What is USB 3.1?
USB Type-A and a USB Type C side-by-side in harmony
USB 3.1 (aka USB 3.1/gen 2) is the successor to USB 3.0. Identifiable by its bright turquoise port, USB 3.1 doubles the transfer speed of 3.0 to a whopping 10 Gbps. USB Power Delivery 2.0 makes a big step forward as well with up to 100W of power. And like previous versions of USB, it is fully backwards compatible with its predecessors.
When used with the Type-C connection, things get really interesting for 3.1. The 100W of PD v2.0 is enough to power and charge full sized notebooks, which means the proprietary AC port may soon be replaced by this universal alternative. With 4 data lanes, USB 3.1 Type-C can even carry DisplayPort and HDMI video signals, further adding to its ubiquity. Again, one port to rule them all.
So what does this mean?
While USB Type-C is definitely on its way, we’re still years away from a total takeover, and even then, the impact will be more on mobile devices and laptops than desktops. A change like this can often take quite a while though, especially with all of the Type-A devices out there.
If you’re ready to try out a USB 3.1 desktop, check out our Raptor Signature Edition, Z95, and Z55. If a laptop is what you’re shopping for, our Vector 14 is definitely worth checking out. As always, you can call us at 804-419-0900 for assistance.