Asus to Launch USB 3.0 PCI Express Card


Asus has announced that it is to launch a cheap-as-chips PCI Express card to allow those of us who don’t feel like a significant hardware change to access the new USB standard.

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As the guys over at TomsHardware point out, the biggest issue most people will have with making the move to USB 3.0 was always going to be the fact that it’d require a change of motherboard, which is no mean feat… not to mention the expense involved. Asus offering of a USB 3.0 PCI-Express card would certainly eliminate the first headache, and given the fact that they’re looking to market it at $30 (no European price announced yet, sadly), they’re solving the cost issue for most too.

Of course, the whole thing does rely on the user being familiar enough with their machine’s insides to open it up and pop in a PCI Express card, but most users reading this with an eye to doing it (who haven’t done so before) will be pleased to find that installing a PCI Express card isn’t nearly as difficult as it might seem. It’s mostly a “tab A into slot B” kind of an affair.

If you haven’t ever installed a card before, but are interested enough by this news to want to give it a look, then you might want to check out this piece we wrote on building your own PC, which goes into detail on the nitty-gritty of assembling your machine.

For now, there’s been no precise word on when we can expect to see the card, though we’re told it’ll be “soon.” For us, the most interesting part isn’t the release (though “soon” is a very nice release date indeed) but the fact that it’s going to hit at around the $30 mark…


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2 Responses to “Asus to Launch USB 3.0 PCI Express Card”

  1. Thomas Mc Gonnell Says:

    Sounds like a great thing, Id say it would be a hit with the people who aren’t so confident changing parts like the mobo.

    One thing though I’d love though, companies like Lian Li, Antec etc etc to release USB 3.0 ports to change in your case.

    I would mind(when 3.0 becomes mainstream that is) taking out this old front IO port of my Lian Li P80 and sticking in a 3.0 instead. Although worth mentioning on alot of cases you can’t remove the USB on the case itself.

    Hmm, off to Lian Li forums I go to make a suggestion har har.

    • komplettie Says:

      Have fun 🙂 Let us know if they have any pleasant responses about there being anything planned in that regard.

      It’s almost childish how excited I am about USB 3.0 now. I’m stuck with two USB ports (I know, it’s like the dark ages) and often have to sit for ten minutes while I copy things around. It’s irritating.

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