All Gigabyte 6-series mobos to support Ivy Bridge, PCIe 3.0

I guess we’ve got our answer to that listener question from the latest podcast. Gigabyte announced earlier today that its entire line of 6-series motherboards will support Intel’s upcoming 22-nm Ivy Bridge processors as well as PCI Express 3.0 expansion. Users will need only apply a BIOS update.

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.

From what I can see, Ivy Bridge-ready BIOSes are already available for at least some of Gigabyte’s boards. You can see the full list of compatible mobos and the BIOS version required for Ivy Bridge support here. Gigabyte encourages users to get updates installed via its @BIOS utility.

For once, it’s nice to see a generation of mainstream Intel CPUs that doesn’t require a new socket. Intel shifted from LGA775 to LGA1156 with its Lynnfield and Clarkdale chips, and we saw another transition from LGA1156 to LGA1155 earlier this year when Sandy Bridge rolled out. Let’s hope other motherboard makers follow in Gigabyte’s footsteps so more folks can hang on to their current mobos.

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    • u48802109
    • 9 years ago

    Although Gigabyte claimed that their Z68/P67/H67 can fully support the next generation Intel 22nm CPUs (LGA1155 Socket) as well as offer native support for PCI Express Gen. 3 technology, it was not true.

    It’s very important that Gigabyte should also take care of Sandy Bridge CPU. My GBT Z68-UD7-B3 can’t finish 3DMark11 with Core i7 2600K and AMD HD 5770 VGA by latest bios (F8) which claimed support 22nm Ive Bridge and PCIE Gen.3. All bios setting were default, this was very strange. However, the older version bios (F7/F6) are OK. This situation is not allowed when you assert your boards support new function, what will most end user think when they still use Sandy Bridge CPU?

    Here is the illustration of failed result:
    [url<]http://www.flickr.com/photos/66899931@N05/6091859160/in/photostream[/url<]

    • Squuiid
    • 9 years ago

    How about ASUS? Anyone know?

    P8P67-M PRO here. Hoping it supports some Ivy.

    • Krogoth
    • 9 years ago

    Yawn,

    PCIe 3.0 isn’t going to matter until a few years later.

    It will first show up in next generation of GPUs, where it is completely useless.

    The only areas where PCIe 3.0 would be beneficial are high-end SSD cards, high-end RAID cards and 10Gpbs NICs.

      • Yawn
      • 9 years ago

      Why are you telling me this? Even if you’re right, I don’t care.
      I’m still working on $1/GB for those SSDs you don’t think make any difference to anyone but server customers.

      • bthylafh
      • 9 years ago

      Do you have anything non-retarded to add?

        • Krogoth
        • 9 years ago

        Don’t like hearing the truth?

        Graphical cards don’t need the bandwidth and haven’t been bandwidht straved at the interface-level for years. Most customer-grade peripherals don’t need the bandwidth. PCIe 1.0 is still quite adequate for the mainstream and power users. Non-video, PCIe 2.0 devices are still rare.

          • Meadows
          • 9 years ago

          [url<]http://bit.ly/pYHYKd[/url<] You called?

            • Krogoth
            • 9 years ago

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    • pdjblum
    • 9 years ago

    The latest ASRock boards, the Gen 3 boards, support pci express 3 and ivy bridge, and have been available for weeks at newegg, yet up until now, on the site, and on the latest podcast, you collectively state that MSI is the only one making ivy compatible boards. How is it that none of you are aware of the ASRock ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard?

    Maybe you are spending too much time focusing on Apple and all their gadgets rather than the stuff that makes tech exciting and interesting, such as mobos and other stuff that goes into rigs.

      • LoneWolf15
      • 9 years ago

      I’m pretty sure they’re aware of it, as I own one, and discussed it at the TR BBQ.

      Perhaps you are spending too much time insulting others. Most boards with Z68 are supposed to be forward-compatible, but other 6-series chipset boards have been in doubt. For those that own a P67 or other 6-series board, this is good news.

    • bthylafh
    • 9 years ago

    How about EFI?

      • RtFusion
      • 9 years ago

      Hmm yeah, I thought the newest boards from them for both the Intel and AMD platforms support UEFI but when I see their specs pages, its still the standard BIOS. Am I reading wrong somewhere?

      • Walkintarget
      • 9 years ago

      Agreed. I picked out a Gigabyte Z68 board with an MSATA SSD onboard for my next build, but even that doesn’t offer UEFI which is the last item on my ‘do want’ list.

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