Upcoming ASUS AMD Motherboard With SATA6 & USB 3.0 Spotted

"ASUS have provided us with a sneak peek at an upcoming AMD platform motherboard with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps support."

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With chipset platforms now strongly established, the current trend in new motherboards has been heralding the latest in data transfer technologies, the SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 standards.  So far, we've seen plenty of new motherboards featuring such compatibility on the Intel side of things from the likes of ASUS and Gigabyte.  However, so far things have been fairly quiet in the AMD camp.  Well now ASUS has set out to change that.

ASUS have provided us with a sneak peak at a new, upcoming board for the AMD platform.  We don't know the board's name.  We don't even know for sure its chipset.  What we do know is that it will feature USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps compatibility.  Now, this is not the first ASUS AMD board to see such support.  It is, however, the first to do so with a native, onboard solution. 

The board features a pair of USB 3.0 ports powered by the NEC D720200F1 host controller chip seen on other ASUS USB 3.0 compatible products.  On the SATA 6Gbps front, while it's not entirely clear, the pictures seem to indicate that all six of the SATA ports on the board are of the new generation.

Other apparent features include a 8+2 phase power design, all solid capacitors, and onboard video.  In terms of expansion slots, we are able to make out a pair of PCIe x16 slots and at least one each of PCIe x1 and regular PCI slots.  Based on the fact that the second PCIe x16 slot is so close to the bottom of the board (see the last pic), it seems likely that this is a mATX form factor board.

Be sure to check out all of the pictures in the side scroller.

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08-01-2010, 18:24:49

Runebeard
Hey folks,

I was looking at building a compact yet powerful pc to eventually replace my now tired laptop I bought to see me through uni, and thought that this was a good place to start, yet I've seen customer reviews say the northbridge runs rather hot sometimes even triggering a thermal shutdown.

Anyone know if it really is that bad? And if so anyone got any recommendations of how to keep it colder and more stable?

Cheers for any help :)

08-01-2010, 18:28:19

Ghosthud1
[IMG]http://images.tweaktown.com/content/2/7/2732_32.gif[/IMG]

not really any worse then the rest of the x58 range

having experience with only the p45 varient i can say that it defo ran nice and cool

16-01-2010, 19:42:11

Hosso
I think it will be depending on your cooling, airflow such as. we all know that x58s are runs hot. I just ordered mine (Gene II) can't wait

17-01-2010, 05:43:50

Runebeard
Yeah, turns out the my dream of making a mobile pc wasn't gonna work in the case I wanted without putting the money up for some decent watercooling, so I've had to scale up to a midtower, which means I'm now gonna go for an ATX mboard instead.
Thanks for the advice though guys, it's much appreciated :)
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