CES: ASUS Will Ship "U3S6" USB 3.0, 6Gbps SATA PCIe Adapter Next Week For $30
January 7, 2010 8:24 PM
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E-tail availability in two weeks
ASUS started shipping the
first motherboards with support
for the USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA interfaces two months ago at the beginning of November. The first mobos were targeted at enthusiasts, but soon made their way into the mainstream. Gigabyte followed suit, and shipped seven new motherboards with support for the new interfaces as well.
At that time, ASUS told DailyTech that it was developing a
for all of its motherboard customers who wanted to upgrade to the new standards. The U3S6 card would plug into a PCIe x4 or x8 connector and add two USB 3.0 and two 6Gbps SATA ports to an ASUS system.
The company has now informed us that development and testing on the new U3S6 card has finished, and mass production has started. It will begin shipping to the channel next week, with e-tail availability expected for two weeks from now. Best of all, the U3S6 card will go on sale with a retail price of only $30.
Although ASUS has only officially validated the add-in card on their motherboards, there should be no problems encountered by customers wishing to use the adapter card on motherboards made by other brands, since the U3S6 complies fully with the PCIe specifications.
There will be plenty of new devices available soon over the next few months, including
Crucial's superfast C300 RealSSD
and Super Talent's
USB 3.0 flash drive
. If you need more USB 3.0 ports, a new hub using
VIA's Hub Controller
may be an option.
Live updates from CES are
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RE: Not bad, not great
1/8/2010 9:17:05 AM
If it was only 1x, you could get a bottleneck with heavy traffic on both controllers. So it being a 4x board is a very good thing. Also for motherboards without PCIe2.0 use of this board on a 1x would be somewhat slow with heavy traffic.
Those who are buying this is early adaptors, with higher demands. Most of them will have a 4x-slot on the motherboard - this with using a 4x/8x/16x "inteded" for a second videoboard.
I have this running on MSI P45-board that has a PCEe16x@8x, populated with this 4x board...
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