ASUS USB 3.1 Performance Review

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ASUS Z97-A USB 3.1

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It's always slightly annoying when there is an update to an existing motherboard that doesn't particularly change the design or even the model number. So pay close attention if you're in the market for a Z97-A to ensure that you get the USB 3.1 compatible one.

ASUS Z97-A USB 3.1     ASUS Z97-A USB 3.1  

There are a couple of competing options with USB C, a connector that doesn't have a right way up but rather plugs in universally and the regular style connector we're all used to that involves trying to put it in, sighing, turning it, trying to put it in, sighing, turning it and finally getting it to go. For compatibility reasons the Z97-A USB 3.1 has the regular connector. We're pretty sure with the billions of USB devices on earth, heck the million or so in our office, that the old style will be the norm for a long time to come.

ASUS Z97-A USB 3.1     ASUS Z97-A USB 3.1  

For the third time in this review it's worth reiterating that this isn't something you can purchase or, as far as we're told, you'll ever be able to buy. It exists solely to bridge the gap between the release of the USB 3.1 motherboards (X99 Sabertooth and Z97-A USB 3.1) and the actual appearance of any devices. Still, for a purely R&D device it ticks all the boxes and looks the part.

ASUS Z97-A USB 3.1     ASUS Z97-A USB 3.1  

ASUS Z97-A USB 3.1     ASUS Z97-A USB 3.1  

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Most Recent Comments

26-03-2015, 09:18:20

One word. ImpressiveQuote

26-03-2015, 09:41:32

IMO i think its a smart move to put USB 3.1 on a lower end board, to see how it sells and if it sells good then they might put it onto the ROG boards.

Very good review TTL but that's normal you always do Very good reviews Quote

26-03-2015, 09:46:05

480Mbps was USB 2.0Quote

26-03-2015, 13:19:45

Zigga zig ahhh.Quote

26-03-2015, 13:42:14

Rather amazing. I loved how even with turbo off, nearly the whole time it was still faster than any sata 3 alternative. Then turning it on was not even close. Though i'm sure with the maturity of the actual drives and sticks themselves progresses we should see more consistent and overall speed increases.Quote

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