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Which Way to Go: USB 2.0 or USB 3.0


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#1 IdahoBiker

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 06:30 PM

New System That Utilizes the Newer USB 3.0 Plugs (3), so What ( Printer?? Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard/Mouse?? External HDD??)
Utilizes that Need for Speed that I should Plug in there??
Will I notice a Gain in Performance by Using the 3.0 vs 2.0 ??


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Posted 24 January 2011 - 06:37 PM

If you are talking about plugging in a 3.0 device into a 3.0 port. Yes. You should notice a difference.

I have even read reports that 2.0 devices plugged into 3.0 ports show a slight speed increase.

3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.0 and 1.1 so consider it future proofing.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:45 PM

So, I suppose I could Take My Epson Stylus Photo Printer RX680 which uses a 2.0 USB, and Plug it into the 3.0 USB and get a Bit better Speed??
So, would that 3.0 USB also improve the Bluetooth Receiver//Wireless Keyboard & Mouse (Logitech MX5500)??


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Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:46 PM

No promises that they will improve any. But no reason they should not work.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 11:16 PM

I have 2 usb 3.0 ports on my computer and so far everything I've plugged into them has worked fine I haven't noticed much of a speed improvement but I also haven't plugged in anything that I've used a lot I will say this getting a board with usb 3.0 is a smart idea for future proofing. Couldn't hurt to have sata 3 as well

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 11:22 PM

Couldn't hurt to have sata 3 as well


3? Why not 6? :wink:

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 12:42 AM

That's what I meant sata 1 sata 2 and sata 3 which is sata 6 gb/s sry for any confusion

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 08:10 AM

That's what This Motherboard has is SATA 6 (Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5 Rev. 1.0)

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 08:31 AM

I`m a big proponent of Gigabyte mobos.

Have one in my personal machine and my next build is based around a Gigabyte board and AMD Phenom x6.

Sounds like with that board you are future proofed for a while.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:05 AM

Ya I love gigabyte motherboards as well. Currently using an asia board (love them to) but gigabyte will likely to always be my favorite

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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