The traditional Asmedia 1142 USB 3.1 controller chip on current motherboards is connected via either PCIe Gen2 x2 (10Gb/s) or Gen3 x1 (8Gb/s) which limits the USB 3.1 Gen2 transfer rates (10Gb/s). MSI is now proud to introduce the first ever motherboard to have the next generation Lighting Asmedia 2142 USB 3.1 Gen2 controller chip which runs at PCIe Gen3 x2 (16Gb/s) which is twice as fast. In combination with MSI’s exclusive USB Speed Up there is no faster USB 3.1 Gen2 solution on the market. The PCIe Gen3 connection will also help to boost transfer speeds enormously when using two USB 3.1 Gen2 devices at the same time. The MSI Z170A GAMING M6 comes with both an USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C interface.
”For the best user experience and to achieve the highest data transferring speeds through USB 3.1 Gen2, ASMedia Technology Inc. closely worked with top motherboard vendor MSI to develop and test the new ASM 2142 ultra-high speed USB controller. Tuned and optimized on MSI GAMING motherboards, we are allowed to use the latest & greatest technology to perfect hardware design, while giving the opportunity to optimize the driver at the same time. ASMedia and MSI are setting the bar in data transfer speeds over USB. – Chewei Lin, President of ASMedia. Thanks to MSI’s long partnership with Rivet Networks, the MSI Z170A GAMING M6 will feature the next generation of Killer Networking technology ensuring MSI gamers stay one step ahead of their competition. Details about this new technology will be officially revealed later this month.
The Z170A GAMING M6 motherboard supports high performance M.2 SSDs with support for NVMe and RAID as well. Via the M.2 Genie function in the BIOS, gamers can easily build a RAID 0 for the boot or gaming SSD to accelerate their loading speed in game.