Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Saturday November 12, 2016

Intel May Add Wi-Fi, USB 3.1 To Next-Generation Chipsets

If you’re going to be upgrading to a 300-series motherboard, chances are it may come with 10Gbps USB and integrated Wi-Fi courtesy of Intel. I don’t see any downsides here, just added convenience.

Motherboard chipsets haven’t really changed much in the last few years. There’s been some support for new storage options and standards, like M.2 for SSDs, some limited support for features like Thunderbolt, and faster memory speeds have trickled out over time. Intel might shake things up a bit for its 300-series chipsets in 2017, if rumors are to be believed, with integrated support for Wi-Fi and USB 3.1. Both standards could be useful to consumers and a new report from Digitimes implies Intel is considering the concept. USB 3.1 Gen 2 offers up to 10Gbps of transfer speed, while USB 3.0 (aka USB 3.1 Gen 1) tops out at just 5Gbps. Objectively, there aren’t that many consumers who currently need USB 3.1 Gen 2, but the technology could be useful for secondary displays or high-performance external storage arrays.

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