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Gigabyte Launches Update for 6 Series Intel Boards

In a rather strange announcement, Gigabyte has released an update for their entire 6 series line of Intel LGA 1155 socket motherboards. This update is for anyone who owns one of these products from the H61 all the way up to the recently released G1.Sniper2. It adds support for the 22nm Ivy Bridge socket 1155 processors to be released after the socket 2011 chips in early 2012. It also unlocks support for PCIe 3.0 which implies all these boards are wired for this already.

I am always a big fan of adding support or improving products I already own. This announcement reminds me of AMD announcing the Phenom II socket AM3 chips would be backwards compatible with 90% of AM2 and 100% of AM2+ motherboards. This is great news for the end users of Gigabyte series 6 motherboards and there is no reason to not click here and find your BIOS update. I recommend the @BIOS utility by Gigabyte for the easiest update.

The reason I think this is a strange announcement is timing. There are no PCIe 3.0 cards to take advantage of the increased bandwidth. The support for upcoming 22nm Intel 1155 chips is nice, but it will be over 6 months before it matters. This just screams “we wanted to be first” to me.

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