Re: GIGABYTE 6 Series Motherboards - Images & Specifications
Sorry if it was info over load. I started typing and just couldn't stop... I blame the Redbull.
I'm just speculating, but I expect that the X68 (if they don't change their minds on the name) will feature the same amount of native SATA3 as these P65/67 examples. There definitely won't be any native USB3 until boards and/or add in cards with LightPeek have been given a chance to take root. Unfortunately, as it's Intel in house tech, they have a vested interest.
I agree that native SATA3 would be very desirable indeed, and if the ICH11 uses DMI rather than PCIe, like current Marvel solutions do, we'll all be laughing. That will mean no silly restrictions for dual GPU users, meaning they're not forced to go ultra high end just because they have two mid-end cards. It should also mean that as drives with the controllers you mention start to push the upper limits of the SATA3 spec, they will be able to do so and not be botlenecked by restrictions in PCIe lanes available. Even the very capable ICH10R topped out at a shade under 600MB/s combined, meaning that any more than three 200MB/s SSD's in RAID was a waste and gains were only seen in write speeds when adding more drives.
This kind of thing is definitely more crucial than constantly evolving CPU speeds/architectures at the minute. We've finally had FSB replaced with DMI and QPI, dual and tripple channel RAM can now actually be utilized better (compare Intel i5 RAM bandwidth of ~16GB/s to AMD's offerings that top out in some benchmarks at a mere 9GB/s). Now is the time to help along the evolution of non volatile memory. HDD's have been constantly evolving, advances including perpendicular recording have helped boost data density and speed, but IMO they are still a weak link. Not saying everyone should rush out and buy a SSD, but many under-estimate the difference it makes.
I liken the debate for and against SSD's to the one for and against copy protections in games; things like StarForce and SecureROM. We see a hell of a lot of people repeating what they hear/read without testing/analysing for themselves. Starforce for example is now only used ni Russia after being trashed by every man and his dog. It was called a "root kit", a "Virus", "malware" etc, etc with next to zero evidence. It was bashed for it's root kit like Ring0 access, however it NEEDED Ring0 access because it's common for emulation software to use it. StarForce needed to fight on the same level. Any time a copy protection becomes difficult to crack, it gets attacked. The misimformation artists pull the pin, toss the info into random forums and blogs, then run for cover. SSD's do make a big difference to the over all feel of a PC, smoothness and response is of course objective, but I challenge any one not to notice the difference. The only question that needs asking is "Does what I do justify me paying so much for one", if the hoonest answer to that is "No", then fair enough.
Any hoo, I digress. I'm sure both chipset groups for the new socvkets wil come with all the goodies (except native USB3) that we expect. Even those with Marvel SATA3 and NEC USB3.0 won't be too bad off, as long as they don't want to run more than a couple of SSD's in RAID0 and hit a bandwidth limit. NEC USB3 is actually pretty good for a first attempt.
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