Feb 24, 2015 Written by: MarshallR

ASUS Announces Best, Fastest and Most Comprehensive USB 3.1 Solutions

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ASUS' USB 3.1 motherboard line-up features new motherboards with two USB 3.1 ports installed on the PCB itself, and existing motherboards with a ASUS USB 3.1 PCIE add-in cards bundled in the package. Both are identified by the /USB3.1 suffix. 

For those wanting to upgrade an existing system with USB 3.1 - that PCIE add-in card will also be available separately for compatible motherboards. Note: a BIOS update is sometimes required - see the press release for more details.

New ASUS USB 3.1 motherboards:

  • Rampage V Extreme/U3.1 (bundled with add-in Type-A card)
  • X99-Deluxe/U3.1 (bundled with add-in Type-A card)
  • X99-Pro/USB3.1
  • X99-A/USB3.1 (Transfer Express)
  • X99-A/USB3.1
  • X99-E WS/USB3.1
  • Z97-Deluxe/USB3.1
  • Z97-Pro(Wi-Fi ac)/USB3.1
  • Z97-A/USB3.1
  • Z97-E/USB3.1
  • Z97-K/USB3.1
  • Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1/USB3.1
  • B85M-G Plus/USB3.1
  • B85-Plus/USB3.1

ASUS USB 3.1 PCIE add-in card compatible motherboards are listed in the press release below. This card is available in two versions: one featuring two Type-A connectors, to retain compatibility with existing USB cables and existing products, and one with a new, reversible Type-C connector.

And an example of performance, or see ASUS USB 3.1 testing from Anandtech, PC Perspectivebit-tech and Kit Guru.

USB 3.1 Type-A performance with enabling USB 3.1 Boost

For more information on the background of USB 3.1 technology, read our technical insights here.

Press Release

ASUS Announces Best, Fastest and Most Comprehensive USB 3.1 Solutions

KEY POINTS

  • Range-wide USB 3.1 line-up includes new motherboard solutions and both dual Type-A and single Type-C expansion cards.
  • All options deliver 10Gbit/s USB 3.1 data transfer, with backwardly-compatible connectors on Type-A models.
  • Exclusive ASUS USB 3.1 Boost utility to boost data-transfer performance beyond the competition.

 

City, Country (Date Month, Year)ASUS today announced the world’s fastest and first complete line-up of SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 solutions, including range-wide motherboards with built-in USB 3.1 and two ASUS USB 3.1 Cards. The latter are the new PCI Express® (PCIe®) expansion card with either dual Type-A sockets or reversible Type-C, that fits quickly and easily to bring breakneck speeds to existing PCs.

ASUS motherboards with built-in USB 3.1 and ASUS USB 3.1 Card deliver next-generation 10Gbit/s data transfer speeds that are up to twice (2X) as fast as USB 3.0. All USB 3.1 Type-A models are fully backwardly compatible with previous USB standards. The new products will begin shipping from the middle of February 2015.

The new solutions benefit from exclusive ASUS USB 3.1 Boost technology to push real-world data-transfer speeds faster than ever before, with testing by ASUS engineers achieving sequential read/write speeds of up to 854.6/863.9MB/s — much faster than competing USB 3.1 products.

Joe Hsieh, ASUS Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Motherboard and Desktop System Business Unit, said: “As the world’s number-one motherboard brand, we lead by providing the very latest technology for ASUS customers to enjoy. We worked closely with ASMedia Technology Inc to maximize USB 3.1 performance on both ASUS motherboards and our USB 3.1 Card products, ensuring that ASUS customers enjoy the very fastest data transfers from the new standard — and before anyone else!”

 

ASUS motherboards with dual 10Gbit/s USB 3.1 sockets and 2X-faster performance

Twelve ASUS motherboards have dual Type-A USB 3.1 ports built in for instant 10Gbit/s connectivity. Products with two USB 3.1 sockets onboard are signified with a ‘/USB 3.1’ suffix and include X99-Pro/USB 3.1, X99-A/USB 3.1 (Transfer Express), X99-A/USB 3.1, X99-E WS/USB 3.1, Z97-Deluxe/USB 3.1, Z97-Pro (Wi-Fi ac)/USB 3.1, Z97-A/USB 3.1, Z97-E/USB 3.1, Z97-K/USB3.1, Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1/USB 3.1, B85M-G Plus/USB 3.1 and B85-Plus/USB 3.1.

 

Easy-fit ASUS USB 3.1 Card with dual Type-A ports or reversible Type-C

ASUS USB 3.1 Card is the world’s first USB 3.1 expansion card that fits swiftly into any PCIe x4, x8 or x16 slot to accelerate existing PCs to deliver lightning-speed transfers of up to 10Gbit/s. Available in two models, with either dual Type-A sockets or reversible Type-C, the new PCIe card is compatible immediately with all ASUS X99 and Z97 chipset-based motherboards and will be compatible soon with more ASUS motherboards, to be enabled by a simple BIOS and driver update.

USB 3.1 Type-A Card (Dual) is also included with two new motherboard bundles with a ‘/U3.1’ suffix — Rampage V Extreme/U3.1 and X99-Deluxe/U3.1 — preconfigured and ready to go. Both USB 3.1 Type-A (Dual) and Type-C Card (Single) are available to purchase individually.

 

Exclusive ASUS USB 3.1 Boost for fastest-ever USB 3.1 data transfers

All ASUS USB 3.1 solutions include ASUS USB 3.1 Boost utility for the very fastest USB 3.1 data transfers. This ASUS-exclusive technology automatically pushes USB 3.1 performance even further, with sustained sequential read/write speeds of up to speeds of up to 854.6/863.9MB/s — figures achieved by ASUS engineers in our own labs.

SPECIFICATIONS[1]

 

ASUS USB 3.1 Type-A Card (Dual)

ASUS USB 3.1 Type-C Card (Single)

  • Two Type-A 10Gbit/s USB 3.1 ports
  • Backwardly compatible with USB 3.0/2.0/1.1
  • PCI Express x4 interface
  • Compatible with PCI Express x4, x8, and x16 slots
  • Windows 8, 8.1 and 7 (32/64-bit editions)
  • Supports ASUS USB 3.1 Boost
  • Dimensions: 7.3 x 7.9cm
  • One Type-C 10Gbit/s USB 3.1 port
  • PCI Express x4 interface
  • Compatible with PCI Express x4, x8, and x16 slots
  • Windows 8, 8.1 and 7 (32/64-bit editions)
  • Supports ASUS USB 3.1 Boost
  • Dimensions: 7.3 x 7.9cm

 

ASUS USB 3.1 motherboard line-up

 

 

Compatible with ASUS USB 3.1 Card (both Type-A and Type-C card). Update to latest BIOS required.

USB 3.1 integrated or
USB 3.1 Type-A Card (Dual) bundled

X99

Rampage V Extreme/U3.1

Yes

(BIOS 1201)

Yes
(bundled with Type-A card)

Rampage V Extreme

Yes

(BIOS 1201)

 

X99-Deluxe/U3.1

Yes

(BIOS 1401)

Yes
(bundled with Type-A card)

X99-Deluxe

Yes

(BIOS 1401)

 

X99-Pro/USB 3.1

Yes

(Available in March)

Yes

X99-Pro

Yes

(BIOS 1401)

 

X99-S

Yes

(BIOS 1401)

 

X99-A/USB 3.1(Transfer Express)

Yes

(Available in March)

Yes

X99-A/USB 3.1

Yes

(Available in March)

Yes

X99-A

Yes

(BIOS 1401)

 

X99-E WS/USB 3.1

Yes

(Available in March)

Yes

X99-E WS

Yes

(Available in March)

 

X99-WS/IPMI

Yes

(Available in March)

 

Z97

Z97-Deluxe(NFC & WLC)

Yes

(BIOS 2205)

 

Z97-Deluxe/USB 3.1

Yes

(BIOS 0401)

Yes

Z97-Deluxe

Yes

(BIOS 2205)

 

Z97-Pro(Wi-Fi ac)/USB 3.1

Yes

(BIOS 0501)

Yes

Z97-Pro(Wi-Fi ac)

Yes

(BIOS 2205)

 

Z97-Pro

Yes

(BIOS 2205)

 

Z97-A/USB 3.1 

Yes

(BIOS 0501)

Yes

Z97-A

Yes

(BIOS 2205)

 

Z97-AR

Yes

(BIOS 2205)

 

Z97-C

Yes

(Available in March)

 

Z97-E/USB 3.1 

Yes

(BIOS 0317)

Yes

Z97-E

Yes

(Available in March)

 

Z97-K/USB 3.1

Yes

(BIOS 0313)

Yes

Z97-K R2.0

Yes

(Available in March)

 

Z97-K

Yes

(Available in March)

 

Z97-P

Yes

(Available in March)

 

Z97M-Plus

Yes

(Available in March)

 

Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1/USB 3.1

Yes

(BIOS 0401)

Yes

Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2/USB 3.1

Yes

(Available in March)

Yes

Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1

Yes

(BIOS 2205)

 

Sabertooth Z97 Mark S

Yes

(BIOS 2205)

 

Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2

Yes

(BIOS 2205)

 

Gryphon Z97

Yes

(BIOS 2205)

 

Gryphon Z97(Armor Edition)

Yes

(BIOS 2205)

 

Maximus VII Formula/Watch Dogs

Yes

(BIOS 2304)

 

Maximus VII Formula

Yes

(BIOS 2304)

 

Maximus VII Hero

Yes

(BIOS 2304)

 

Maximus VII Hero/ACU

Yes

(BIOS 2304)

 

Maximus VII Gene

Yes

(BIOS 2304)

 

Maximus VII Ranger

Yes

(BIOS 2304)

 

Maximus VII Impact

Yes

(BIOS 2304)

 

Z97-PRO Gamer

Yes

(Available in March)

 

Z97-WS

Yes

(Available in March)

 

B85

B85M-G Plus/USB 3.1

Yes

(Available in March)

Yes

B85-Plus/USB 3.1

Yes

(Available in March)

Yes

 

Full specifications are available at www.asus.com

 

List of available USB 3.1 devices, alphabetically by manufacturer:

 

Manufacturer name

Product category

Product name

Availability

AKiTiO

USB 3.1 device

Neutrino Bridge USB3.1

March 2015

USB 3.1 device

NT2 U3.1

March 2015

AVLAB Technology SIIG

USB 3.1 to 2.5-inch

USB 3.1 to SATA 2.5-inch Enclosure

April 2015

USB 3.1 to 2.5-inch

USB 3.1 to SATA 2.5-inch Enclosure Pro

Q2-Q3 2015

USB 3.1 to 3.5-inch

USB 3.1 to SATA 3.5-inch Enclosure

April 2015

GODO

2.5-inch USB 3.1 enclosure

GD25602 2.5-inch USB3.1 HDD Enclosure

March 2015

2.5-inch USB 3.1 enclosure

GD25702 2.5-inch USB3.1 HDD Enclosure

March 2015

2.5-inch USB 3.1 enclosure

GD25611 2.5-inch  USB3.1 HDD Enclosure

March 2015

HighPoint Technologies, Inc

USB 3.1 device

RS3111A

March 2015

USB 3.1 device

RS3112A

April 2015

iomaster

2-port host card

IOT-U31A3

March 2015

SATA 2.5 enclosure 

IOT-3125A3

March 2015

USB 3.1 to SATA 2.5 & 3.5 adapter

IOT-3123A3

April 2015

USB 3.1 to MSATA & M2 SSD enclosure

IOT-U31NF

March 2015

Minerva Innovation Company

3.5-inch SATA to USB 3.1 enclosure

3.5-inch SATA mSATA x 2 and M.2 x 2 to USB 3.1 Adapter (Type B)

March 2015

2.5-inch SATA to USB 3.1 enclosure

2.5-inch SATA mSATA SSD x 2 to USB 3.1 External Enclosure (Type-C x 2)

March 2015

2.5-inch SATA to USB 3.1 enclosure

2.5-inch SATA M.2 SSD x 2 to USB 3.1 External Enclosure  (Type-C x 2)

April 2015

Speed Dragon

USB 3.1 device

USB 3.1 to SATA 6G cable adapter

March 2015

USB 3.1 device

USB 3.1 PCI-Express add-on card

March 2015

USB 3.1 device

USB 3.1 PCI-Express add-on card

March 2015

USB 3.1 device

USB 3.1 to dual SATA 6G hard drive enclosure

April 2015

Super Talent Technology Corporation

USB 3.1 device

USB3.1 Portable SSD

May 2015

Sunrich Technology

Adapter

U-1040 USB 3.1 to SATA 6G Adapter

March 2015

Adapter

U-1050 USB 3.1 to SATA 6G Adapter

April 2015

Hub

U-1060 USB 3.1 4-Port Hub

TBA

Hub

U-1070 USB 3.1 7-Port Hub

TBA

Docking station

U-1080 USB 3.1 Docking Station

TBA

Docking station

U-1090 USB 3.1 Docking Station

TBA

UNITEK

PCI Express to 2 Ports USB 3.1 (Type-A x 2)

Y-7305

March 2015

PCI Express to 2 Ports USB 3.1 (Type-A x 1, Type-C x 1)

Y-7306

March 2015

USB 3.1 to SATA6G enclosure

Y-3363

April 2015

USB 3.1 to SATA6G Docking station

Y-3605

April 2015

USB 3.1 to 2.5-inch Dual SATA6G enclosure (Type-C)

Y-3364

April 2015

USB 3.1 active extension cable

Y-3001

June 2015

 

[1]   Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.

 

 Full specifications are available at www.asus.com

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About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion.

[1]   Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.

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