A lot has happened since the first details emerged about Intel’s 975X next generation benchmark chipset, so thanks be to development partner Gigabyte for spilling them all over the web before the processor giant got a chance to officially announce anything.
The Gigabyte GA-G1975X is the offender. Its newly surfaced product page kicks out all sorts of details, not least that the 975X chipset appears to have lost its rumoured ATI Crossfire and nVidia SLI technology rights. Whatever replacement wizardry Intel has come up with is not detailed, but it clearly exists since the board still sports two 16x PCI Express graphics card slots.
Two 4x PCI Express slots are also featured in this hard hitting mobo alongside two regular PCI slots and space for four DDRII 667MHz Dimms holding up to 8GB of RAM. There is a 1066MHz Front Side Bus and support is there for the latest Pentium 4, Pentium D and Extreme Edition processors. Typical features like SATAII and Gigabit Ethernet are all present along with a raft of USB2.0 and FireWire ports, while Gigabyte has customised the design by integrating Creative’s excellent Sound Blaster Live! 24bit card with DTS support.
A customised thermal solution called “Turbojet Technology” (four fans at each end of two blue cylinders blow warm air away from the hottest areas of the chipset and straight out the case) and a dedicated CMOS reset add to the mod count and top things off nicely.
No retail price is mentioned, but with the GA-G1975X scheduled for release on 14 November, I’d expect to hear a few noises out of Intel this week. I certainly hope so anyway, since the technology behind its dual graphics has peaked my curiosity enough to kill several litters of cats.