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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 PCIe adapter 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.


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Tidy Cabling
By Ward william on 1/8/2010 10:33:55 AM , Rating: 2
I don't agree re the anal retentive comment. I'm from a mainframe background and tidy cabling was a skill that was necessary with the amount of cabling we had. But it always makes for easier fault finding knowing all cables are identified, labeled and well secured. I've seen some PC's come back from "experts" after repair and they look like shit inside (in addition to fouling up fans and airflow over critical surfaces). It's sad that the current generation of techs don't "get it".




RE: Tidy Cabling
By MGSsancho on 1/8/2010 4:10:16 PM , Rating: 1
You are telling us that this is different from any raid card and that you are fussing over cable management for 2 SATA cables? They can easily be tie wrapped together. only hard part in cable management are power supplies with 2' power cables to devices, again tie wraps/zip ties are your friend. yes SCSI and IDE cables can block airflow but SATA really doesn't, its more of professionalism to clean up your cases


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