The next generation of high-speed transfer interfaces is on the horizon, and Asus is first on the block with the announcement that their upcoming Xtreme Design P7P55D-E Series motherboard is including both USB 3.0, and support for 6Gbit/s SATA. In short, it’s very fast–the board is capable of transferring a 20GB file in less than 70 seconds. This would take 2-3 minutes on a typical desktop today.
I’m particularly excited for USB 3.0 because it has an effective transfer rate of around 3Gbit/s, compared to USB 2.0’s current theoretical max of 480Mbit/s. Real world usage with USB 2.0 often sees around 300Mbit/s transfers, which makes USB 3.0 ten times faster. Of course, to see the added speed benefit you need to use USB 3.0 compatible devices which will be slowly trickling out soon.
The new SATA 6Gbit/s speed doubles the current SATA maximum from 3Gbit/s, and you’ll need newer hard drives to see the increased speed.
This motherboard has all sorts of other interesting features going for it, but I’m more interested in the speed boosts. I’ve already mentally added USB 3.0 and next-gen SATA to the list of things I’d want in a new board whenever I upgrade next.
[Source: Far East Gizmos]