GIGABYTE today announced that they have begun shipping the totally redesigned GIGABYTE 6 series motherboards featuring the new Intel® B3 stepping chipsets. Motherboards are expected to be available as early next week, when shipments start to clear customs offices in markets around the world.
The new B3 version GIGABYTE's 6 Series motherboards have been totally redesigned and renamed so that they can easily be distinguished from the older B2 versions through the appendix "B3" of the model name. For example, the GA-P67A-UD7 has been renamed to GA-P67A-UD7-B3 and the GA-H67A-UD3H has been renamed to GA-H67A-UD3H-B3. The new model name is highly visible on the retail box, PCB, in the BIOS during start up and on applications such as the GIGABYTE 6 Series SATA Check utility and CPU-Z.
Immediately after learning about the B2 stepping Intel® 6 Series chipset design error, GIGABYTE released the easy to use GIGABYTE 6 Series SATA Check utility that helps to optimize SATA performance by identifying the white SATA 6Gbps that can be used, while it is advising users not to use the affected Intel® PCH SATA 2 ports. Since the new B3 versions of 6 Series motherboards have been started to ship, GIGABYTE released an updated 6 Series SATA Check utility that also identifies the chipset’s stepping (either B2 or B3).
Another way to identify a B3 stepping chipset motherboard is to look at the motherboard model name during boot process.
The new B3 version 6 Series motherboard packaging features a large B3 Stepping logo so users can easily identify.
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