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USB 3.0 20 pin female to male USB adapter?

Hey guys, I just bought a new case (fractal design r4) to replace an old HP ATX case I had. This case has USB 3.0 plugs built into it, so I plugged thhe 20 pin adapter into my motherboard.

However, I had a 3.5" USB3.0 and SD card reader on my old desktop, that also used the 20 pin adapter. Since I only have one 20 pin adapter, I'm not sure how to connect this.

IS there a way to get a 20 pin adapter (female) to connect to my 3.5" media drive bay that I can then plug into a USB 3.0 port on my IO panel? Or do I need a new PCI card?
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  2. Ha, I was going to say that is crazxy expensive. I'm trying to burn some gift cards at Newegg, any recommendations there?

    Also, I'm out of PCI slots. I have a wifi card in one (which I can probably get rid of, since I'm using a CAT6 anyway, mostly for testing) and a soundblaster xifi xtreme card that I had laying around from forever ago.

    Actually, do I even need that card? My mobo is an Asrock z77 Extreme 4. (7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection
    (Realtek ALC898 Audio Codec))

    Maybe I can pull both those PCI cards outta there ;)

    THANKS for the help!
  3. Are they PCI or PCIe? If they're PCI, then there's no problem because you've still got a pair of PCIe x1 slots.

    This is the cheapest I can get from newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4TZ1K17867&cm_re=usb_3.0_pcie-_-9SIA4TZ1K17867-_-Product
  4. I see no reason for it not to work.

    The single pci-e lane will hold it's performance back if using all the ports at once, but it will still be faster then USB 2.0 can ever be.

    If you do not NEED usb 3 for the card reader/extra port you may be able to use an adapter like these.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=usb+2.0+female+to+usb+3.0+male&N=-1&isNodeId=1
  5. I definitely want USB 3.0. I have a lot of high speed SD cards and I do a lot of photo / video editing, so I am constantly transferring multiples of gigabytes to my machine.
  6. Someone Somewhere said:
    Are they PCI or PCIe? If they're PCI, then there's no problem because you've still got a pair of PCIe x1 slots.

    This is the cheapest I can get from newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4TZ1K17867&cm_re=usb_3.0_pcie-_-9SIA4TZ1K17867-_-Product



    I think PCI-E. It's an Asrock z77 extreme 4 mobo.

    I only have two of them (the smaller ones).

    THen I have two larger PCI-E 3 (for vid cards)

    and I think there is one other just regular PCI slot.
  7. That board has two each of legacy PCI slots, PCIe x16 (for GPUs; yours should be in the slot closer to the CPU), and PCIe x1 (which is what most USB3.0 cards would use, and quite short).
  8. Thanks guys. Appreciate the help.
  9. Go with the pci-e x1 card for sure then. The regular PCI while faster than USB2.0 will not even max out a single usb 3.0 device.
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