Do you have to have a usb c port to use the feature or is there a way to use an adapter or the like?
Depends on what you’re trying to achieve.
USB C on the external device?
USB C on the motherboard?
USB C on both the external device, and the motherboard?
Maybe I should have made my last post a bit easier to understand.
If you are looking to connect a device which has a USB C connector to your PC which only has USB A sockets (standard USB sockets).
You can use an USB A to type USB Type C adaptor. But there are things you must consider.
A USB C device will take all its power from the USB C socket on the PC. So you would need to check how much power the USB C device requires.
A USB2 type A socket on a PC will only be able to supply 500mA so basically rules using that socket out.
Plus USB2 is simply to slow.
A USB3.0 type A socket can provide upto 900mA, and will have enough speed for most things.
A USB3.1 type A socket can provide enough power for any USB C device, and has the same speed as USB C gen3.1 device.
A USB3.2 type A socket exceeds all specs and can be safely used.
Regarding functionality. Apart from the C socket and A socket being physically different. they are basically the same, except USB C can support ‘Thunderbolt’ with the appropriate additional hardware…
Thanks Dee great info, as usual.
No problem, durkinjt.
Just to add.
If your current motherboard doesn’t support USB3.1. and your PC has a free PCIe x4/x16 socket. You can add a PCIe card very cheaply that will give you a native USB3.1 type A socket, and many of them have a native UBS 3,1 type C socket.
You probably wont be able to buy them from the following site, but you can use the list of cards to source a card from a local vendor.