We are in an odd time right now for USB technology. Whether we like it or not, USB 2.0 still rules the roost. Motherboard manufactures started adding USB 3.0 capability to motherboards two years ago, but even going into the two year anniversary, USB 2.0 ports still outnumber USB 3.0 ports two to one. That ratio is even larger to the USB 2.0 side in lower priced motherboards, where only a small number of 3.0 ports reside.
To increase the odds of you purchasing more USB 3.0 devices motherboard manufactures have started to include USB 3.0 headers on the boards, but are still keeping a limited number on the back of the board. Most would prefer their USB 3.0 ports on the front of their case anyhow, so this is a good thing. The eco system is hardly ever balanced though because in order to use those front USB 3.0 ports you need a new case... or do you? NZXT, a case manufacture themselves have devised a way to increase your USB 3.0 count without the expense of purchasing a new computer case. The NZXT Aperture M uses a single USB 3.0 motherboard header to put two USB 3.0 ports right on the front of your computer. At the same time, the Aperture M also provides several flash card slots, so you can read and write to the most popular flash cards on the market today.
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