USB 3.1 and M.2 Finally Make Their Way to the Socket AM3+ Motherboards
The AM3+ motherboards date back to 2011, when AMD introduced the socket with its FX processors. Since then, the AM3+ socket has only offered support for PCIe 2.0 interface; however, that is changing now as USB 3.1 and M.2 technologies are set to make their appearance on the platform as well.
In fact, Asus, ASRock and Gigabyte have already announced AM3+ motherboards featuring USB 3.1 with Type-C connector and M.2 slot:
- Priced at around €115, Asus 970 Pro Gaming / Aura comes with up to 10Gbps USB 3.1 Type-A, and an NVM Express (NVMe) M.2 socket.
- Based on AMD’s 990FX chipset, Gigabyte unveiled the GA-990FX-Gaming motherboard featuring USB 3.1 with Type-C and PCIe Gen2 x4 M.2 connectors with up to 20Gb/s Data Transfer.
- ASRock 970-G3 supports Socket AM3+/AM3 processors, and includes 2 USB 3.1 10Gb/s (1 Type-A + 1 Type-C), 4 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 2 Rear) as well as M.2 connector.
The second-gen USB 3.1 ports allow users to benefit from an increased bandwidth of up to 10 Gbps compared to 5Gbps offered by USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 (Gen 1). However, only the motherboards from ASRock and Gigabyte incorporate a reversible Type-C connector at the moment.
As for M.2 ports, they are designed to speed up your next SSD. Currently M.2 slot on motherboards is limited to just two lanes of PCIe 2.0 connectivity, offering speeds up to 1 GB / s. Though Intel’s platform features four PCIe Gen 3 that doubles the bandwidth to 2 GB / s.