MSI today announced its new USB 3.1 featured motherboard lineup with a total of 12 new products.
The company is launching 10 new Z97 and X99 models with USB 3.1 ports. A number of new Gaming motherboards have been announced as well. These include the Z97A GAMING 9 ACK, Z97A Gaming 7, X99A Gaming 9 ACK, and the X99A Gaming 7 motherboards.
USB 3.1 brings twice the transfer speeds of the older USB 3.0 standard. That means maximum transfer speeds of 10 GB/s. To transfer a Blu-Ray movie with the latest USB 3.1 standard will take just 58 seconds, down from 2 minutes with USB 3.0, and 20 minutes with USB 2.0.
Among the new motherboards announced today, the Z97A GAMING 6 is the world’s first motherboard with USB 3.1 and Type-C connectivity. USB Type-C is a new all-in-one reversible connector that allows you to connect different USB devices without having to worry about plugging in the cable ‘the right way’.
All of the Z97A motherboards announced today will support the upcoming 5th Generation Intel processor family. Sadly, no information has been revealed yet about the availability and pricing of these new motherboards.