Gigabyte releases new high-speed motherboards

The four-core 6 Series boards are linked to Intel's latest microprocessors

Gigabyte Technology on Thursday released a series of high-speed motherboards designed to let more applications run at once, without losing speed, and to convert video 10 times faster than normal.

The Taipei-based firm's 6 Series four-core motherboards work with Intel's Sandy Bridge microprocessor family, as they are based on the CPU giant's P67 and H67 Express chipsets, the company said. Gigabyte generally releases new motherboards in tandem with Intel product launches.

"We're expecting a very quick transition," said Gigabyte deputy marketing director Tim Handley. "Intel has told us they want to move it quickly."

The energy-efficient 6 Series boards support dual-channel DDR3 memory, which can perform at more than 2200 MHz, the company said.

Gigabyte's 15 models introduced this week at CES in Las Vegas will begin selling on Sunday at US$60 to $300. By June, the company expects to have 50 different models on the market.

Gigabyte's cross-town rival Micro-Star International this week also debuted 11 motherboards using Intel's P67 chipsets.

Another new Gigabyte product line announced at CES, three G1-Killer series gaming motherboards, will increase speed and refine sound to where players can hear someone about to pop out from behind a corner, Handley said.

Those boards, ideally paired with Intel Core i7 processors, are designed to ease the workload of a computer's CPU, the company said. They use the Intel X58 chipset and features by Creative and Bigfoot Networks.

G1-Killer boards will cost $299 to $500 apiece.

The 24-year-old board maker would not say how many of the 6 Series or G-1 boards it planned to release initially. But the launches add to the once obscure Gigabyte's growing competitiveness.

"Gigabyte's market share is higher and higher," said Eddy Tseng, hardware industry researcher with SinoPac Securities in Taipei. "Their promotions are quite aggressive, and quad-core will prove to have a huge attraction."

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