Tuesday, August 9th 2011

GIGABYTE Announces Entire 6 Series Ready to Support Native PCIe Gen. 3

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and computing hardware solutions today announced their entire range of 6 series motherboards are ready to support the next generation Intel 22nm CPUs (LGA1155 Socket) as well as offer native support for PCI Express Gen. 3 technology, delivering maximum data bandwidth for future discrete graphics cards.

Wanting to provide maximum upgradeability to customers, GIGABYTE has enabled native support for PCI Express Gen. 3 across the entire range of GIGABYTE 6 series motherboards, including the recently launched G1.Sniper 2 motherboard, when paired with Intel's next generation 22nm CPUs. By installing the latest BIOS for their 6 series motherboards today, users can be assured they are ready to take advantage of all the performance enhancements tomorrow's technologies have to offer.

To future proof your GIGABYTE 6 series motherboard, please download and install the latest BIOS update for your motherboard model from the GIGABYTE website.
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11 Comments on GIGABYTE Announces Entire 6 Series Ready to Support Native PCIe Gen. 3

#1
DanishDevil
So all that's needed is a BIOS flash? That's really cool. Will x16 2.0s become x8 3.0s, or does the BIOS flash actually double the bandwidth???
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#2
Andrea deluxe
how is possible?

pciexpress switch on gigabyte b3 revision are pcie3.0 compilant like asrock mobo?

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#4
TheLostSwede
It's not a lie, the simple fact is that once you put a Ivy Bridge CPU in a current board the x16 slots will move from 2.0 to 3.0 as there's no physical difference between the PCB design for the PCI Express 2.0 and 3.0.
Boards with old switches will end up with the top slot running at half speed (i.e. x8) in PCI Express 3.0 in any and all circumstances when the second slot is in use, it's limited to PCI Express 2.0.
Only boards with the new switches will support dual PCI Express 3.0 slots.
As such, boards with only a single x16 slot will transition from 2.0 to 3.0 once an Ivy Bridge CPU is used.
Also note that boards with nForce 200 chips won't work at PCI Express 3.0 speed if cards are fitted in slots connected to the nForce 200 chip.

And afaik, Gigabyte doesn't use ASMedia, they're using Pericom switches.
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#6
TheLostSwede
Fair enough, but what are you pissed off about? There's no need to cry murder of something which will apply to all motherboards out there, Gigabyte are just being honest and pointing out the obvious, something that the other board makers have been hiding.
Read my post above, your primary slot will still be PCI Express 3.0 compliant unless something changes drastically.
That said, it'll be limited to PCI Express 3.0 x8 and if you're using both slots, then you're stuck at 2.0 bandwidth.
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#7
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
well i for one am super stoked to be certain that my Mini ITX H67N-USB3-B3 will support the new 22nm chips next year, rumor has it there will be 6 cores coming to 1155 :D
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[H]@RD5TUFF
by: wolf
well i for one am super stoked to be certain that my Mini ITX H67N-USB3-B3 will support the new 22nm chips next year, rumor has it there will be 6 cores coming to 1155 :D
Hope so.
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wolf
Performance Enthusiast
by: [H]@RD5TUFF
Hope so.
I've heard 6 core K variant with no HT... can't remember where I heard that tho but it would be amazing.
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#10
newfellow
by: TheLostSwede
It's not a lie, the simple fact is that once you put a Ivy Bridge CPU in a current board the x16 slots will move from 2.0 to 3.0 as there's no physical difference between the PCB design for the PCI Express 2.0 and 3.0.
Boards with old switches will end up with the top slot running at half speed (i.e. x8) in PCI Express 3.0 in any and all circumstances when the second slot is in use, it's limited to PCI Express 2.0.
Only boards with the new switches will support dual PCI Express 3.0 slots.
As such, boards with only a single x16 slot will transition from 2.0 to 3.0 once an Ivy Bridge CPU is used.
Also note that boards with nForce 200 chips won't work at PCI Express 3.0 speed if cards are fitted in slots connected to the nForce 200 chip.

And afaik, Gigabyte doesn't use ASMedia, they're using Pericom switches.
Good point you are making here.

Actually been studying this a bit and the 3rd slot on-board (which has the through PCH PCIe x4) you can utilize while the primary port is providing the PCIe 3.0 speeds. These 2 are not attached to each other. So, really good place (unless the bandwidth suddently runs out, but should do really good for something like old 9800 GTX) for physics hardware.
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