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Old 06-05-2009, 04:15 AM   #1
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USB3 and motherboard?

Im impressed by the speed of usb3 and I wonder if its a possibility that it will become the main "bus" on the future motherboard. The idee is that the processor is connected to a chip that acts like north and south bridge. From the chip only usb3 would connect all components like harddisk, mouse, screen etc. Every device would need a converter.

Maybe ram, the clock would not use he usb3.

A system like this would be really good for customized motherbords. And one could buy motherboard with just processor, the chip, clock, ram and a lot of usb3 connectors.

Is this a stupid idee or is something like this possible?

Any experts?
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I really don't see that happening. PC hardware is already varied enough, could you imagine the hardware compatibility issues that would come up if every component on the motherboard was modular and made by different manufacturers?

At least now the motherboard is a single unit, and all the components have been designed and tested to work together.

Plus, PCI-e is already a very fast bus, and has yet to reach it's performance potential.

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