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Gigabyte Intel X79 Motherboard Sneak Preview - IDF 2011

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Abstract: Gigabyte unveiled four Intel X79 motherboards at the recent Intel IDF 2011 event in San Francisco last month for the as yet unreleased Intel Sandy Bridge-E socket LGA2011 processor.
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Gigabyte unveiled four Intel X79 motherboards at the recent Intel IDF 2011 event in San Francisco last month for the as yet unreleased Intel Sandy Bridge-E socket LGA2011 processor. While much of the detail surrounding the upcoming Intel X79 chipset and Sandy Bridge-E CPU is still under NDA, we can show you the motherboards Gigabyte demo'd and reveal a few tid bits of info based on what's publicly known right now.

Gigabyte showcased the high end G1.Assassin 2 and GA-X79-UD7 motherboards along with the mainstream GA-X79-UD5 and value oriented GA-X79-UD3 board.

Most notable about the boards is the placement of the memory DIMMs on either side of the CPU socket, and the quantity - these are quad-channel platforms. The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 motherboard will accommodate up to eight DDR3 modules, or two DDR3 modules per channel! Gamers will appreciate the option of three-way SLi/CrossfireX and support for PCI Express 3.0 graphics cards too, I'd imagine. Next on the list is SATA.... quite simply there is a lot to go around. The same Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 platform has no fewer than 14 SATA ports!

The Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2 motherboard features the same core options as other X79 platforms, but with a twist to gamer's requirements. The Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 LAN is there, as is Creative 8 X-Fi / EAX5.0 audio and an innovative overclocker friendly 8-phase VRM with POScaps, MPFC chokes and driver MOSFETs to improve power stability.

The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 motherboard is the value proposition of the bunch. It's four DIMM slots allow one module per channel, though 14 SATA ports are still provided.

Last but not least is the overclockers Intel 79 platform, the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7 motherboard. Again we find only four DIMMs, but there are several other refinements to make this a better overclocking platform. Several - and + buttons along the right hand side of the board hint at direct bus speed control, while a PORT80 card is visible to the right of the memory slots for troubleshooting boot errors.


Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Motherboard for Intel X79 chipset and socket 2011 Sandy Bridge-E processor family.



Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 Motherboard for Intel X79 chipset and socket 2011 Sandy Bridge-E processor family.



Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7 Motherboard for Intel X79 chipset and socket 2011 Sandy Bridge-E processor family.


Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2 Motherboard for Intel X79 chipset and socket 2011 Sandy Bridge-E processor family.


 

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