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Will I loose USB3.0 when using Sandy Bridge processor with B75 chipset

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August 8, 2012 8:46:58 PM

Building a new gaming rig and was thinking of using either Intel Pentium G860 or Intel Core i3 2120. Since the case I use is 690 II Advanced and has two USB 3.0 ports, I was thinking about using the new Ivy Bridge chipsets since it has this feature built in.

Motherboards I am thinking of using are these (both B75 chipset):
MSI B75A-G43
GIGABYTE GA-B75-D3V


Will I have any issues using USB 3.0 ports with Sandy Bridge processor?
a c 137 V Motherboard
August 8, 2012 8:51:46 PM

No. USB version is NOT dependent on the CPU used, just on whether or not the motherboard has USB 3.0 capability.

The ONLY thing affected by the CPU used is PCIe 3.0 capability.
a c 75 V Motherboard
August 8, 2012 9:53:17 PM

Yes all the "6" series boards (except the H61) had USB 3.0 on them so it isn't something that you are going to lose by going with a B75 chipset board.
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August 8, 2012 10:13:11 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
Yes all the "6" series boards (except the H61) had USB 3.0 on them so it isn't something that you are going to lose by going with a B75 chipset board.


Incorrect - The 6 series Intel chipsets had no native USB3 it was always via an extra controller, the 7 series chipsets are the first to have native USB3 capability.
August 9, 2012 5:18:57 AM

Thank you all for your replies. I am not yet sure which chipset I'm going to use. Guess I just have to find the cheapest platform.

If I understand everything correctly, if I were to use SB chipsets, I use native 1600Mhz memory support too?
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August 9, 2012 5:50:04 AM

apache_lives said:
Incorrect - The 6 series Intel chipsets had no native USB3 it was always via an extra controller, the 7 series chipsets are the first to have native USB3 capability.


I think he meant SATA-III
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