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.