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USB Expansion

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#1 Anianna


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 01:03 PM

Assuming slots and connections are available, is there any reason to choose an internal powered USB card over an external powered USB hub to expand the number of ports available on a PC experiencing failure of some of the original USB ports?

Edited by hamluis, 08 January 2016 - 01:42 PM.
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#2 dejavou42


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 02:30 PM

The main downside is another source of potential failure. I recently had a malfunctioning usb hub that slowed my system down to a crawl. It was only by chance that I unplugged it, and everything sped up tremendously. In a pinch with a known good working hub, you shouldn't have a problem though. 

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Posted 08 January 2016 - 01:41 PM

Internal cards are connected directly to the motherboard/PSU.  That would be my preference.



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Posted 08 January 2016 - 04:00 PM

I'm with Louis on that.  Internal.


If you have a 5.25" drive bay open on your case, you could get one that fits in there so the ports are on the front.


There's even fancier ones that in addition to USB, include a card reader, and fast charge ports as well, like:




Or just basic USB/audio like:



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