In an industry-wide effort to reduce the number of PCs that are broken, Intel and Microsoft are rolling out a series of upgrades for Windows 10 PCs and tablets, including a brand-new version of Intel’s USB 3.0 ports.
The new USB 3 ports, known as USB 3-E, are designed to improve performance and extend the lifespan of existing USB 2.0 devices, as well as the performance of USB 3 SSDs and monitors.USB 3-e is designed to allow for up to three times the transfer rate of USB 2 devices and up to 10 times the data transfer rate compared to USB 2-A.
For instance, the USB 3 version of an HDTV will transfer data from a USB 2 HDCP device in 10 to 20 times faster than a USB 1 HDCP-capable HDTV.
USB 3 is also significantly faster than USB 2 for peripherals.USB 2-E offers the same data transfer speeds as USB 1, but is backward compatible with USB 2 and USB 3 devices, making it the ideal option for data transfer on devices that are already on the road to USB 3, such as high-speed optical drives.
USB 2 versions of many desktop PCs, including those from Dell, HP, and Asus, are also compatible.
Asus says it is also adding support for USB 3 for laptops and tablets.
For laptops and other portable devices that have been built for Windows 7, USB 3 works the same way as USB 2 does, allowing for the same speeds and data transfer as USB ports on newer PCs.
For example, you can transfer data between a USB 3 laptop and a USB port on a USB hub and a desktop computer.
The difference is that you need a USB device to do so.
In a blog post today, Microsoft said that Windows 10 will support up to eight devices simultaneously using up to 8Gb of bandwidth, up from 4Gb currently.
Microsoft has previously stated that USB 2 connections can only handle about six devices simultaneously, but it did not specify how much bandwidth is available.
Microsoft said that USB 3 has a higher transfer rate, which means it can transfer more data per second.
It also said that a USB-C port in the laptop’s USB-E connector can support up by 8GB, or roughly double the amount of data transferred per second that a Thunderbolt 3 port can.
The USB 3 upgrade will roll out over the next few weeks to all Windows 10 PC and tablet models, including the Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Surface Pro 7, and Surface Pro 8.
Microsoft said the upgrade will also roll out to Surface Pro and Surface Book hybrids and Surface Laptop 2.