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Hello,

I have an old Dell PE 1600 SC server that I would like to add some USB ports to.  I don't know if I can add the 3.0 version, but I believe at least 2.0 would be better than the version 1.1 that is currently on board.  I am just not sure of which adapter to buy.  If anyone has experience with this older Dell server and USB adapter add-ons, your advice would be greatly appreciate.

Thanks,
Cheese
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There should be no reason that you cannot add a USB 3.0 card to this server so long as you have a free slot on the bus and the free slot is supported by the card.

The card itself would contain the controller for the USB ports.

Looking up your server at Dell's website shows that it contains two PCI-X (PCIe) slots:
Expandability
At Dell, we understand that your small business needs room to grow. That’s why the PowerEdge 1600SC offers up
to six hard drives in hot-plug configurations, providing you with ample room to expand internal storage as your
needs increase, up to nearly 1TB of storage. It also offers a total of six PCI slots, including two PCI-X slots. What’s
more, the PowerEdge 1600SC allows one additional expansion drive bay with options of an additional CD-ROM,
DVD-ROM, Combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, or SCSI or IDE Tape Backup Unit.
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Stop over at NEWEGG, shows plenty of PCIe USB 3.0 Cards available:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=USB+3+card&N=-1&isNodeId=1

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Is PCIe compatible with PCI-X?  I didn't think they were?
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I know you can't plug a PCI-X card into a PCI-E slot but can you do vice versa?
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cheese, you are correct.  My mistake...  I was quickly reading through some specifications and got mixed up.  *I need another cup of coffee*...  PCI-X is actually an extension of the standard PCI card...  It is not PCI Express compliant.

StarTech has a PCI USB 3.0 Card - http://www.startech.com/Cards-Adapters/USB-3.0/Cards/2-Port-PCI-SuperSpeed-USB-3-Card-Adapter~PCIUSB3S2

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saige,

Looks good to me.  Has me slightly worried by a couple of the reviews, but most are good.  I will report back when I receive the item and plug her in.

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Worked like a charm.  Thank you.
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