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Can I use the PreSonus Quantum 26x32 Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface on my PC that only has a USB 3.0 port?

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asked Nov 4, 2018 in Thunderbolt - Quantum by caesarhernandez (340 points)
Hi all,

I'm struggling with latency/pops/cracks/drop-outs and basically losing my mind. I have a massively powerful computer** (Dual Xeon, 32GB mem..) Windows 10/Studio One 4 professional/VSTs (Omnisphere,Kontact..etc), but I'm using a relatively cheap USB audio interface (********* UMC1820). I'm looking to upgrade "something" to get this fixed and this looks like a good solution, but I'm concerned about buying it and it not being compatible with my USB 3.0 connection. Would installing a thunderbolt 2 PCIe card work if this device not compatible with my current USB 3.0 config?

Thank you,


**I've exhausted every optimization suggestion available for Windows 10

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answered Nov 4, 2018 by kevinrendleman (1,890 points)
It depends on if your motherboard has a built in thunderbolt header.  There are not that many PC motherboards with thunderbolt capability yet, especially if you're on a budget.  I would try to do some googling to find out which model you have, and then dig in to see if it's thunderbolt compatible.  

Unfortunately, the most likely answer is that you probably won't be able to add a PCIe thunderbolt card to MOST PCs built more than just a few years ago.