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Asus Unveils Motherboard With USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gbps

Gordon Kelly


Asus Unveils Motherboard With USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gbps

Now this is what we're talking about...

Asus has stepped out today with the motherboard features enthusiasts have all been waiting for: USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps (SATA 3.0). This formidable combo come courtesy of the new 'P7P55D-E' which is built around the Intel P55 Express chipset and features support for the company's latest LGA 1156 socket Core i7 and i5 processors.

As you might for a flagship mobo all round connectivity is extreme with support for DDR3 2200 overclocked memory, dual PCIe x16 slots and CrossFireX/SLI, dual Gigabit LAN, 10 channel HD, DTS audio, 6x SATA II, 2x SATA 6Gbps, 1x eSATA (by bracket), 1x Ultra DMA, up to 12x USB 2.0 (via additional panels), 2x USB 3.0 and Firewire.

A 'P7P55D' motherboard is also available minus the SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0, but this can soon been added in thanks to a new Asus 'U3S6' expansion card which brings 2x SATA 6Gbps, 2x USB 3.0 and a PCIe x4 interface. Very nifty. Both mobos also feature Asus' own 'Hybrid Technology' (comprising 'Hybrid Processor', 'Hybrid Phase', and 'Hybrid OS') which enable real time overclocking and automatic performance tuning as well as multi-phase power delivery to assist system cooling.

So with the first USB 3.0 storage and SATA 6Gbps hard drives starting to appear you might want to send back the motherboard you just bought last week. Then again, don't we say that every week...?


Asus UK


October 28, 2009, 2:23 pm

No word on price yet? I'll hazard a guess that it'll be more expensive than similar models with only USB 2.0 and SATA II. I'm surprised they didn't roll out these features on one of their X58 boards though, since that's the premium platform so people are always willing to pay more for these sorts of things to stay ahead of the curve. Although I'm sure just one more model to add to their existing P55 line-up of *eleven*, one at every conceivable price point, wouldn't hurt.

It's probably not worth throwing out a perfectly good motherboard for though, since there aren't any USB 3.0 devices on the market and most people are still using conventional HDDs.


October 28, 2009, 4:44 pm

This board takes the range up to 14...:P

Pricing is currently being established and should be released quite soon. There will be an X58 board that supports USB 3.0 but not until later this year. :)


October 28, 2009, 5:35 pm

i'll stick to my ssd, usb2 and quad-core for the time being... still good to run win7 64bit and play crisis nicely


October 28, 2009, 6:54 pm

@ASUS UK - What, you mean you've released _another_ 2 in the time it took me to write that comment? :p

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