9 Ways You Can Find Difference between USB 2.0 and 3.0

You need to know the difference between USB 2.0 and 3.0 before you buy USB. Just read this tutorial for USB 2.0 vs USB 3.0 comparison. USB stands for Universal Serial Bus. It is the most popular and advanced interfacing device that is used to connect up to 127 peripherals to the computer. In the future, more and more devices are made with USB configuration.

The first USB 0.8 is released in December 1994 later more and more developments in this and it is continuing till now. Fast development in USB technologies, it acquires the benefits of IDE, SATA, PS/2, and more connectors. The early introduced USB 1.0 is followed by USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and USB 3.1. Among the four versions, the USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 are the most widely used. This article shows the difference between USB 2.0 and 3.0.

Difference between USB 2.0 and 3.0

1.Release date

USB 2.0 is released in April 2000. Which is further more development in USB’s technology to handle more number of peripherals a new USB 3.0 is released in November 2008.

2.Data transfer speed

USB 2.0 has different data transfer speed modes low-speed(1.5 Mbps),full speed(12 Mbps) and up to high-speed(480 Mbps) and super speed mode(5 Gbps) is added in USB 3.0. USB 3.0 adds super speed mode that it can achieve maximum 5 Gbps speed which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 which is 480 Mbps.

3.Actual data throughput

  • In any communication system, data transfer needs some extra data with real data for getting error-free data transmission. In the same way in USB’s overhead bits are added with original data to detect and correct the data. Thus the data transfer speed of USB’s drops down.
  • The actual data throughput of USB 3.0 is 3.2 Gbps at maximum speed while USB 2.0 has 280 Mbps due to overhead bits.

4.Data transferring method

USB 3.0 uses a full-duplex method, so it can transfer and receives data simultaneously between two devices. But USB 2.0 uses a half-duplex method and has no capacity to transfer and receive data simultaneously. USB 3.0 uses the full-duplex method, so it is faster than the half-duplex method in USB 2.0.

5.Cable length and wires

usb cable
  • USB 3.0 cables are available in different lengths and maximum length is 3 meters and having 9 copper wires within a cable is more than that of USB 2.0.
  • But in USB 2.0 cable is available in the largest of 5 meters which is 2 meters longer than the USB 3.0 cable and USB 2.0 cable having four copper wires.


  • Any USB version device can compatible with forwarding and backward USB versions. In the same way, USB 3.0 port and devices can compatible with any USB devices and ports, but the data transfer speed is less.

7.Power consumption

  • USB 3.0 ports deliver 4.5 – 7 watts of power with 900 mA of current, which is slightly two times more than USB 2.0 is deliver 2.5 watts power with 500 mA current.
  • USB 3.0 has high power ratings, so it can easy to interface with high power rated devices and future hardware.


Difference between USB 2.0 and 3.0
  • USB 3.0 port shape and size are the same as USB 2.0. But there is two difference which is visible to us.
  • One is a plastic piece in the socket is blue in USB 3.0 while USB 2.0 has black color.
  • Second is copper pins on the plastic piece are 9 divided into two rows (the first row has 4 pins and the second row has 5 pins) in USB 3.0 while USB 2.0 has 4 copper pins.


Even USB 3.0 devices are more expensive than compared to USB 2.0 devices. But present-day prices of USB 3.0 are greatly reduced than compare with earlier days and the day-to-day cost of USB 3.0 is reducing due to manufacturing techniques.

Difference between USB 2.0 and 3.0 comparison chart

Sl.noParametersUSB 2.0USB 3.0
1Release dateApril 2000November 2008
2Data transfer SpeedHS(high-speed) up-to 480 Mbps(60 MBPS)SS(super speed) up-to 5 Gbits(625 MBPS)
3Actual data throughputlimited to 280 Mbpslimited to 3.2 Gbps
4Data flowunidirectionalbi-directional
5Data transferring



Half duplex(It can either send or receive data at a time)Full duplex(It can send and receive data simultaneously)
6Cable lengthMaximum 5 metersMaximum 3 meters
7Paths or wires4 wires in cable9 wires in cable
 8 Compatibility It can connect to USB 1.0 and USB 2.0 devices It can capable to connect USB 1.0,2.0,3.0 devices
 9 Power consumption Maximum current 500 mA


maximum power delivery is 2.5 watts

 Maximum current 900 mA


Power delivery 4.5-7 watts

 10 Front view Grey in color and 4 pins Blue in color and 4 pins in 1st row and 5 pins in 2nd row
 11 Price less expensive than USB 3.0 more expensive than USB 2.0
12How to Buy

Reference sourceWikipedia

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