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Sanwa Supply Intros USB 3.0 Front-Panel Header Adapter for Ready Boost Internal Ports

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This tiny accessory from Japan's Sanwa Supply might come handy for boosting system responsiveness on the cheap, using the Ready Boost flash-drive caching feature available with select versions of Windows. The 800-TK021 from Sanwa is a small blue PCB, which fixes itself to the motherboard on one end, using a standard USB 3.0 front-panel header, and gives out two USB 3.0 type-A ports.

The ports can then be used to stash away discrete USB 3.0 storage devices (such as flash-drives, DRM sticks, HDDs, USB 3.0 portable SSDs). One incentive is using a discrete flash drive to speed up system responsiveness using Ready Boost. On sale, the 800-TK021 is priced at 780 JPY (US $9), it could be distributed under different labels, in different markets.

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I've been wandering for a while now how long it'll be before someone starts marketing something like that. Seems I have my answer.
 
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I never noticed a difference with ready boost... but that was with usb 2.0
 
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Who really uses readyboost if you're plugging the drive internally? Why not just install more RAM if you're going to open the case to use readyboost anyway?
 

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Who really uses readyboost if you're plugging the drive internally? Why not just install more RAM if you're going to open the case to use readyboost anyway?
Because thumb drives are still way way cheaper than ram. But I agree, this little header is not worth the effort. Plug the thumb drive into your front panel for free!