Even though Intel and AMD haven't introduced boards with native USB 3.0 support, third-party manufacturers like NEC have stepped in to fill the void. Chances are if you purchased a high-end motherboard within the last several months, it's equipped with USB 3.0 ports. But is your case's front panel? Depends on when you bought it. Corsair's Obsidian Series 800D and 700D full-tower cases ship sans SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support, but before you hand it down to little Johnny in order to upgrade to a new chassis, consider Corsair's inexpensive USB 3.0 upgrade kit.
Corsair says the $15 upgrade kit takes just minutes to install. It consists of a front I/O panel with and a wiring harness and USB 3.0 cable that you route through your case and plug into an available USB 3.0 port. The installation manual recommends snaking the cable through the Obsidian's water cooling cutout in the back of the case, where you can then plug the cable into your motherboard's rear I/O panel's USB 3.0 port.
"Our Obsidian Series cases are designed and built to last through years of system builds and upgrades, and our customers are on the leading edge of technology and of USB 3.0 adoption," said Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager for Components at Corsair. "We are pleased to provide an upgrade kit that allows Obsidian Series owners to bring a USB 3.0 port to the front of the case, making it easier to connect USB 3.0 devices."
The upgrade kit is available now direct from Corsair.
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