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January 6, 2014 12:38:36 PM

Hey everyone,

I had what I assume is a quick question. I recently built a computer and realized that my case has a front panel USB 3.0 slot, which was a pleasant surprise as it's not advertised as such, but my motherboard, which does have two USB 3.0 slots in the back panel, does not seem to have a connection for the cable that comes from the case front panel, so I'm wondering what my options are at this point short of switching out for a new MOBO.

Case:
http://azzatek.com/csaz-301.html

MOBO:
http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/H81M-DGS/

Thanks in advance guys!

Cheers,
Cory
January 6, 2014 1:06:39 PM

I think I can see a USB 3.0 connector on that board here - "Circled in red"

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January 6, 2014 1:10:54 PM

weird, that connector is not listed on the spec sheet! Maybe it's so you can run usb 2.0 through the USB 3.0 ports... :S
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January 6, 2014 1:11:44 PM

Hey, there is pci cards that can provide you with the 3.0 header you'd need for the front panel.
For example: Internal USB 3.0 19-Pin Motherboard Male Header
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January 6, 2014 1:12:42 PM

Sorry, my bad... that's where the USB would be on the higher ranged model :/ 
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January 6, 2014 1:17:00 PM

You could contact the company you bought it off and tell you want to exchange it for a H81M-HDS and offer to pay the difference... it would be a waste of money if you bought a new board
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January 6, 2014 1:20:00 PM

Another option, if you're not bothered about having USB 3.0 and just want the USB ports to work on the front is to get a usb 2.0 header to 3.0 converter.
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January 7, 2014 1:38:31 AM

Thanks guys! Yeah, it's hard to tell from the pic, but that area is just nubs and not actually pins. I was looking up converters and I'll probably go that route. I was looking at those options and I think I might go for the PCI card since it'll add a couple USB ports as well. Appreciate it!
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January 7, 2014 10:13:03 AM

Wreks said:
Thanks guys! Yeah, it's hard to tell from the pic, but that area is just nubs and not actually pins. I was looking up converters and I'll probably go that route. I was looking at those options and I think I might go for the PCI card since it'll add a couple USB ports as well. Appreciate it!


Glad to help! I think that's the best route also, cause once I started to see the benifits of 3.0 it wasn't long till I was running short of ports.
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