Asus hard at work on USB 3.0-packing motherboard

By on July 21, 2009, 11:08 AM
Usually on top of their game, Asus is typically quick to adopt new technology, and the same will ring true with the latest USB standards. Several shots of their USB 3.0-packing P6X58 Premium system board have hit the Web. The P6X58 reportedly makes use of the NEC µPD720200 controller we covered in May. The chip only consumes up to 1W of power and can transfer 25GB of video content on a Blu-ray disc in just over a minute. This compares to the 14 minutes required by USB 2.0 at 480Mb/s.

Asus’ new motherboard will support Intel’s Core i7 CPUs and will house six DDR3 DIMM slots, three PCI-E 2.0 slots, dual Ethernet, four USB 2.0 and two 3.0 ports. There's no information regarding a potential release date or price just yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it before the holiday season.

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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

why does it have a usb 2 and 3?? i thought 3 was backwards complatible?

polidiotic said:

That was quick. Very awesome news. Now I just need a USB 3.0 pci-e controller card for my mobo. ;/

Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Could be due to the USB 3.0 controller capabilities or lack thereof.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

The same reason why we had USB 1.1 and 2.0 together originally. The previous version is cheaper.

arkantos said:

so this is available only on high-end motherboards.

Steve Steve said:

The chipset does not support USB 3.0 so a dual port controller has been added in.

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