ASUS debuts USB 3.0 motherboard and add-on card

ASUS debuts USB 3.0 motherboard and add-on card

Summary: Today ASUS has debuted the P7P55D-E Premium motherboard and U3S6 add-on card, both featuring USB 3.0 support.

TOPICS: Hardware

Today ASUS has debuted the P7P55D-E Premium motherboard and U3S6 add-on card, both featuring USB 3.0 support.

The P7P55D-E Premium motherboard is a Socket LGA1156 board that not only features two USB 3.0 but also 6-Gbit SATA technology. It's also kitted out with everything else you'd expect of a high-end motherboard -DDR3 support, CrossFireX/SLI support, as well as loads of USB 2.0 and SATA ports.

The U3S6 PCIe x4 add-on card features both a 6-Gbit SATA bridge with two ports as well as two USB 3.0 ports. It will be compatible with the following ASUS motherboards:

  • Maximus III Formula 
  • P7P55D Deluxe
  • P7P55D EVO
  • P7P55D PRO
  • P7P55D
  • P7P55D LE
  • P7P55D LX

Note: USB 3.0 ports are backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1.

The P7P55D-E Premium motherboard will retail for $299 while the U3S6 add-on card will be $29. Both will be available November.

Topic: Hardware

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  • USB 3.0 finally!

    Finally, we'll have a USB standard which can surpass the transfer speed we've had with FireWire 800 for YEARS. It will be nice to be able to get external Compact Flash readers which can finally keep up with the maximum read speed of the best new UDMA CF cards. Not even Firewire 800 could max out reading them. With 64GB CF cards and 20 megapixel cameras becoming more common, transfer speed to your desktop is becoming a huge issue. USB 3.0 should help a LOT.
    • I agree ...

      ... USB 3.0 is wayyyyy to slow for the kind of data we're stuffing down the wires nowadays. The move to 3.0 will help a lot.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • Correction?

        Surely in your TalkBack post (above) you meant "USB 2.0" in your first sentence. Otherwise, I'm not sure how to interpret your second sentence. :D
    • good news, but it's pricey

      I think the add on is a better deal.
      Linux Geek
  • Card may bottleneck

    1x pcie has a throughput of approx. 400 megabytes/sec.

    The theoretical speed of USB 3.0 is 600 megabytes/sec. Although the effective rate is being pegged at 350 so that would fit into the capability of a 1x pcie slot if true.

    I hope any "multi-port" type 3.0 card would actually be a 16x pcie card so that all the root hubs don't all lead to the same pcie channel.

  • RE: ASUS debuts USB 3.0 motherboard and add-on card

    Even if the mobo has those specs, you still need the hardware to take advantage of the speed. Seen any printers or scanners or USB keys that take USB3?
    Gis Bun
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  • ASUS debuts add-on card


    You write that the U3S6 PCIe x4 add-on card is compatible with certain ASUS motherboards. Does that mean this card can ONLY be used on those motherboards?

    Don Giovanni
  • USB 3.0 with audio interfaces

    When it comes to multi-track recording with 24-bit/96kHz
    5.1 surround sound audio, I think this should help with
    improving the quality of audio and improve the flow of
    signal between the audio interface and the computer.
    Grayson Peddie