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BETA support for 45nm CPUs
By: TweakTown Staff | Video Cards News | Posted: Mar 27, 2008 6:08 pm

GIGABYTE provides free technical support in our forums and they've (shout out to Janus for the wonderful job he does and the other forum mods!) been doing a wonderful job.


Recently though, users of the GA-N680SLI-DQ6 motherboard, were less than impressed with the nForce 680i SLI based board and the story around the whole controversy (Gigabyte leaves their best customers out in the cold!!!!).


The board supports an official FSB up to 1333MHz, which in turn lead some users to believe that it would (or should) also support latest Intel 45nm processors which work at a quad-pumped FSB of 1333MHz. That was an assumption - which isn't correct - at least until now, where a workaround has been discovered by GIGABYTE.


In an effort to rectify the issue and make things a little better for its angry users, GIGABYTE has sent us F5g BETA BIOS for the GA-N680SLI-DQ6 which you can all use, which unofficially supports Intel 45nm processors. Users who are intending to use this BIOS do so at their own risk but GIGABYTE told us that after testing, no hardware damage was experienced. They instructed us to tell everyone that if temperatures are higher than usual, there may be stability issues.


You can download the 512KB BETA BIOS from our server, here. As far as the RMA issues goes and some sort of possible upgrade program, GIGABYTE are still checking into it for annoyed customers and will report back to users in its tech support forum, which is here. You can use the @BIOS application to update your BIOS in Windows.


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