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Asus U3S6 USB 3.0 / SATA 6 Hybrid Card. Verdict: A Killer Upgrade

By Ian Chiu

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a brand new motherboard with integrated USB 3.0 ports; yet, many want to take advantage of the theoretical tenfold increase in speed the new copper interface has to offer.  For this burgeoning market many manufacturers have started to offer small add-on cards which can upgrade an existing rig to USB 3.0.

Sadly, not all of these add-on cards are created equal as there seems to be two separate and distinct types: PCI Express x1 and PCI Express x4. The latter seem to be the better choice if the ASUS U3S6 is any indication.  This particular board packs in not only two USB 3.0 ports, but also a pair of SATA 6GB/s ports.  It’s a killer combination with one caveat – the U3S6 isn’t an optimal solution unless your existing motherboard is on the extremely short ASUS approved motherboard list. If you disable the SATA 6, the USB 3.0 ports will most definitely work, and you can expect speed up to 245MB/s with a USB 3.0 SSD. For under $30, it’s a price that is hard to beat.

[Full Review @ Everything USB]

Asus Changes The Meaning Of Integrated Graphics

By Chris Scott Barr

When one sits down to look at motherboards for a new system, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. You have to make sure you’re getting the right socket for your processor, that it’ll accept the right type of RAM, and whether or not you want to mess with integrated graphics. The last one is generally a no-brainer. Unless you’re building a workstation that won’t be doing any gaming or video-intensive work, you’re going to want to slap in a dedicated video card.

Asus is wanting to change this idea, and are taking the first steps by integrating (comparatively) high-end graphics cards into one of their motherboards. This week at Computex they showed off such a board with an integrated 5770 GPU, which can keep pace with most of the latest PC titles. What’s more, is that the board is equipped with a HYDRA chip, which allows you to plug in another graphics card and run them both together, similar to SLI or Crossfire mode.

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[CES 2010] ASUS Crosslink

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CES is very much about showing off the latest and greatest in technology. However, sometimes it gives us the chance for a hands-on look at things that might already be on the market. One such item is the ASUS Crosslink. I remember this coming out a few months back, but wrote it off as yet another terrible USB device that promised to make sharing files and internet access between two computers a breeze. I’ve used such things in the past and never walked away pleased. While visiting ASUS at the show, we were given one of these to check out. As it turns out, we had a need to share internet access between two of our laptops.

The Crosslink appears to be your average USB flash drive, but with a mini-USB port on the end. The drive does have 2GB worth of space (around 300MB is used by the software) that you can use just like any other flash drive. However that mini-USB port (along with the special software installed) allows you to share files, Outlook configurations, optical drives and your internet access. Skeptical, we proceeded to share a 3G connection between two computers running Windows XP.

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[CES 2010] Asus NX90 Laptop Has Two Touchpads, Still Missing One

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By Evan Ackerman

I’m not entirely sure that more equals better when it comes to touchpads, but Asus seems to think so, and at their CES press conference today they were showing off their NX90, a gigantic 18.4″ quad core laptop sporting two touchpads, one on each side of the keyboard. The touchpads aren’t specifically designed to be used simultaneously, and I guess in some cases their placement might be a little bit more convenient than the standard low-center placement, but that would take a lot of getting used to. Plus, the rest of the laptop just looks naked.

You might also notice those huge Bang & Olufsen speakers that look like they were stuck to the sides of the laptop as an afterthought. Their size ensures that you’re going to get better than the average laptoppy sound out of the computer, but from what I managed to hear through the crowd of screaming journalists, it’s not as great as you might expect from components of their size. And for $2500ish, you’re probably expecting greatness. This is just a demo unit, though, so the production version (expected in February) could incorporate some improvements.

And once again, I can’t believe it’s actually pronounced “ay-SOOS.”

Asus Announces Cheap USB 3.0 + SATA 6.0 Card

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By Chris Scott Barr

The era of USB 3.0 will soon be upon us. Devices are slowly being talked about, and compatible motherboards being announced. Of course unless you’re planning on building a new machine in the near future, you’ll either have to live with your old 2.0 ports, or buy an add-on card. Asus has announced such a card that not only gives you two of the latest USB ports, but also a pair of SATA 6.0 ports.

The card allows you to experience the full power of both new standards, provided you have a free PCI-E port on your motherboard. Sure, it’s probably still a little early to really start thinking about USB 3.0, but this is a case where I really don’t see an issue with it. The card is only $30 (USB 2.0 cards were at least twice as much when it came out) and you’re going to get SATA 6.0 ports to boot. According to Asus, the card will be out “soon.”

[ Asus ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Asus Cancels USB 3.0-Equipped Motherboard

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By Chris Scott Barr

Have you been pining over that USB 3.0-equipped Asus motherboard that we showed you last week? Sure, there aren’t any peripherals that actually take advantage of the new standard, but at least you’d be prepared. At the time Asus hadn’t provided us with any pricing or availability on the board, however, now we know exactly when this baby will be shipping. That would be never.

Apparently Asus has decided to scrap the board, without really giving any reason. The only thing they mentioned was that they were working on other things. I guess maybe it is a little early to get excited about USB 3.0, but you can’t use peripherals without ports. Then again, what good are ports without peripherals? Now we’re back to the old chicken and the egg thing.

[ Tom’s Hardware ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

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.

[ Xfastest ] VIA [ UberReview ]

Super Talent Offers SSD Upgrades for Eee Netbooks

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By Shane McGlaun

The netbook is one of the most popular categories in the notebook market right now. According to recent numbers form DisplaySearch netbooks accounted for 20% of the total notebook market in Q1 2009 and sales keep growing.

Asus sired the netbook category with its Eee netbooks back in 2007 and some of those early machines have tiny SSDs for storage. Super Talent has announced a new line of upgrade SSDs for owners of the Eee 900, 901, 901A, 901 GO, and S101 netbooks.

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W(Eee) Like To Copy!

By Jonathan Kimak

Asus has announced a new controller. The Eee Stick is a wireless controller that senses motion. But don’t let the similar sounding name, design and function of the Eee Stick fool you, it’s made for PC gaming.

The controller will be bundled with a variety of Asus brand computers and some games designed specifically for use with the Eee Stick.

So are the controllers a good alternative to Wii-less people who have a PC but not a Wii? Or is it a cheaply made knock-off intended to sell mini computers? Only time, and comments from consumers will tell.

[ Asus ] VIA [ Electronista ]