El Monte, CA â€“ December 10, 2009 â€“ NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce the IU01 Internal USB Expansion system. The IU01 addresses an issue common to most gaming PCs that is a lack of substantial power and expandability from the front-panel USBs. The IU01 enhances control and boosts power for front-panel USB devices by connecting them directly to the power supply as opposed to the motherboard, ensuring that thereâ€™s always enough power to control your accessories and peripherals. The IU01 also adds six internal USB ports that are great for powering items that you donâ€™t need constant access too like a Bluetooth module or USB wireless router allowing you to free up the external ports for additional accessories.
â€œWe strive to make products that provide enthusiasts options for enhanced expansion and controlâ€ said Johnny Hou, Chief Designer at NZXT. â€œMotherboards typically feature only 2 internal USB ports which tend to be occupied by a media card reader and the caseâ€™s USB cable. The IU01 provides a total of 8 additional USB ports expanding the usersâ€™ multimedia connectivity and ensures peripherals have sufficient power with the direct connection to the PSU.â€
The IU01 is available now at an MSRP of $19.99. For more information on the NZXT IU01 visit www.nzxt.com/products/IU01
Seems like a neat little thing to have around the house. $19.99, however, seems a bit ridiculous IMO.
Or you could get a cheap powered usb hub for 1/2 the price, without taking up valuable drive mounting space
Which one downloads faster? I had a hub and it really sucked on downloading memory sticks as opposed to a direct connection.
Any hubs that are USB2 should be fine.
There’s still older usb1.1 hubs hanging around in shops … about 6-7years after the world went with USB2 …
I find this implementation to be confusing