Feasibility of Upgrading USB 2.0 ports to 3.0

joejoejoe

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I've googled this for days on end in hopes that some discussion already existed on the net, but can't find a single one.

Is it possible to upgrade the USB 2.0 ports in an iMac to 3.0?
 

skcrane

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on this subject will 2.0 devices be compatible with 3.0 and will more to the point 3.0 devices be compatible to 2.0 I would assume yes.
 
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joejoejoe

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on this subject will 2.0 devices be compatible with 3.0 and will more to the point 3.0 devices be compatible to 2.0 I would assume yes.
yes they're backward compatible, the same way usb 1.0 and 2.0 are backward compatible.

damn I was really hoping that the upgrade would be easy.

then again I've seen discussions about how a Mac Pro would be fairly simple to upgrade from 2.0 to 3.0, why would the iMac be more difficult requiring a logic board swap?
 
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xraydoc

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yes they're backward compatible, the same way usb 1.0 and 2.0 are backward compatible.

damn I was really hoping that the upgrade would be easy.

then again I've seen discussions about how a Mac Pro would be fairly simple to upgrade from 2.0 to 3.0, why would the iMac be more difficult requiring a logic board swap?
You can install a USB 3.0 PCIe card in a Mac Pro. No such option with an iMac.
 
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mrwonkers

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Or if you have a 17" MacBook Pro like me you can wait for Apple to support USB 3 and then buy an expresscard 34 USB 3 adapter something u can't do on an iMac.....
All that processor speed and no external hdd connection protocol worth utilising with it, good one Apple doh.......
 
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appleguy123

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Or if you have a 17" MacBook Pro like me you can wait for Apple to support USB 3 and then buy an expresscard 34 USB 3 adapter something u can't do on an iMac.....
All that processor speed and no external hdd connection protocol worth utilising with it, good one Apple doh.......
I have one of those fangled contraptions. Thanks for the tip!
 
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