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I am using this motherboard MSI Z68MA-G45 (B3) http://www.ebay.com/itm/MSI-Z68MA-G45-B3-LGA-1155-Intel-Z68-HDMI-Micro-ATX-Intel-Motherboard/252413349196?_trksid=p2055119.c100022.m2048&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140122153519%26meid%3D1820dcc13a614084975ff6d2439002d6%26pid%3D100022%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D182181001863#shpCntId Here is a link for it. I want to put a USB 3.0 in the front of the computer case but this board has no usb 3.0 19 pin on the motherboard. If I use this item http://www.ebay.com/itm/391494287769?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Will I get usb 3.0 speeds from the usb 2.0 header on the motherboard? Or will I get usb 3.0 speeds from this item http://www.ebay.com/itm/401140569569?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT when plugged into the pcie slot and using its 19 pin header to connect to a front panel?


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Get the PCI-e card. I don't think you'll see anything above USB2.0 speeds with that adapter cable.
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You will not get USB 3.0 speeds on a USB 2.0 case port, even with that adapter cable. You would be better off just forgetting about it and staying with the native USB 2.0 headers unless you get some actual USB 3.0 ports installed on your case. One way would be to use a 5.25" adapter like this:

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The card you linked is a piece of junk. It runs off only one PCI-e lane (PCI-e x1). Each USB 3.0 port requires one PCI-e lane so, if you are running all four USB 3.0 ports (the two external ports on the back and the two connected to the internal header), you will get, at best get only 25% of USB 3.0's top speed. You need a card like this one:



This card also has two rear USB 3.0 ports and a USB 3.0 header but it also runs on PCI-e x4—it has a single lane for each USB 3.0 port—so each port can run at up to full USB3.0 speeds (the card is also expensive but you only get what you pay for). Keep in mind that USB 3.0 ports derived from PCI-e can be used only with storage devices. You can't, for example, run a mouse or keyboard from those ports; you would need USB 3.0 ports that are native to the MOBO for that.
     
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Would the pci e card give usb 3.0 speed with pci 2.0 slots? You said it wont work with a mouse or keyboard but it would work with a flash drive? I have usb 3.0 in the case but no usb 3.0 on the board that has a 19 pin header just the 2 native usb 3.0 ports on the back of the board.
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Would the pci e card give usb 3.0 speed with pci 2.0 slots? You said it wont work with a mouse or keyboard but it would work with a flash drive? I have usb 3.0 in the case but no usb 3.0 on the board that has a 19 pin header just the 2 native usb 3.0 ports on the back of the board.

The card I linked says it's rated for PCI-e 2.0 x4.

It should work fine with flash drives (there are no 100% guarantees for anything).
     
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