P55 Motherboards Will Be 'Refreshed'
"Manufacturers are planning to refresh their most recent lines of motherboards."
The P55 Refresh
The rumour mill has it that motherboard manufacturers are preparing to reveal an updated range of P55 motherboards, which launched less than a month ago. They plan to add in native support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s, which many users complained about, although some manufacturers, like ASRock
took steps to include some form of support for the latest SATA specification.
The current price of P55 motherboards is very good, somewhat comparable to the prices of P45 boards when they were first released, although the added support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s will bump up the prices slightly. Consumers will be more than happy to pay it though, for that added bit of future-proof ability.
An interesting issue is that P55 doesn't have enough bandwidth to max out the benefits brought by the new standards. A benefit should still be seen however, just not as much as it could be. X58 is a different matter however, it has enough bandwidth to reap the rewards of the faster standard, wether manufacturers will update their boards or follow ASRock's lead an bundle in PCI express cards is another matter.
We don't quite know when the refresh is going to happen, but as we are seeing the first USB 3.0 devices coming from the woodwork, I bet they are all rushing to get the support added and add the stickers to the boxes.
What do you think, will you 'upgrade' to one of these boards or will you wait for the next generation? Discuss in our Fourms
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