A further five Gigabyte 6 Series motherboards intended for Intel's second-gen "Sandy Bridge" Core processors have emerged, after we showed you the first three models (the P67A-UD3R, P67A-UD3 and H67MA-UD2H) back in October. The Gigabyte P67A-UD7, P67A-UD5, P67A-UD4, P67A-UD3P and H67A-UD3H all get USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps support, together with an Intel 6-series chipset for LGA 1155 processors.
Trendnet has been quietly building up a massive portfolio of USB 3.0 gear over the last few months with all sorts of stuff from enclosures for external storage to USB 3.0 hubs. All of that gear is stuff that USB 3.0 fans will need eventually. The latest gear from Trendnet is the new external HDD enclosures for USB 3.0 including the TU3-S35 and the TU3-S25 enclosures.
LaCie has never shied away from fat external hard-drives, and now they're pumped up the volume with the new LaCie d2 USB 3.0 and LaCie 2big USB 3.0. On offer is a claimed 20-percent speed increase in the dual-drive 2big USB 3.0, together with a new 6TB model pairing two 3TB HDDs in a RAID setup.
iFixit weren't exactly impressed with the new MacBook Air's upgrade potential, with Apple soldering the RAM into place and using a non-standard SSD, but that hasn't stopped PhotoFast from coming out with a new accessory. The GM2 SFV1 offers 256GB for your 11.6-inch Air (for which Apple only offers a 128GB option), as well as bundling a USB 3.0 adapter to make the most of the SSD you've removed.
USB 3.0 is here in force and for users looking to take advantage of USB 3.0 gear on machines that don't have native USB 3.0 ports new add-in cards are needed before you can move up to the faster speeds the new interface offers. Edge Tech Corp has announced a new complete line of USB 3.0 gear.
Iomega has launched a range of new USB 3.0 portable SSD drives, promising high performance and rugged resilience, though you'll need reasonably deep pockets to afford them. Three models in the (rather boringly named) Iomega External SSD Flash Drive USB 3.0 series will be available: 64GB for $229, 128GB for $399, and 256GB for $749.
HP has announced a new small and compact portable HDD that is perfect for pairing with notebooks that user's take with them on the road a lot. The small HDD can be had in 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB capacities and the drive features USB 3.0 connectivity for faster backups. The drive is also USB 2.0 compatible.
It's been a while since we've heard from ASUS about their USB 3.0 toting O!Play HD2 multimedia center, but now - with the launch tipped for this week - the company is being a little more forthright about the specifications. Supporting USB 2.0 and eSATA external drives, the ASUS O!Play HD2 also has an internal 3.5-inch hard-drive bay and can be used as a regular USB 3.0 external HDD in its own right.
The number of external storage solutions that use the USB 3.0 port is growing every day. The latest USB 3.0 storage offering comes from Cirago and is called the CST6000. The drive uses USB 3.0 connectivity and has a small, pocketsize chassis. The device is backwards compatible with older USB ports as well.