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Can I use USB 3.0 Header instead of USB 2.0 Header for Corsair Link?

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June 24, 2014 2:45:33 PM

Hello,

I was wondering if I can connect my Corsair H100i Link cable to an internal USB 3.0 header instead of a USB 2.0 header, because I have no USB 2.0 headers left.

Thanks in advance!
a c 168 V Motherboard
June 24, 2014 2:49:44 PM

Yes; USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0. But know that even though you plugged it into a USB 3.0 port, it will only run as fast as the SLOWEST component, in this case USB 2.0. In other words, it will only run at USB 2.0 speeds. Good enough. :) 
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a c 122 V Motherboard
June 24, 2014 4:38:45 PM

No, you most certainly CANNOT.

USB 3.0 accessories which plug into an external port are backwards compatible, but the H100i Link cable plugs into the USB 2.0 HEADER on the MOBO, not an external USB port. A USB 3.0 header has 20 pins while a USB 2.0 header has something like 4 or 5 pins. The headers on the mobo are totally and completely different and very much incompatible!

Sorry.

Yogi
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a c 168 V Motherboard
June 24, 2014 5:24:22 PM

Ah ha. I mixed up terminology there. Thank you very much for the correction @Y0GI.
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June 24, 2014 5:56:15 PM

Y0GI said:
No, you most certainly CANNOT.

USB 3.0 accessories which plug into an external port are backwards compatible, but the H100i Link cable plugs into the USB 2.0 HEADER on the MOBO, not an external USB port. A USB 3.0 header has 20 pins while a USB 2.0 header has something like 4 or 5 pins. The headers on the mobo are totally and completely different and very much incompatible!

Sorry.

Yogi


Okay, I thought it may have been possible but that it would just leave some of the 20 pins unused, but I guess not then, have to find another way to set up my Corsair Link then. Maybe an Internal USB Expansion Card.

Thanks!

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