Asus Motherboard Sports USB 3.0 Ports

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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  • Sweet this what i was waiting for now transferring files from external usb hard drives will be much faster.
  • paranoidmage
    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.
  • would be nice if i didn't just buy a new motherboard!
  • Firewire 800 would be far more useful than USB 3.0. USB is for toys.
  • dingumf
    I'm glad I held back on upgrading to i7.
  • mlcloud
    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.
  • jacobdrj
    But does it have a parallel port?..

    But does it have a MIDI/GAME port?..
  • Gin Fushicho
    I know what my new MOBO upgrade will be. :3 Time to get rid of my 590i board.
  • apache_lives
    what interface is this actually connected to? like PCI bus? something that cant actually feed them i bet.
  • td854
    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.