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Gigabyte Remains Mum on P67, LGA 2011

For a media Q&A session held after the GO OC 2010 finals, Gigabyte continued to promote its products and carefully cultivated relationship with the overclocking community. Regarding any future plans however concerning P67 and LGA 2011, details were comparatively sparse—which is to be expected for any company that has to follow Intel’s PR line.

When asked about the reported limitations of P67 in terms of overclockability, a Gigabyte rep said he saw Sandy Bridge as a “mainstream” platform, at least when compared with the P55 and H55 platforms. One thing he could say with certainty was that all Sandy Bridge products from Gigabyte would have at least two holes to accommodate MOSFET cooling solutions—even entry-level products.

Tim Handley, the Deputy Director of motherboard marketing, gently reminded the assembled media that Gigabyte would always feature a “core” motherboard line designed for enthusiasts (recent examples include the UD7 motherboard used for GO OC 2010, and the recently released UD9). Whether or not any future P67 motherboards would fall under this category would depend on Intel’s final specifications for Sandy Bridge. Gigabyte hopes to be more definite by first week of next January, in time for CES 2011.

For LGA 2011 the only specifics we got from the Gigabyte reps was that the maker had already started designing products around the unreleased Intel CPU socket. Engineers have yet to do any significant fabrication tests, but they already have “sketches” to work with. As many already know, LGA 2011 is set for a Q3 2011 released.

A few other points that were shared during the Q&A session: Gigabyte considered GO OC 2010 a success. The company will definitely hold a competition for 2011. Gigabyte will start coloring some of their PCBs (printed circuit boards) matte black, a change resulting from “extensive” internal discussions and a desire to appeal more to system integrators. Regarding P67 and LGA 2011, Mr. Handley insisted that Gigabyte would “be ready in every way” next year.

  • burnley14
    Mr. Handley insisted that Gigabyte would “be ready in every way” next year

    Probably not true, but I like the enthusiasm. It does seem to me that the innovation on the CPU/GPU front far outdoes that of motherboards, so even a hollow promise of progress is nice.
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  • Marco925
    I wonder if the X68 chipset will feature a different socket?
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  • ares1214
    So when is SB coming? Not really answered. Will it be OC limited. Rumors at best. Board specifics? Not really. Much info on LGA 2011...none besides general arrival. Come on! I want info gigabyte! Spill it! Then THG can pick it up :P
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  • jsc
    "Regarding any future plans however concerning P67 and LGA 2011, details were comparatively sparse—which is to be expected for any company that has to follow Intel’s PR line."

    The paucity of information is not Gigabyte's fault.
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  • dEAne
    very good board, hope it's performance too.
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  • reprotected
    I know what my Christmas/New Years present is (with the new ATI card of course) :)
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  • Simple11
    Another new socket type?! WHYYY!
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  • SteelCity1981
    if you want socket longevity and compatibility go with AMD. If you want the latest and greatest performence out of a socket then go with Intel, but expect to replace your socket type a lot sooner then you would with AMD.
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  • Did anyone else prefer the blue board colour?
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  • Travis Beane
    I wonder if I'll have the financial freedom to afford one of those Intel beauts with a 6xxx ATi card.
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