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I've been looking to build a new computer and I'm having trouble establishing exactly how the multi-card reader I'm looking at connects to the motherboard, specifically the two USB 3.0 ports. The product is here:

http://www.icybox.com.tw/page/product_accessories/product_accessories-ib-863.htm

And the datasheet here:

http://www.icybox.com.tw/pdf_spec/datasheet_ib-863_e.pdf

Correct me if I'm wrong but as I understand it the USB Hub and Card reader connect to a USB 2.0 Header (only one?) the eSATA connects to a SATA socket, and the Audio and Power cables are what I would expect. However, it says the USB 3.0 sockets connect "Externally" to the motherboard or a PCI-X extension card. This presumably means they don't just connect to a USB 3.0 header on the motherboard but then how exactly do they connect? I've searched the internet for pictures of the ends of the cables as well to no avail. Any information on this problem would be very much appreciated.
post #2 of 5
I would bet that those USB3 headers just plug directly into normal USB3 ports in the back.

Judging by this picture:

LD0000830596_2.jpg

The card readers/USB2.0 clearly go to a normal motherboard header, but the USB3.0 looks like a normal USB cable. My guess is you're supposed to somehow route it through the back of the case and plug 'em into ports on the back. I/O of the motherboard.

(This is also how the USB3.0 headers work on my Lian-Li)
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That's what I figured, thanks very much. So, in theory each USB 3.0 socket would connect to another one on the back of the I/O on the motherboard? Or presumably it would be possible to buy an internal expansion card and connect them to that?
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They would have to plug into the back of the motherboard. I have yet to see an actual USB3 expansion card that had normal USB3 ports on the card itself.
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Thanks very much for the help.
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