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Peripherals USB expansion card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Kronos, 3 Jul 2017.

  1. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

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    I have the Asus Z170M-Plus mobo and I really need more usb ports and not sure if a hub is the way to go or a PCIE expansion card. I know nothing of the latter but does seem a neater option. If going this route then I assume I would use either of the small PCIEX1 slots on mobo?

    Any guidance and links to suitable items welcome.
     
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  2. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    Good lord, talk about being tight with ports!!

    You can of course use a PCI-E based card, but an x1 link will limit you to sub-USB 3.0 speeds. You'd need to occupy your other x16 lane (x4 used) with a faster card if you wanted that extra speed.
     
  3. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

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    Tell me about it, mental note to add check number of USB ports on future mobo purchases.

    As to your second point I had, I think, come to the same conclusion looking at what is available.

    Thanks.
     
  4. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    Got your super useful vga and DVI ports tho!

    What about regular USB headers, fast enough for the bog standard stuff.
     
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  5. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

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    Where would I be without them.

    Not sure what you mean?
     
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    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    Kronos Well-Known Member

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    Something like that would do, cheers.
     
  8. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    Bit throw back but there are two headers on your board for them.

    Maybe you can get black ones rather than 1999 beige!
     
  9. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

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    Problem is I have only one header free. May need to rethink the whole thing.
     
  10. Corky42

    Corky42 Where's walle?

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    Sorry if I'm being stupid but how come 12 USB ports aren't enough?
     
  11. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

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    12?
    On this mobo there are 2 x USB 3 and 2 x USB 2
     
  12. Corky42

    Corky42 Where's walle?

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    On the rear IO yes but there are a further 4 of each from the onboard headers, unfortunately Asus don't provide the modules so they need to be bought separately, mrbungle posted a picture of the sort of thing you're looking for, although the exact type depends if you want USB 3 or 2 in the rear of front of the case.

    Something like this would be a cheap way of adding four USB 2 ports to the rear.
    Or this for a couple of USB 3 ports on the rear.

    Or you can get similar things that take up a drive bay so you can access them from the front of the case.
     
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  13. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

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    I have two headers on the mobo yes, but as already stated one is in use and as far as I can see something like this requires both headers.
     
  14. Corky42

    Corky42 Where's walle?

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    You can get ones that use single headers, like this.
     
  15. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

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    Sorry if I am missing something here but my front or case uses that header on the motherboard.
     
  16. Corky42

    Corky42 Where's walle?

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    You should have two USB 3 headers on your motherboard and two USB 2 headers, I'm taking a guess you're wanting to use USB 3? If so there should be one header along the bottom of the board to the left of the SATA ports 5&6 and another USB 3 header along the right side just above SATA ports 1&2.

    Or at least that's what the manual told me. :)
     
  17. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

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    Bloody hell so I have

    Just took a magnifying glass to the manual and have spotted it. That makes things much easier.

    Thank you for your patience.
     
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  18. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    Personally I would not touch anything inside the case. USB3 cables and those PCI headers look like crap and will destroy the look. You can't buy nice braided ones, so I would personally get a *good* external hub with a power supply (not one of those trash hubs with no power that keep vanishing).
     
  19. IanW

    IanW Grumpy Old Git

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    This is the USB3 version of the item MrBungle posted:-

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