultimate Guide to the Best PCIe Wireless Adapters (2019-2020 Updated)

Wireless adapters aren’t just routers, shoved inside of desktop computers. They’re a means of extending your wireless network to a broader area, of affecting control over your network, and expanding network reception. With the right adapter, your options can remain wide open. Some wireless adapters ask you to choose between convenience and efficiency, but more often than not, you can have both. Choosing the Right …

Reviews of the Best PCIe 1394A and 1394B Firewire Cards

With USB 3.1 becoming increasingly common, manufacturers are dropping support for older interfaces in favor of the latest trends. With support for up to 10 Gbps of bandwidth, the new standards seem to leave the once-popular Firewire in the dust. But for most applications, 10 Gbps is excessive. You certainly can’t write to external storage devices at that rate, and many useful devices still perform …