asmedia 6gbps card ASMedias SATA 6Gbps controller hits retail

So far there haven't been all to many third party SATA 6Gbps controllers in the market, although ASMedia, a subsidiary to Asus announced its ASM106x series of SATA 6Gbps controller back in December last year, but it's only now that we're starting to see products based on it. So far the only option has been Marvell's family of SATA 6Gbps controllers which is continually growing, but we have a feeling that ASMedia's solution will be far more cost effective.

So far there haven't been all to many third party SATA 6Gbps controllers in the market, although ASMedia, a subsidiary to Asus announced its ASM106x series of SATA 6Gbps controller back in December last year, but it's only now that we're starting to see products based on it. So far the only option has been Marvell's family of SATA 6Gbps controllers which is continually growing, but we have a feeling that ASMedia's solution will be far more cost effective.

We're somewhat surprised that ASMedia is only listing the ASM1061 on its website, as the company has three more models, the ASM1060, ASM1062 and ASM1062R where the latter supports RAID.  The ASM1060, ASM1062 and ASM1062R are all pin to pin compatible, whereas the ASM1061 is not. The ASM1060 only supports SATA 3Gbps which is a bit confusing as its model name is so similar to the SATA 6Gbps products. The ASM1060, ASM1062 and ASM1062R all support IDE, while the smaller ASM1061 doesn't.

asmedia 6gbps card ASMedias SATA 6Gbps controller hits retail

We have to apologize for the fact that we don't know which controllers are being used in the products we've spotted, but we have a feeling that the both products are using o the ASM1061, as it's the smallest of the four SATA 6Gbps controllers and the chips used in both cases are tiny, in fact the chip is so small that its dwarfed by other components on the PCB.

The add-in card comes from Taiwanese eMegatech, although we didn't manage to track it down on the manufacturers website, but it retails for NT$1090 (S$47) in Taiwan which seems a bit on the expensive side.The second product we've sporting an ASMedia SATA 6Gbps is an upcoming H61 motherboard from MSI called the PH61A-P35. This board also incorporates an ASMedia USB 3.0 host controller and an ASMedia PCI Express to PCI bridge.

MSI PH61A P35 ASMedias SATA 6Gbps controller hits retail

We'd expect to see a lot more products with ASMedia solutions at Computex as well as some new announcements by the company itself whom we'll make sure to visit at the show. Hopefully there will be some benchmarks of ASMedia's SATA 6Gbps controllers cropping up, as performance matters when it comes to SATA 6Gbps and ASMedia is going to have to offer similar performance to that of Marvell's products to gain general acceptance by motherboard and add-in card makers.