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Windows 7: Double-speed USB 3.0 to arrive next year


06 Jan 2013   #1
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Double-speed USB 3.0 to arrive next year

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Computing industry powers are doubling the data-transfer speed of USB 3.0 from today's 5 gigabits per second rate to 10Gbps.

The move will uncork speed bottlenecks of external SSD storage devices, open up options such second monitors, and help confine the even faster Thunderbolt interface to a high-end niche.

But it won't happen immediately. The specification should be done in mid-2013, which "will enable initial products to appear in late 2014 with a much broader availability of products in 2015," according to the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which announced the faster Universal Serial Bus work today at the CES show.

Read more at source:
Double-speed USB 3.0 to arrive next year | Best of CES 2013 - CNET Blogs

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06 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Great news thanks for sharing
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07 Jan 2013   #3

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

USB 3.0x2 sounds great. With my luck I'll get to experience crashes, BSODs, etc twice as fast.

On a serious note, it would be even nicer if ISPs would work on increasing upload/download speeds. Maybe then it would make sense to store multi-gigabyte files in the cloud and not have to wait weeks or months for the transfer to take place.
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07 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

So... Will this USB 3.1 require new hardware or just an update to Windows?

It'd suck if I'll need a new laptop.
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07 Jan 2013   #5

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

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To take advantage of the double-speed USB 3.0 interface, devices such as computers, hubs, and digital cameras will need new USB controller hardware. However, the new version of USB 3.0 uses the same connectors, so existing USB devices can be plugged into the higher-speed ports.
USB 3.0 cables may or may not work. "Existing SuperSpeed USB cables are not certified to operate at 10 Gbps; it is possible that some existing SuperSpeed USB cables may be capable of operating at 10 Gbps," the group said.
From above link
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07 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
USB 3.0x2 sounds great. With my luck I'll get to experience crashes, BSODs, etc twice as fast.
On a serious note, it would be even nicer if ISPs would work on increasing upload/download speeds. Maybe then it would make sense to store multi-gigabyte files in the cloud and not have to wait weeks or months for the transfer to take place.

Great line!
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07 Jan 2013   #7

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

yay! new hardware! New drivers! New cards for those that don't have native support!
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07 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX Maverick
 
 

We already have Thunderbolt ports for PCs, SATA Express is coming, and now USB 3.0x2.

Let's do some calculation... Here's my current USB 3.0 flashdrive's CrystalDisk Benchmark:

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Size:  57.8 KB

x2 this benchmark and still won't be as good as a decent SATA III SSD's performance, much less getting close to Thunderbolt and SATA Express transfer rates...


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07 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Honestly I don't see it as a killer feature, which is actually nice. I don't have the need to upgrade my system just for this, but it will be a nice perk for when I do upgrade.
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07 Jan 2013   #10
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Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Let's hope it will be really faster. Today's USB3 at 5Gb is actually slower than eSata at 3Gb. Go figure.
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