ASUS U3S6 CARD DRIVER

If you do have a motherboard on the Asus approved list, the Asus card is a quick easy upgrade path with no down side; for everyone else, I would look elsewhere. Home Reviews USB 3. To us, the question becomes why spend the same amount of money on a PCI-E x1 card when an x4 will give you and your system more room to grow and maybe even more performance now? This does make this card extremely versatile as many consumers wanting to upgrade a system to USB 3. In reality, it is doubtful any single device will be able to do this in the near future, but the U3S6 is more future proof then its x1 brethren because of this forward thinking interface. If you remove sequential speed from the equation, as I have already looked in depth at that, what you see is a mild to moderate performance hit for the U3S6 and a moderate performance hit for the Gigabyte.

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This trifecta of chips is literally the same setup Asus use on their latest motherboards to offer USB 3.

As long as you treat this aaus card as a USB 3. If you do have a motherboard on the Asus approved list, the Asus card is a quick easy upgrade path with no down side; for everyone else, I would look elsewhere.

Asus U3S6 SATA 6 & USB Card Review | Everything USB

The upside to providing 4 lanes for data throughput is that in theory any of the USB 3. In theory, there should be no single USB 3. This is the chip which allows the onboard controller chips to take advantage of more than 1 PCI Express 2.

This versatility coupled with axus all black PCB does make for one sexy upgrade. There are only two caveats to the Asus U3S6, one minor and one major. If you remove sequential speed from the equation, as I have already looked in depth at that, what you see is a mild to moderate performance hit for the U3S6 and a moderate performance hit for the Asis.

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While less than perfect if you are a power user, or even just someone wanting to future proof their system, I can say the this card was a better solution — a product which is more future proof from its x4 interface.

On the positive side, the Asus U3S6 does not require any external power sources. This really does seal the deal as both synthetic and real world tests have consistently shown the Asus U3S6 to be a faster interface card. One noteworthy feature, is while the card is long for a USB 3. All review items are plugged into the secondary PCI-E gen 2 x16 slot running in x8 mode.

No other combination would work.

So far, this is a clean sweep for the U3S6. In reality, it is doubtful any single device will be able to do this in the near future, but the U3S6 is more future proof then care x1 brethren because of this forward thinking interface.

With that being said, if you are also looking for SATA 6 capabilities, this card is not an optimal solution unless your existing motherboard is on the extremely short Asus approved motherboard list. carv

ASUS U3S6 PCIe SATA 6g Usb3 Expansion Card

It can draw all the required power from the PCI-E slot. All ports are of course backwards compatible with their earlier u33s6 standards. Sharing is Caring Help spread the word.

Both of these controller chips are rated for only two ports each asis this is the most logical setup with such limited number of options available. Home Reviews USB 3. To us, the question becomes why spend the same amount of money on a PCI-E x1 card when an x4 will give you and your system carf room to grow and maybe even more performance now? You’re awesome for doing it! While it is longer then most, it u36s is only a single slot solution as all the controller chips are considered low power, with no bulky heatsinks required to keep them cool.

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This does make this card extremely versatile as many consumers wanting to upgrade a system to USB 3. Rounding out the features of this board and taking it from the merely ordinary to the extra-ordinary is the PLX bridge chip.

Asus U3S6 SATA 6 & USB 3.0 Card Review

The fact that the card comes with SATA ports is at this point just icing on the cake. The ease of installation and performance the Asus Cadd combo card offers is going to be very tempting to many users with newer systems looking to get USB 3.

For an expansion card, the U3S6 is certainly a beefy package measuring a good 4. The PCI Express card is a potent upgrade for anyone not wanting to go through the hassle of upgrading a motherboard. This is an extremely minor issue, as the drivers are included on the accompanying CD. You simply have to be able to source out a asuw profile bracket which is not included or do without a bracket all together to use it in a smaller footprint HTPC system for example.

You literally have to either hot plug a drive on to it after the system has booted up, or only have drives attached to the card during POST.