MSI motherboards with USB 3.1 brings the end of March in the UK – Update




MSI brings the end of March the first motherboards with USB 3.1 in the Netherlands and Belgium, as the company announced. Taiwanese manufacturer shall include the X99A Gaming 9 ACK and more high-end motherboards with USB 3.1 in.

Manufacturers spend initially to USB 3.1 motherboards by the ASM1142 controller ASMedia. “ASMedia chip that is now producing in March and manufacturers can assemble motherboards start the chip”, the product manager to let know motherboards MSI Netherlands to Tweakers. “In late March the first motherboards then expected to be available.”

It is primarily for the X99A Gaming 9 ACK motherboard and other models in the Gaming Series, including the Z97A Gaming 6. The motherboards are equipped with the ASM1142 chip, with two PCI-E 2.0 lanes with pch is connected, and provides up to two USB 3.1 ports. When the MSI X99A Gaming 9 ACK involves two USB 3.1 ports with typical type A connector. The smaller reversible terminals are the type c-variant, but for the speed makes the selected type from nothing.

MSI USB 3.1 type A type c

Tom’s Hardware and Anandtech have conducted all tests with the MSI X99A Gaming 9 ACK. They combined with the speed test the motherboard with ASMedia’s ASM1142 PCI-E-to-2x USB 3.1 controller with a development board with ASM1352R USB 3.1 to SATA-600 controller. The development board was provided in both cases of two SSD’s.

The USB 3.1 port provides a significant performance boost compared to USB 3.0. So get USB 3.1 at Anandtech 668MB / s sequential read with CrystalDiskMark, where USB 3.0 via pch stuck at 399MB / s. Transferring 91 files in 27 folders, for a total of 36,7GB, went to Tom’s Hardware via USB 3.1 in 60 seconds, while that happened in 100 seconds via USB 3.0. In combination with a fast USB 3.0 flash drive was not to achieve performance gains, but the CPU usage was still considerably lower.

The mass adoption of USB 3.1 is expected to start only in 2016, when Intel will integrate the standard into the chipset Cannon Lake, the 10nm successor of Skylake. In the second quarter of 2015 will probably be ASMedia more competition for USB 3.1 controllers.

Update, 16:45: Image about MSI motherboard with USB 3.1 Type C added. “The implementation of Type C will depend on the availability of devices in the market,” MSI says. Only later in the year will appear devices with reversible USB connector on the market.

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