Asus Motherboard Caught Showing Off USB 3.0

Asus Motherboard Caught Showing Off USB 3.0

Wait, a second--blue USB ports? What could that possibly mean? If our Chinese translation skills are any good, it means USB 3.0, which definitely means happiness. We've known that USB 2.0 was growing a bit long in the tooth, and we've seen a few demonstrations overseas showcasing the abilities of early USB 3.0 connections, but this marks the first time that we've seen the next-gen connector demonstrated on a real, live motherboard.

It seems that the lucky mainboard is an Asus P6X58 Premium, and while a pair of USB 2.0 sockets are also included, it's the pair of USB 3.0 ports that has us salivating. USB SuperSpeed, as it's formally known, should add a much-wanted boost to transfer rates, and it sure looks as if it will accept current USB 2.0 cables. We're still unsure if those cables will have what it takes to handle USB 3.0 rates, but at least the shape of port gives us some hope. Check out the Via link down below for a few more images, but don't get your hopes up for an imminent release. We're guessing USB 3.0 won't launch in earnest until 2010 at the earliest, but we're definitely excited that things are progressing along well enough to try it out on a mobo.



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Woot!

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Awesome!! I can't wait until everything runs 3.0! Whatever happened to Wireless USB? I remember hearing it being the next big thing and dethroning Bluetooth?

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News:
We're still unsure if those cables will have what it takes to handle USB 3.0 rates, but at least the shape of port gives us some hope
USB 3.0 has 5 more pins located above the 4 pins that USB 2 uses. So USB 2 devices and cables can be used in 3.0 plugs and vice versa, but only at 2.0 speeds. You will have to have a 3.0 cable/device and 3.0 USB port to take advantage of the mouth watering 4.8GBps speeds.

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woop hopefully they'll be more mobos using it soon

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That's great news. So, finally we are moving to USB 3.0 from USB 2.0 and even higher data speeds. You didn't mention that how much data transfer speed we can expect from USB 3.0.

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gamemaniac:
You didn't mention that how much data transfer speed we can expect from USB 3.0.
4.8Gbps vs USB 2's 480Mbps

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