Gigabyte claims AMD USB 3.0 first

Taiwanese maker of motherboards, Gigabyte says it is the first outfit to get an official nod of approval for an AMD-equipped mobo sporting USB 3.0.

The Taipei-based company says its GA-870A-UD3 is the world’s first motherboard for the AMD platform to receive SuperSpeed USB certification from the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF).

The board supports AMD's Phenom II six-core processors, the latest 6Gb per second SATA and ATI Crossfire as well as the aforementioned USB 3.0. The power rail on the USB bus has also been beefed up which the company reckons will enable iPods and the like to be charged much faster.

Add dual channel DDR3 1866+, a couple of PCI-e 2 slots and all of the ports you'd normally expect and you have the full picture

Certified USB 3.0 was previously only available on boards powered by Intel P55 and X86 CPUs.

Gigabyte said it has churned out more than a million USB 3.0-capable mobos since November 2009, though AMD has been left out of the picture until now.

No prices or details of availability were available at time of writing.