ASUS P7P55D-E Premium and Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 bring in USB 3.0 and SATA 6G support

by Rafael Hernandez on November 23, 2009 · 0 comments

ASUS P7P55D-E PremiumWhen Intel’s P55 chipset was released to compliment the LGA1156 series of processors there were quite a few issues with  support chipsets that were to bring USB 3.0 and SATA 6G connections to the masses so motherboard manufacturers decided to ship without them. It seems as if they’ve caught up now.

The ASUS P7P55D-E Premium and Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 motherboards both feature SATA 6G and USB 3.0 support tacked on to the boards that should have had them in the first place. HardwareZone has the review:

ASUS and Gigabyte have been the fastest out of the blocks when it came to implementing these new features on their boards, with revised editions that are on sale now. Expect other vendors to pipe in with their own versions, either implemented directly onboard, or through third-party expansion cards. With no native SATA 6Gbit/s and USB 3.0 support in the P55 chipset however, there’s a catch to having them on these boards, as seen in their two divergent approaches. ASUS’ bridge chip adds more cost but looks to provide the best performance while Gigabyte compromises by giving users a choice between SATA/USB speeds and dual graphics. Other manufacturers, especially those with add-on cards are likely to go for the compromise.

Good performance but you’ll likely see chipsets with official support before the deluge of supporting peripherals flood the market.

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