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Maximus IX Extreme UBB3.1_E1 Port

rolldog
Level 9
I've been looking for a dedicated thread for this MB, but since I can't seem to find one, I'll start a new thread since other Asus boards probably have this same port.

I bought an Asus Maximus IX Extreme MB for a build when this board was initially released, but shortly after buying all my hardware, I moved and had to put the build on hold. Now that I've moved into my new house, I've started on this build again even though it seems like all my hardware is already dated.

I have a question about this board, or connector on this board, and I'm hoping someone can answer it for me. I noticed this MB comes with a USB 3.1 Front Panel Connector (USB3.1_E1), but I'm not quite sure what this port is used for since I've never seen anything that looks like this. I assume that if I use this port for anything, some sort of adapter is needed. Does anyone use this port? If so, what is it used for? The name says Front Panel Connector, but the case I'm using has 2 cables that look like USB 3.0 cables, but one connects to 3 x USB 3.0 ports on the front panel, which I can plug into the USB 3.0 connector on the MB and the other plugs into a USB 3.1 Type C port. However, since it's only powering one USB 3.1 Type C port vs 3 x USB 3.0 ports, I assume it's able to produce higher bandwidth.

Is there an adapter that I can use to connect this USB3.1_E1 adapter on the MB to this other connector, which looks exactly like the USB 3.0 connector, and hooks up to the USB 3.1 Type C connector on the front of my case or is this USB3.1_E1 port on the MB used for something completely different? I'd appreciate any advice before my hardware becomes even more outdated. Thanks!
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rolldog
Level 9
I'm looking for a cable with this on one end, to plug into the USB 3.1 header on the MB, to a male 19 pin USB 3.0 connector, which plugs into a USB type C connector on the front of the case. Has anyone seen a cable like this? The front panel of my case has one of the USB 3.0 connectors connected to 3 x USB 3.0 ports and the other powers a USB 3.1 type C/Thunderbolt 3 connector.
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rolldog wrote:
I'm looking for a cable with this on one end, to plug into the USB 3.1 header on the MB, to a male 19 pin USB 3.0 connector, which plugs into a USB type C connector on the front of the case. Has anyone seen a cable like this? The front panel of my case has one of the USB 3.0 connectors connected to 3 x USB 3.0 ports and the other powers a USB 3.1 type C/Thunderbolt 3 connector.
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That is a hard one. check silverstone, inwin and modDIY (you can email them and ask if there is way to get or made one)
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Itzycharles wrote:
That is a hard one. check silverstone, inwin and modDIY (you can email them and ask if there is way to get or made one)


Yea, I thought about modDIY. They've made cables for me in the past. I don't understand why I can't find a cable that fits a specific header on a new MB. Oh well.

rolldog
Level 9
I'm looking for a cable with this on one end, to plug into the USB 3.1 header on the MB, to a male 19 pin USB 3.0 connector, which plugs into a USB type C connector on the front of the case. Has anyone seen a cable like this? The front panel of my case has one of the USB 3.0 connectors connected to 3 x USB 3.0 ports and the other powers a USB 3.1 type C/Thunderbolt 3 connector.
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Chino
Level 15
There are a few cases with front USB 3.1 ports in the market right now that use that UBB3.1_E1 header. I'm not sure if there are any front panel bays though.

Chino wrote:
There are a few cases with front USB 3.1 ports in the market right now that use that UBB3.1_E1 header. I'm not sure if there are any front panel bays though.


Yes, the case I'm building in has a USB 3.1 type c port on the front panel, but it doesn't have the connector that fits the USB3.1_E1 header.

Chino
Level 15
Are you using the Caselabs TH10A that's in your PC Specs? I don't see any USB 3.1 Type-C ports. Only 4 normal USB 3.0 ports.

Chino wrote:
Are you using the Caselabs TH10A that's in your PC Specs? I don't see any USB 3.1 Type-C ports. Only 4 normal USB 3.0 ports.


Nope, I'm working on a new build in the In Win Tou 2.0 case. The front panel is all the way at the bottom on the front of the case, and it has 3 x USB 3.0 ports and 1 x USB 3.1 type C port. They both have a 20 pin USB 3.0 female adapter on the end of the cable. Since this Asus Maximus IX Extreme only has 1 USB 3.0 header on it, I can only plug in the 3 x USB 3.0 ports or the USB type C port. I'd really like to be able to plug the USB 3.1 type C port into the USB3.1_E1 port, but every cable I can find that has the correct header to fit into the USB3.1_E1 port has a USB 3.1 type C port on the other end. I guess I could remove the front panel and see if I can remove the USB 3.1 type C port and just replace the port with one of the cables I found that fit into the USB3.1_E1 port.

Honestly, I don't think the cable I'm looking for even exists. For instance, this case has a touch panel built into the tempered glass on the top front of the case, and on this touch panel, the LED strips, which came pre-installed, can be dimmed by sliding your finger back and forth on the tempered glass, which is kind of cool. This case came with an adapter to plug in series between the 24 pin ATX cable from the MB and the 24 pin connector on the PSU. Coming off this adapter is a 5 pin connector which plugs into and powers this control panel with the dimmer on it.

When I started sleeving my cables, I contacted In Win and asked if they could send me a pinout of this 5 pin connector, and they sent me the pinout for the 24 pin, 8 pin, and 6+2 pin PCIe cables (the case also has a proprietary PSU). So I contacted them again specifically asking about the 5 pin connector, and they told me it was a proprietary connector and couldn't provide it for me. Anyone can look at the adapter and see which pins from the 24 pin ATX cable are running to which pin on the 5 pin connector, but I hate sleeving cables and hate it worse when I have to crimp 2 or 3 wires into one pin. Luckily, Daniel at Singularity Computers told me he could make a sleeved 24 pin ATX cable for me with this 5 pin proprietary connector crimped into it. Apparently, this wasn't the first time he did it. Since the connector itself was proprietary, I had to ship him my adapter from the US to Australia, so he could remove the connector from the adapter it came with. He made some nice sleeved cables for me. He crimped the wires for this connector onto the same pins of the 24 pin ATX cable that the adapter was being used for, which reduced the amount of cables/adapters that would be inside the case since I wouldn't need to use In Win's separate adapter anymore.

The point here is that this case has been a little difficult to work with from the beginning, but I imagine this is why In Win could charge a premium for this case. Not only were a finite amount made, but it has some proprietary connectors that do things that can't be replicated. Because of everything I had to do just to get some sleeved cables makes me think that In Win probably sells this connector I'm looking for, and they might be the only ones who have it. I haven't contacted them yet about it, mostly because of the frustration I've had already, but I might pull out the front panel at the bottom of the case and see if the USB 3.1 type C port can be removed. If so, I can swap it out with the USB 3.1 type C port I've already seen that has the connector that fits into the USB3.1_E1 port on the opposite end instead of this 20 pin USB connector.

Sorry for such a long post, but I figured I needed to provide a little bit of what I've already been through trying to find specific adapters/cables for this case. Besides trying to find things to make everything work, I really like this case. Last night, I cut the PCIe slots connected to the MB tray so I can mount my GPU vertically in the case. I've put a nickel-plexi waterblock on it, and I'd like for people to be able to see it instead of the backplate. This is why I reversed the chassis in my Caselabs TH10A. Why spend money on things that look nice if no one can see it? In this In Win Tou 2.0, every side is 5mm mirrored tempered glass. Once the LEDs inside come on, then you can see inside. Everything inside will look like it does outside since I've installed a chassis divider just below the MB, which will help hide some cables at the bottom, and I made the chassis divider out of a mirror. Chrome 16mm fittings and borosilicate glass tubing. I'm just having a little difficulty connecting my 2 x stainless steel Aquacomputer 360 radiators. With both of these installed, everything is kinda tight. I had to raise the top of the case by 25mm for the top radiator to fit, so I used Bitspower chrome plated brass tubing and made 25mm spacers. I had to buy some longer screws for the top, but at least they're going through the chrome spacers.

Chino
Level 15
Despite having an USB 3.1 Type C port, the Tou 2.0 doesn't actually have a real USB 3.1 cable. Instead, it utilizes a normal USB 3.0 cable. It's the same thing on my D Frame 2.0.

I'm guessing you're looking for a female USB 3.0 to male USB 3.1 connector cable. Unfortunately, I don't think one exists at this moment.