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Can I change my USB ports to USB 3.0 without changing my motherboard?

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October 25, 2012 7:08:00 AM

I have a Intel core i5 processor with USB 2.0. I wanted to upgrade it to USB 3.0. When I asked someone told me that i'll have to change my motherboard also. So I wanted to know that can I change it without changing the motherboard.
a b ) Power supply
a b V Motherboard
October 25, 2012 7:25:51 AM

lilotimz said:
Get a USB 3.0 add-on card like this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And plug in USB 3.0 capable devices into that add-on card to utilize the faster transfer speeds.

^ Yep that is the best way to do it without changing the motherboard. I have one running on my intel rig since it did not come with USB3 and it does work great. It just need a PCI-E single lane but will work in any from one to 16 what ever you have open.
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