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How to tell USB 2.0 from USB 3.0 ports? Reward $3
Created by WalterWhite, 1424 days ago, 31705 views

My desktop has like 10 USB ports, how do I know if they are 2.0 ports or 3.0 ports just by looking at them? There is no mark at all. Thanks!
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zubair1424 days ago

As mdpc said, the device you plug the USB device into should have different signs or colours to show if the actual ports are USB 2 or 3:
USB 2:


USB 3 (the sign on the left image says 'SS' and the usb sign. SS = SuperSpeed as said above):



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SetupComputer1424 days ago

@WalterWhite

A USB3.0 Port is Blue, while a USB2.0 Port is Black.


(from Google Images)

Cheers!

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ZzMrXzZ1424 days ago

Not all USB 3 ports are in blue.
Read those two article dude:
http://superuser.com/questions/756669/how-to-detect-if-a-usb-port-is-3-0-or-2-0
http://superuser.com/questions/478184/verifying-usb-connection-speed-usb-3-or-usb-2

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SetupComputer1424 days ago

@ZzMrXzZ

Yes, I know that, but that method I described would most probably be the easiest to accomplish "just by looking".

Anyway, I believe that most of computers with USB3.0 slots nowadays have blue color, SINCE IT IS MANDATED BY STANDARDS. Therefore, in general, you will determine if it is a USB3.0 slot or a USB2.0 slot (or lower) by its color.

Read here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_3.0

Quoting: "Since USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports may coexist on the same machine and they look similar, USB 3.0 specification mandates appropriate color-coding and recommends that the Standard-A USB 3.0 connector has a blue insert (Pantone 300C color). The same color-coding applies to the USB 3.0 Standard-A plug."

Therefore, if a USB3.0 slot is not colored blue (or more specifically, Pantone 300C color), it is a deviation from the standard and should be considered a special case.

I hope this helps you. :)

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alvindgreat1424 days ago

Hi @WalterWhite ,

The easiest and the fastest way (visual inspection) of knowing/differentiating USB3.0 and USB2.0 Ports is through their colors and markings. USB 3.0 connectors are usually distinguished from their USB 2.0 counterparts by BLUE color-coding of the receptacles and plugs, and the initials SS. However, if there were no markings, the USB 3.0 specification recommends using a BLUE-COLOR scheme (Pantone 300C color) for USB 3.0 Standard-A connectors and receptacles to distinguish them from USB 2.0 Standard-A connectors and receptacles. A lot of times, USB 2.0 Ports use white/black color.

The link below would help you to know more about USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports.
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-things-you-should-know-about-usb-20-and-30/

The image below would also help you differentiate your USB Ports, which is which:



If in special cases, there were no markings and no color-coding, visit the site below for further details:
http://superuser.com/questions/756669/how-to-detect-if-a-usb-port-is-3-0-or-2-0

I hope it helps you.

High five @WalterWhite

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ha141424 days ago

@WalterWhite 1.Open the Device Manager.
2.In the "Device Manager" window, click the + (plus sign) next to Universal Serial Bus controllers. You will see a list of the USB ports installed on your computer.
◦If your USB port name contains "Universal Host", your port is version 1.1.
◦If the port name contains both "Universal Host" and "Enhanced Host", your port is version 2.0.
◦If the port name contains "USB 3.0", your port is version 3.0.

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kinzy20041424 days ago

Usb color are usually in Blue and you will notice an increased speed in transferring. If you still can't find your usb 3 ports and want to tell exactly which is which use usb view and check where it says bcdusb (usb version 2.00 or 3.00)





here







http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbtreeview_e.html

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Draftrate1419 days ago

If it left side of laptop 2.0 will be nearest for user if right side 3.0 will be nearest.

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azzromyo1419 days ago

hi @WalterWhite
the device you plug the USB device into should have different signs or colours to show if the actual ports are USB 2 or 3:

USB 2:

USB 3 (the sign on the left image says 'SS' and the usb sign. SS = SuperSpeed as said above):

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Rudefood201417 days ago

USB 3.0 is blue and USB 2.0 is black. :)

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