My sister's computer failed on her earlier this week as the Gigabyte motherboard that was in it failed to post. Troubleshooting and ruling everything else confirmed that the motherboard is the problem, so she set about choosing a new motherboard, new memory, and a new CPU, as well as upgrading the OS to Windows 7. The ASUS motherboard that she chose is this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813131986
After showing me the motherboard that she chose (she sent me the link in an email), I noticed that this motherboard had no eSATA port on it. This was an important consideration (IMO) as she was using an external hard drive enclosure that is able to connect via an eSATA port or a USB 2.0 port (and I recommended the eSATA port due to its theoretical bandwidth advantage over USB 2.0). After looking through comparable motherboards from both ASUS and Gigabyte, I am unable to find any that have an eSATA port on them. Is this due to the fact that USB 3.0 is a feature on these motherboards? Is eSATA now considered a disposable legacy port now? Thanks in advance to any and all replies to these questions.