[SOLVED] Is there a difference between cheap and expensive PCIe USB 3.0 extension cards

HarryGRGamer

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I7-3770 (non k)
GTX 970
8GB DDR3 1600mhz
ASUS P861 LX3 PLUS R2.0

Hello there!

I've been thinking recently about buying an Oculus CV1 through eBay (Oculus sadly doesn't ship to Greece) because I think it will be a reasonably good first experience.

I've searched a lot of forums already so I'll know what I'll be getting into and I know that my CPU and GPU is right on par with the requirements of the Rift. (though many games do vary)

There's one thing though I'm worried about and that's the USB 3.0 ports that the Rift needs and since my old ASUS motherboard only has USB 2.0 ports I'll buy a PCIe card for sure

Oculus recommends this one: https://www.amazon.com/Inateck-Superspeed-Ports-PCI-Expansion/dp/B00B6ZCNGM

Is there a difference between cheap and expensive PCIe cards, because I've read that some are not compatible? Should I aim for 30$ or more?

Thank you in advance!
 
PC Specs
I7-3770 (non k)
GTX 970
8GB DDR3 1600mhz
ASUS P861 LX3 PLUS R2.0

Hello there!

I've been thinking recently about buying an Oculus CV1 through eBay (Oculus sadly doesn't ship to Greece) because I think it will be a reasonably good first experience.

I've searched a lot of forums already so I'll know what I'll be getting into and I know that my CPU and GPU is right on par with the requirements of the Rift. (though many games do vary)

There's one thing though I'm worried about and that's the USB 3.0 ports that the Rift needs and since my old ASUS motherboard only has USB 2.0 ports I'll buy a PCIe card for sure

Oculus recommends this one: https://www.amazon.com/Inateck-Superspeed-Ports-PCI-Expansion/dp/B00B6ZCNGM

Is there a difference between cheap and expensive PCIe cards, because I've read that some are not compatible? Should I aim for 30$ or more?

Thank you in advance!
Yes. Without a doubt. Most PCIe USB expansion cards use chips which split the bandwidth between ports. This has been known to cause issues with some VR headsets. You want to get one with 1 chip/channel port. So 4 ports = 4 USB Chips = 4 PCIe lanes (or a x4 card)
 
PC Specs
I7-3770 (non k)
GTX 970
8GB DDR3 1600mhz
ASUS P861 LX3 PLUS R2.0

Hello there!

I've been thinking recently about buying an Oculus CV1 through eBay (Oculus sadly doesn't ship to Greece) because I think it will be a reasonably good first experience.

I've searched a lot of forums already so I'll know what I'll be getting into and I know that my CPU and GPU is right on par with the requirements of the Rift. (though many games do vary)

There's one thing though I'm worried about and that's the USB 3.0 ports that the Rift needs and since my old ASUS motherboard only has USB 2.0 ports I'll buy a PCIe card for sure

Oculus recommends this one: https://www.amazon.com/Inateck-Superspeed-Ports-PCI-Expansion/dp/B00B6ZCNGM

Is there a difference between cheap and expensive PCIe cards, because I've read that some are not compatible? Should I aim for 30$ or more?

Thank you in advance!
Yes. Without a doubt. Most PCIe USB expansion cards use chips which split the bandwidth between ports. This has been known to cause issues with some VR headsets. You want to get one with 1 chip/channel port. So 4 ports = 4 USB Chips = 4 PCIe lanes (or a x4 card)
 

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