Motherboard vendors are preparing rigorously for catering to the market that the upcoming Intel Core i7 series processors generate. The processors are based on a new 1366-pin land grid array (LGA-1366) socket and would require you to purchase a compatible motherboard. ASUS had recently revealed that it would be in a position to make its LGA-1366 offerings available by launch-day of the Core i7. Gigabyte is getting ready with its high-end offering, the GA-X58-EXTREME.
Gigabyte maintained its signature colour scheme. Over to the north, you can see the new LGA-1366 socket. Gigabyte sought to provide active cooling to the northbridge with a water-block. It uses four PCI-Express slots arranged in a manner similar to that on the MA-790FX-DQ6. The board supports Tri-Channel DDR3 memory. Gigabyte could carve-out a value model, the GA-X58-DS4 out of this board design, presumably by blanking or reducing the orange PCI-Express x16 (electrical x8) slots, and the chipset and VRM cooling. The board in the picture is a non-functional sample.
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