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Gigabyte Unveils Core i5 Motherboard

Photo courtesy: Engadget

Core i5 isn't necessarily a new term floating around the Internet, however lately there's been quite a bit of talk about the "Core i7 lite," and now there's a motherboard to support it.

Earlier this week, we reported that P55 motherboards compatible with Intel's Lynnfield CPUs (aka Core i5) may actually start shipping in July, and sure enough, Gigabyte's GA-IBP made a grand appearance at CeBIT this afternoon, months ahead of June's Computex "big reveal" as we originally predicted. In comparison to the meatier Core i7, the Core i5 serves as a cheaper, "lite" alternative for consumers wanting plenty of power but need to pinch pennies.

According to Engadget, on-hand gigabyte representative were tight-lipped about the specifics of the GA-IBP motherboard, saying that many of the details were still under an NDA. Additionally, Intel's booth proved just as uninformative, claiming that no Core i5 prototypes were available at the show. Still, after recent reports circulating about possible Core i5 boards shipping soon, it's good to actually see the physical product.

Gigabyte actually did post a few details next to the motherboard at the show, revealing that the GA-IBP offers dual channel DDR3, ATI CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI support, and Blu-ray playback supported by high quality 106dB SNR ALC8898 HD audio. Gigabyte's board also features an on-board 2-gigabyte Ethernet LAN connection with Teaming functionality as well as Power/Reset/Cir CMOS onboard buttons for easy workbench operations.

If all goes according to plan, look for both the processor and motherboard to hit the market in July.

  • 08nwsula
    just less ram capability basically?
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  • most interesting thing to note on that motherboard is there is NO northbridge chipset!! and yet it wasn't even mentioned in the write-up. :)
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  • Shadow703793
    08nwsulajust less ram capability basically?Not really. Even on i7 RAM speed/bandwidth dosen't make difference in most (not ALL; server work loads benefit) real world applications. i5 should be good enough for every day users and most people who use C2D/C2Qs now,esp if OCed.
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  • Joe_The_Dragon
    Apple should come with a core i5 desktop system or a core i7 1 cpu system at $1000 - $1500. NOT $2500 with only 3gb of ram.
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  • sacre
    sooo is the northbridge merged with the southbridge? or is the heatsink covering both north/southbridge chipsets? wheres northbridge!
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  • jaragon13
    sacresooo is the northbridge merged with the southbridge? or is the heatsink covering both north/southbridge chipsets? wheres northbridge!I am positive anything that would be housed in a NB could be mounted in the SB area,but the terms so far is "no northbridge" so most of the southrbridge functions,which don't take up my power anyways will stick on the motherboard.
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  • atomiktoaster
    sacresooo is the northbridge merged with the southbridge? or is the heatsink covering both north/southbridge chipsets? wheres northbridge!I believe the speculation is that the northbridge functionality (memory and graphics) is moving into the CPU package and the cpu will communicate directly with the soutbridge to get to the drives and USB and such.
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  • The_Blood_Raven
    Rumors say that i5 may take the gaming performance crown and become the best gaming CPU on the market. I'm not so sure, but I absolutely hope that is true since we could always use more performance!
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  • Claimintru
    Joe_The_DragonApple should come with a core i5 desktop system or a core i7 1 cpu system at $1000 - $1500. NOT $2500 with only 3gb of ram.
    Or you could build your own and install leopard if you really wanted too for far far less? But then again I am guessing you just want the white box.
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  • scarpa
    Why unveil a motherboard for a processor that will be launched over half a year from now?
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