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First DTX board arrives, made by Gigabyte

| Posted: May 16, 2007 3:13 am

It seems like AMD has managed to get some support for its DTX motherboard platform, from Gigabyte. The GA-2761GXDK or Churchill as it's also known as is the first DTX form factor motherboard to be launched by AMD's partners. It's based on the SiS 761GX chipset with a SiS966 south bridge. It has integrated SiS Mirage 1 graphics, which isn't exactly cutting edge these days. The board will take any AM2 Athlon processors and has two memory slots for DDR2 memory in dual channel configuration. The rear ports consist of only four USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet connector and an eSATA connector. A further five internal SATA connectors are available for hard drives and optical drives, but there are no IDE or floppy connectors.

 

 

There's one PCI and one x1 PCIe connector for expansion cards, so don't expect to be able to stick any high-end graphics card in this tiny board. You might wonder how you use the onboard graphics and for some reason Gigabyte decided it was wise to do this via an onboard pin-header, which means that you'd end up losing out a rear slot, unless the case has a specific hole that will take a D-Sub connector. There are also headers for a PS/2 keyboard and mouse, high definition audio and a further four USB 2.0 ports. It's rather odd that Gigabyte decided to fit most of the features of the boards on pin-headers, as it makes for quite a messy installation. It should be available sometime in July, but it will most likely be displayed at Computex next month.

 

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