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Curious, is there any options available to connect the front USB 2.0 (on a desktop), to a USB 3.0 PCIe card?
Thus, giving the front USB ports, 3.0, versus 2.0.

Thanks in advance for all your ideas...
 
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Curious, is there any options available to connect the front USB 2.0 (on a desktop), to a USB 3.0 PCIe card?
Thus, giving the front USB ports, 3.0, versus 2.0.

Thanks in advance for all your ideas...
Yes, I have done it on a couple of Desktops. I added a PCIe X1 card with 3 USB 3 ports plus a module in the front of the case in place of where a floppy drive would be. Both are essentially Self-powered Hubs that take power from the computer's power supply [if there's sufficient legs or extensions used]. I looked for such a front-panel Hub that can plug into the motherboard but could only use USB 2, didn't have a second USB 3 port/socket on the motherboard, which is why I went with the card and Hub arrangement. Maybe something here:
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_5_17?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=usb+3+front+panel+hub&sprefix=usb+3+front+panel,aps,440&crid=1VEWX3ERJAR5J
I should also mention that to get USB 3 speeds everything needs to be rated USB 3 or SS/SuperSpeed. USB 2 is usually HighSpeed.
USB 1 = 1.2Mbps [keyboard & mice] USB 1.1 = 12Mbps USB 2 = up to 480Mbps USB 3 = 5Gbps
https://superuser.com/questions/138845/speed-comparison-between-usb-2-0-usb-3-0-esata-firewire-and-thunderbolt
 
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...brilliant info! THANKS

Yes, I have done it on a couple of Desktops. I added a PCIe X1 card with 3 USB 3 ports plus a module in the front of the case in place of where a floppy drive would be. Both are essentially Self-powered Hubs that take power from the computer's power supply [if there's sufficient legs or extensions used]. I looked for such a front-panel Hub that can plug into the motherboard but could only use USB 2, didn't have a second USB 3 port/socket on the motherboard, which is why I went with the card and Hub arrangement. Maybe something here:
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_5_17?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=usb+3+front+panel+hub&sprefix=usb+3+front+panel,aps,440&crid=1VEWX3ERJAR5J
I should also mention that to get USB 3 speeds everything needs to be rated USB 3 or SS/SuperSpeed. USB 2 is usually HighSpeed.
USB 1 = 1.2Mbps [keyboard & mice] USB 1.1 = 12Mbps USB 2 = up to 480Mbps USB = 5Gbps
https://superuser.com/questions/138845/speed-comparison-between-usb-2-0-usb-3-0-esata-firewire-and-thunderbolt
 
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Curious, is there any options available to connect the front USB 2.0 (on a desktop), to a USB 3.0 PCIe card?
Thus, giving the front USB ports, 3.0, versus 2.0.

Thanks in advance for all your ideas...
Yes, USB 2.0 Ports are wired differently to become USB 3.0 so you would also have to change the front ports to USB 3.0 Ports. Bighorn suggestion is the easiest way to go. to accomplish what you want to do. You could always contact the manufacturer of your Case and see it they have a USB 3.0 front assemble for your case. What I have done in my case is having only 1 USB 3.0 port on the back of my desktop was to purchase a 4 port USB 3.0 hub and used double lock tape to attach it to the front of my case.
 

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