How to check if your PC supports USB 3.0

Very often users ask us how to find if their PC supports USB 3.0. USB 3.0 adds a new transfer rate that can transfer data at up to 5 Gbit/s (625 MB/s), which is about ten times as fast as the USB 2.0 standard.  Today we will see the fastest way to determine it.

Check if your PC supports USB 3.0

The fastest way to find it is to inspect the Device Manager and look for the words "xHCI" or "eXtensible Host Controller" in the USB Controllers group. Let's see the steps for it in Windows 10.

  1. Right click the Start button to open its context menu (Power User menu, also known as Win+X menu). Select the item called "Device Manager". Windows 10 open device manager
  2. In Device Manager, expand the USB Controllers node. USB 3.0
  3. If your PC supports USB 3.0, you will see the item which contains the "xHCI" or "eXtensible Host Controller" portion in the name. See the image above.

That's it! This means that your PC hardware and installed driver supports USB 3.0. Note that only Windows 8 and Windows 10 support it, Windows 7 requires a third-party driver from your hardware vendor.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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