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Simply upgrade my PC from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0

USB 3.0 iNTERNAL card reader hub

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#1 Tymeka

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:16 PM

Hello,

 

I am recently looking for a solution for adding USB 3.0 capability to my pc system with only USB 2.0. I want to add USB 3.0 to both card reader and USB slots. But I don’t want external devices that hang off the computer and add to the clutter of a desk.

 

So if anyone have suggestions on an internal device that can be easily installed to upgrade my 2.0 PC?

 

My PC information: Windows 8 Pro, GA-P55A-UD4P motherboard

 

Thanks in advance.



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:12 PM

you will have to get a usb3 2 or 4 port front panel and run an extension cable from the back ports through the inside of the pc to the front panel.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:37 PM

You should already have 2 USB3.0 ports on the back.  

 

To add more, get a pci x1 card like this:  http://www.newegg.co...N82E16815256004  or this cheaper one:  http://www.amazon.co...ds=usb 3.0 card

 

It will add 2 ports in the rear and has the internal header to attach to front or case mounted ports. 


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 05:13 AM

Unless you have some high speed USB 3.0 storage devices I would not worry about it. I have found most USB 3.0 Flash drives are really just fast USB 2.0 drives with no real speed bump. There are exception like the Hyper X but they are expensive.


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#5 Tymeka

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:39 PM

Unless you have some high speed USB 3.0 storage devices I would not worry about it. I have found most USB 3.0 Flash drives are really just fast USB 2.0 drives with no real speed bump. There are exception like the Hyper X but they are expensive.

 

I got two USB 3.0 HDD and one was purchased by myself one was got from friend. Then I found myself missed the named 3.0 speed because of my 2.0 pc motherboard and I am much sure that I need to upgrade my old pc now from your words....Thanks!

 

But opps….I still looking for a combo that can also get USB 3.0 slots and multi card reader since I am a photographer so I need 3.0 multi card readers for my cards very much. I will keep searching for one :thx:



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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:48 PM

You should already have 2 USB3.0 ports on the back.  

 

To add more, get a pci x1 card like this:  http://www.newegg.co...N82E16815256004  or this cheaper one:  http://www.amazon.co...ds=usb 3.0 card

 

It will add 2 ports in the rear and has the internal header to attach to front or case mounted ports. 

 

Unluckily there aren’t any USB 3.0 ports for my PC so these items might not fit. But luckily, it seems a PCI-E connector and a 4 pin power connector is a good choice for my PC!

Thanks for your advice. I will check if there is a right one and hope I can get it quickly and share my experience for those who needed! :woot:



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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:35 PM

I am back here because I want to share my experience with those who needed. Getting help from you guys I searched for a long time on Amazon. And one kind of product named PCI-E to USB 3.0 internal combo makes sense. I was very excited when I got it!

 

This is a great addition to the computer, adding USB 3.0 and also 6 USB 3.0 card readers directly to the front for real easy access.

 

I would like to share in points.

  1. Installation:

To be honest, I am not good at computer building so I was a little hesitated about the installation before buying, but I finally decided to buy it because of the ads stating “Only one step to upgrade” and I really eager for an USB 3.0 card reader for my multiple cards. Not disappointing me, the installation be is very easy! You only need to turn off your computer, insert the PCI-E card of the combo to the pci-e slot of your pc and screw the item to the front panel and then plug the 4 pin socket into the combo. That’s all about it!

  1. Transfer rate:

USB 3.0 is remarked as up to 5.0Gbps. I only tested the transfer rate of the card readers by software; it’s not as describes to be 5.0Gbps but can still get a faster speed than 2.0 to around 4.0Gbps to 4.8Gbps.

I will test the USB 3.0 hub slot with my WD disk.

 

Now one week passed, the performance is stable, so I suggest buying it. I chose a cheaper one $39.99 from Sunvalleytek on Amazon and the brand is HooToo.

 

You can find it on: http://www.amazon.co...duct/B00ATKKV0A

 

But before you buy it, check with your motherboard that there is PCI-E slot and a 4 pin power molex in it.

 

Hope my information helps! And thanks for all your help! :woot:



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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:02 AM

Very good!  Thank you.



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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:10 AM

Tym - I really appreciate it when a member comes back with some follow up information and explains exactly what they did to resolve their original question.  Thank you so much for contributing like that.  With five minutes of your time you've added some information that might help numerous folks in the future.  Again, thanks.


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