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Mayoo January 12, 2012 07:37 AM

Front USB 3 solution
Hi everyone,

Early cases with usb 3 front headers got some funky way of using them by connecting cables at the back of the case. In my example, and since I own one, the HAF-X needs that and the only way I found of hiding those cables was to reroute the cables to a loose rear usb 3 card/connector that came with my P8P67-PRO. I then hid that card"/connector behind the PSU cable hidding gizmo that came with the case.

To all of those who have/had the same problem, here is something that will allow you to hide the cables behind the second side panel (rear mobo).

2 Ports USB 3.0 Female to Motherboard 20-Pin Male Super-Speed Cable Converter | eBay

I've searched a lot and didn't found any other solution that would work better that this. I will order it soon and will probably post pics when it's done.

Note: Please ensure your usb3 headers cable are not soldered like in most recent HAF-X cases.


Babrbarossa January 12, 2012 08:44 AM

These are great idea- I wonder if any speed is sacrificed - I have read some complaints about similar adapters being diificult to keep plugged into the motherboard. Let us know how it works when it's installed.

BrainEater January 12, 2012 09:14 AM

I've been after one of these too.

Typically they come with a new case.......My Lian-li pca77f did'nt tho.

Now if only someone will make off-the-shelf 1,4,7 sli bridges.


clshades January 13, 2012 07:37 PM

I would hope that plug would have a molex on the mobo with a clip. Short sightedness if not.

Mayoo January 16, 2012 12:06 PM

- Quick update -

I ordered the part just a few minutes ago from NCIX. Here is the link.

Bitfenix Internal USB3.0 Adapter Cable for Standard MALE-A USB3.0 Connectors With 2 FEMALE-A USB3.0 - BitFenix - BFA-U3-KU3IU3-RP

I declined shipping insurance since it costs less than 100$ and used Canada Post XpressPost (cheapest). Finding an adapter on NCIX was good news for me since the other options was only from US or other foreign locations. That way I can avoid customs. I think only 2 companies make those, the other being Silverstone.

Shipped to Quebec, it cost 17.83$. Yeah shipping is a *****.

As soon as I have it, I will post my review and maybe a nice little how-to/tutorial.

ZZLEE January 16, 2012 12:19 PM

Silverstone FP33-B Black Aluminum 3.5 Drive Bay 3 Port Fan Controller - Silverstone Technology - SST-FP33-B

Silverstone CP09 External to Internal 19PIN USB 3.0 Header 120MM Adapter Cable - Silverstone Technology - SST-CP09

I got the SST-EC03B in my fathers ASUS P5Q ( lol ) :)

Mayoo January 16, 2012 12:33 PM

The first one is a nice fan controller, but I don't see how it touches this issue :haha:
The second link is indeed the Silverstone I was talking about.

For your first link, I guess what you really wanted to show us is the SST-EC03B. I've searched it and it is a nice front bay USB3 solution. My goal however is to use my HAF-X front USB 3 header already in place.

ZZLEE January 16, 2012 10:32 PM

sorry my Bad :(

Mayoo January 19, 2012 04:55 PM

I received it about an hour and a half ago. I took time to eat and to get prepared and ended up making this post.


Quick summary: Very good item, easy to use. Get one!

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