At CES 2015, USB Implementers Forum demoed USB Type-C, while MSI announces its first gaming laptop and motherboard that support this new connection standard.
If you haven’t heard of USB Type-C, read this. To quickly recap, apart from the fact that with Type-C there’s no need to worry about which side of the cable to plug in (it works either side up), it also packs the USB 3.1 standard, which comes with a top speed of 10Gbps, twice the current speed of USB 3.0.
For the demo, the group used two Samsung SSD 840 Evo drives together in a RAID 0 setup. Connected to a computer using a Type-C connection, the benchmark test showed a sustained speed of more than 800MBps for both read and write. Prior to USB 3.1, this type of speed was only available with a Thunderbolt connection.
USB Type-C can also carry much higher power than USB 3.0 and going forward there will be many mobile devices, even laptops, that can be powered via the USB cable instead of using a separate power adapter.
Right now, the Nokia N1 is the first tablet on the market that uses Type-C USB ports and at CES 2015, MSI announced its first gaming notebooks, the GT72, and its first motherboard, the X99A Gaming 9 ACK, that will come with built-in USB 3.1 Type-C ports. Both of these products will ship by March this year.