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Adding 3.0 USB card w/ USB 3.0 header... help/feedback

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#1 frldyz


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 08:50 AM

During the purchase of parts and components of my current build I realized my MOBO does not have a USB 3.0 header on it.

My case has several USB 3.0 ports on top. But unfortunetly I cannot use them unless I connect to a 3.0 header.

My MOBO does have 2 3,0 ports in back. But it would be more practical to use the ones in front ( as well ).

So that leaves me to getting a USB 3.0 add-on card right?
I've noticed some plug directly into the MOBO and thats it.
I've also noticed some plug into the MOBO but also need a molex connection for power.

Can anyone help elaborate on this for me.
Or if you have any knowledge or experience with USB 3.0 cards I would appreciate it.

*I'd like to avoid needing to install any software.

These are some I've found.
Has header. USB 3.0 header. Sata connection. And molex?

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Are these examples of what I'm looking for?

*But again the molex or sata connection on some of these cards confuses me?
1. Does a molex or Sata connection need to be connected as well as plugging into the MOBO?

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 09:31 AM

You should get a card with a molex connector for the extra power. Best explained here. Some USB 3 expansion cards do not have the molex connector but I would not recommend using them.

#3 frldyz

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 10:13 AM

Thank you.
3.0 header and miles connection it is then.

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