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Gigabyte Boasts its USB Ports are Great for iPad

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 27 comments

Got an iPad that refuses to charge even while it's plugged into your PC? Gigabyte has the answer for you.

When the iPad released, many new owners who were used to how their iPhones or iPod Touches worked when plugged into a computer's USB port were surprised that the Apple tablet wouldn't charge if it was still in use.

Apple's knowledge base article clarifies that the iPad might not charge while plugged into a USB port because it's not able to supply enough juice to charge the battery and to power the iPad in operation. The exception to that is new Macs that can turn its ports into high-powered ones when in need and now certain Gigabyte motherboards with a new driver.

Gigabyte was proud to announce (and show off in the video below) that its full range of Intel chipset-based X58, P55, H55, H57 as well as current and upcoming AMD 800 chipset series motherboards all allow charging of the iPad both while the device is in use and not in use.

The motherboard company detailed in its press release:

Recent industry and news reports indicate that USB ports on most Windows PCs are unable to provide enough power to charge the new iPad while the device is in operation due to differences between motherboard USB power output and the device’s charging specifications. However, Gigabyte’s unique USB power design is able to deliver extra power for devices that require more than the 500mA delivered from a traditional USB port. With a simple On/Off Charge driver update which can be found on the Gigabyte website, Gigabyte motherboard users are able to take full advantage of USB charging of their iPad, giving them more options and convenience when recharging their new device.

Download the On/Off Charge driver here.

Gigabyte Boasts its USB Ports are Great for iPad

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    builderbobftw , April 13, 2010 9:07 PM
    That's wahts up with all those 3x usb power logos on the boxes....
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    Shadow703793 , April 13, 2010 8:54 PM
    How about ASUS, EVGA,et al?
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    builderbobftw , April 13, 2010 9:07 PM
    That's wahts up with all those 3x usb power logos on the boxes....
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    Marco925 , April 13, 2010 9:10 PM
    I wonder if this will extend to other things that either need more power or charging as well.
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    JasonAkkerman , April 13, 2010 9:13 PM
    Can you use one of those cables that takes extra power from another USB port? Wouldn't that supply the required current to charge and operate at the same time?

    Something like this?

    I have used them before, most recently with an external 3 1/2" drive.
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    dman3k , April 13, 2010 9:53 PM
    and your P55 itx mobo is where???
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    Regulas , April 13, 2010 10:24 PM
    I have used Gigabyte on my last two builds and really like them.
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    ca87 , April 13, 2010 10:25 PM
    u mean i should change my mobo because i have a stupid iPad that won't charge while in use or not? I don't think so!
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    hakesterman , April 13, 2010 10:53 PM
    i have no intentions of spending a big wad of cash on an upgrade just so i can charge my ipad with USB, my 10W power cable works just fine.
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    Rancifer7 , April 13, 2010 10:53 PM
    Yes, it can charge an iPad.
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    Anonymous , April 13, 2010 11:01 PM
    A good external USB hub (with its own power adapter) will fix the problem too - there are plenty of devices that need more juice than the standard ports provide.
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    mycpumelted , April 13, 2010 11:44 PM
    Marco925I wonder if this will extend to other things that either need more power or charging as well.

    Yeah it would be nice to charge my nano while listening to it.
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    matt87_50 , April 13, 2010 11:53 PM
    I've long said that increasing the power that is supplied through USB is as important, if not more so than increasing bandwidth.

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    Cons29 , April 14, 2010 12:50 AM
    as much as i like gigabyte products, this is just some marketing bs to me
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    amabhy , April 14, 2010 1:00 AM
    Another reason iPad sucks.
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    Codesmith , April 14, 2010 1:01 AM
    Its not marketing BS. The ports with 3x power actually switch from 500ma of power to 1500ma of power per port.

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    randomizer , April 14, 2010 1:02 AM

    USB Y-Cable. Solves the problem for $3.20.
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    christopherknapp , April 14, 2010 1:11 AM
    Glad I got the Gigabyte USB3 board :) 
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    nukemaster , April 14, 2010 2:11 AM
    I have run more power from Asus boards as well, even from my laptop. To be honest, EVERY Asus board I had could power a 2000ma laptop drive. My old P35 DS3R would NOT. But my X58A UD5 sure does. My Samsung screen's usb ports seem to run anything.

    This is all without a driver.
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    Zinosys , April 14, 2010 4:24 AM
    I own a GA-X58A-UD3R, and it's a great board. Like builderbobftw said, I now understand the full implication of the 3x USB power sticker. :p 

    I do notice that I'm able to power some laptop drives on my gigabyte that other computers won't too. So, I don't need another cable to connect my drive to the PC. It's just another incentive to buy a Gigabyte board. Of course you can spend $3 and get a Y cable, but this makes it simple. It's a useful little feature. :) 
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    dimar , April 14, 2010 4:57 AM
    I find it really stupid that the manufacturers gave USB only 500mA. Why not give it at least 2 or little more amps? Have to use that Y cable every time, and on some computers/laptops even that is not enough...
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