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Originally Posted by linkin93;15511443 
Never had any issues with my 3 ASRock boards that have the Etron controller.

Tried disabling USB power saving options in UEFI and OS?

The USB 3.0 power saving options are disabled in the Etron drivers by default.

Well, maybe you had no issues, but see all these links with unhappy users:

Let's start with the most serious bug, until version 0.101 the Etron drivers could cause random BSOD even if you don't use the USB 3.0 ports. See this forum:

http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-debugging/154631-random-bsod-driving-me-crazy-8.html

https://www.overclock.net/intel-general/978272-new-sandybridge-build-bsods-halp.html

http://windows7forums.com/blue-screen-death-bsod/62946-getting-bsod-new-build-help.html

Not only is it less reliable than the Renesas solution found on most boards, it is slower as well:
http://www.hardcoreware.net/gigabyte-ga-z68a-d3h-b3-motherboard-review/9/
Quote: "This board is the first time I have seen the Etron EJ168A controller, and I have to say, it sucks."

See this review:
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1668/6/

On a German site they are building up a list with compatible and incompatible USB devices:
http://www.pctreiber.net/forum/intel_mainboards/etrontechusb3_controller_ej168a_kompatibilitatsliste_14617.0.html

See this user having problems:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/308948-10-ports-responding

Or this user:
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1624179

Users start to RMA Asrock mainboards with this dreaded Etron controller and exchange them for Asus:
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1785632

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1789651

See this forum:
http://forums.tweaktown.com/asrock/44094-usb-3-0-problem.html

http://forums.tweaktown.com/asrock/45000-z68-extreme-4-usb3-problems.html

http://forums.tweaktown.com/asrock/45645-asrock-extreme-4-gen-3-slow-usb-3-speed-front-panel.html

See this German forum:
"The Etron EJ168A USB 3.0 controller is a disaster"
http://www.pctreiber.net/forum/intel_mainboards/asrock_z68_extreme4_gen3_etron_ej168a_usb_3.0_controller_ist_eine_katastrophe_15202.0.html

Forum posting in German language:
"Warning! The new EtronTech EJ168A USB 3.0 Host Controller is incompatible with USB 3.0 devices having JMicron JMS539 chipset"

http://forum.gigabyte.de/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=3743
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