We were very excited to hear on Tuesday this week that the GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 motherboard has just become the first motherboard for the AMD platform to be SuperSpeed USB certified by the USB-IF. There are a number of GIGABYTE USB 3.0 motherboards listed on the the SuperSpeed USB Compliance Web page (more than 3 times as many as any other brand in fact), but these have all been for the Intel platform. It might not be too surprising for GIGABYTE to be first with an AMD SuperSpeed USB certified board because we were also first to market with AMD USB 3.0 motherboards (and Intel for that matter).
In our press release yesterday we mentioned all the ‘USB 3.0 firsts’ that GIGABYTE has achieved because we feel that SuperSpeed USB is, and will continue to be, a very important feature for 2010 and even half way into 2011 while it is still not part of any chipset from Intel or AMD. As soon as it’s integrated into the chipset every brand will have it and it will become just another check-off item for PC upgraders. The NEC USB 3.0 controller chip is still the only certified chip available, and therefore the cost is still relatively high so most motherboard vendors will only use it on a very select few models.
At GIGABYTE we believe that we’re in the middle of the Windows 7 upgrade cycle and so there is no better time to implement USB 3.0! USB has awesome brand appeal – even my mom knows what a USB port looks like and where to attach it to her PC – and anyone upgrading their PC is going to opt for USB 3.0 over USB 2.0, if the price delta isn’t too exorbitant that is. This is why we now have 33 models of USB 3.0 motherboards that stretch from the Intel X58 down to even the G41(yes, there is a USB 3.0 option even for our entry level models) and from the AMD 890FX down to the 785G chipset.
So if you’re in the market for a new USB 3.0 motherboard, don’t look any further than the No.1 brand in USB 3.0 platforms.