USB 3.0 connectivity is becoming more and more common, and you get to see the blue ports so more often in both notebooks and motherboards.
Intel's new USB 3.0 driver version 18.104.22.168 is developed for a specific range of motherboards and promises better stability and faster transfers with USB 3.0 compatible devices. And if you're the kind of person who values good transfer speed, then updating your USB 3.0 drivers is a must.
USB 3.0 promises a maximum speed of up to 5 Gb/s and this makes it closer to the Gen 2 PCIe connectivity, than the previous generation of USB, the High-Speed 2.0 protocol. At the same time, USB 3.0 brings other benefits such as better bandwidth management, thanks to using dual data paths, one for receiving and the other for sending.
Better power management is also ensured, together with optimized transfer with devices operating in lower-generation USB standards. Experts say that reaching speeds up to 3.2 Gb/s between compatible USB 3.0 devices is reasonable.
The boards supported by the Intel USB 3.0 22.214.171.124 driver for Windows 7 are:
Intel Desktop Board DB75EN
Intel Desktop Board DH77DF
Intel Desktop Board DH77EB
Intel Desktop Board DH77KC
Intel Desktop Board DZ77BH-55K
Intel Desktop Board DZ77GA-70K
Intel Desktop Board DZ77SL-50K