Fremont, CA (February 23, 2015) – ASUS today announced the world’s fastest and first complete line-up of SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 solutions, including a range of 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.
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
The 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 via a simple BIOS and driver update.
The 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 PCIe cards 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 the 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.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING ASUS USB 3.1-integreted motherboards, ASUS USB 3.1 Type-A (Dual) and ASUS USB 3.1 Type-C cards will be available at ASUS authorized resellers soon:
|RAMPAGE V EXTREME/U3.1||$519||2/27|
|SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 1/USB 3.1||$259||3/3|
|Z97-PRO (Wi-Fi AC)/USB 3.1||$229||3/3|
|USB 3.1 PCIe Cards||$39||3/10|
|ASUS USB 3.1 Type-A Card (Dual)||ASUS USB 3.1 Type-C Card (Single)|
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
(bundled with Type-A card)
|Rampage V Extreme||Yes
(bundled with Type-A card)
|Z97||Z97-Deluxe(NFC & WLC)||Yes|
|Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1/USB3.1||Yes||Yes|
|Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1||Yes|
|Sabertooth Z97 Mark S||Yes|
|Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2||Yes|
|Gryphon Z97(Armor Edition)||Yes|
|Maximus VII Formula/Watch Dogs||Yes|
|Maximus VII Formula||Yes|
|Maximus VII Hero||Yes|
|Maximus VII Hero/ACU||Yes|
|Maximus VII Gene||Yes|
|Maximus VII Ranger||Yes|
|Maximus VII Impact||Yes|
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.
*Availability may vary by region
Full specifications are available at www.asus.com
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 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2012 was approximately US$14 billion.