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How to use the "Super Charger" on the MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX motherboard

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December 11, 2013 6:35:48 PM

How can I use this if the only USB ports it accepts are only 2.0 ones?
can I buy front panel USB 2.0 ports that I can use?

I highlighted the port in question in a red circle

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a c 130 V Motherboard
December 11, 2013 6:47:39 PM

Some cases come with an adapter to use the front 3.0 ports as 2.0 ports.

It kind of sucks to have to choose.

You could also get a pci bracket that could hold 2 more USB 2.0 ports at the back, but then you would want an extension to get the plug more accessible.

Something like this


The last option is to get a 3.5inch usb 2.0 plug set that goes in the location of the old floppy drive slot on most cases.

An adaptation of the last option would be to take a usb 2.0 pci-e cover adapter and remove the ports from it and cut 2 holes in a optical drive face or elsewhere on the case and front mount them that way.
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December 12, 2013 1:44:49 AM

nukemaster said:
Some cases come with an adapter to use the front 3.0 ports as 2.0 ports.

It kind of sucks to have to choose.

You could also get a pci bracket that could hold 2 more USB 2.0 ports at the back, but then you would want an extension to get the plug more accessible.

Something like this


The last option is to get a 3.5inch usb 2.0 plug set that goes in the location of the old floppy drive slot on most cases.

An adaptation of the last option would be to take a usb 2.0 pci-e cover adapter and remove the ports from it and cut 2 holes in a optical drive face or elsewhere on the case and front mount them that way.


so IF I want to use it in the front port I buy the "3.5 inch USB 2.0 plug set" if I want to use it in the front port and make it like it was already a "part" of it?

is it easy to find or is it hard as finding a "needle in a haystack"?

oh and I think I'd rather put a real USB 2.0 ports though because I also use the frontal 3.0 ports not to mention besides the USB ports and the CD/DVD drive I don't think of anything else I can put in there since I don't plan on having PWM controls anytime soon...
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a c 130 V Motherboard
December 12, 2013 8:23:58 AM

They used to be very common, but they seem to be getting to the needle in a haystack status for sure.

They do have adapters to use a front usb 3.0 one on usb 2.0(allowing the piles of usb 3.0 3.5 adapters to be used), but that seems to be a pain.


Do you have a device that will not charge on your current usb ports? or just want this feature.

Some of my older Asus boards used to let me pull at least 2 amps without shutting the port down. I am not sure how it is on all boards as nothing I have actually needs more than 500ma(ok my external 2.5inch hard drive, and it works on some boards and not others. seems to work or back ports on all boards, but some limit the front ports.)
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December 12, 2013 9:18:01 PM

nukemaster said:
They used to be very common, but they seem to be getting to the needle in a haystack status for sure.

They do have adapters to use a front usb 3.0 one on usb 2.0(allowing the piles of usb 3.0 3.5 adapters to be used), but that seems to be a pain.


Do you have a device that will not charge on your current usb ports? or just want this feature.

Some of my older Asus boards used to let me pull at least 2 amps without shutting the port down. I am not sure how it is on all boards as nothing I have actually needs more than 500ma(ok my external 2.5inch hard drive, and it works on some boards and not others. seems to work or back ports on all boards, but some limit the front ports.)


Nah I just want the feature because since a bought a board with a lot of features might as well max it out (Not to mention I charge stuff over the PC from time to time)

and I might also just use a PCI bracket once I have confirmed that in our place no one is selling the front USB ports...
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a c 130 V Motherboard
December 12, 2013 9:56:28 PM

Not going to lie, the only thing I charge on USB is my Creative ZEN and it is fine under low power charging. I even charge it off an un-powered usb hub without issues(it is a sharing hub[best thing I ever picked up] so it can take power from 2 computers so that may help).
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December 13, 2013 8:28:20 AM

nukemaster said:
Not going to lie, the only thing I charge on USB is my Creative ZEN and it is fine under low power charging. I even charge it off an un-powered usb hub without issues(it is a sharing hub[best thing I ever picked up] so it can take power from 2 computers so that may help).


what a "sharing hub" sorry but really new into this computer stuff since all I know are the very "basic" parts of the computer...
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a c 130 V Motherboard
December 13, 2013 9:49:18 AM

A sharing hub is a very short lived device(saw it once at walmart and for a short time on tigerdirect) that was made with 2,4 or 7 usb ports that allows 2 computers to share usb devices.

Each port is switched allow you to lets say swap a mouse, keyboard, memory card reader, hard drive or any usb device from computer A to B without effecting other devices connected.

My first one was just like this, but it was sold at walmart. I actually picked it up on impulse. It actually is used all the time until some of the switches started to wear out(they work, but release slow.).
http://www.usbgear.com/4port_sharing_hub/

I later picked up 2 of these just before they stopped selling them(clearance).
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1187801

Anyway, this is far off topic, but its all good :) 
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December 13, 2013 6:29:55 PM

nukemaster said:
A sharing hub is a very short lived device(saw it once at walmart and for a short time on tigerdirect) that was made with 2,4 or 7 usb ports that allows 2 computers to share usb devices.

Each port is switched allow you to lets say swap a mouse, keyboard, memory card reader, hard drive or any usb device from computer A to B without effecting other devices connected.

My first one was just like this, but it was sold at walmart. I actually picked it up on impulse. It actually is used all the time until some of the switches started to wear out(they work, but release slow.).
http://www.usbgear.com/4port_sharing_hub/

thanks so it works just like a USB/card reader hub but instead works with 2 computers and just a single?

thanks for the reply :) 

I later picked up 2 of these just before they stopped selling them(clearance).
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1187801

Anyway, this is far off topic, but its all good :) 


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