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Gigabyte's USB 3.0 Contest is Open to the World

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Here is your chance to win a new motherboard and USB 3.0 compatible storage, even if you live in a special state or province.

Want to upgrade your interface to SuperSpeed? Gigabyte is holding a contest where the three winners will get to take home with them the latest Gigabyte H55M motherboard and an A-Data NH01 portable hard drive.

Gigabyte calls its contest "Increase Your Speed, Triple Your Power" and asks enthusiasts to submit their ideas of what would be the best use or concepts for USB 3.0 devices or USB devices that can take advantage of a 3x USB Power Boost. Submissions to Gigabyte can be use videos, pictures, or just a description of the device. Visitors to the contest website then have the ability to vote for their favorite concepts up to 10 times per day.

Those who vote also have a chance to win, as Gigabyte is also holding a draw for three voters to win yet-to-be-released Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3 motherboards based on the AMD 880G North Bridge and SB850 South Bridge.

Besides just outside votes determining three winners, Gigabyte will also play judge by awarding entered concepts points based on creativity, originality and design, with the top 3 concepts chosen by the company winning a Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 motherboard and A-DATA N002 Combo Flash Drive.

Perhaps the best news of all is that this contest is open to worldwide participation. Check out the contest website here.

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    xsamitt , March 16, 2010 12:05 AM
    Finally a fair contest open to all.
    I would be very thankful if I were to have a this board.
    So lets just say that USB 3.0 would bring me years of great gaming joy.
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    xsamitt , March 16, 2010 12:05 AM
    Finally a fair contest open to all.
    I would be very thankful if I were to have a this board.
    So lets just say that USB 3.0 would bring me years of great gaming joy.
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    4ILY45 , March 16, 2010 12:07 AM
    xsamitt So lets just say that USB 3.0 would bring me years of great gaming joy.


    Isn't it suppose to be the motherboard?
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    darthvidor , March 16, 2010 12:18 AM
    wow, a non-us-only contest ... and I would love to have this board.
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    redrabbit803 , March 16, 2010 2:09 AM
    Its a contest. Winning free stuff is always good.

    However USB 3.0 is obsolete. Lightpeak will inevitably replace it along with other i/o's connectors via optitcal cable. Also it starts at 10gbps and can scale up to 100gbps unlike USB 3. From what I've read they are already shipping the chips for it this year.

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    JohnnyLucky , March 16, 2010 3:13 AM
    I need to put on my thinking cap and come up with something cool!
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    micky_lund , March 16, 2010 3:43 AM
    slightly off topic, but why doesn't Tom's make an australasian/ANZ version of the website? is it too hard to run, or what?
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    david714 , March 16, 2010 3:57 AM
    redrabbit803Its a contest. Winning free stuff is always good.However USB 3.0 is obsolete. Lightpeak will inevitably replace it along with other i/o's connectors via optitcal cable. Also it starts at 10gbps and can scale up to 100gbps unlike USB 3. From what I've read they are already shipping the chips for it this year.

    Will Lightpeak supply power?
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    redrabbit803 , March 16, 2010 4:50 AM
    Quote:
    Will Lightpeak supply power?


    More then likely seeing as they were using a usb interface. They will probably have two types of cables. One for just data and the other with power integrated into the wire drawing its power from the usb interface. So basically you have three or more wires. one optical for data and two or more copper for power. This results in the ability for longer cables with less
    electronic noise.
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    randomizer , March 16, 2010 11:04 AM
    micky_lundslightly off topic, but why doesn't Tom's make an australasian/ANZ version of the website? is it too hard to run, or what?

    We've had a thread in the forum asking for one since April 2008 :lol:  Ok, so it was asking for a mirror on page 1...

    Hmm, i could go with some USB3.0 goodness. If only it was an X58 board though.
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    drksilenc , March 16, 2010 11:37 AM
    redrabbit803Its a contest. Winning free stuff is always good.However USB 3.0 is obsolete. Lightpeak will inevitably replace it along with other i/o's connectors via optitcal cable. Also it starts at 10gbps and can scale up to 100gbps unlike USB 3. From what I've read they are already shipping the chips for it this year.

    one tiny problem with that is this is USB as in 3/4 of all connectors for pc on the market... lightpeak may be fast but it will prbly be on the same level as esata as far as adoption. the only reason why usb is so popular is they have held the same pin connectors and you can plug a usb 1.0 device into a usb 3.0 connector and it still works
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    r0x0r , March 16, 2010 1:01 PM
    drksilencone tiny problem with that is this is USB as in 3/4 of all connectors for pc on the market... lightpeak may be fast but it will prbly be on the same level as esata as far as adoption. the only reason why usb is so popular is they have held the same pin connectors and you can plug a usb 1.0 device into a usb 3.0 connector and it still works


    Not to mention the name. USB: it's quick, catchy and familiar; no one cares what it means anyway (try selling an "Advanced Micro Devices Central Processing Unit). Anyone here in marketing? How important is a product name in relation to the product itself?

    Also, no-one besides tech buffs even know what Lightpeak is.

    Just as an aside, try saying "Lightpeak" 5 times quickly (like a pick...). Now say "USB" and notice how it rolls off he tongue so much easier.
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    grieve , March 16, 2010 7:01 PM
    r0x0rtry saying "Lightpeak" 5 times quickly (like a pick...). Now say "USB" and notice how it rolls off he tongue so much easier.

    fun!
    try saying "red leather, yellow leather" five times :) 

    While i do agree with your comments it would be ideal of lightpeak took off as we will have to say goodby to USB eventually.
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    LaughALot , March 27, 2010 5:32 PM
    USB will be around for many more years. Intel demo'ed USB in 94 or 95. But it still took four or five years for USB to really take off.

    Question: Why is it almost every motherboard being manufactured today has at least one PS2 connector? And why do still see VGA connectors on new products?

    USB will hang around because copper can provide power, fiber cannot.

    USB3 will be successful because it can support legacy devices. Only the geek (fearing their dick is not big enough) will replace all their USB devices with fiber. Most people will save their money, they'll wait until they buy a new computer with fiber support, before buying a fiber device.

    I'm not damning fiber, hell I probably won't buy another television until I can buy one that supports fiber. But outside of the geek and the power user change is sloooowwwww.
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    Ona Island Ina Sea , May 26, 2010 6:29 PM
    __-_-_-__what you mean by "special state or province"?

    That would be akin to maintaining body temperature while naked in Manitoba outside in January.