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Confirmed working PCIe type-C cards for Quest 2

BossStarstreams
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Are there any that are Gen 1 PCIe slots with the same output?

This would work but it's only 10Watts max

CPU Intel 4 core i5-4670K @ 3.40GHz
Motherboard MSI Z87-G45 GAMING
Memory: 32 GBs DDR 3 Corsair
Display Card: nVidea RTX 3060 Ti 8Gbs GDDR6 / GDDR6X
OS: Windows 10 Pro
Router: ASUS AX1800 WiFi 6 (RT-AX55)
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Anyverse
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Considering the official Quest 2 charger provides 10 watt output 5V/2A. Any card with a 15 watt or more source it will allow the headset to be used and charge at the same time or discharge slower. The Meta Quest 3 charger which is 18 watt is backwards compatible with the Meta Quest 2.

The USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 expansion cards numbered 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 are confirmed to work with the Quest 2 by reviewers of the card. The rest have the capabilities to support the Quest 2+ but are unconfirmed.

USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 Expansion Cards

1. StarTech 1-Port USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 PCIe Card

This one does 15 watt output 5V/3A. It's a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 on PCI-E 3.0 x 4. It is backwards compatible with 3.2 Gen 1. It has a single port.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/StarTech-com-USB-3-2-PCIE-CARD/dp/B08T6FCF9S/

2. StarTech 2-Port USB 3.2 Gen 2x1 (10Gbps) PCIe Card

This is similar but as a dual port version.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/StarTech-com-PCIe-USB-3-1-Card/dp/B087G7T234

3. Akasa USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C to PCIe Host Card

This one is a single port version by a different brand but it doesn't say how much watt it provides.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Akasa-Extension-Transfer-Support-AK-PCCU3-07/dp/B097G12Z76

4. Yeeliya PCIe to USB 3.2 Gen 2/3.1 Gen 2 Card with 10Gbps Bandwidth 5-Port (3X USB A -2X USB C)

This has been confirmed as working with the Quest 2 by reviewers.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bandwidth-Internal-Converter-Splitter-Desktop-Blue/dp/B094QLZC98/

5. Inateck PCIe to USB 3.2 Card, RedComets U25 with 3 USB A Ports and 2 USB C Ports, 8 Gbps Bandwidth

This has been confirmed as working with the Quest 2 by reviewers.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Inateck-PCIe-RedComets-Ports-Bandwidth/dp/B096ZK6C37/

6. ELUTENG PCIE to USB 3.2 Expansion Card 10Gbps 2 USB C Ports Max Speed PCI-E Type C USB 3.2 Gen2 Card

This works with the Quest 2 but cannot charge the device while in use.

https://www.amazon.com/ELUTENG-Express-Expansion-Controller-Adapter/dp/B08HN8QMKZ/

7. Cablecc USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C 20Gbps USB-C to PCI-E 4X Express Card Adapter

This has the technical specifications to support the Quest (can deliver 15 watts) but there are no reviews to confirm it works yet.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cablecc-Express-Adapter-Desktop-Motherboard/dp/B0BPMDW4J3/

8. GojaCom PCIE to USB 3.0 Expansion Card 4 Ports (2 x USB C, 2 x USB A)

This has the technical specifications to support the Quest (can deliver 15 watts) but there are no reviews to confirm it works yet.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/315067184297

USB 4 Expansion Card

This requires USB4 header pins on the motherboard.

ASUS USB4 PCIE GEN4 Card, Dual USB4 Ports (USB-C), 2x DisplayPort 1.4, PCIE 4.0x4, upto 40 Gbps

This one includes all the features including Display port over USB-C if you want to also connect a monitor at the same time.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-usb4-pcie-gen4-card-dual-usb4-ports-usb-c-2x-displayport-14-pci...

Thunderbolt Expansion Cards

All of the following cards require Thunderbolt 3/4 header pins on the motherboard.

1. ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 Card, PCI Express, 2 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C), 2 x Mini DisplayPort In

This is a Thunderbolt version of the Asus card. The Asus Add-in cards will only work with Asus motherboards. 

The Thunderbolt cards require BIOS settings to be updated.

Reviewers say they had to change the “Thunderbolt Host Chipset” to “Maple Ridge” in the BIOS for the adapter to work.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-ThunderboltEX-Express-Thunderbolt-DisplayPort/dp/B08CVCWL2Q/

2. Gigabyte GC-MAPLE RIDGE 1.0

This is made for use with Gigabyte motherboards.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-GCMAPLER-00-G-GC-MAPLE-RIDGE-1-0/dp/B0977K16C5

3. MSI Thunderbolt 4 Add-in Card THUNDERBOLTM4 8K

This is similar to the Asus one but may be compatible with non-MSI motherboards. It can also handle 5V/3A (15 watt).

https://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-Thunderbolt-Add-THUNDERBOLTM4-8K/dp/B0B9C5KPXR

4. Asrock Thunderbolt 4 AIC, PCI Express, 2 x Thunderbolt 4 Type-C, 2 x DisplayPort IN, 1 x USB 2.0

This is made for Asrock motherboards and can handle the 15 watt requirement also.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Asrock-Thunderbolt-Express-Type-C-DisplayPort/dp/B0966SLK8B

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Anyverse
Heroic Explorer

Considering the official Quest 2 charger provides 10 watt output 5V/2A. Any card with a 15 watt or more source it will allow the headset to be used and charge at the same time or discharge slower. The Meta Quest 3 charger which is 18 watt is backwards compatible with the Meta Quest 2.

The USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 expansion cards numbered 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 are confirmed to work with the Quest 2 by reviewers of the card. The rest have the capabilities to support the Quest 2+ but are unconfirmed.

USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 Expansion Cards

1. StarTech 1-Port USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 PCIe Card

This one does 15 watt output 5V/3A. It's a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 on PCI-E 3.0 x 4. It is backwards compatible with 3.2 Gen 1. It has a single port.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/StarTech-com-USB-3-2-PCIE-CARD/dp/B08T6FCF9S/

2. StarTech 2-Port USB 3.2 Gen 2x1 (10Gbps) PCIe Card

This is similar but as a dual port version.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/StarTech-com-PCIe-USB-3-1-Card/dp/B087G7T234

3. Akasa USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C to PCIe Host Card

This one is a single port version by a different brand but it doesn't say how much watt it provides.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Akasa-Extension-Transfer-Support-AK-PCCU3-07/dp/B097G12Z76

4. Yeeliya PCIe to USB 3.2 Gen 2/3.1 Gen 2 Card with 10Gbps Bandwidth 5-Port (3X USB A -2X USB C)

This has been confirmed as working with the Quest 2 by reviewers.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bandwidth-Internal-Converter-Splitter-Desktop-Blue/dp/B094QLZC98/

5. Inateck PCIe to USB 3.2 Card, RedComets U25 with 3 USB A Ports and 2 USB C Ports, 8 Gbps Bandwidth

This has been confirmed as working with the Quest 2 by reviewers.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Inateck-PCIe-RedComets-Ports-Bandwidth/dp/B096ZK6C37/

6. ELUTENG PCIE to USB 3.2 Expansion Card 10Gbps 2 USB C Ports Max Speed PCI-E Type C USB 3.2 Gen2 Card

This works with the Quest 2 but cannot charge the device while in use.

https://www.amazon.com/ELUTENG-Express-Expansion-Controller-Adapter/dp/B08HN8QMKZ/

7. Cablecc USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C 20Gbps USB-C to PCI-E 4X Express Card Adapter

This has the technical specifications to support the Quest (can deliver 15 watts) but there are no reviews to confirm it works yet.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cablecc-Express-Adapter-Desktop-Motherboard/dp/B0BPMDW4J3/

8. GojaCom PCIE to USB 3.0 Expansion Card 4 Ports (2 x USB C, 2 x USB A)

This has the technical specifications to support the Quest (can deliver 15 watts) but there are no reviews to confirm it works yet.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/315067184297

USB 4 Expansion Card

This requires USB4 header pins on the motherboard.

ASUS USB4 PCIE GEN4 Card, Dual USB4 Ports (USB-C), 2x DisplayPort 1.4, PCIE 4.0x4, upto 40 Gbps

This one includes all the features including Display port over USB-C if you want to also connect a monitor at the same time.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-usb4-pcie-gen4-card-dual-usb4-ports-usb-c-2x-displayport-14-pci...

Thunderbolt Expansion Cards

All of the following cards require Thunderbolt 3/4 header pins on the motherboard.

1. ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 Card, PCI Express, 2 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C), 2 x Mini DisplayPort In

This is a Thunderbolt version of the Asus card. The Asus Add-in cards will only work with Asus motherboards. 

The Thunderbolt cards require BIOS settings to be updated.

Reviewers say they had to change the “Thunderbolt Host Chipset” to “Maple Ridge” in the BIOS for the adapter to work.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-ThunderboltEX-Express-Thunderbolt-DisplayPort/dp/B08CVCWL2Q/

2. Gigabyte GC-MAPLE RIDGE 1.0

This is made for use with Gigabyte motherboards.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-GCMAPLER-00-G-GC-MAPLE-RIDGE-1-0/dp/B0977K16C5

3. MSI Thunderbolt 4 Add-in Card THUNDERBOLTM4 8K

This is similar to the Asus one but may be compatible with non-MSI motherboards. It can also handle 5V/3A (15 watt).

https://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-Thunderbolt-Add-THUNDERBOLTM4-8K/dp/B0B9C5KPXR

4. Asrock Thunderbolt 4 AIC, PCI Express, 2 x Thunderbolt 4 Type-C, 2 x DisplayPort IN, 1 x USB 2.0

This is made for Asrock motherboards and can handle the 15 watt requirement also.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Asrock-Thunderbolt-Express-Type-C-DisplayPort/dp/B0966SLK8B

BossStarstreams
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Problem is, My slots are PCIe 1x, Gen 3, which will only transfer 1Gbs tops. So even if I put in any of these cards, it's a bottle neck. I returned the Quest 3. I'm either going with another brand, or maybe next time Meta will put more ports on their headsets to make things more versatile. I don't understand why they didn't add an HDMI or DP port for backward compatibility. The steam Index does.

CPU Intel 4 core i5-4670K @ 3.40GHz
Motherboard MSI Z87-G45 GAMING
Memory: 32 GBs DDR 3 Corsair
Display Card: nVidea RTX 3060 Ti 8Gbs GDDR6 / GDDR6X
OS: Windows 10 Pro
Router: ASUS AX1800 WiFi 6 (RT-AX55)

This is for others that have the same problem.  In PCI-E 3.0 It is 1 (0.985) gigabits per second per lane. Multiplied by number of lanes available (16 lanes) = 16 (15.754) gbps. This doubles for the next generation. 8 gigatransfers x 16 = 128 gigatransfer per second.

Oculus Link requires a minimum of USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 speeds at 5gbps and your system will meet that criteria with PCI-E 3.0.

It can work up to 10gbps with USB 3.1 Gen 2 but may not reach the full speeds because those lanes will be shared with your dedicated graphics cards and other devices that share these lanes.

BossStarstreams
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I ran the Quest 3 with 3.0 ports. It was choppy. There's too much overhead with older 3.0 and even 3.1 ports. Unless you're on a newer USB-C board, the older chip-sets are not optimized for consistent video throughput. There's a reason why every other VR manufacture uses HDMI, and DP ports still. Because 90 percent of people don't have a new computer with a dedicated USB-C controller built into the chip set. It was bad business decision to only add a C port. I wanted to keep it, but returned it because of the hassle of having to go out and buy cables and expansion cards for the ridiculous charging issues, and not knowing if these accessories were even going to work. If I'm spending $600+ It should have what it needs.

The other thing that was surprising was, the eye screen did not have very good peripheral vision. When I first put on the headset, it looked like I was looking through binoculars. I expected a wider area of display that would allow my peripheral vision to see more image rather than black edges.

If Meta comes out with a Quest 3 with DP, or HDMI, I'll drop the cash again. But I'm not in the market to built an entirely new PC when mine plays every game I throw at it with ease.

CPU Intel 4 core i5-4670K @ 3.40GHz
Motherboard MSI Z87-G45 GAMING
Memory: 32 GBs DDR 3 Corsair
Display Card: nVidea RTX 3060 Ti 8Gbs GDDR6 / GDDR6X
OS: Windows 10 Pro
Router: ASUS AX1800 WiFi 6 (RT-AX55)