Feasibility of Upgrading USB 2.0 ports to 3.0

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  1. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

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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?
     
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    I think that you would need a modified logic board. Nearly impossible.
     
  3. joejoejoe thread starter macrumors 65816

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    wonderful.
     
  4. LAPTOPODO macrumors member

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  5. joejoejoe thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I know. I was hoping it was going to happen with the latest refresh. But I'm not gonna wait another year for a new computer.

    Or should I..... hmmm....
     
  6. skcrane macrumors member

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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.
     
  7. joejoejoe thread starter macrumors 65816

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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?
     
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  9. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    You can install a USB 3.0 PCIe card in a Mac Pro. No such option with an iMac.
     
  10. mrwonkers macrumors 6502

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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.......
     
  11. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    I have one of those fangled contraptions. Thanks for the tip!
     

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