Originally Posted by keeptech
Thanks but does the z68 board have more advantages because it is a newer chipset. I guess I haven't seen any z68's with onboard 3.0 USB.
First, the Z68 isn't a "newer" chipset, it's actually a previous generation. The newest ones are the 7 series (Z77, H77 etc.).
Second, there are Z68s with internal USB 3.0 headers, and the GIgabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 I bought a year ago has one. At that time, there were only three boards with internal USB 3.0 headers and that's why I bought that board. But today, there are lots.
Although I'm not sure I agree that ALL 7-series chipset based boards have them. I'm pretty sure I've seen some without, so you should check the specs.
But it is certainly fair to say that it is a common item on Z77 and H77 motherboards.
A year ago when there were very few boards with that header, a lot of new cases that had front panel USB 3.0 came with a really long cable that was intended to snake through the case and plug into an external rear panel USB 3.0 port. Really really lame approach. If you are buying a case with USB 3.0 front panel ports make SURE it has a standard USB 3.0 connector for an internal header (as the newest cases do) and NOT a cable with a conventional USB plug intended to plug into a rear panel external port (as the "transitional" cases did, some of which are still on the market that way).