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Koutech IO-FPM430 4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Front Panel Module with Slot Bracket Option (20-pin ICC Interface)

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3.5" Drive Bay


Compliant with Universal Serial Bus 3.0 Specification Revision 1.0

Four (4) USB 3.0 Type-A downstream ports

Two (2) USB 3.0 20-pin ICC upstream ports

Works with USB 3.0 built-in on-board or add-on cards 20-pin ICC ports

Can be use as Front Panel Module or Add-On Card (*parts included for conversion)

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 1.0/1.1/2.0

USB Specification v.1.0/1.1/2.0/3.0 compatible (data transfer rate at 1.5/12/480 Mbps/5 Gbps)

Four (4) Green LED status indicators for each downstream port

Supports Windows XP/Server 2003/Vista/Server 2008/Windows 7/Windows 8

Supports Linux

Electrical Specifications:
Power Input: Bus-Powered via USB ports
Output Voltage per Port: DC +5V
Output Current per Port: 900mA (max)
Operating Temperature: 0 ~ 40 C


Package Contents
One (1) front panel module

One (1) regular height bracket (*for add-on card conversion use)

Mounting screw set

User manual
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Marvin B.
  • 7/21/2014 7:12:51 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsUSB 3.0 Front Panel Module

Pros: Nice appearance.

Cons: No cable included and it is not available from NewEgg or the manufacturer

Other Thoughts: A close inspection of pictures provided on NewEgg shows this unit has 2 male 20-pin connectors. The 20-pin motherboard connector only supports 2 USB 3.0 jacks. Using a female-female 20-pin cable available on the #1 on-line auction site made by 2 USB 3.0 jacks on this unit will function. Unless your motherboard has 2 of those 20-pin USB connectors you will not be able to use all 4 of the USB 3.0 jacks on this panel. The name to search for on that auction site is "26 inch long USB 3.0 Hi-Speed 20-Pin Motherboard Header ICC Female to Female Cable", manufacturer part number is USB3-2326, and cost is $13.95 with free shipping.

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  • David N.
  • 7/2/2013 1:49:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsOops!

Pros: Excellent adapter. 4 Channel support. Adaptable to rear or front panel.

Cons: Cables required but not provided. Indicator lights on always, not activity indicators. Plastic tray for front panel.

Other Thoughts: I really blew the review below.

It turns out the mobo headers and the adapter headers are 2mm x 2mm and not the 2.54mm headers I was thinking of.

The correct cables are available from Newegg as Item #N82E16812240047, the 17" version, for $10.79 ea. These are NOT cheap cables. They are manufactured and sold by Koutech through Newegg.

To the best of my knowledge, there are no standard 2 x 2mm ribbon cables available.

Just goes to show that you need to pay attention and get your facts straight before posting. Sorry.

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  • David N.
  • 6/25/2013 4:44:52 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsAnswer to above review

Pros: N/A

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: Apparently USB3.0 as implemented by mobo mfrs, is too new to have standard cables being made. A female to female 20-pin ribbon cable, made by 3M is available from Digikey (cat US2011 p.44 top left) under part number M3AAA-2018J, priced $3.12 for 18" grey 15u gold, qty 1. This cable should work fine. I'm ordering a few along with this adapter for testing. If the cable, which is a standard parallel ribbon cable, has too much loss in 18", I may have to go with a shielded cable. DO NOT use the twisted pair version. Signal assignments at the connector are not correct for that.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/3/2012 6:26:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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2 out of 5 eggsGreat product w/o necessary cables

Pros: It is a great USB 3.0 4-port bracket that allows either a 3.5" drive bay or extension card bracket installation. All other similar products come with 2 USB 3.0 ports only.
It seems to be well-made, it is almost unique (as of today) and it is extremely flexible.

Cons: BUT, the kit does NOT include the USB 3.0 motherboard header cables. Yes, you would need two female/female USB 3.0 header cables in order to be able to plug this bracket into your motherboard. However, such cables are not included and they do not seem to be easily available.
I find this to be a serious problem. Why sell a product that requires some specific cables without supplying such cables?
Keep in mind that this darn thing that has not a single microchip or anything else valuable cost twenty-five bucks!

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