Gigabyte prepares DDR3 motherboards
Bearlake is Intel?s upcoming replacement for the current Broadwater 96x series of chipsets and is expected to arrive in 2007. The main benifits of Bearlake are DDR3 and PCI Express 2.0 support. The vPro series will be named the Q35 and Q33 Express. High end chipsets will be dubbed the Intel X38 and P35 Express names while the mainstream parts will receive the Intel G35 and G33 names.
Gigabyte’s new line-up, which is to be launched in early June, feature five boards all based around Intel’s P35 and G33 Express chipsets. At the top of the Ultra Durable 2 spectrum are the P35-DQ6 and P35T-DQ6. Both models share similar features, including dual physical PCIe x16, three PCIe x1 and two PCI slots. Unlike the P36-DQ6, the P35T-DQ6 relies on older DDR2 memory modules.
In the mainstream area are the P35-DS3R and G33-DS3R. These models feature a single PCIe x16 slot without support for multi-GPU technologies. There are also three PCIe x1 and three PCI slots for additional expansion. All these boards feature SATA 3.0Gbps. Last is the Gigabyte G33M-DS2R, featuring one PCIe x16, one PCIe x1 and two PCI slots.