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    How To Upgrade USB 2 Panel Connectors To USB 3?

    If you connect a pair of older front panel USB 2 connectors (that terminate in a standard 2-row 20 pin plug) to a newer mobo that has a blue 2-row 40 pin connector (using an adapter), does that make them compatible with USB 3 devices and transfer speeds? The original connectors are after all only connectors connected to wires, so there ought not to be any speed restriction that I can see.
    Or is there more to it than this?
    I note that newer USB 3 connectors have a blue plastic inner insulator, and it appears they may also have 5 connector pins instead of 4.

    Thanks for any thoughts,
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    No. The USB3 connector has an additional 5 pins for USB3 data - total of 9 pins. USB2 only has 4 pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    No. The USB3 connector has an additional 5 pins for USB3 data - total of 9 pins. USB2 only has 4 pins.

    cheers, Paul
    OK got it. I thought it might be something along those lines.
    I guess to make them into USB 3 connectors I will have to replace the connectors and the cabling to the mobo.

    Thanks a bunch,
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    You'll have trouble replacing the sockets/ports to get USB 3, will require a new motherboard. You can get PCIe X1 Add-in cards that will give you 2 or more USB 3 ports, probably the least expensive option.
    http://www.amazon.com/PCI-E-Desktop-.../dp/B004FK6SSO

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    If you've got the mobo connections for USB 3.0, this will be in the ballpark of what you'll need.
    An alternative, although far less likely, would be to check your case's manufacturer for a proper USB 3.0 cable for the front panel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    If you've got the mobo connections for USB 3.0, this will be in the ballpark of what you'll need.
    An alternative, although far less likely, would be to check your case's manufacturer for a proper USB 3.0 cable for the front panel.
    Clint; that looks like what I need. I ordered one up so we shall see. Price is right. It sounds like it comes with a 20 pin USB3 plug which should plug right into mobo.

    Berton; the mobo is a new MSi unit with a 20 pin USB3 connector right on it, as mentioned above.

    Thanks guys,
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