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Gigabyte launches 975X chipset

Can you say... USS. Enterprise?
Wed Nov 02 2005, 14:15
MOBO MAKER Gigabyte has just launched the GA-G1975X, its first motherboard using Intel's i975X chipset. Besides the usual shenanigans with the new chipset, Gigabyte offered a pretty improved variation of Abit's OTES cooling. Overclockers beware, Gigabyte's TurboJet just may prove to be the ticket.

As we have previously written, this Intel chipset supports two PCI Express cards working in parallel - however, only ATi's CrossFire stuff is supported now. The most popular multi-GPU product, Graphzilla's SLI support went on the rocks over the previous x16/x4 implementation. However, this chipset supports two x8 slots, so the only reason why this motherboard would not support SLI would be because of politics.

However, the motherboard supports more than two graphics cards, since it features another two PCIe x4 slots, which can be used for graphics cards as well. You can see on the picture that the two PCIe x4 slots are opened, so they allow installation of longer x16 PCIe cards.

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The most interesting feature about the motherboard is the cooling system. Dubbed Turbojet Technology, it's a four-fan plastic encasing surrounding the CPU cooler. Two fans on the inner part of the motherboard send cold air onto the system memory, which often proved to be the limit when overclocking inside a case.

A second pair of fans blows hot air from CPU/power regulating components outside the computer, and all of this looks very trekkie. The lower tube also incorporates a morth bridge cooler, adding to the efficiency of chipset cooling. We are not aware of the noise level produced by four very small fans, but it should go unnoticed.

The board should be in stores around mid-November, with the 14th of the November being the last possible date for global availability. Things are definetly heating up for Yuletide. µ

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