Gigabyte Adds USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s to X58 Lineup
With the LGA-1366 socket aiming to have a considerable amount of life left in it, what with the six-core Intel Core i9 chips on the horizon, it makes sense that manufacturers will be starting to add features to their X58 based boards that have been introduced since their initial arrival. Gigabyte is looking to be first to have a refreshed board to market with its X58A-UD7, which includes the addition of a NEC USB 3.0 controller and a Marvell SE9128 to take care of the SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) duties. That gives the board 10 SATA ports in total, with six of them hooked up to the Intel ICH10R and four to the new Marvell controller, while the NEC USB controller will give you three powered USB 3.0 ports. I'm sure we can expect to see other manufacturers following suit soon.