Asus unveils the Xtreme Design series of motherboards featuring Hybrid Processors, Hybrid Phase Technology and Hybrid OS and boasting full USB 3.0 and SATA 6G-bps data throughput performance.
Asus' latest family of enhanced motherboards, announced this week, delivers USB
3.0 and SATA 6G-bps data throughput performance, featuring Hybrid
Technology-Hybrid Processor, Hybrid Phase and Hybrid OS-designed to enhance
performance and provide active cooling and faster online access.
The Asus Xtreme Design P7P55D-E Series motherboard has on-board support,
while the Asus Xtreme Design P7P55D Series utilizes the U3S6 PCIe x4 expansion
card to deliver the fastest USB and SATA
data transfer capabilities. Equipped with the Intel P55 Express chip set, the
series of motherboards supports the latest LGA 1156 socket for Intel Core
i7/Core i5 processors, the company said.
Asus' expansion bridge design provides USB
3.0 and SATA 6G-bps transfer rates for both the P7P55D-E Series and the U3S6
expansion card. The company claims on-board IC doubles the bandwidth of the Peripheral
Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) interface from Gen 1 to Gen 2, delivering
10 times faster USB 3.0 throughput compared with
the previous USB 2.0 standard. In addition,
by eliminating transmission bottlenecks, the expansion bridge increases hard
disk read and write speeds by up to 50 percent, though Asus notes performance
may vary due to different system configurations.
The P7P55D-E Premium Motherboard includes 10 USB
2.0/1.1 ports (six on the back panel and four ports at the midboard) and two USB
3.0/2.0 ports on the rear. The motherboard is powered by an Intel P55 Express
chip set and also includes two 1394a ports (one at midboard and one at the back
panel). Asus noted the socket for the Intel Core i3 processor will be launched
in the fourth quarter of this year.
The U3S6 expansion card includes two Serial ATA (SATA) 6G-bps ports for up
to two SATA hard disk drives, two USB 3.0
ports, a Hot Plug function and support for Native Command Queuing (NCQ), used
in newer solid-state drives where the drive encounters latency on the host. The
motherboard solutions also are also backward-compatible with the USB
2.0/1.1 interface and are compatible with PCIe x4, x8 and x16 slots. PCIe is a
computer expansion card standard designed to replace the older PCI, PCI-X, and
Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) standards.
As mentioned, the P7P55D-E/P7P55D series includes the latest Xtreme Design
innovations-Hybrid Processors, Hybrid Phase Technology and Hybrid OS aimed at
optimizing performance and enhancing stability. Hybrid Processors enable
real-time overclocking and automatic performance tuning for users to gain the
processing power and speeds associated with a higher-end CPU. For enhanced
stability, the P7P55D-E and P7P55D Series include the Hybrid Phase power
feature, which combines multiphase power delivery with real-time phase
balancing to improve cooling of active components. Users can also access online
applications such as Skype, instant messaging services and more than 1,000
Flash-based games with Express Gate.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.