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USB 2.0 and how to convert to USB 3.0

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August 10, 2013 5:23:52 PM

Hi guys, I have an Acer AM7720-E7870A desktop that has a number of USB2.0 connectors in the front and top. I'd like to convert them into USB 3.0 connectors. Could I simply purchase a USB 3.0 PCI-E Card and connect those internal USB connectors to the card ?

I was thinking of purchasing the Silverstone EC03B-P USB 3.0 PCI-EXPRESS Card simply due to a few reviews i've read.

Thoughts ?

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a b G Storage
August 10, 2013 5:31:39 PM

You can't convert USB2 to USB3. It just doesn't work that way. USB3 has different internal connection then USB2 which while backwards compatible with 2, USB2 ports can't supports USB3 devices at USB3 speeds. This means all you can't turn the front ports into USB3 at all.

Buy a card and use them in the back. It's all you can do short of buying a new case. Which is the route I took.
a c 102 G Storage
August 10, 2013 5:32:17 PM

It's not quite that simple. USB3.0 ports can be wired internally (through an adapter) to USB2 but USB2 ports can't be wired as USB3. The physical USB3 ports have the same pin locations as USB2 held over but add a couple more pins.
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December 17, 2013 5:13:18 PM

Hi, Not sure if anyone said or found this yet, but this product can ,I believe ,give any MB with PCIe USB connections for the back and has a 20 pin connector for front Panel. Hope this helps

2 Port USB3.0 USB 3.0 to PCI-E PCI Express Card Adapter Converter w/ Motherboard 20P 20 pin Connector & Low Profile Bracket, NEC Renesas D720201 Chipset