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Mobo has a bunch of USB headers, what for?

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January 27, 2012 4:29:57 AM

I know I will need a couple for the case I'm getting, to hook those up to the internal headers, but how do I get more USB ports to utilize those headers?

Also can anyone explain PCI like x4 x8 etc and what kind of good things I can use those for?

Thanks

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a c 328 V Motherboard
January 27, 2012 4:43:35 AM

jdx3ds said:
I know I will need a couple for the case I'm getting, to hook those up to the internal headers, but how do I get more USB ports to utilize those headers?

Also can anyone explain PCI like x4 x8 etc and what kind of good things I can use those for?

Thanks

What is your mobo?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
January 27, 2012 4:48:12 AM

U can use for front, back and inside.




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January 27, 2012 4:49:22 AM

PCI x4/x8 is both the speed and the length of the slot keeping in mind that a full length PCI E slot can run at 8 or 16 the long 8/16 slots are mostly used for GPU while the 4x can be used for sata cards and the like and many Network cards run on the small 1x thought I would throw that in there. Now about USB headers on the board they can actually be used for many things from Card readers even to serial port adapters if you just want more USB ports you want what is referd to as a Internal USB adapter *keeping in mind that a USB 3.0 connector has a different number of pins*. Some thing like this is great you get 3 USB 2.0 eSATA and a card reader http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 328 V Motherboard
January 27, 2012 4:51:30 AM

PCI-Express

PCI-Express is the newest kind of expansion slot used in PCs. It is technologically superior to the older slots in every way. PCI-Express can be referred to using various names: PCI-Express, PCIe, or PCI-E. They all mean exactly the same thing. There's another completely different and incompatible bus called PCI-X so be sure not to get them confused. Despite the similarity in names, there's no hardware compatibility of any kind between PCI and PCI-Express. You can't plug PCI cards into PCI-Express slots or vice versa. It was just the computer industry doing their level best to confuse people. (Just for the record, the USB 2.0, USB High Speed, USB Full Speed naming debacle is the current leader in "the most confusing naming convention in existance" competition. The PCI-Express, PCI confusion is somewhat farther down the list.)

In PCI-Express x16, the "x16" part is pronounced, "times sixteen" or "by sixteen". The number following the "x" is the number of PCI-Express lanes in the slot. The more lanes in the slot, the faster it can go. The motherboard picture above shows both a x16 slot and a x1 slot. Video cards are normally designed to fit in x16 slots since they are the fastest. You can also get video cards designed for x1 slots. Those are normally used only if you want more than one video card in the computer. Most motherboards have one PCI-Express x16 slot for a video card and one or more x1 slots for other things like network adapters. Less common are x4 and x8 slots. You can "up-plug" PCI-Express cards. That means that you can plug a PCI-Express x1 expansion card into a PCI-Express x1, x4, x8, or x16 expansion slot and it will work (as long as the motherboard BIOS doesn't have bugs). The x1 expansion card can only run at x1 speed in any of those slots but it will work. Likewise, you can plug x4 expansion cards into x4, x8, and x16 slots and you can plug x8 expansion cards (if you can find one) into x8 and x16 slots. But you can't "down-plug" PCI-Express cards because an expansion card with a higher number of lanes (the "x" value) physically won't fit into an expansion slot with a lower number of lanes. For example, a x16 expansion card won't fit into a x8, x4, or x1 slot.
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January 27, 2012 4:51:36 AM

Keep in mind what nikorr posted is all USB 3.0 and as such needs a USB 3.0 header on the board, and to clarify those those things don't go together you could technically use them both if you had two headers.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
January 27, 2012 4:55:45 AM

illfindu said:
Keep in mind what nikorr posted is all USB 3.0 and as such needs a USB 3.0 header on the board, and to clarify those those things don't go together you could technically use them both if you had two headers.

It is just to get an idea where it can be used : )
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January 27, 2012 6:03:58 PM

I wasn't trying to criticize you , I my self at first glance thought they where one large image and some how went together quickly realized both box connectors where female and realize they where not just wanted to make sure he knew to , maybe it was just to late for me to know what was going on lol.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
January 27, 2012 6:06:57 PM

illfindu said:
I wasn't trying to criticize you , I my self at first glance thought they where one large image and some how went together quickly realized both box connectors where female and realize they where not just wanted to make sure he knew to , maybe it was just to late for me to know what was going on lol.

I know, I did not take it that way : )
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