Gigabyte Boasts its USB Ports are Great for iPad

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Shadow703793
    How about ASUS, EVGA,et al?
  • builderbobftw
    That's wahts up with all those 3x usb power logos on the boxes....
  • Marco925
    I wonder if this will extend to other things that either need more power or charging as well.
  • JasonAkkerman
    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.
  • dman3k
    and your P55 itx mobo is where???
  • Regulas
    I have used Gigabyte on my last two builds and really like them.
  • ca87
    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!
  • hakesterman
    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.
  • Rancifer7
    Yes, it can charge an iPad.
  • 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.