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USB 2.0 headers and front panel question

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February 13, 2013 2:22:30 AM

I have 2 USB 2.0 10-pin headers on my motherboard. I also have 2 USB 2.0 ports on my Corsair 650D case. Each of these 2 ports, have a 10 pin female connector attached, which means if I plug each one up to my motherboard headers, I end up using both headers and only get 2 USB ports out of the deal. Each 2.0 header on the motherboard is capable of running 2 USB ports. I'm shorting myself 2 additional ports by doing this.
Is there some type of y-adapter that will take the two 10 pin connectors from the front panel and have them go into 1 10-pin female so I can plug it into 1 USB 2.0 header on my motherboard leaving the other header open? I would appreciate any input on this.
a b V Motherboard
February 13, 2013 2:48:05 AM

Don't think a splitter will work because this will cause a decrease in amperage to each USB port, making any device attached to it have the potential to not work correctly. I think that this would serve you just fine.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815201008

It has two external and one internal 9(10) pin header connector for front panel port.
February 13, 2013 3:29:12 AM

Well, per the manual, the motherboard header has enough power for 2 USB connections per header, so power loss shouldn't be an issue. I was hoping to get to do this without taking up another pci slot.
This product below would be perfect except it has 2 female ports and not pin connectors.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b V Motherboard
February 13, 2013 3:47:44 AM

Just wondering, what else do you plan to use the other header for except to add a card reader or something? Why do you want to have one header port free?
February 13, 2013 3:40:58 PM

I have alot of peripherals...mouse, keyboard, 3D mouse, card reader, scanner, printer, ext HD...etc. It's more of me being anal about wasting a header than it is about really having to have it. I could use some of my USB 3.0 connections, add ports by pci slot, or add a hub, BUT, I thought there might be some connector out there that one of the gurus might know about that would allow me to take these 2 front ports with seperate 10-pin connectors and bring them into 1 connector that will connect to 1 header which would allow me free up an extra header for 2 more USB ports.
a b V Motherboard
February 13, 2013 5:33:30 PM

I totally agree on that. It doesn't make any sense why they would have each port on a separate header cable especially on a such an expensive case. I have an Antec 300 and both USB 2.0 ports work just fine on one header. I looked for quite some time yesterday and couldn't find a splitter.
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