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Hi, I bought a rocketfish RF-CRDRD all-in-one card reader. Problem is, I have no more USB headers on my mobo, since my case is using them all. My mobo is an Asus P6X58D-E and my case is a HAF 932.

So, I'm looking into buying an add-on card, with USB headers on it. Is there a card that can handle this? I'm looking into this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815158220

This has a 1-9 Male USB pinout, and the card reader has a 5 pin connector. But will this work? Or does the reader require it be connected directly to the mobo?
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Yes, that will work. It has the 9-pin USB header (just one).

It doesn't matter where it is on the system (mobo or pci card) as the system will detect the pci card as a USB Hub.

Also, as an alternative you can use this to expand your internal headers.
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Glad I saw this thread. I also have an internal card reader that connects to a 9-pin header, but my MB's two headers were both in use. So I bought a Koutech PU222 PCI-USB card. BTW- I'm using the same MB as the OP.

The card reader worked with it OK, but the PC-USB card caused serious problems with sleep/hibernate/shutdown functions on my win7 system. Probably driver issues, even though I tried all kinds of power management settings, and even disabled the drivers. It wasn't until I pulled the card that all was well with sleep mode again.

I was thinking of trying another card like the Startech mentioned in the first post, but the NZXT IU01 board looks like a safer choice, with even more capability. It should fit my needs pretty well because I already have a ton of external ports, just need the internal headers.

BTW- Ordered the NZXT board at SVC for $14..99 plus $2.99 shipping
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Glad it helped.
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That NZXT thing looks amazing! If I purchased this, will this reside inside the case? I'm confused a bit. I already have two USB hubs, and I'd rather not have a third
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The NZXT IU01 is just a high powered USB hub with 3 9-pin headers that each support two USB devices, plus 2 normal type A ports.

It is a small pcb, designed to mount inside a case (with included adhesive Velcro mounting), connected to a 9-pin motherboard header, cable included.

The things that make this different from most USB hubs is the 9-pin headers, and high powered headers and ports (it also needs a connection to Molex power, adapter cable included).

If you don't need more USB ports inside your case, then this product may not be for you. I only have two 9-pin headers on my motherboard, but I need two headers for the 4 front case USB ports, plus one more for the universal card reader mounted in a drive bay.

I found this review helpful.
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Update: I received the NZXT IU01 today, and installed in about 10 minutes. I now have up to 7 new USB ports (accessible via the card inside the case) with no driver conflict issues. Hooray!

Stuck it in the case with the included adhesive Velcro, and connected it by the connectors at the botom of the card to a Molex style power connector, and also to a motherboard 9-pin USB header. Then connected up two 9-pin USB devices to two of the three 9-pin headers in the middle of the card.

The Corsair 600T case has a rectangular shaped depressed area that looks like it was made for the NZXT IU01, just to the right of the motherboard.



I doubt few can understand the joy I am experiencing, having come from a PC that had a total of two USB ports, accessible from the back of the case. My current case/motherboard has 10 external USB ports, four of them in front, with eight more inside the case!
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Wow, that looks great there!!!

Glad we were able to help.
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