Asus P7P55 motherboard moves USB 3.0 to front side of the bus

Asus has decided to make a pretty drastic change for its commercial motherboards, moving its USB 3.0 to the front. Of course, there is a risk of USB 3.0’s speed bogging down the main I//O bus of the motherboard simply because of its sheer speed, causing a bottleneck for other parts in the process. Asus decided to tackle this issue by relying on the dual chipset approach, assigning one NEC controller to the rear USB 3.0 ports and a separate controller chip for the front panel USB 3.0 devices. At least it is now possible to get a front facing USB 3.0 port on your computer, and it shouldn’t cost too much either – we’re talking about just a few more dollars thrown into the fray. While Asus did not announce a launch date for these boards, it should be out pretty soon, so stay tuned.

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