MSI updates 12 motherboards with USB 3.1


— 2:49 PM on March 13, 2015

Hankering for some of those sweet, sweet USB 3.1 speed gains? MSI is serving up SuperSpeed Plus goodness in 10 X99 and Z97 Intel boards, as well as in two AMD motherboards.

For the most part, the mobos carry two USB 3.1 Type-A (i.e., old-style USB) connectors hooked up to an ASMedia controller. The implementation looks similar to the one Cyril tested on an Asus motherboard last week.

The one exception is the Z97A Gaming 6, which MSI calls "the world's first USB 3.1 Type C motherboard." Instead of two Type-A ports, the Gaming 6 features one Type-C port in its rear cluster.

For easy reference, here's a table with the full lineup of MSI's USB 3.1-equipped mobos:

Chipset Model name
Z97 Z97A Gaming 9 ACK
Z97A Gaming 7
Z97A Gaming 6
X99 X99A Gaming 9 ACK
X99A Gaming 7
X99A Xpower AC
X99A Mpower
X99A SLI Krait Edition
X99A SLI Plus
X99A Raider
AMD 990FX 990FXA Gaming
AMD 970A 970A SLI Krait Edition
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