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Gigabyte X38 getting ready

Gigabyte are reportedly busy getting their X38 based GA-X38T-DQ6 motherboard ready in time for launch. Details are slowly beginning to emerge about the GA-X38T-DQ6, and the keen-eyed amongst us will be quick to realise that there is something missing from the included images below - yes, it's the chipset cooling. According to current reports the X38 is a toasty little blighter, and as such, requires quite a good cooling solution. It certainly sounds like a prime candidate for water-cooling.

Gigabyte has also changed the VRM design on this boar and as you also can see from the picture, the board has most of the power regulation in a straight row.

This has also been done to make it easier to cool it and to design a cooling solution that takes up less space and makes it easier to use larger CPU coolers with the board. Other points of interest are the new type of BIOS chips that Gigabyte is using and the new rear I/O panel. Although Gigabyte has been using these BIOS chips for some time and other manufacturer are using them as well, this is the first time we’ve seen them in removable sockets. The BIOS chips are located between the two x16 PCI Express slots.

The rear I/O has changed as well and as you can see, Gigabyte is now fitting two eSATA ports to the rear of the board. The parallel port isn’t gone though as you can see from the picture above, as Gigabyte supplies it on a cable so you can position it in a suitable spare slot in the back of your case. The GA-X38T-DQ6 is the DDR3 version and Gigabyte should have a DDR2 version that lacks the T in the model name.

Gigabyte X38

Gigabyte X38

Now we just have to wait for Intel to launch the X38 chipset.

If Gigabyte aren't your thing, then surely other motherboard manufacturers will be readying their motherboards too...As we find the news we'll keep you posted.

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