Details of two new, so-far unannounced ASUS mainboards have emerged, with one apparently tipping the imminent arrival of the AMD 890GX chipset expected to be part of AMD's upcoming Leo platform. The ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 not only supports the new six-core Thuban processors, but squeezes in two USB 3.0 ports alongside its Radeon HD 4290 integrated graphics and two PCI Express Gen2 x16 slots.
USB 3.0 support is popping up on many of the new mainboards, notebooks, and computers unveiled recently. With all the new boards and machines that support USB 3.0 there is also lots of new USB 3.0 hardware coming to take advantage of the speedier connectivity.
USB 3.0 gear was everywhere at CES last week with all sorts of gear using the new and much faster interface. USB 3.0 hardware may be getting unveiled in droves, but computers and computer hardware to support the specification are still rather limited. HP has announced that it will include USB 3.0 support on select Envy 15 models.
As USB 3.0 gains momentum, the number of ways you can add the high-speed connectivity to an existing system is also increasing. Latest is Active Media, who have outed a pair of reasonably low-cost cards - one ExpressCard, one PCIe - to add a couple of USB 3.0 ports to your laptop or desktop.
Two main categories of news releases have been coming out of CES so far this year including USB 3.0 tech and 3D news. VIA has announced what it claims to be the industry's fastest USB 3.0 controller at CES adding its name to the list of new USB 3.0 gear announced at the show so far.
Seagate have become the latest hard-drive manufacturer to push out a USB 3.0 external HDD, in the shape of the Seagate BlackArmor PS110, and since they know that most users probably won't have a USB 3.0 port on their existing notebook they've thrown in a "portable external hard drive performance kit" too. The kit includes the 500GB 7,200rpm PS110 external drive along with a PC Express card to add the requisite USB 3.0 port; once that's slotted into place you can expect sustained data transfer speeds of 100MB/s.
USB 3.0 gear is going to be big at CES 2010 starting in January. There have already been several announcements of different companies that will be showing off USB 3.0 gear at the show. Much of the gear will be hitting the market early next year for consumers to get their hands on too. Super Talent and Symwave have announced that they will be showing off the USB 3.0 RAIDDrive at CES 2010.
With USB 3.0 on the horizon we are starting to see lots of gear show up that supports the new interface. We may not see native Intel USB 3.0 chipsets in 2010, but we will see lots of add-in cards and peripherals show up next year and a bunch of them will be seen first at CES 2010.
If you are like me, your desk is probably crammed with old hardware that your computer had outgrown and you can’t bring yourself to throw away. I have several older SATA HDDs sitting in my desk collecting dust.