You might be wondering why you would need a USB header on your motherboard. The answer is simple; it’s so you can get more USB headers for all of your devices.
Whether it’s an external hard drive or just a mouse that needs to be plugged in, if you don’t have enough ports on the back of your computer case, then this is the solution!
All computers have at least two front-facing USB 3.0 connectors. Still, these are usually used for connecting things like keyboards and mice because they’re located in inconvenient places on the device where there isn’t much room to plug anything else into them.
This guide will show you how to easily add four USB 3.0 ports so that nothing ever gets left unplugged again.
What is a USB header?
A USB header is one of the connection ports or sockets found on a motherboard. It allows the board to be linked to other devices such as USBs, keyboards, and mice.
The most common USB header is the 20 pin header, which has 19 pins, including power supply pins and one ground. Unfortunately, the 20 pin only gives 2xUSB2.0 ports for a total bandwidth of 480mbps.
This is fine for many motherboards, but with more motherboard features being integrated into the board, such as usb3.0, the need for more USB header ports has resulted in many new motherboards coming with only 1 USB header.
USB headers are present on a motherboard in different forms as follows:
1) Type A (2.0, 4pin) x 2 – one is 2xUSB2.0 and the other is 4xUSB2.0
2) Type B (USB3.0, 10pin) – one for USB3.0 only
3) Two type A (2.0, 4 pin) + two type B (USB 3.0, 10pin). This provides a total of 12x USB ports to be used at the same time.
How To Get More USB Headers On Motherboard
Check out our step by step guide on how to get more USB headers on the motherboard. Then, scroll down and follow the few steps to enable more USB headers on the motherboard.
Step 1: Purchase the new motherboard.
Step 2: Disable any unused ports on the existing motherboard (make sure your power supply can produce enough power for all of your components).
Step 3: Locate how many USB headers are on your new motherboard and how many total USB ports it supports.
Step 4: Compare how many USB headers you have with how many total USB ports your motherboard has. If it doesn’t match up, you’ll need to get an add-on card that includes more USB ports. For example, I bought a PCI-E card with x4 USB ports.
Step 5: Attach the new motherboard to the case, and screw it down with the provided screws (use an anti-static pad if you have one) for static protection. I chose not to use any thermal pads because my computer is in a temperature-controlled room.
If you are going to put your computer in an area where the temperature is not controlled, I would highly recommend using thermal pads.
Step 6: Attach the PCI card to the computer’s case with provided screws (use an anti-static pad if you have one) for static protection, and attach a USB hub to my new motherboard. (If you are using a PCI-E card, the USB hub will need to connect directly to the motherboard).
Step 7: Install all of your components.
Step 8: Attach all of your peripherals and check if they work before connecting everything up. As a precautionary measure, I would recommend checking how much power is being generated by the power supply.
You can do this by attaching the 20/24 pin connector to the motherboard and looking at how much voltage is generated at the 8 pin connector using a multimeter.
I would recommend doing this for any new build you are trying out (even if you have built a PC before) because people’s situations vary greatly.
Step 9: Reassemble your computer.
Step 10: Plugin everything and try to connect it to a network. (If you are using a wireless device/router, turn that device on before attaching it to the computer).
If step 8 were successful, you’d know how much power the power supply is producing as it will indicate how much amperage is being produced.
The number of total USB headers: how many USB headers are available on you motherboard- how many devices will be connected to it (mouse, keyboard, wifi adapter, ethernet adapter).
Step 11: Install the drivers for your new operating system. If you are using UEFI, make sure that your motherboard’s firmware is current.
Step 12: Reprogram your peripherals to use the new motherboard’s USB headers and how many total devices will be connected to each USB header.
I had my computer connect only 4 devices (mouse, keyboard, ethernet adapter) and 2 wifi adapters to my motherboard due to how much power it can produce. So it was important to make sure how much power it can produce.
Step 13: Update everything, and update all device drivers if necessary. Suppose you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment below. Good luck!
How many USB headers does a motherboard have?
There is no set measure of how many USB headers a motherboard can have, as it all varies based on how many ports the computer will need for desired peripherals.
For example, some motherboards only support 1 port (ex. Intel DH67BL), while some cards and motherboards support more than 8 ports (ex. MSI E3550-i5 series).
The best usb header cables for me and my needs
1. Cables Unlimited 8328 Premium SuperSpeed USB 3.0 A Male to Dual Female Micro B OTG Cable.
2. Trident T101-077 6ft USB 2.0 Cable Molded A Male to A Female Black.
3. P-Link 8 port USB 3.0 Hub 2x Gigabit Ethernet Ports.
4. COOLSOFT USB 3.0 HUB 4 Port.
5. Sabrent UC-70 USB 3.0 7 port including Power Adapter and 2 Extension Cable.
6. Nulaxy® SuperSpeed USB3.0 Hub with Two External Ports (1x Mini 5pin+ 1x Type A Female) and Two Internal.
If you want to learn how to get more USB headers on the motherboard, follow the few steps outlined in this step-by-step guide.
We’ve provided detailed instructions for how to purchase a new motherboard, disable any unused ports on your current one and how many total USB ports it comes with, as well as how many USB headers are available on the new board.
We also included how much power is being generated by your power supply so that you can make sure everything is safe before reassembling your computer.