ASUS USB 3.1 Performance Review
Published: 26th March 2015 | Source: ASUS | Price: |
It's always slightly annoying when there is an update to an existing motherboard that doesn't particularly change the design or even the model number. So pay close attention if you're in the market for a Z97-A to ensure that you get the USB 3.1 compatible one.
There are a couple of competing options with USB C, a connector that doesn't have a right way up but rather plugs in universally and the regular style connector we're all used to that involves trying to put it in, sighing, turning it, trying to put it in, sighing, turning it and finally getting it to go. For compatibility reasons the Z97-A USB 3.1 has the regular connector. We're pretty sure with the billions of USB devices on earth, heck the million or so in our office, that the old style will be the norm for a long time to come.
For the third time in this review it's worth reiterating that this isn't something you can purchase or, as far as we're told, you'll ever be able to buy. It exists solely to bridge the gap between the release of the USB 3.1 motherboards (X99 Sabertooth and Z97-A USB 3.1) and the actual appearance of any devices. Still, for a purely R&D device it ticks all the boxes and looks the part.