USB slows down system?

Hi,

is USB in general known to slow down system performance, or is it only some particular devices that do that? I have cable modem that can be conected to the computer via USB or via Ethernet. When connected via USB memory-chipset-CPU benchmark is about 15% slower then when connected via ethernet. Network speed is about the same as far as I can see either way.
My system:

Win98
PIII450 (run at 504MHz)
Tyan trinity 400 MOBO
384Mb RAM
Network everywhere NIC (10/100)
Motorolla SurfBoard4100 cable modem
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  1. the more devices you have on your system the more it will be slowed down. if you dont really notice any difference dont worry about the numbers.

    i went to the tomshardware forums and all i got was this lousy signature.
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