What Is USB3?

What is USB 3.0?

Launched earlier this year, USB3.0 brings high speed data transfers of around 3,200 MB/s. In simple terms, this means you can transfer a 19Gb file from your PC to an external hard drive in around 25 seconds. It would take more than 5 minutes with USB 2.0!

USB 3.0 also introduces full duplex data transfer, which means it can read and write data at full speed simultaneously. It also works on an interrupt-driven protocol, so your idle devices won't experience a power drain.

How Can You Use USB3.0?

  1. Many of the latest components available come with USB 3.0 speed.
  2. Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Linux operating systems already support USB 3.0.

Future Proof

USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 so you can start using it immediately. However, the speed will be that of USB 2.0

How Can I Get USB3.0 Now?

Buy A New USB3.0 Motherboard

Both Asus and Gigabyte have introduced certified USB 3.0 motherboards that will enable data transfers of rich media content and larger files more efficiently. The SuperSpeed USB technology is up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 motherboards. Thery also allow for dual-simplex transfer for simultaneous data transfer from PC to USB device and are ideal for HD devices such as TV, DVD recorders and digital cameras.

Buy A PCI Card

By choosing a USB 3.0 compatible PCI Express card, you are guaranteed data transfer speeds of up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. You can also speed up the process by adding two USB 3.0 ports to your PCI Express capable PC. PCI cards can support transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, yet will still support USB 2.0 devices.

Desktop and Portable USB 3.0 Storage Solutions

For immediate access to USB 3.0 speeds, why not buy a hard drive that is compatible, from brands such as Western Digital, Buffalo, Freecom and Iomega?

USB 3.0 Cables

To take advantage of the speeds of USB3 you'll need the right cables. Have a look at some options with the link below.