Not too long ago Al and Ryan had a chance to play with a prototype USB 3.1 enclosure from ASUS and an add-in card with a controller from ASMedia. The Tech Report also received the prototype USB 3.1 enclosure with two mSATA drives running in RAID-0 mode but they happened to have an ASUS Z97-A/USB 3.1 motherboard which has a built in port and ASMedia controller. Their CrystalDiskMark results showed a ~75% boost in sequential read and write performance with 4K random write speeds also vastly increased. That is not the highlight of their review however; ASUS provided a list of upcoming USB 3.1 releases from multiple vendors so you can now get an idea when you might want to upgrade to a board with USB 3.1 on it.
"Today, we're going to take our very first look at some USB 3.1 gear. Asus has supplied us with a drive enclosure and a matching motherboard, which will help us gauge the kinds of performance gains users can expect."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Mushkin ECO2 240GB 7mm SSD Review @ TechwareLabs
- Crucial BX100 250GB SSD Review @ NikKTech
- EDGE Boost Pro Micro SSD @ The SSD Review
- Crucial BX100 250 GB @ techPowerUp
- Crucial MX200 SSD @ HardwareHeaven
- Using RAID-5 Means the Sky is Falling! @ Benchmark Reviews
- Western Digital Green (WD60EZRX) 6 TB @ Tech ARP
- Western Digital 3.5″ Red 6TB NAS HDD @ eTeknix
- An uncomplicated Buffalo in SOHO: The LinkStation 441D 4-bay NAS box @ The Register
- Thecus N4310 Soho/Home Linux NAS Server Review @ Madshrimps
- Synology DiskStation DS115 NAS @ Kitguru
- SanDisk UltraFit USB 3.0 FlashDrive (16GB) @ Bjorn3d
- MyDigitalSSD OTG mSSD 512GB USB 3.0 @ eTeknix
- VisionTek USB Pocket SSD 120GB @ Bjorn3D
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A lot of devices will be
A lot of devices will be coming with the Type-c plugs and the 100W power spec., but mostly they will be the type-c(“Gen”/”Mode” 1) connected to a USB 3.0 controller. Invariably both the technology press, and the unscrupulous marketing departments will be labeling their products as USB 3.1, and leaving the potential customers in their misdirected state, until after the goods are foisted.
The New chromebook pixel comes with 2 of the USB Type plugs, on both sides of their device, so the chromebook pixel can have the power adapter plugged into either side. It’s another pricier device, and for the reviews no reviewer has mentioned whether the USB Type-c plug leads to a USB 3.0, or a USB 3.1 controller chip. I would like to think that, at least the high end, high cost devices would have the USB type-c plug connected to a USB 3.1(“Gen”/”mode” 2) controller chip to get the 10Gbs bandwidth. So much confusion, and deliberate Obfuscation exists around the USB type-c plug standard, and the USB 3.1 controller specification, lots of posters making the mistake of thinking that USB type-c plugs guarantee USB 3.1 connectivity.
All this “Gen 1”, “Mode 1”, or “Gen”, “Mode” 2, nomenclature is new to the USB standard, and various articles have mentioned both “Gen 1”, or “Mode 1”, “Gen 2”,or “Mode 2” and they probably mean the same thing with the Gen 1, getting a USB 3.0 controller, and the Gen 2 getting the newest/fastest USB 3.1 controller. It’s funny that when there is discussion and review of the thunderbolt plugs, that there is more discussion/info about the Thunderbolt controller chips/chipsets, but USB is so generic/ubiquitous, I guess that everybody and their dog makes USB controller chips. The standards organizations are not doing a good job in producing the technical information in a way the average user, and bog standard “Technical Journalist” could understand.