HTPC Motherboard w/Onboard USB 3.0

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by mightymo77, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. mightymo77

    mightymo77 OSNN Junior Addict

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    I'm going to be building a HTPC soon. I need a motherboard that has onboard USB 3.0 so that I can connect the front USB ports of my case (I want USB 3.0 in the front, not 2.0). All the motherboards I find have USB 3.0 for the back ports, but the onboard is 2.0. Does anyone know of any models?
     
  2. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    It wouldn't matter. I've yet to see a case that has front USB 3 ports.
     
  3. LeeJend

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    ASUS has had one since last summer and possibly ASROCK (announced in October so it should be available by now).

    If the case doesn't support front USB 3 then look for a floppy or HDD bay add on that supports USB 3 connections.

    Plan B would be to get a USB port extender that sits on the desk and connect it to the USB 3 in the back. That is what I do since most of my cases don't have USB up front. It's cleaner than cables hanging out the front of the PC and if you trash a connector just replace the extender.
     
  4. mightymo77

    mightymo77 OSNN Junior Addict

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    Are you joking? LanLi makes a bunch. Here's another one
     
  5. dreamliner77

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    Well that's a first for me but I also haven't been shopping for a case recently.

    Also, in just looking at a few examples, many of them use pass through cables for the front 3.0 port.
     
  6. mightymo77

    mightymo77 OSNN Junior Addict

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    What does pass through cables mean?
     
  7. LordOfLA

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    plug them in to the rear ports to feed the front ports :)
     
  8. mightymo77

    mightymo77 OSNN Junior Addict

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    I'm going with the Silverstone case:

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    The front USB ports are connected by a 9-pin assembly right? Is there such thing as a cable to connect that to a normal USB (run it outside the case and plug it into the back USB port)?

    LOL if not I'll just skip 3.0 :dead:
     
  9. Johnny

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    Yeah, a pass through is usually how they do it. Just make sure the cable is long enough, there are numerous cases where it is not.
     
  10. mightymo77

    mightymo77 OSNN Junior Addict

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    Can you post a link or two to one of these cables, I can't seem to find any.