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Asus Unveils First USB 3.0 Motherboard

Asus Wednesday unveiled the first motherboard to support SuperSpeed USB. SuperSpeed USB, also known as USB 3.0, boasts transfer rates of up to 10 times faster than what users can expect with USB 2.0.

The Asus Xtreme Design P7DP55DE-E Premium packs two USB 3.0 ports and, given that the motherboard uses Intel's P55 Express Chipset, which doesn't even support USB 3.0, it's not surprising to learn some folk were a little confused when they first heard the news. However, Asus has enlisted the help of a third party controller, which makes for a pretty handy workaround.

Aside from the two USB 3.0 ports, the Xtreme Design P7DP55DE-E Premium has 10 USB 2.0 ports, six 3GB per second SATA ports, two 6GB per second SATA ports, two PCIe x16 graphic card slots and two Gigabit Ethernet ports.

All together now, ooooh!

  • cekasone
    still waiting for sata 3 and pcie 3
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  • tayb
    Man is this going to get annoyingly confusing with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports right near each other
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  • claudeb
    taybMan is this going to get annoyingly confusing with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports right near each otherthe usb 3s are blue.
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  • claudeb
    i would rather just buy the p7p55d pro and their usb3 sata3 pcie x4 card, which is 29.99.
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  • Gin Fushicho
    Jesus how the hell did they fit it all on that board?
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  • Gin Fushicho
    cekasonestill waiting for sata 3 and pcie 3
    "two 6GB per second SATA ports"

    Thats SATA gen 3.
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  • descendency
    Why isn't this X58?
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  • El_Capitan
    So, the buying price of $299 is inflated for just TWO USB 3.0 ports? Like that's a buying factor for a motherboard anyway... but we'd also have to buy a third-party controller? Sounds like a "great" deal.
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  • certainly has plenty of USB ports!
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  • tester24
    I'm with El_Capitan with the wait for USB 3. Sata 3.0 can wait as well. As for PCIe 3.0 WHY!? Nothing that has come out can even saturate a single 16x bus. The only use that I see is for SLI and even then if you buy a decent board you can at least get 2 2.0 x16 slots.
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