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Old March 7, 2010, 03:41 PM
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Okay, I want to upgrade soon to avoid making my stuff obsolete. USB3/SATA6 are out. Fortunately they aren't catching on super quickly, giving me some time to plan this out and amass required funds.

So I noticed that pretty much every board which supports these new technologies also has SATA3 and USB2 on it. Apparently this is because Intel doesn't have support for USB3/SATA6 in their current 1366 or 1156 chipsets (ICH10/P55, etc). So in order to get USB3/SATA6 support, board makers put separate chips on their boards.

If I want to upgrade to a board that can do USB3/SATA6 I can get one with a couple extra chips on it, or I can wait until Intel supports this (ICH11 or something)

My question is if I run out and get a new USB3/SATA6 board now will it have less performance then a supposed ICH11 or P65 or X68? How long will it be 'till a new Intel platform?
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Not sure if anyone really knows when Intel will offer native support. Only chipset out right now that has any kind of native support is 890GX/FX which have native SATA III.
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Did a bit of googling and found that apparently Intel's coming out with X68/ICH11 in Q2, according to this article Not sure if it's legit but hell, if it's that soon than I'll wait. It's nice having new stuff.
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Did a bit of googling and found that apparently Intel's coming out with X68/ICH11 in Q2, according to this article Not sure if it's legit but hell, if it's that soon than I'll wait. It's nice having new stuff.
Pretty sure that is wrong. I don't believe we will see an ICH11R till 2011.
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Yea, Intel won't be releasing a new ICH till 2010. If you go X58, just go for a board that has enough pcie space for an expansion card. For P55, get one with a PLX chip onboard like on the Asus -E series boards
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Old March 8, 2010, 12:13 PM
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Yah I wouldnt bother waiting, just grab a board with USB3/SATA6, there are plenty out now. They may be advantages to P65 or whatever in the future but that is true for any component you buy - in 6 months there is something better.
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Some USB3/SATA6bps boards cripple the PCI-E lanes considerably (i.e. the board will run x8/x1 if USB3 is enabled). You may want to look for a board that uses an nForce chip to provide the extra PCI-E lanes to keep at least x8/x8 mode for Crossfire. If you don't use Crossfire, you don't necessarily have to worry about that if you run a card like a 5870 or below.
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Some USB3/SATA6bps boards cripple the PCI-E lanes considerably (i.e. the board will run x8/x1 if USB3 is enabled).
Not the ASUS E Boards like the P7P55D-E Pro etc.
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I had the Asus P6X58D Premium in mind. I'm gonna google to see if it gets PCI-E crippling. Otherwise to hell with USB3 I'll just get a P6T7 and an add-in card
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