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

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Taipei, Taiwan, August 8, 2011 - 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.
http://www.gigabyte.us/press-center/....aspx?nid=1048

This is awesome for anyone who owns a Gigabyte motherboard. A chart with the supported boards is in the link
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I'm a little confused... Are all the boards listed getting native PCIE 3.0 support with a BIOS update, or is that list just referencing what boards will be compatible with 22nm CPUs.
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Both, it seems the main component for PCIe 3.0 compatibility is the cpu, with the bios needed to support all the technology the cpu offers.
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And when are the PCIe 3.0 GPU's coming?
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So my ASUS can also support PCIe 3.0 with BIOS update?
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Both, it seems the main component for PCIe 3.0 compatibility is the cpu, with the bios needed to support all the technology the cpu offers.
Hmm... Yeah, I thought this might be the case, but I was a little stumped as Asrock has been advertising that their boards will have PCIe 3.0 native support as a feature.

However, that feature seems to come natively with 22nm CPUs and not the motherboard itself. They even indicated that using a 32nm CPU would cause the PCIe lanes to revert back to 2.0, so it seems like all boards that will support a 22nm CPU will also come with upgraded PCIe 2.0 to 3.0.

Interesting... Is a 4x PCIe 3.0 slot enough bandwidth to run a GPU with? If so, it looks like a lot of boards will support 3-way SLI / Crossfire with these new CPUs.
Edited by jivenjune - 8/8/11 at 2:08pm
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I thought this was odd, as PCI-E 3.0 needs actual PCI-E 3.0 switches. This is probably somthing that needs to be in the BIOS to fully support IB tho.
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Both, it seems the main component for PCIe 3.0 compatibility is the cpu, with the bios needed to support all the technology the cpu offers.
Bios for the CPU. It needs actual PCI-E 3.0 Ports to support it. Their stating that their lineup of the 6 Series motherboards will support PCI-E 3.0 with Boards that are revised/refreshed for it.
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this really confuses me. so you dont need actual pcie 3.0 switches? you can just upgrade 2.0 switches with BIOS??
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