AsRock has announced a new line of motherboards that feature the USB 3.1 standard, with Type-A and Type-C connectors, the X99 Extreme and Z97 Extreme6.
The USB 3.1 standard has recently been developed, so its implementation and adoption is not yet here, though some manufacturers have already revealed plans for future motherboards, including MSI with the X99A Gaming 9 ACK mobo, and Biostar with the Z97X Gaming series. The new type-C connector however has yet to make an appearance. ASRock intends to be the first to bring the new Type-C connector to the market with the X99 and Z97 motherboards.
USB 3.1 has several advantages over the previous edition, namely, an increase in power management and speed. Type-C uses some of that Apple mentality, introducing a slightly smaller connector that can be plugged in any way you like with no issues.
The ASRock X99 Extreme6 will feature a single Type-C USB 3.1 port, as the demand for motherboard real-estate is high, and the new type-C connectors are more costly to produce than the older standard. The Z97 Extreme6/3.1 doesn't have any ports on the motherboard itself, but will have a 3.1 expansion card featuring a Type-C connector. AsRock will, however, include an USB controller card with both motherboards, featuring multiple USB 3.1 slots.
X99 expansion cards comes with two Type-A 3.1 ports and one Type-C, while Z97 gets a single type-A connector and one type-C connector.