I would love to make my thinkpad more future-proof, so I am looking for USB-C options and I found this PCI-E usb-c adapter:
[url] https://www.amazon.com/IO-Crest-PCI-Exp ... B01L83UJE4 [url]
Will it work? If not, will there be in the future some option to get usb-C working in thinkpad t420/t430?
It's definitely a possible, with a hacked bios to remove the whitelists for what's allowed to be in those mpci-e slots. The Asmedia USB3 controllers are quite well regarded as far as I know.
If you proceed with this, let us know and maybe post a walkthrough as I'm sure others would be quite interested in this mod. I'd be really interested in it, to be honest, but I just don't have the time to be hacking up my laptop at the moment.
T420s 14.0 HD+, i7-2460M, 16GB PC3L-12800, NVS4200M, Samsung 850Pro 512GB, Intel 7260AC, BT4.1, Chicony KB, 81+ battery
* While you may be able to add USB-c connectivity to your thinkpad, it'd still be bottlenecked by the limitation of pcie speed. PCIe 2.0 caps out at 5 gbps.
* Another possibility, although slightly unwieldly, is to go for a expresscard based solution. The EXP GDC is often used to connect a desktop graphics card to laptops through the expresscard slot, but you could just as easily use it to connect an expansion card. Something like https://www.startech.com/Cards-Adapters ... PEXUSB312C might be an option, giving you usb c slots
You could even have a few USB ports not exposed to the outside of the casing for things like Bluetooth adapters, Logitech Unifying receivers, etc.
I think I know what my next project may be!
T420 - i7-3632QM/250gb SSD/16gb/FHD via converter board/AW-CB160H AC/Coreboot/Internal Logitech Unifying Receiver
T500 - C2D-P8700/64gb SSD/6gb/WUXGA
Past: X61T || X60T || R50 || X30 || T30 || A31p || 3xx || 600E || Intellistation Z Pro
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