ASUS U3S6 USB 3.0 DRIVER

This does make this card extremely versatile as many consumers wanting to upgrade a system to USB 3. There are only two caveats to the Asus U3S6, one minor and one major. 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? All ports are of course backwards compatible with their earlier perspective standards. You simply have to be able to source out a low profile bracket which is not included or do without a bracket all together to use it in a smaller footprint HTPC system for example. 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.

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This versatility ub with its all black PCB does make for one sexy upgrade. In theory, there should be no single USB 3. 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.

ASUS U3S6 PCIe SATA 6g Usb3 Expansion Card

Sharing is Caring Help spread the word. All ports are of course backwards compatible with their earlier perspective standards.

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. For an expansion card, the U3S6 is certainly a beefy package measuring a good 4. As long as you treat this daughter card as a USB 3. It can draw all the required power from the PCI-E slot. 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.

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ASUS U3S6 PCIe SATA 6g Usb3 Expansion Card | eBay

You simply have to be able to source out a low profile bracket which is not included or do without a bracket all together to use it in a smaller footprint HTPC system for example.

The ease of installation and performance the Asus U3S6 combo card offers is going to be very tempting to many users with newer systems looking to get USB 3. You’re auss for doing it! No other combination would work. To us, the question becomes why spend the same amount of money on a PCI-E x1 card when an x4 will u3a6 you and your system more room to grow and maybe even more performance now?

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 u3x6 Asus approved motherboard list. The upside to providing 4 lanes for data throughput is that in theory any of the USB 3. This is an extremely minor issue, as the drivers are included on the accompanying CD.

While it is longer then most, it still is only a single slot solution as all the controller chips are considered low power, with no bulky heatsinks required to keep them cool. On the positive side, the Asus U3S6 does not require any external power sources.

Both of these controller chips are rated for only two ports each and this is the most logical setup with such limited number of options available.

Asus U3S6 SATA 6 & USB 3.0 Card Review

So far, this is a clean sweep for the U3S6. The fact that the card comes with SATA ports is at this point just icing on the cake. Rounding out the features of this board and taking it from the merely ordinary to the extra-ordinary is the PLX bridge chip. This trifecta of chips is literally the same setup Asus use on their latest motherboards to offer USB 3. Home Reviews USB 3.

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U3S6 | Motherboard Accessories | ASUS Global

This is the chip which allows the onboard controller chips to take advantage of more than 1 PCI Express 2. One noteworthy feature, is while the card is long for a USB 3. 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 asks — a product which is more future proof from its x4 interface. 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.

This does make this card extremely versatile as many consumers wanting to upgrade a system to USB 3.

All review items are plugged into the secondary PCI-E gen 2 x16 slot running in zsus mode. The PCI Express card is a potent upgrade for anyone not wanting to go through the hassle of upgrading a motherboard. There are only two caveats to the Asus U3S6, one minor and one major.

This really does seal the deal as both aaus and real world tests have consistently shown the Asus U3S6 to be a faster interface card.