Computex 2004 Early Bird Coverage: NV45 in the Flesh, New Chipsets, BTX Boards and more...by Anand Lal Shimpi on May 31, 2004 12:31 PM EST
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We've seen numerous 915 and 925X designs during our pre show coverage already, so let's just start flipping through them.
PCI Express slots are quite common on these motherboards as can be seen on this Gigabyte board with three x1 and one x16 slot:
Gigabyte also had a number of boards that offered both DDR and DDR2 support on the same board:
As you can see from the picture above, the yellow slots are DDR2 slots and the orange/blue slots are DDR slots.
Gigabyte continued their push for manufacturing flexibility with this Intel based board that has both an AGP slot and a PCI Express x16 slot:
What's interesting about this solution is that it is an Intel chipset but with both PCI Express x16 and AGP 8X slots on board, something that was supposedly not possible with Intel chipsets. It may be that Intel rethought their PCI Express transition strategy and decided to include AGP support on their chipsets, we will find out more asap. Update 6/4/04: We've discovered the real story behind this motherboard - read our new article on the topic - AGP on Intel 9xx Chipsets? We explain how.
Foxconn, a manufacturer who produces boards for Gigabyte and now for themselves, also had a number of 9xx based motherboards on display: