Gigabyte GA-G1975X Intel 975X Motherboard Review
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Introduction & Specifications
Back in December the latest and greatest Intel Extreme Edition CPU was unleashed to the world, and along with it a new chipset - the Intel 975X. The 975X wasn't a huge advance compared to the 955X; in fact the only major difference is the addition of simultaneous 8x PCI-Express operation on two channels on the 975X.
The simultaneous 8x PCI-E function was huge news for gamers since it meant that the 975X is capable of running dual graphics cards in full rendering modes using technology like ATI's Crossfire and NVIDIA's SLI. To date, the 975X has been certified to fun Crossfire, but not for SLI.
However, Gigabyte is not letting that stop them as it bundles accessories in anticipation of SLI in the future as well as support for ATI's Crossfire. The GA-G1975X we are reviewing today has been designed from the ground up to be a true enthusiast board. There are many features and small touches that make the GA-G1975X exceptional and better executed than its competition. So let's get on with the review of the board!
Specifications (from Gigabyte's website)
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