One of the world leaders in motherboard manufacturing has announced that all of their 6-series motherboards will be ready to support PCIe 3.0 as well as Intel’s latest 22nm processor offerings in the socket 1155 pin-out. This covers all of their H61, P67, H67 and Z68 motherboards. There are certain bios updates that may be necessary in order for your board to be ready and we recommend flashing it to the latest version of the BIOS if you plan on needing either of these features.
Admittedly, there are currently no PCIe 3.0 graphics cards or devices out on the market, but having your motherboard built for the future is always a good thing to have. There’s never such a thing as ‘future proofing’ your computer, but you can try as hard as you can to attempt it. By the looks of it, MSI and Gigabyte are likely your best bets if you want PCIe 3.0. But at the given moment Gigabyte is the only one to announce both 22nm compatibility and PCIe 3.0. This further indicates Gigabyte’s leadership in the motherboard industry and their desire to continue to be on the cutting edge.
This announcement reminds us of when Gigabyte first started using USB 3.0. They were the first motherboard manufacturer to push USB 3.0 so hard that they basically guaranteed that all of their boards would have USB 3.0, something that even to this day not all motherboard manufacturers can guarantee. Gigabytes drive to be the best value combined with the latest technology drives the company and its employees to innovate in ways that many people would have never expected.
We’re excited to see motherboard manufacturers like Gigabyte implementing BIOS updates to include PCIe 3.0 as well as 22nm Intel CPU support. It just means that many others are likely to follow suit and consumers are likely to be able to reap the benefits of having competition between motherboard manufacturers that are constantly driving to innovate in order to compete.
For a full list of the supported boards as well as the instructions on what needs to be done in order to get this added support. Head on over to the Gigabyte support page
detailing all of the needed information.
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