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Do I need a usb 3.0 case with this motherboard?

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June 17, 2013 5:14:02 PM

Hi, I'm building a PC. My intended motherboard is this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It has usb 3.0.

So, will I need a case will a front panel usb 3.0?

Or can I use cases with front panel usb 2.0s only?

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June 17, 2013 5:17:40 PM

YOU can use any case you like, though you'd be able to make full use of the capabilities with a USB3 case. If you do use USB2 front USB ports the motherboard should support that too.
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June 17, 2013 5:19:42 PM

You can use a 2.0 case. You'll have USB 3.0 ports on the motherboard itself so you can get a case with either USB 2.0 or 3.0. USB 2.0 is backward compatible with 3.0 - they will run at whatever is slower.
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June 17, 2013 5:21:39 PM

SchizTech said:
YOU can use any case you like, though you'd be able to make full use of the capabilities with a USB3 case. If you do use USB2 front USB ports the motherboard should support that too.


Can you describe what the full capabilites of the case would be? Also, That motherboard claims to have 6 x USB 2.0.

So, what i'm really asking is, should I pay an extra $10 for a usb 3.0 case?
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June 17, 2013 5:24:09 PM

radiantjet said:
SchizTech said:
YOU can use any case you like, though you'd be able to make full use of the capabilities with a USB3 case. If you do use USB2 front USB ports the motherboard should support that too.


Can you describe what the full capabilites of the case would be? Also, That motherboard claims to have 6 x USB 2.0.

So, what i'm really asking is, should I pay an extra $10 for a usb 3.0 case?


Full capabilities of the motherboard (that is, via USB3). Well, how much do you anticipate using USB3 storage devices (external HDD or flash drives)? If you have/use USB2 devices it won't matter since they'll run at standard USB2 speeds regardless of what port you plug it into.

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June 17, 2013 5:26:33 PM

On paper, 3.0 is 10x faster than 2.0. Just keep in mind that any device you use (external hard drives, peripherals, etc..) must be 3.0 compatible or it will only operate at 2.0 speed. From my experience, USB 3.0 is very fast... if it's only $10 more then I recommend it.
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June 17, 2013 5:31:32 PM

hybird9012 said:
On paper, 3.0 is 10x faster than 2.0. Just keep in mind that any device you use (external hard drives, peripherals, etc..) must be 3.0 compatible or it will only operate at 2.0 speed. From my experience, USB 3.0 is very fast... if it's only $10 more then I recommend it.


The only ports external devices I use is a mouse and a headset. I use both on my usb 2.0 computer, so I don't think ill need the usb 3.0. But thank you for your reply!
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