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Motherboard/case has partial incompatibility? (USB)

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January 26, 2013 7:20:57 PM

Hi,

I purchased the Zalman Z9+ case along with a Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H. I initially purchased an MSI B75MA-P45 but as it was out-of-stock I got offered the Gigabyte for the same price. However, I only just noticed this on PPP:

"Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports."

What does this mean? I'm guessing the ports on the case are standard USB 2.0, would I still be able to use these? I don't understand what the "onboard USB 3.0 header" is though.

Thanks
a c 91 V Motherboard
January 26, 2013 7:38:59 PM

If the case has a USB3 port on the front you can plug it in to a USB 3 header on the motherboard [ if it has one ]

Your motherboard will fit , you will be limited to USB 2 ports on the front .
The only USB 3 ports will be at the back on the motherboard back panel
a b V Motherboard
January 26, 2013 7:39:27 PM

If the case has front usb2 ports you can plug them into the usb2 header on the mobo. If you want to use the usb3 header then you can get a front usb3 adapter the goes into one of the 5.25 bays and plug into the usb3 header on the mobo. You may never do this because there are usb3 ports on the back in the I/O section.
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January 26, 2013 7:39:28 PM

TokyoNight said:
Hi,

I purchased the Zalman Z9+ case along with a Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H. I initially purchased an MSI B75MA-P45 but as it was out-of-stock I got offered the Gigabyte for the same price. However, I only just noticed this on PPP:

"Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports."

What does this mean? I'm guessing the ports on the case are standard USB 2.0, would I still be able to use these? I don't understand what the "onboard USB 3.0 header" is though.

Thanks


USB headers are the physical connection (i.e. a series of pins) on the motherboard itself where you plug in the cable that comes from the USB ports on the front of the case.

You can get an adapter that converts the USB 3.0 wiring from the case's front ports to a motherboard's USB 2.0 header.
January 26, 2013 7:47:15 PM

svengeguttensen said:
USB headers are the physical connection (i.e. a series of pins) on the motherboard itself where you plug in the cable that comes from the USB ports on the front of the case.

You can get an adapter that converts the USB 3.0 wiring from the case's front ports to a motherboard's USB 2.0 header.


Can you link me to one of the adapters please? Would my motherboard with the adapter be able to support the 4 USB2.0 connections which my case has? Or would it only be able to support a smaller number?
a c 91 V Motherboard
January 26, 2013 7:59:38 PM

No adapter is needed

connect the front USB2 ports to USB2 headers on the motherboard
a b V Motherboard
January 26, 2013 8:01:31 PM

means that ur mobo has a usb3 header for front port but the case doesnt have one.

January 26, 2013 8:01:45 PM

Outlander_04 said:
No adapter is needed

connect the front USB2 ports to USB2 headers on the motherboard


Does my MB have them? That's a big relief, thanks
a b V Motherboard
January 26, 2013 8:02:43 PM

yes, but do u really need usb3 in front of ur case? when u got it behind the case :D 

a b V Motherboard
January 26, 2013 8:04:57 PM

Your case has 4usb2 ports on the front and no usb3 ports. If this is correct you do not need any adapters your mobo spec state there are 4 usb2 headers perfect.
If you case has usb3 ports on the front you're fine you mobo has usb3 headers. you will only need a adapter when there are usb3 port on the front of the case andyour mobo does not have usb3 headers.




















January 26, 2013 8:06:51 PM

iceclock said:
yes, but do u really need usb3 in front of ur case? when u got it behind the case :D 


I'll be using the PC for gaming, but I suppose I'll just plug the keyboard in the back USB3 port. Would it make any noticeable difference for my mouse/headset though if I use the USB2 ports on my case instead of the USB3 ports?
a b V Motherboard
January 26, 2013 8:09:44 PM

No, usb2 speed are plenty fast for mouse and keyboards.
a b V Motherboard
January 26, 2013 8:13:14 PM

no, thats fine. mostly for usb keys and usb hard-drive usb 3 would benefit.

January 26, 2013 8:15:04 PM

Goodeggray said:
No, usb2 speed are plenty fast for mouse and keyboards.


iceclock said:
no, thats fine. mostly for usb keys and usb hard-drive usb 3 would benefit.


Thanks
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