not many USB ports?

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  1. Sledge

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    So why is it in this day and age, that quite a few mobos still only have like 6 USB ports?
    Everything plugs in to them these days, so why don't even the cheapest ones have like 12 or more ports?
    When i upgrade next i'll be wanting something with at least that many so i don't have to piss fart around to plug something in..
     
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    I think those most likely to want a bunch of USB ports are running NAS instead. The manufacturers cater to the market, there is only so much PCB real estate to work with I guess.

    Those that do use a lot of USB devices generally just buy a hub anyway, most devices are low demand or only used sometimes, its not like a hub really maxes a port out often anyway.
     
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    What's the hubbub about buying a hub?
     
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    Why do you have so many USB devices? You should have like 4, keyboard + mouse, external audio (optional) and microphone.
     
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    Messy with even more cables laying around...
    and external HDD, Camera, phone, joystick, USB stick (x2 if you're going from one to the other), Card reader, fanatec wireless receiver, probably more i'm forgetting...
     
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    Why not buy a 5- or 6-port USB hub and stick it into your PC (assuming your case has 5 1/4" drive bay to accommodate one)? Surely your camera, external HDD, USB storage isn't plugged in 24/7 or used frequently at the same time?

    Front ports for USB storage (sticks) and card reader as required (my USB card reader is only plugged in when required).

    Maybe a PCIe USB card instead of you want more ports at the back. These days the board makers have to accommodate USB3, USB-C, DP, HDMI, Optical and component audio and others I can't remember. Maybe the ATX standard needs to look at the I/O size to allow more.
     
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    don't you have to have enough lanes to supprt 12 devices all plugged in at once.

    really you could have 12 SSD's hanging off that bad boy expecting it to power and copy data in and out of it.
     
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    why does my new laptop only have 2 USB ports??
     
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    Good question!!
    That's ridiculous for a laptop to only have 2
    maybe for a tablet that might be ok.. but not a laptop
     
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    If it was a new $5000 Apple laptop, you'd get... 1 :)
     
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    pov laptop, I've got 4 :p
    3 type-A, and a type-C (which replaced the miniDP, which I'm not happy about, got to get a port-multiplier/dock thing to get a DP port back).

    But yeah, as covered OP needs to shop around to find the board that meets with the requirements he has, they are out there. Not all of them will be ports on the back, many will be headers on the board to plug into either case ports or addon (5.25" bay devices).
     
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    Dell 7390 i7... at least it has a USB-C I can connect a hub to.
     
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    Yes majority available now have only 4-6 with only a few having more...
    when i'm ready to upgrade i will check out the current crop... (need GPU first)
    And that chart is showing maximum it supports.... not how many are actually on the board.
     
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    start with chipset then look at corresponding boards.

    that said, i've never seen anything with a ludicrous amount of USB ports.
     
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    Comp sitting at my feat has 12 USB total, 4 on the front, 8 on the rear, but it's an old comp, i5 650.
     
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    I use 2 USB ports on my PC. 1 is for an external Hub mounted on the side of my desk for more convenient access and cable management, the other powers my DAC.
     
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    I have two USB 2, used for wired keyboard and wireless mouse. I have 3 USB 3.0, one has a charge/data cable for my phone hanging out of it, the other two are unused currently. I have a USB C port, unused.

    For quick plugins, I have a pair of USB 3.0 on the front panel.

    I could of course run external drives or whatever from the 2 spare IO ports, or a 4 port hub I have in the drawer... or buy a hub with many more ports if I really needed it of course.

    I see no need for more USB ports.
     
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    Ratzz has spoken.
     
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    Crosshair VI hero comes to mind if you must have a bootload of rear usb ports directly on the motherboard.

    God knows how the lanes etc are split up to support that and what else you lose out on because of it though.

    Edit: Looks like there's only one usb header for a 2xfront panel usb ports, So everything has to be done from the back... but could be handy if you aren't constantly swapping plugs and just want everything in all the time.

    [​IMG]
     
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