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USB 3.0?

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October 9, 2008 11:26:55 PM

Newbie question here: If USB 3.0 becomes the norm sometime in the next year or so, will it make present motherboards obsolete? Can USB be upgraded with circuitry on a plug-in (PCI?) card, or is it handled with on-board chips? I'm looking at a fairly expensive build and would like to get a nice mobo that would be reasonably for a current for a year or two!

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October 10, 2008 12:22:15 AM

if it does become standard then you'll just add a PCI or PCI-e card into the machine. Same way we used to to get USB2.0 into an old machine.
October 10, 2008 2:18:02 AM

^agreed, and to add your USB3.0 device should be backward compatible as well. However, i think there was talk of making it a different type port.
October 10, 2008 2:23:17 AM

USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 are cross-compatible. USB 1.1 I'm not sure about.

EDIT: To clarify - USB3.0 devices will work in USB 2.0 ports but at USB2.0 speeds. USB 2.0 devices will work in USB 3.0 ports at USB 2.0 speeds.
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