Originally Posted by XNine
I've decided on my next board (Asrock Extreme 6/GB) which has USB3 on the back and two internal ports (one where the IDE cable would usually go).
This is why obsolete tech should be moved off of current boards released. Things like IDE, PS/2, and E-SATA should all be dropped in support for better oboard sound, USB3, Dual Gigabit LAN ports, etc. My current MSI 990FX motherboard only has rear USB 3.0, so it saddens me. Thankfully I only have a couple more weeks on it, then on to the X79 platform.
E Sata is till better than USB 3.0 for hard drives. There was some benchmarks a while back here and on various tech blogs. Apparently because there is no overhead and such like there is with USB. Over long sustained writes E Sata took the advantage.
Also now there is E Sata III which is faster than USB 3.0 there are already boards out there with the updated E Sata revision. You also get to keep hard drive features like NCQ and such over E Sata as well as usage of RAID through Rapid Storage instead of the usual software raid applications like that of WD's "hard drive control" application for their RAID drives.Edited by Cyrilmak - 2/24/12 at 5:43pm