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Asus To Launch First USB 3.0-Equipped Motherboard

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By Chris Scott Barr

Anyone here remember switching over from USB 1.1 to 2.0? The difference in speed was like going from dial-up to T1. Well we’re finally approaching that kind of change again with USB 3.0. We’ve been hearing about this new standard for years, but until now there hasn’t been a single device that supports it. Well someone had to come first, and that someone is ASUS.

If you’ve ever wondered which came first, the port or the peripheral, the answer is apparently the port. Asus has been working on their new P6X58 Premium motherboard, which will feature a pair of USB 3.0 ports. You’ll also have support for the latest i7 CPUs, six DDR3 slots and three PCI-Express 2.0 slots. No word on when it’ll be hitting the market, or how much of a premium it’ll fetch for the USB 3.0.

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  • ben_b

    must have!!!!! and some devices too!!!!

  • forcemaster2000

    I have to wonder why it has both 3.0 and 2.0 ports? If I remember right, I believe the 3.0 ports were supposed to be backwardly compatible with 2.0 and 1.1 devices, although it wouldn't make them any faster.

  • SteekZero

    @ forcemaster2000

    Marketing maybe? If I was trying to sell this MB I would be worried some less informed people would see the 3.0 and not realize that it backwardly compatible and end up not buying it.

    Side Note: We really need to come up with a single short word for “backwardly compatible.” Although if the term is out there I haven't seen it yet.

  • SteekZero

    @ forcemaster2000

    Marketing maybe? If I was trying to sell this MB I would be worried some less informed people would see the 3.0 and not realize that it backwardly compatible and end up not buying it.

    Side Note: We really need to come up with a single short word for “backwardly compatible.” Although if the term is out there I haven't seen it yet.