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Gigabyte Teases 6-Series Motherboard Family To Support Intel Sandy Bridge

Gigabyte Teases 6-Series Motherboard Family To Support Intel Sandy Bridge

Who loves a sneak peek? More like who doesn't love a sneak peek, right? Gigabyte has just forwarded us details surrounding their upcoming 6-Series Motherboards that will support the new second-generation Intel Core processors. You may know them better as "Sandy Bridge." We're expecting Intel to get serious with Sandy Bridge next year, with more details surrounding exact ship dates to hopefully come at CES. But until then, at least we know Gigabyte is already working hard on a motherboard line for these very chips, which probably signals that production isn't as far out as you may have imagined.



The P67A-UD7 starts things off with a 24-phase power design, ten USB 3.0 ports (18 total including eight USB 2.0 ports), 6Gbps SATA support, compatibility with NVIDIA's 3-way SLI as well as AMD's CrossFire X, and a new matte black color PCB for a stylish, almost sinister look. There's even two Gigabit Ethernet ports, on/off USB charge ports and 8-channel onboard audio.


The P67A-UD5 has a 20-phase power design, fewer USB 3.0 ports, but most of the same specifications as the UD7.



The P67A-UD4 and P67A-UD3P step down with a 12-phase power design, while the low-end H67A-UD3H has onboard Intel HD graphics with a built-in HDMI/DVI/DisplayPort connectivity panel.



We're anxiously awaiting a price and release date for this series, but as of now, those are details that only Gigabyte knows.



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I thought Sandy Bridge was supposed to support triple channel DDR3?

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Original Nehalem and Gulftown have their own socket replacement in 2011.Intel will replace LGA-1366 with LGA-2011. LGA-2011 adds support for four DDR3 memory channels and the first 6+ core Sandy Bridge processors..

This will probably come in the X68 chipset where these Gigabyte boards are probably the socket 1155 P67 and H67 chipsets which may be more mainstream.

 At launch we’ll have P67 and H67 based motherboards, both of which are in testing right now. A quarter later we’ll see value H61 motherboards added to the mix.

No news on X68 testing and availability.

We'll probably see Sandy Bridge Mobil chipsets and CPUs early in 2011 unless they are held back by request of 1st tier manufacturers because of too many Capella parts in the channels.

This all ties in to PCI-e 3.0 and new GPUs from ATI.

Nvidia will probably do the usual renaming schemes to appear as if they had new hardware as they are doing now with the GTX480>GTX580.

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How the hell are they running so many USB 3.0 ports? I thought intel wasn't supporting these yet? Massive amount of NEC controllers?

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DAnderton:

How the hell are they running so many USB 3.0 ports? I thought intel wasn't supporting these yet? Massive amount of NEC controllers?

Maybe the future finally caught up to the guys making the compatibility chipsets. Though I don't get why they waited so long to implement this when they should of implemented it sooner.

We should of had 4 SATA 6.0GB/s in the first place.

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These boards look great. Im a sucker for black pcb, but the heatsinks look really stylish, too. Especially on the UD7.

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I like the P67A-UD7 board,.............what's the damage gonna be for this?

And how about the CPU's?

 

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I like the sli mb to but dont know much about gigabyte would like to see some news from evga about this (certified) im running msi big bang and really wish i had went with evga and soon will

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