USB 3.0, 6Gbps Serial ATA coming in new Asus mobos

Over just the past few weeks, we’ve seen the arrival of Intel’s mainstream Core i5 and i7-800 processors, the first DirectX 11 graphics cards, and Windows 7. What’s missing? Why, next-gen I/O connectivity, of course.

We already caught a gander at Asus’ 6Gbps Serial ATA-toting P7P55D Premium motherboard in August, but now, the company is cooking up the P7P55D-E Premium—a similar board with both 6Gbps SATA and USB 3.0. Actually, the firm’s marketing material claims the P7P55D-E is the first motherboard to truly unite both new technologies.

Much like the P7P55D Premium, this puppy connects the next-gen I/O controllers to an auxiliary PCI Express 2.0 bridge chip. This bridge consolidates half-speed PCIe 2.0 lanes from the P55 chipset into single, full-speed PCIe 2.0 lanes, effectively doubling the bandwidth available to the controller. (Both 6Gbps SATA and USB 3.0 support transfer rates up to 600MB/s, without factoring in overhead.)

Asus is also readying the P6X58D Premium, a board based on the X58 Express chipset that also looks to feature next-gen SATA and USB connectivity. The P6X58D Premium has an LGA1366 socket (for a Core i7-900 processor), three physical PCI Express x16 slots, six DIMM slots, and eight SATA ports. The P7P55D-E Premium only has dual PCIe graphics slots and four DIMM slots, but it can play host to cheaper Core i5 and i7-800 CPUs. See the image gallery below for shots of both motherboards.

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    • wira020
    • 11 years ago

    I spot…48 freaking phase… turbov remote which should haf been connected to the rear IO, seriously dont understand why would such thing be hidden inside a case nor the practical advantage of that thing… express gate ssd, is that the braidwood thing? the mini ram thingy supposedly to power be used for OS or sumthing…

    I thought braidwood support was supposed to be implemented in the 55 chipset variant.. including the now available P55.. dont really understand its function tho.. kinda wondering what happened to it?..

    On some review MSI with lower number of power phase used less power compared to mobos with more phases.. 48 phase.. seriously looking forward to reviews…

      • albundy
      • 11 years ago

      but it makes for a great sales gimmick!

        • wira020
        • 11 years ago

        if this succeeds.. we might be seeing 100 phases or more next year on msi or gigabyte… they should just make a standard out of it… it really is confusing and more phases equals to more power saving just doesnt make a valid arguments anymore…

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      Braidwood was never intended for the H55/P55. It was always a feature of the H57/P57… and, eventually, it became the only distinguishing feature of the 57.

      But now it looks like both Braidwood and the chipset may be DOA:
      §[<http://www.techpowerup.com/101956/Braidwood_Technology_and_P57_Chipset_Get_The_Axe_Sources_Claim.html<]§

        • wira020
        • 11 years ago

        if u look at the board in pictures… they are P55 chipset.. and i remember seeing a chart of all 4 derivatives having braidwood support… anyway.. so now its confirmed that its gone… could haf been the cheaper option to acquire SSD-like-performance.. too bad tho…

        on one of the board.. it haf 24 phase.. lols…

          • UberGerbil
          • 11 years ago

          There were boards at Computex labelled “P55” with Braidwood chips, or a slot for it; none of those were actually production boards. A P55 board with the Braidwood feature was automatically a P57 board according to Intel, regardless of what might get said or show before release.

          And it’s not “confirmed” that Braidwood is dead, but there are strong suggestions to that effect. If that’s the case, it is presumably because it /[

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 11 years ago

    And wow!! 48-freaking-phases! Just what everyone needs!

    NOT!

    • glacius555
    • 11 years ago

    What I shame, I wish those PCI slots were located more South..

    • UberGerbil
    • 11 years ago

    This is just MHO but… that TurboV Remote is just effing stupid. “I’m about to start up Crysis, better hit the + button a couple of times…”

    • UberGerbil
    • 11 years ago

    Speaking of pioneers having arrows in their backs — I look forward to reading about the adventures of those of you who jump on these as soon as they are available. I expect there will be some BIOS updates in your future at the very least…

    Still, it’s progress. We thank you for your sacrifice.

      • Jigar
      • 11 years ago

      LOL… Thanks for your comments. I am stress released now.

      • goatjc
      • 11 years ago

      Anyone notice the “Clear cmos” button right next to the USB 3.0 ports?

      • Arag0n
      • 11 years ago

      If no one was going to buy a new product until it was tested by many other consumers then no one was going to drive a new product to the market….

      At least you have a really necessity in order to no buy a new kind of device or it’s away of your budget, I guess that you are a moron to not get a product just leting others test it.

      I feel it is the very same than look at someone that falls into the floor and think, “someone else will help him i don’t care”.

        • SomeOtherGeek
        • 11 years ago

        Or we can let TR test it for us and then we can appear not be fools.

        Also, what device on the current market will utilities these? As far as I know there is nothing, so you would be buying something for nothing. Doesn’t make any sense to me.

        • wira020
        • 11 years ago

        Geez, ur example really are just wrong… its more like seeing someone walking towards a hole on the ground… and we would just see that guy fall in to see what happens afterwards.. if the hole contains gold at the bottom.. we would all jump in.. lol

        And yes, its better to see reviews first before spending ridiculous money on new next gen product without much benefit in the near future… since intel as one of the biggest chipmaker stated that they would only implement it in 2011… no words from amd whatsoever…

          • Bauxite
          • 11 years ago

          A deep hole with gold at the bottom? You all jump in first!

          I’d go rent a backhoe, and also call the county coroner to remove all the bodies that get dug up first.

    • stdRaichu
    • 11 years ago

    Any news on when we’re going to have an Intel/AMD chipset with integrated 6Gbps SATA? I’m sure I’m not the only one who hates booting off third party controllers…

    Roadmaps are similarly quiet on when 6Gbps SSD’s are going to start appearing… and I’m not contemplating upgrading my workstation until 6Gbps SATA is available end to end.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 11 years ago

      April to June 2010 for AMD, when the 800 series boards are released with the new southbridges.

      800 series southbridges do have the new SATA, just not USB 3.0. Not all boards will have the particular version that supports it, though.

        • wira020
        • 11 years ago

        intel supposedly wants to delay it to 2011… mostly due to its lightpeak connector technology i guess… they want to utilize their own connector first which is understandable but i feel that it will just be the next firewire…

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