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Has anyone tried connecting an internal USB 3.0 port found on a card like this to the front panel USB 2.0 port so the old USB 2.0 port becomes 3.0 compatible?
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a USB 2.0 port will never be USB 3.0 compatible. You will have to replace the port.

USB 1/1.1/2.0 is 4 pins. USB 3.0 is 9 pins.

You could figure out how to mount something like this up front, though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-670-_-Product
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Off topic, but there are several mb having internal USB 3.0 connectors

For example,

- ASUS P7P55/USB3
- ASRock X58 Extreme6
- ASRock P55 Extreme4
- ASRock 890FX Deluxe4
- ASRock 890GX Extreme4

You can use a 3.5" front bay USB 3.0 ports like this:

There will be cases with front USB 3.0 ports.
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Using a floppy drive bay looks like a reasonable solution but won't work for me since my mini-itx case does not have a full size floppy bay (it does have a slim floppy bay, though).

After doing some research it appears to me modding the USB 2.0 port will require some major surgery. One solution might be to replace the USB 2.0 port with something like this and solder the wires from a USB 3.0 cable to the pins. Another solution might be to gut the innards of the front panel USB 2.0 port and use the original metal housing to clamp down on female end of the USB 3.0 cable.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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I am sure sooner or later FRONTX will release two USB 3.0 front port versions, with internal port and external port, and you should be able to attach it to a case with mod, without using FRONTX' own casing...
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After doing some research it appears to me modding the USB 2.0 port will require some major surgery.

Major surgery? Shouldn't be that hard. If there aren't already, sooner or later there will have to be rear case brackets with USB 3.0 ports on them, just remove those from the case bracket and fit them to the front where the old USB ports were and there you go.

I did this back with regular USB on a case that had no front panel USB. The only thing that sucked was that the case was black and the USB ports were beige but the ports were behind a door on the case so it wasn't that bad...
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