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MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) Motherboard with PCI Express 3.0

MSI has just announced the launch of the Z68A-GD80 (G3) motherboard for LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge processors, which is one of the first such solutions to include support for the third generation of the PCI Express standard.

This  board features three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (PCIe x16 3.0 deliver a bandwidth of 32GB/s) for SLI or CrossFireX setups, Military Class II components and four DDR3- memory slots.

MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3)

In terms of connectivity ports, it provides 10x SATA (probably four SATA 6.0 Gbps and four 3.0 Gbps), dual Gigabit Ethernet, DVI, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, FireWire, eSATA and 7.1 channel audio.

Even though MSI’s press release announced the launch of the Z68A-GD80 (G3), the motherboard won’t reach store shelves until later this month. No information regarding pricing is available at this time.

 

Specifications

CPU

• Supports Intel® Sandy Bridge processors in LGA1155 package.
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.

Chipset

• Intel® Z68 (B3) Chipset

Main Memory

• Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 1.5 Volt DDR3 1066/1333/1600*/2133*(OC) DRAM, 32GB Max
– Supports 1GB/ 2GB/ 4GB/ 8GB DRAM size
– Supports Dual channel mode

Slots

• 3 PCI Express gen2 x16 slots
– PCI_E2 supports up to PCIE x16 speed when PCI_E4 is empty, or PCI_E2 will support up to PCIE x8 speed when PCI_E4 is installed
– PCI_E4 supports up to PCIE x8 speed
– PCI_E5 supports up to PCIE x4 speed (due to the limitation of the chipset, when the PCI_E5 has been installed with a PCIE x4 device, 1 eSATA ports, SATA7 port, 1 onboard front USB 3.0 connectors, 2 PCI slots and 1394 rear IO port will become unavailable.)
• 2 PCIE x1 slots
– When both of the PCIE x1 (PCI_E1, PCI_E3) slots have been installed, only the PCI_E1 slot is available, using one PCIE x1 slot is recommended.• 3 PCI Express gen2 x1 slots
• 2 32-bit v2.3 master PCI bus slots.
– Support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface.

On-Board SATA

• SATAII controller integrated in Intel® Z68 (B3) chipset
– Up to 3Gb/s transfer speed.
– Supports four SATAII ports (SATA3~6) by Z68 (B3) PCH

• SATAIII controller integrated in Intel® Z68 (B3) chipset
– Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed.
– Supports two SATAIII ports (SATA1~2) by Z68 (B3) PCH
– SATA1~6 ports support RAID 0/1/5/10 mode by Intel Z68 (B3) PCH

• SATAIII / eSATAIII controller integrated in Marvell® 88SE9128 chipset
– Supports one SATA 6Gb/s port & one eSATA 6Gb/s port (back panel)

USB 3.0

• 1 USB 3.0 internal connector by NEC® D720200
• 2 USB 3.0 rear I/O ports by NEC® D720200

Audio

• Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC892
– Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
– Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec
– Meet Microsoft Vista Premium spec

LAN

• Supports two PCI Express LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Realtek 8111E.

IEEE1394 / FireWire

• VIA® VT6308P chipset
– Supports up to two 1394 ports. (Rear panel x1, pinheader x1)
– Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps.

Internal I/O Connectors

– ATX 24-Pin power connector
– 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
– 6-pin ATX 12V VGA connector
– CPU x 1 / System x 4 FAN connectors
– CD-in connector
– Front panel audio connector
– Front panel connector
– 1 x chasis intrusion connector
– 3 x USB 2.0 connectors
– 1 x USB 3.0 connectors
– 4 x Serial ATAII connectors
– 3 x Serial ATAIII connectors
– 1 x IEEE1394 connector
– 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
– 1 x SPDIF-out connector
– 1 x TPM module connector
– 1 x Voltage Check Point
– 1 x Power button
– 1 x Reset button
– 1 x OC Genie button

Back Panel I/O Ports

– 1 x Optical SPDIF port
– 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard port
– 1 x Clear CMOS button
– 1 x IEEE1394 port
– 2 x RJ45 LAN Jacks
– 4 x USB 2.0 ports
– 1 x eSATA port
– 2 x USB 3.0 ports
– 1 x DVI-D port
– 1 x HDMI port
– 1 x 6 in 1 audio jack

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