USB C Port

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…

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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.

https://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware/usb-devices/usb31-io