Within the last two days, we've seen several manufacturers announce/reveal their USB 3.0-based SSDs. OCZ Technology is the latest to reveal its array of next-generation SSDs, keeping the specs to a minimum in its official report from Las Vegas. Currently the company is showcasing the new USB 3.0 SSD at CES along with SATA II 2.5-inch SSDs, SAS SSDs, and PCI-e SSDs.
"In addition to internal storage solutions, OCZ will be demonstrating the groundbreaking performance of the highly anticipated USB 3.0 interface with an ultra-slim portable SSD," the company said in an official press release. "Geared toward the early-adopting enthusiast, the OCZ USB 3.0 SSD sets the bar early for high-performance storage devices."
Naturally consumers will need a motherboard with on-board USB 3.0 support to take advantage of the SuperSpeed technology, or purchase a PCI-e card that adds USB 3.0 to current systems (without having to rip out the mobo). Having USB 3.0 isn't a requirement--the SSD can still wrok when connected to a USB 2.0 port albeit quite slower. Currently the Asus P6X58D is the only USB 3.0 "certified" motherboard--consumers may want to wait a while before jumping onto the portable USB 3.0 SSD bandwagon.
In addition to its lineup of SSDs, OCZ Technology is showcasing gaming and "enthusiast" hardware: its latest DDR3 solutions and its new Fatal1ty 750W and PC Power Silence mkII power supplies.
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Hm.. I missed all the other USB 3.0 SSD announcements then. ;pReply
So Intel's next gen SSDs (Q3/4?) will come with USB 3.0? Neat.
Uh I thought that Gigabyte also had USB 3.0 certified Motherboards. I just bought one !Reply
kingair11Uh I thought that Gigabyte also had USB 3.0 certified Motherboards. I just bought one !lmfao u didn't check the specs at all did youReply
but im glad to see usb 3.0 is catching on faster then i can get myself a usb 3.0 product.. im def gonna hold out on my amd system until i can get a usb 3.0 mobo
kingair11Uh I thought that Gigabyte also had USB 3.0 certified Motherboards. I just bought one !Yep. Their GA-P55A-UD3 board was the first USB 3.0 certified board.Reply
"Having USB 3.0 isn't a requirement--the SSD can still wrok when connected to a USB 2.0 "Reply
Does anyone proof read a story before publishing anymore? I can understand if the spell check missed a dual spelling word such as their or there but I am fairly certain there is no such word as wrok.
As far as I can tell, there are quite a few boards that have USB 3.0 (and the new SATA spec as well) - from both Asus and Gigabyte.Reply
ASUS P6X58D (mentioned)
ASUS P7P55D-E Premium
ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
That is just from a simple search - there may be more
Does it really matter who got it first? Also, simply "having" it doesn't mean it was "certified".Reply
remyj"Having USB 3.0 isn't a requirement--the SSD can still wrok when connected to a USB 2.0 "Does anyone proof read a story before publishing anymore? I can understand if the spell check missed a dual spelling word such as their or there but I am fairly certain there is no such word as wrok.Reply
Does having a single word misspelled truly destroy your reading experience? Big deal.
Just don't expect it to run at SATA-III speeds (6gb/s) on P55 boards with 2 PCiE video cards. It works at full speen on the x58 motherboards, but multiple video cards on most P55 mobos disables the SATA-III and USB3.0 down to SATA-II / USB 2.0 speeds. Limitation of only 16 PciE lanes...Reply
I have the Asus P6X58D and it can run 3 cards at 16x/8x/8x and still maintain full USB3/SATA-III speeds...as I believe all the x58 boards can maintain it at full speed.
Now I just need the SATA-III devices to run on it!