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Onboard USB3/SATAIII vs. Card: Performance?

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Heya everybody.

Curious, what works better, overall and with less hassles. Getting a motherboard with USB3.0/SATAIII support natively or a card in a PCI-E x4 slot?

I was considering getting an ASUS Maximus III Formula because I wanna have more expandability, but was gonna get a USB 3.0/SATAIII Card for the very bottom x4 slot.

If it doesn't perform as well, then I might just get a motherboard with USB 3.0/SATAIII natively. That will also free up room for a TV Tuner, and I am willing to switch platforms to achieve this.
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well for X58 SATA6G GB boards do it best, the formula in particular has some SATA6G problem even tho its the same chip as all GB X58 boards use.

If you really NEED USB 3.0 and SATA6G then id get a new mobo, but honestly you do not need either unless you have a C300 or some expensive USB 3.0 USB drive.

i would not buy a new mobo for those features.
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well for X58 SATA6G GB boards do it best, the formula in particular has some SATA6G problem even tho its the same chip as all GB X58 boards use.

If you really NEED USB 3.0 and SATA6G then id get a new mobo, but honestly you do not need either unless you have a C300 or some expensive USB 3.0 USB drive.

i would not buy a new mobo for those features.
I'm not necessarily switching boards for the reason of USB3/SATAIII as much as I am moving into a larger case and want the expandability. And if I am buying a larger board, I would might as well get something with some more future proofing to it.

I do plan on buying an SSD or USB 3.0 enclosures in the future.

Thanks for the info though! Do you know about the cards though, if they're fine to use vs. native support?
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native support will be better, as most nicer boards already have SATA6G and Marvell.

SandyBridge has the best SATA6G, and USB3 is still controlled by Renesas/NEC solutions. Boards like all the highend ASUS and GB boards have SATA6G and USB3.0 for X58 and SATA6G you want is controlled by Marvell SE9128 as its the best solution other than Intel.
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native support will be better, as most nicer boards already have SATA6G and Marvell.

SandyBridge has the best SATA6G, and USB3 is still controlled by Renesas/NEC solutions. Boards like all the highend ASUS and GB boards have SATA6G and USB3.0 for X58 and SATA6G you want is controlled by Marvell SE9128 as its the best solution other than Intel.
Thanks! I'll try to see what's available for me. If there's nothing worth while for p55 then I might just switch to p67.
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