One of the most exciting features that Windows 7 SP1 is expected to add is support for USB 3.0, which will increase the data transfer speed over the current USB 2.0 standard by a factor of ten. It’s been in the works since 2007, and now it looks like it’s finally going to become a reality. HP has already started shipping their Envy 15 laptops with USB 3.0 ports so you can expect other hardware vendors to follow closely behind.
This new “superspeed” version of USB has a theoretical throughput rate of almost 5 Gbps, in comparison with the 480 Mbps maximum speed of USB 2.0. Imagine streaming high-def movies off an external hard drive with absolutely no problems or running your daily system backups in minutes instead of hours!
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