USB 3.0 was all the rage at Hannover’s otherwise somnolent CeBIT trade fair. Various makers such as Lian Li, MSI and Gigabyte had new mobos in various sizes on display, sporting multiple USB 3.0 slots and 2 to 3 graphics cards.
Lian Li displayed its rather extraordinary mini-ITX test bench, called the Pitstop PC-T1. Apparently it’s supposed to be a spider, yet it only has four legs. Some nasty child must have pulled the other ones off. Also on display was the PCX2000F case featuring four USB 3.0 slots and one for eSata.
MSI was showing off their Bigbang mainboards. Big Bang Fuzion boards sporting Lucid’s Hydra 200 SoC, which lets users mix ATI and Nvidia cards. The Hydra 200 manages and balances workloads between different GPUs. MSI already showed off the Fuzion board at CES this January. No USB 3.0 on this one, though, however it has 8 USB 2.0 and 2 eSata ports on the back panel.
MSI Big Bang Trinergy, in contrast, supports 3 Nvidia SLI cards. Two cards are advertised as bringing up 1.7x as much performance, whereas three cards are supposed to double it. Apparently the Trinergy offers twice the PCIe bandwidth than its competitors.
Both boards have already been shipping for a few weeks now. They deserve special mention though because I started contemplating what I’d throw in a gaming PC, which kept CeBit from killing my interest and me falling asleep.
SuperTalent also deserves special mention. The company demonstrated a USB 3.0 SSD raid drive with a capacity of 32GB to 128GB. Read/ write rates are stated to be up to 320MB/sec and 180MB/Sec respectively. I definitely want one of those in my trousers, err, bag.