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Thread: NZXT Phantom front panel USB w/ ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3




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    Default NZXT Phantom front panel USB w/ ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

    Hello all!

    I have an issue with my current case/motherboard setup. I want to get my front panel USB connection for my Phantom case connected to my motherboard (to be clear, there are 2 front panel USB connections on the Phantom; however, it looks like there are 2 internal connections for the motherboard - a 4-pin connection that says USB that I plugged into one of the USB connections on the motherboard, and another blue connector that has a USB symbol on it that's larger - I can't find where to put that one), but I can't find the location anywhere. The USB connection I'm talking about is the blue-tipped connector that's tied together with the extra fan connections, etc. My motherboard is an ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3. Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: NZXT Phantom front panel USB w/ ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

    That larger plug is for USB3 (the blue USB), I don't know your MOBO model so you'll have to look at the manual to see if it's setup for USB3.

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    Default Re: NZXT Phantom front panel USB w/ ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

    Thanks for the info! It's set up for USB 3.0, but just on two of the back panel ports - so that makes sense that there's no internal motherboard connection for the front panel USB 3.0.

    As a side note, I just gave NZXT a call, and they mentioned that I wouldn't be able to use that front panel USB 3.0 port without a connection or adapter for the motherboard, so I'm going to try to search for an adapter online (if there is such a thing).
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    Default Re: NZXT Phantom front panel USB w/ ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

    you just need a splitter,mb usb3 splitter

    something like this?

    17CM USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Extension Cable 2 port splitter | eBay

    or this for rear panel?

    2 USB 3.0 Female to Motherboard 20-Pin cable adapter AB | eBay
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    Default Re: NZXT Phantom front panel USB w/ ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

    You got the right idea, but I need a male connection for the 20-pin motherboard connector. Like this:
    For only $2.50 each when QTY 50+ purchased - USB 3.0 A Female to Box Header 20pin Male Adapter (Gold Plated) | USB 3.0 Adapters
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    Question Re: NZXT Phantom front panel USB w/ ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

    I've got the z68extreme3pro3 and dont have that 20 pin socket ?!!

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    Default Re: NZXT Phantom front panel USB w/ ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

    Correct, that board doesn't have a USB 3.0 20-pin socket on it. I love the board besides that, but it really could've used that connection. Check out my above link for an adapter to use instead, if you're so inclined.
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