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How do i check the speed on my USB port itself?

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    How do i check the speed on my USB port itself?


    I do not want to check the speed on a USB 3.0 flash drive or external drive. I need to know the speed of the port itself is transferring at full 3.0 capacity.

    What I have is an external mechanical USB 3.0 hard drive. I know it's a 7200 rpm drive. My 3.0 USB ports on my laptop are not using the blue USB plastic to denote 3.0 speeds, they use black plastic.

    Therefore I am not confidant they are running at full 3.0 speeds. I want a tool that will measure the port speeds independently of any drive or device on the USB port.

    I did find this but I do not have any Advanced tab to check for or to reset the device to Super

    There are four USB specs: 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, and 3.0. But to confuse things, each USB spec has more than one data rate assigned to it. Those rates are "low", "full", "high", and "super."
    Therefore, benchmarking data throughput solely on speed is not necessarily conclusive as to what the actual spec being used. Thus, a USB 3.0 port may not be actually running at a "super" rating but at a "High" rating instead.
    On a Windows machine, check the data rating of the USB root/hub - Goto: Device Manager --> USB Controllers --> USB Root Hub (Right Click) --> Properties --> Advanced (Tab).
    It should tell you the data rating for the USB hub/port. Once you know that, you'll know the maximum throughput from the computer's POV.
    Low = 1.5 Mbps Full = 12 Mbps High = 480 Mbps Super = 5 Gbps
    windows - Verifying USB connection speed (USB 3 or USB 2?) - Super User

    Here is what the listing looks like in device manager Under the two 3.0 USB hubs at the top, there is no advanced tab.

    Click image for larger version

    Ideas?
    Last edited by Dark Rider; 02 Jan 2014 at 17:18.

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    As my understanding, whether it's a usb 2.0/3.0 usb stick or 2.0/3.0 usb port the speeds are predefined and the same. It's the actual connection type and not the device itself.


    • USB 1.1 = 12 Mbit/s
    • Firefire 400 = 400 Mbit/s
    • USB 2.0 = 480 Mbit/s
    • FireWire 800 = 800 Mbit/s
    • USB 3.0 = 5 Gbit/s
    • eSATA = Up to 6 Gbit/s right now as it depend on the internal SATA chip.
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    Right.. but I need to verify it. I added info to the post above you may have missed.. I was still editing the post. This may change your answer. Thanks..
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    You wanting to verify the settings of those ports with in your system? If so, that's done in the BIOS. You'll just have to check your BIOS settings and consult your mobo manual to find out where those settings are.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
    You wanting to verify the settings of those ports with in your system? If so, that's done in the BIOS. You'll just have to check your BIOS settings and consult your mobo manual to find out where those settings are.
    I think what Dark Rider is saying is that the usb socket on his laptop is not Blue like it should be, so he would like to plug a usb 3 device into and use some software to tell him if the socket is actually transferring at usb3 speeds.
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    If so, then PassMark USB3Test would be a good software to use to benchmark a USB 3.0 drive with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    If so, then PassMark USB3Test would be a good software to use to benchmark a USB 3.0 drive with.

    Edit:

    I tried it.. it told me it could not find any passmark USB devices. Seems I need to find a way for it to see my USB ports/drives or i'll have to have another solution.

    Er.. I do not have a loopback plug device to hook to the system if thats what it's looking for. Seems the docs about that app and it's being intertwined with the loopback device and drivers are very scarce on usable info. it's very confusing.

    Edit # 2

    Oh yeah Brink.. thats not gonna work.. the device they want you to use with the software you suggest is 120 dollars LOL PassMark Software - USB 3.0 Loopback Plugs and USB Test Software

    Looks like the passmark Usb3test is not good for anybody unless your a repair shop that has to troubleshoot lots of USB ports LOL

    Got any other.. er.. lets say, free options? LOL
    Last edited by Dark Rider; 02 Jan 2014 at 21:04.
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    Oops, missed that tiny little detail. Sorry.

    You should be able to pretty much use any hard drive benching software to also test the read/write speeds of a USB drive as well to get a benchmark for it.

    HD Tune (free trial)

    Crystal Disk Mark (free)
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