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Gigabyte adds USB 3.0, 6Gbps SATA to AMD boards

By Jos
Nov 24, 2009
  1. Complementing its recently announced P55A branded series featuring third generation SATA and USB connectivity, Gigabyte has followed up with three new boards that claim the same perks and support different variations of AMD's latest hardware. The GA-790FXTA-UD5 will cover the high-end market, while the GA-790XTA-UD4 and GA-770TA-UD3 should bring 6Gbps SATA and USB 3.0 to a more affordable price point.

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,443   +124

    Nice! I thought we weren't going to see motherboards with USB 3.0 until 2011, if I don't recall one of the news I read from here.
     
  3. I'm as surprised as you are.
     
  4. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 446

    More and more choices for my next build, man, I gotta start working.
     
  5. Afenix

    Afenix TS Rookie Posts: 51

    I'm not surprised. USB 3.0 was already on his way to the market about half a year ago, and it finally made it. Haven't heard any info about the new sata though.. I hope it comes soon to the intel motherboards.
     
  6. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 130

    more amd boards...?
    how about making a version of UD6 that can have USB 3.0 and 6gbps sata without having to disable the slot 2,3 PCI-E graphics card slots?
    I mean seriously, its a 250 dollar board, people who spend that much money on a board are probably gonna spend a lot on graphics cards too since it has 3 PCI-E slots, and it only use the 3.0 usb and the new sata when *ONE* graphics card is used.
    anyone with me?
     
  7. swilllx2p

    swilllx2p TS Rookie Posts: 133

    I'm just happy to see USB 3.0 on hardware this quickly. I really hope that all the hype of it comes true, and you can use it on as many things as they predict because it could really make a lot of cabling efficient fast and easy.
     
  8. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 957   +116

    If what Deso said is to be true than these boards are not at all a high end option, for the price you would expect not to be nuking your PCI-E slots to use next gen connectivity. Also going with AMD CPU is kinda a hard thing to do right now with Intel currently offering the top CPUs, I'm personally looking forward to Light Peak more than USB 3.0 and SATA 3, current SATA 2 isn't limiting hardware by bandwidth yet and USB 2.0 I find also still needs devices to catch up.
     
  9. RealXboxMaster

    RealXboxMaster TS Rookie Posts: 139

    Gigabyte is a very high reputable, reliable motherboard manufacture. Their MB are packed with features that you won't even know what to do with. They are the ONLY MB manufacture that has whats called "Duel BIOS" .and also thier driver support is excellent. Me personally , I highly recommend Gigabyte motherbords to anyone who's on a budget, excellent performance and overall value.
     
  10. RealXboxMaster

    RealXboxMaster TS Rookie Posts: 139

    Gigabyte is a very high reputable, reliable motherboard manufacture. Their MB are packed with features that you won't even know what to do with. They are the ONLY MB manufacture that has whats called "Duel BIOS" .and also thier driver support is excellent. Me personally , I highly recommend Gigabyte motherbords to anyone who's on a budget, excellent performance and overall value.
     
  11. danteoz

    danteoz TS Rookie Posts: 41

    the usb 3.0 not til 2011 is intel not making their own chipset supporting usb 3.0 til 2011, hope that clears it up a little. The board manufacturers are using NEC's chips for the usb 3.0.
     
     
  12. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    I wonder what the "affordable" price point mentioned above is... but it's nice to see new mobos with USB 3.0 come out, even though there's not many devices you can actually plug into those ports lol.
     
  13. tigerf117

    tigerf117 TS Rookie

    I don't see much of a need for USB 3.0 now. I'm trying to think of a single device that even pushes USB 2.0's bandwidth? Even the faster SSD drives can't sustain throughput high enough to stress USB 2.0, unless I'm mistaken. Not that it's a bad thing, but anyone know something that could truly benefit from USB 3.0? (maybe webcams?) Also the same with Sata
     
  14. dextersh

    dextersh TS Rookie

    @tigerf117
    Don't worry, USB 3.0 devices will soon emerge. Maybe even devices that no one thought could be done with USB interface.
    And about Gigabyte all I can say is that in the moment they are truly my favorites. And only few years ago I had no respect for them at all.
     
  15. timljh

    timljh TS Rookie Posts: 33

    I wonder in the end will USB 3.0 really replaces the USB 2.0 or the LightPeak?
     
  16. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    I'm glad to see new USB 3.0 motherboards being announced on a regular basis. I hope it catches on quickly. Maybe Intel will realize it's making a mistake and integrate it in it's chipsets earlier than 2011, as they've said before.

    Anyway, NEC must be really happy about all this...
     
  17. paynetrain007

    paynetrain007 TS Rookie Posts: 88

    Sounds promising but I think I'll wait till Asus supports these. I've heard to many horror stories from newegg about Gigabyte motherboards "catching fire"
     
  18. ColdPreacher

    ColdPreacher TS Rookie Posts: 65

    Im happy USB 3.0 is coming soon, 2.0 was a great technology that has its boundaries, even more happy about SATA going 6Gbps,
     
  19. I don't know about these 'horror stories' about GB main boards... I have both a asus and a GB board and I need update the Asus bios almost every couple of months as something isn't working right... the GM is still using the stock bios, seeing as it's giving me no reason to update it so I won't...

    This is good. GB will likely be in the next 2 computers I build for my friends in april. but we'll see what asus has then as well.
     
  20. AfricanTech

    AfricanTech TS Rookie Posts: 71

    USB 3.0 will definitely be useful for external storage - especially for image backups. At the moment I'm backing up a 60 GiG partition and it's going to take a little over two hours via USB2.

    Not sure I'm ready to leap to a full mboard change yet though - I'm waiting for the add-on cards and will go USB 3.0 via that route first.
     
  21. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,100   +111

    I don't like the fact that they use 333 in their marketing scheme. They mention usb 3.0 2 times. If they used let's say DDR3 then it would have been good enough for a "333" (usb3, ddr3, sata3).
    @tigerf117 USB 2.0 has a max bandwith of 60MBps (480Mbps). With SSD's pushing speeds of over 200MBps (USB 3.0=400MBps) i think it saturates USB 2.0. Also USB 3.0 has some other good features and tweaks. It's too much to write so just wiki it.
     
  22. Afroaggie

    Afroaggie TS Rookie Posts: 30

    Well it is nice to see that someone is pushing the usb 3.0 ball. We need companies like this that are willing to take the plunge into a new technology and see where it goes.
     
  23. Xinthran

    Xinthran TS Rookie Posts: 37

    I love all the new things coming out so fast...but I am also so tired of having to think about upgrading ALL THE TIME.
     
  24. lupinnktp

    lupinnktp TS Rookie Posts: 44

    Nice!! but when would we be able to get our hands on (common) USB 3.0 devices?
     
  25. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 446

    They should make a new cup warmer for the USB 3.0. =D
     
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