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Upgrade to USB 3.0


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#1 StewieG23

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 02:40 AM

I was wondering if it was possible to upgrade to USB 3.0 from USB 2.0?
If so, what would be involved?

Not sure if you need to know, but I have;
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
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Intel® Core™ i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz, 3401 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
Physical Memory (RAM) 16.0 GB

Thanks so much.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:20 AM

According to HP's site, you have the following expansion card slots available:

1 PCI Express x16
3 PCI Express x1

You can install something like the StarTech 2 Port PCI Express SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter. You will notice a speed increase if you have USB 3.0 devices already, otherwise, you won't notice a change over USB 2.0.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:04 AM

If by chance you have a newer case with a front panel USB, and you need a card with internal connectors:
2 Port internal USB3.0
I got this one for my old X58 board and it works fine, and eliminates those ugly cables that loop out the back of cases on some setups.

Edited by dpunisher, 28 February 2012 - 10:09 AM.

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#4 StewieG23

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:44 PM

Thanks for that :-)
Does anyone know where I can get a StarTech 2 Port PCI Express SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter
online in Australia??

Edited by StewieG23, 29 February 2012 - 03:13 AM.


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Posted 29 February 2012 - 05:39 PM

I'm not sure if you can get that exact model where you are, but you can check MSY. We do have some Australian members on Bleeping Computer who may be able to point you to specific retailers. Killerx525 is one such member.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 06:13 PM

Hi, Something like this would work and give USB3 in front and back.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815150170
$68.99 + $0.99 shipping

I put one one of these in for somebody and they liked it. I'm thinking of getting myself one now.

External USB Ports
1x USB Port + 4 x USB Port
Features
Complete kit to provide 4 front accessible USB 3.0 ports

Works with standard height or low profile chassis and installs in any available 3.5" or 5.25" device bay


I believe I have seen the front drive bay USB3 ports available separately if you already had a card.

You may have to shop around a bit in Australia to find it but I'll bet you can find it or similar.

Good Luck
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