Gigabyte 6-Dual Miracle Roll up-the Ultimate Intel® Pentium® 4-Processor Based Desktop Platform

2002/11/18
Taipei, Taiwan, 18th Nov 2002 -- Gigabyte Technology, the world acclaimed motherboardmanufacturer proudly introduces the Intel® E7205 chipset based motherboard, GA-8INXP. The board features supports for the highly anticipated AGP 8X and dual channel DDR memory architecture for Intel® Pentium® 4-based desktop platforms. GIGABYTE technology leadership has once again proven itself an industry leader by unveiling GA-8INXP, the ultimate desktop based on the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor, and Gigabyte's 6-Dual Miracle design concept.

" I'm truly excited about Gigabyte Technology's 6-Dual Miracle. They are the 6 key elements that totally revolutionize the GA-8INXP while setting it apart from most of today's motherboards," said Mr. Johnson Lin, the General Manager of Gigabyte Technology PCBA Product Business Unit. " The 6-Dual Miracle strategy represents 6 innovative technologies that positions Gigabyte's motherboards ahead of the others ", he added. " The 1st Miracle is represented by the Dual Logical Processor provided by Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology while the 2nd Miracle was contributed by the Dual Channel DDR memory architecture. The 3rd Miracle is Gigabyte new developed technology known as the Dual Power System (DPS) * design, the 4th Miracle comes from the Dual RAID interface which enhances data protection and performance. The 5th Miracle is provided by the Dual Cooling System which greatly reduced the thermal issue, and the final Miracle is Gigabyte's patented DualBIOS technology which protects BIOS from virus attacks."

The 6-Dual Miracle
Dual Power System (DPS)Driven by strong design philosophies and innovation, Gigabyte's newly developed technology, known as theDual Power System (DPS), is introduced for the first time on the GA-8INXP. The DPS technology is an ingeniousdesign that gives you a power circuit with a total of 6 phases - twice the amount recommended by the standardmotherboard design guideline. In a DPS (Dual Power System) designed motherboard, an additional 3-phasepower circuit DPVRM (Dual Power Voltage Regulator Module) daughter card is added on the motherboard. Thiseffectively provides a more durable and stable power circuit to sustain a larger electric current of up to 150A. TheDPS (Dual Power System) technology is conceived and specially designed for future processors that demand ahigher working frequency and a more stable and durable power circuit.

Dual Logical Processors & Dual Channel DDR
The GA-8INXP also features dual channel DDR memory architecture on an Intel Pentium 4 processor-basedmotherboard, delivering a high memory bandwidth up to 4.27GB/s. It gives users comparable performance toRDRAM memory which is already well known for its outstanding speed. In combination with Intel'sHyper-Threading Technology which provides 2 logical processing units in today's most advanced Intel Pentium 4processors at 3.06GHz. The GA-8INXP will fully extend the user's computing experience as it boosts systemperformance by as much as 30% more than existing processors without Hyper-Threading Technology.

Dual RAID
With Silicon Image Serial ATA and Promise RAID controller chip, the GA-8INXP provides 2 RAID functions. Providing not only RAID 0 (Data Striping) or RAID 1 (Data Mirroring) function, but through Gigabyte Technology's outstanding Smart-Bios technology, the GA-8INXP provides two additional UDMA ATA-133/100 connectors,allowing users to connect ATAPI devices such as CD-ROM, CD/RW, DVD-ROM and DVD-RAM. This provides an extra option for high-density storage devices for various usage requirements.

Dual Cooling System
The Dual Cooling System consists of a DPVRM active fan sink which gives out a cool, stylish neon-blue coloredlight when activated, and an active fan sink located on the chipset's memory controller. With these two active fansinks, the heat produced by the memory controller and MOSFET located on the DPVRM are greatly reduced.In addition, the airflow path is designed to drain heat out from the fan sink ditches, providing extra ventilation tothe surrounding heat dissipating components. With the Dual Cooling System, the GA-8INXP further reduces anextra 5 to 10°C as compared to other motherboards without an active fan sink.

DualBIOS
On Gigabyte motherboards with DualBIOS there are physically two BIOS chips. If the main boot up BIOS failsdue to virus infection or catastrophic failure, the back up BIOS automatically takes over on the next system startup. This innovative technology assures the motherboard's stability and reliability. In addition, the GA-8INXPbelongs to Gigabyte Technology's new product family known as the P4 Titan 667 series. In this renownedproduct series, each of Gigabyte Technology's new Intel Pentium® 4 based products is strictly designed, testedand validated by Gigabyte. The P4 Titan 667 series has been well recognized by worldwide media for itssuperiority in product quality and performance.

Several cutting-edge technologies are also implemented on this outstanding motherboard, such as the SiliconImage Serial-ATA interface which delivers high I/O bandwidth up to 150MB/s, bringing I/O peripherals to a newera in high-speed storage solutions. On-board, users will find the Intel Gigabit Ethernet LAN controller thatutilizes the popular Intel LAN connectivity solution at 1 Gigabit data throughput for those who needstraightforward high speed, high quality and high performance network connectivity.

With an array of advanced technology, the GA-8INXP provides a revolutionary multimedia experience. TheGA-8INXP features AGP 8X (AGP 3.0), the new generation AGP interface that delivers 2.1GB/s of bandwidth tosupport the graphics workloads associated with an Intel Pentium 4 processor-based workstation-class platform.When paired with Gigabyte's MAYA II RADEON 9700Pro graphics card users will experience more realistic andfluidly rendered graphics. An on-board 6-channel AC'97 CODEC brings incredible sound quality especially withits S/PDIF-out function that enables users to enjoy high quality audio.

Transparent to the user, the GA-8INXP also provide several innovative features such as the Anti-Burn™ designwhich protects the motherboard from any damages if an AGP 2x (3.3V) card is inserted or when the memorymodule is not properly installed. With Anti-Burn, the AGP_LED will light up when an AGP 2x (3.3V) card isinstalled in the system, indicating the use of an unsupported graphics card. The LED will warn users of systemabnormality and forms an integral part of the board's self-diagnosing tool for the AGP subsystem.

Key Specifications
.Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor at 3.06GHz with Hyper-Threading Technology and 533 MHz system bus
. Intel® E7205 chipset - AGP 8X
. Dual Channel DDR 266 memory support
. D.P.S (Dual Power System)
. Dual RAID (IDE RAID (0,1) + ATA-133)
. Dual Cooling System
. DualBIOS
. Silicon Image Serial ATA
. Intel® Gigabit Ethernet network connection
. 6 USB 2.0 ports
. 6-Channel AC'97 audio CODEC
. 5 x PCI 2.2 compliant slots
. ATX form factor