Computex Taipei 2009: Visiting the suite in 101 GIGABYTE had a huge wall full of their current motherboards and also a couple of their new ones. What was particularly exciting is that whilst browsing the area we were given a glimpse of their two big mommas coming up; the P55A and X58A.
First off, the P55A series will come with up to 24 phases on GIGABYTE's UD5 and Extreme boards, ONFI memory and Dual Smart NET. These will also be the first boards to come out with four SATA-III ports. P55 is a single chip solution from Intel and we will see ONFI being either integrated or by using a small slot, depending on how GIGABYTE wants to do it.
X58A is a full refresh of the X58 board lineup; up to 24 phases of voltage regulation on the Extreme and UD5 and 12 phases on the UD4P and UD4 and eight on other boards. This new X58 range will also include Smart Dual NET, ONFI and SATA-III.
The boards we were shown are not full revisions that will make it to market; there are some aesthetic changes to be made with the Mosfets aand chokes. However, from what we saw these boards are set to rock some Intel socks!