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How to tell if a USB port is USB 3?


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#1 Hal06

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 03:37 PM

I have a new computer. It has three USB ports. Two are supposed to be USB 3 and one is supposed to be USB 2. How do I tell which ones are USB 3?

 

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 03:45 PM

 New computers come with user guides.  What does it say?  The rumor that reading the user guide can give you leprosy is totally false.  :graduate:  


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Posted 15 June 2014 - 04:08 PM

USB 3 should have a blue tab inside, instead of black. Looks like this.

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 05:31 PM

The User Guide just refers to them as USB Ports. No distinction as to 2 or 3.

 

All three are black like the 2.0s in the reply above. However, the one on the right has the USB symbol (the oddly shaped Y). The two on the left have the USB symbol with "SS" beside it. Does that mean anything?

 

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 05:46 PM

The two labeled SS are your USB 3.0's. SS stands for Super Speed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_3.0

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 05:49 PM

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 07:13 PM

You're quite welcome.

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