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Asus Motherboard Sports USB 3.0 Ports

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 35 comments

Earlier this month we reported that we'd likely be seeing USB 3.0-enabled PCs before the end of the year.

That's looking more likely now that we've discovered shots of the first motherboard with USB 3.0 ports all decked out with blue connectors. See the photo below, as snapped by Chinese forum Xfastest.

The motherboard is the Asus P6X58 Premium model, which aside from the new-generation USB interface, supports Core i7, six DDR3 memory slots and three PCI-Express 2.0 slots.

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    Anonymous , July 21, 2009 9:42 PM
    Sweet this what i was waiting for now transferring files from external usb hard drives will be much faster.
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    paranoidmage , July 21, 2009 9:43 PM
    Now we just need a southbridge that supports it natively. I don't know why Intel doesn't push this technology more when they help develop it.

    It's all good news, though.
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    Anonymous , July 21, 2009 9:46 PM
    would be nice if i didn't just buy a new motherboard!
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    dingumf , July 21, 2009 10:04 PM
    I'm glad I held back on upgrading to i7.
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    mlcloud , July 21, 2009 10:17 PM
    wotan89Firewire 800 would be far more useful than USB 3.0. USB is for toys.


    Firewire 800? With its 800mbit versus USB 3.0's potential 5gbit? Something doesn't click with me.
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    jacobdrj , July 21, 2009 10:21 PM
    But does it have a parallel port?..


    But does it have a MIDI/GAME port?..
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    Gin Fushicho , July 21, 2009 11:14 PM
    I know what my new MOBO upgrade will be. :3 Time to get rid of my 590i board.
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    apache_lives , July 21, 2009 11:57 PM
    what interface is this actually connected to? like PCI bus? something that cant actually feed them i bet.
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    td854 , July 22, 2009 12:08 AM
    If Tom's could get a benchmark of throughput through these ports on this board I'd really appreciate it. Been holding off on buying a new PC for this and the new SATA.
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    doomtomb , July 22, 2009 12:46 AM
    I'll be getting a new motherboard soon as it has USB 3.0 AND SATA III.
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    IzzyCraft , July 22, 2009 12:52 AM
    NegativeXWould be nice if Asus would state a release date!

    You mean NOW all i need is something that has usb 3.0
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    belardo , July 22, 2009 12:53 AM
    So USB 3.0 should start showing up on more motherboards after Win7 comes out, even thou Win7 doesn't have native support for USB3 (AFAIK).

    note: the USB Police says there is NO USB 2.0 or 3.0. The new USB is: "SuperSpeed USB"... thats fine. We'll call it USB3.0 anyways. ;) 

    USB a toy? Er... yeah, Firewire was faster than USB1. Firewire 800 is better than USB 2.0. I don't see Firewire having anything to go against USB 3.0.

    But here is the thing. Firewire and USB are not exactly competing products. Its almost like saying that USB2.0 is better than Gigabit Ethernet.

    Firewire was/is made as a data transfer standard that works with camcorders and drive units - long before the release of USB.
    USB is a Universal device interface for joysticks, keyboards, mice, etc.
    But with USB 3.0, Firewire becomes less important especially since todays camcorders are using USB 2.0... ;) 

    Next year would be THE time to get a camcorder with USB3. It'll take about a year before we'll start see digital cameras/corders and other devices hit the market. But it'll be the External HDs that'll be easiest and highest in demand.
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    Anonymous , July 22, 2009 1:01 AM
    Does it make Crysis faster?
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    nachowarrior , July 22, 2009 1:43 AM
    usb 3.0 for ext hdd's = lame, use e-sata.
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    neon neophyte , July 22, 2009 2:17 AM
    external video cards!!!!!!
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    tychoblu , July 22, 2009 4:27 AM
    doomtombI'll be getting a new motherboard soon as it has USB 3.0 AND SATA III.



    According to http://gizmodo.com/5318979/asus-first-to-feature-usb-30-with-p6x58-motherboard
    this board also supports SATA 3
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    Anonymous , July 22, 2009 4:44 AM
    why are there USB 2.0 ports on that board as well? I read somewhere that USB 3.0 was backwards compatible with 2.0.
    I also read it wouldn't be backwards compatible with 1.0, so I guess if that's true then it would make a little bit of sense, yet I myself don't use any 1.0 products.

    Anyone have answers?

    -Unsure Sean
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    pocketdrummer , July 22, 2009 7:15 AM
    I disagree with most of the arguments about Firewire (400 or 800). Much of the importance is in the professional world. Ask any audio engineer which they would prefer to work on... USB 2.0 or Firewire 400, and they'll tell you Firewire.

    Everything else is has pretty much gone to USB. Maybe if the 3.0 revisions fix other issues then we'll see Pro Audio move towards USB.

    (I am fully aware that there are USB Audio Interfaces available that work decently. But, on the high end, they trust firewire. And for a good reason.)
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    knekker , July 22, 2009 7:55 AM
    And that reason is?
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