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Top right, two USB 2.0 connectors?


What's the point?
Edited by The Master Chief - 5/25/11 at 11:03am
post #2 of 18
So you can connect a usb thumb drive and keep it in there at all times? That would be SUPER handy for my unRaid server as the OS has to reside on a USB drive.
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post #3 of 18
for case connections and external connections to the motheboard.
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post #4 of 18
Interesting, I've never seen that before.

I suppose you could leave a flash drive or Bluetooth dongle plugged in at all times and they'll be out of the way.
post #5 of 18
Are you sure they are USB 2.0?

I know the USB 3.0 internal header was not finalized until a few months ago. Before then, most cases had the USB 3.0 cable going to the I/O panel.
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post #6 of 18
I couldn't really see them from that picture. So i found this one. Also maybe they are there to flash a bios without a cpu or memory?
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post #7 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo;13632921 
Are you sure they are USB 2.)?

These are actual ports, NOT headers.

Which is kinda weird, but whatev.

Chief, I think you should edit the thread title to say "ports" and not "headers".

And most likely these would be used for bluetooth or wifi. Or I guess maybe for USB humping dogs.
Edited by corky dorkelson - 5/25/11 at 11:03am
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post #8 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Master Chief;13632865 
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Top right, two USB 2.0 connectors?


What's the point?

Lucky! Maybe if you made a little charging dock in your case for an ipod or something, and needed to run a usb cable into the computer but weren't able to plug it in the back. See this thread for an example.

http://www.overclock.net/computer-cases/973763-haf-932-usb-charge-cable-routing.html
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I also think this feature may be geared toward the tech bench crowd. You wouldn't need to go around back or have to wire up a USB front panel.
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post #10 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by corky dorkelson;13632996 
I also think this feature may be geared toward the tech bench crowd. You wouldn't need to go around back or have to wire up a USB front panel.

But aren't there enough USB ports on the I/O shield?
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