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Does a case have to have USB 3.0 port for USB 3.0?

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A lot of cases have 2 USB 2.0 ports on the front. If the MOBO you are using has USB 3.0 headers for the front ports and the case has USB 2.0 ports, does it mean the port can only be USB 2.0? I hope I am making my question clear.
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post #2 of 9
Correct, 2.0 only.
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It will only reach 2.0 speeds.
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I do believe.
Your 3.0 would be throttled to 2.0
I also think you lose the "power"part of 3.0.
You can buy PCIE slot adapters (as well as 3.5 and 5.25 bay adapters)
that allow you to run 3.0 though,from MB header to adapter...
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post #5 of 9
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Hmm, good thing I asked. So there is some kind of technology difference in the actual physical case port? Thats interesting.
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no they plug in both fine to eachother physically
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post #7 of 9
The pin layout is different in the port. their are 4 pins in USB 2.0 and 8 in USB 3.0. At least, I think 8 -- too lazy to google.

Edit: but either device will fit in either port.
post #8 of 9
You cannot plug a USB 2.0 cable into a USB 3.0 header. In this picture the USB 2.0 is on the left, and 3.0 is on the right:



So yes, you will only be able to use USB 2.0.
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Originally Posted by virtualnan View Post

A lot of cases have 2 USB 2.0 ports on the front. If the MOBO you are using has USB 3.0 headers for the front ports and the case has USB 2.0 ports, does it mean the port can only be USB 2.0? I hope I am making my question clear.

Do you have a spare external bay on the front of your case?

If so, there are options like these for taking care of the problem:

http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/accessories/usb3-front-panel



Many companies have these or slight variations that may include memory card readers or fan controllers as well...
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