Even though there is still quite some time left until Intel officially releases the X79 chipset for Sandy Bridge-E processors, a new picture of an upcoming Gigabyte LGA 2011 motherboard featuring eight DIMM sockets has recently hit the Web.
This is most certainly not going to be Gigabyte's most advanced board based on the X79 chipset, but it gives us a pretty good idea on what we can expect from future LGA 2011 workstation motherboards.
The first thing that one notices when taking a look at the GA-6PXSV is the fact that the board comes equipped with no less than eight DIMM memory sockets, which enable up to 64GB of system memory to be installed in a quad-channel configuration.
Right to the left of these, Gigabyte has placed the board's expansion slots, which include a pair of PCI Express x16 slots, one PCIe x8 slot, one PCI Express x4 slot as well as a legacy 32-bit PCI slot. Both the x8 and x4 PCIe slots are open ended.
Storage is provided by no less than six 6Gbps SATA ports, driven by the X79 PCH, and the GA-6PXSV also features two SAS 6Gbps ports placed right near the board's left margin.
Other features include USB 3.0 connectivity, support for the enterprise version of Intel's Rapid Storage Technology (IRST), and a six-phase CPU PWM with DrMOS MOSFET transistors.
On the back of the GA-6PXSV, outside of the regular connectors, users will also find a pair of KVM network ports.
Intel's Sandy Bridge-E processors are expected to debut in the forth quarter of 2011 and the initial CPU batch will include three chips, two featuring a six-core design and a quad-core model. The Gigabyte GA-6PXSV is also expected to debut in Q4 2011. (via XtremeSystems)