Gigabyte intros next-gen USB and SATA-equipped motherboards

By Matthew · 36 replies
Oct 28, 2009
  1. Gigabyte has joined Asus in the race to build motherboards equipped with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s connectivity, introducing an entire P55-based lineup sporting the next-generation I/O technology. The company has brought a host of new motherboards to the table, including the GA-P55A-UD6, GA-P55A-UD5, GA-P55A-UD4P, GA-P55A-UD4,GA-P55A-UD3P, GA-P55A-UD3R, GA-P55A-UD3.

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  2. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 125

    I thought usb 3 was postponed until 2011
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

  4. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    I must say, I'm REALLY digging the new colors Gigabyte has chosen to use in some of it's motherboards. I'm not sure if these White/BabyBlue/Blue colors represent their HTPC type of motherboards and the usual colors represent overclocking? I'm more of an AMD fan so I lose track of all the Intel boards that come out.

    I also forgot about USB 3.0 powering capabilities. At first I thought it would be pointless to have them on your new motherboard if nothing works with it but being able to power up all of your USB products would be awesome. What I'm wondering though, is if USB 2.0 compliant cables would deliver enough power? I just tossed out a handful of USB cables I had laying around because many of them would not power my 2.5" External Enclosure properly.
  5. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    Just to clarify, that probably isn't a picture of the boards mentioned above... since it has 6 RAM Slots, it's obviously an X58 board... anyways I hope Sata 6Gp/s will make normal drives as fast as WD Velociraptors, that'll be sweet, and will be a good selling point for these new boards also.
  6. Sweet, I was beginning to wonder when someone would start using 3.0. I was actually waiting to upgrade my desktop until there were some real choices with 3.0. However, now I don't have any money to spend on such (heh). Oh well. I guess there will be far more variety out there by the time I have money again.
  7. pravusnex

    pravusnex TS Rookie

    What is your definition of a normal drive? Increasing the Gbps won't do anything for a standard hard drive that isn't capable of even 3Gbps. The 6Gbps provides the necessary bandwidth for drives in a RAID configuration and perhaps future SSD drives.
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

  9. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    I guess this is in direct competition to Intel's new fiber optic technology. Maybe that's why it was delayed.
  10. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 125

  11. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    @Deso: The last sentence of TechSpot's article: "The motherboards rely on NEC's uPD720200 chip for USB 3.0, and Marvell's 88SE9128 controller for 6Gbps SATA, and bring the expected features and in-house technologies."
  12. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 125

    @Matthew, ahh I missed that, thanks for pointing it out
  13. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    No problem, Deso.
  14. ken777

    ken777 TS Rookie Posts: 103

    Thinking about building a new computer pretty soon. When are these boards actually going to be available at retail?
  15. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    I would also be interested in AMD versions of these motherboards. I suppose Gigabyte will be producing them eventually.
  16. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    When will these boards be available to the public?
  17. I just have a feeling the reason why Intel is postponing USB3.0 could be because Apple and their new optic light peak....
  18. Whiffen

    Whiffen TS Rookie Posts: 235

    Seconded. Looking to upgrade to a phenom X4 and HD 5870 or 59XX soon and I think I might get rid of this M4N-E Pro. What was I thinking getting an Nvidia chipset @_@

    I will wait and see what ASUS has to offer also but I know almost certainly I will get a newer board with USB 3.0.
  19. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,376   +168

    It's nice to see that Gigabyte is introducing this to mid-range models and not just high end. This means more people will buy them, and more add-ons will have a reason to implement USB 3 features (even just using it for power will be good). IMO it also means that AMD support is more likely (since AMD is definitely a mid-range solution).
  20. Razerblade

    Razerblade TS Rookie Posts: 117

    I must say that board looks pretty cool! I cannot wait until USB 3.0 is released as the speeds you can get are a huge difference compared to USB 2.0!
  21. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TS Enthusiast Posts: 140

    Sweet , finally someone is starting the process of rolling the USB 3.0 into action and normal use :) Thumbs up for Gigabyte
  22. @ET3D: Gigabyte always puts some new features here and there in mid-range models. Can't say the same fos Asus.
    Too bad they did not introduce any AMD cards. :)

    Anyway, I see no point in upgrading now as there are no SATA3 HDDs and no usb3 periferals on the market yet.
  23. Rig

    Rig TS Rookie Posts: 24

    I don't think I will be upgrading any time soon. I think there’s going to be a 'war' with USB 3.0 vs. light peak.
  24. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    My last two motherboards have been Gigabyte boards and they've worked great. When I finally build my i5 system, one of these boards will be the foundation. I use eSATA right now for external hard drives but I am looking forward to USB 3.0
  25. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,376   +168

    My board is Gigabyte, too. @limpangel, I see no reason to upgrade now, but buying new, I think it's worth going for the USB3 version, even if there's almost nothing now.
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