GIGABYTE Technology Announces GA-K8A Support For Upcoming AMD Opteron™ And Eighth-Generation AMD Athlon™ Processor-Based Platforms
TAIPEI, TAIWAN --
GIGABYTE Technology today announced its GA-K8A motherboard supporting the upcoming AMD Opteron™ and eighth-generation AMD Athlon™ processors. GIGABYTE GA-K8A utilizes state-of-the-art 64-bit architecture and HyperTransport™ technology to provide high bandwidth for exceptional performance and reliability.
The GIGABYTE GA-K8A ATX form-factor motherboard employs an AMD-8151™ HyperTransport AGP3.0 Graphics Tunnel carrying AGP 3.0 compliant 1x to 8x data-transfer mode and HyperTransport interface for superior system performance. The AGP8X interface provides high-bandwidth, high-quality 2D, 3D, and video streams for the AMD Opteron and eighth-generation AMD Athlon processor-based platforms. On-board Creative CT5880 allows users to enjoy real-life surround sound from SP/DIF output for enhanced gaming or viewing of DVD movies. The GA-K8A also utilizes 3 DIMM slots for up to 2GB DDR333/266/200, offering a high-volume and upcoming-mainstream DDR memory solution.
“GIGABYTE’s experienced R&D team continues to develop products that provide customer increased performance using the latest technologies” said Richard Ma, the vice president of GIGABYTE Technology. “With support of 64-bit architecture, systems using GIGABYTE and AMD technologies can provide exceptional reliability, scalability and performance for even the most intensive enterprise computing environments.”
“Customers using the upcoming AMD Opteron and eighth-generation AMD Athlon processors and GIGABYTE technologies, will benefit from native support for both 32-bit and 64-bit environments,” said Richard Heye, vice president platform engineering and infrastructure, AMD. “32-bit application performance can be optimized, while allowing customers to migrate to a 64-bit environment incrementally, as needed.”
Applying the AMD-8111™ HyperTransport I/O hub, GA-K8A offers six USB2.0 port, two Serial ATA-133 connectors and IEEE1394 ports to enhance PC connectivity for consumer electronics audio/video (A/V) appliances, storage peripherals, other PCs, and portable devices. In addition to the usual boot devices (floppy, all kinds of IDE drives, network), also supports boot up from USB devices such as CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, ZIP drive. Interrupts can be assigned freely to each PCI device to meet individual needs. Another fantastic convenience are Memory Stick, Secure Digital and Smart Card Reader function support, by optional reader, GA-K8A takes all advantage from their superior reliability, flexibility for future upgrade and data protection capability while processing high speed data transfer.
Gigabyte patented EasyTune4 ™, @BIOS™ and DualBIOS™ are available for GA-K8A, make the overclocking and BIOS update in a breeze under Windows mode. EasyTune4™ is a Window-based overclocking utility, allows you simply tweak their system to its maximum performance without change BIOS or hardware setting. The amazing @BIOS™ live update utility allows you to download the BIOS via Internet and update it under Windows mode, without reboots your system. DualBIOS™ technology provides backup BIOS, reducing the chances of BIOS failure due to infection by virus and enabling the desktop PC as stable as server. Q-Flash allow user to flash its BIOS under BIOS setup screen, without any OS or utility. It does not require DOS bootable disk to update the BIOS.
Gigabyte Technology is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of quality, high-performance components and sub-assemblies for the international computer industry. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, the company produced over 10 million motherboards in 2001, and accrued sales revenue in excess of US$850 million. The company markets to distributors, integrators, and OEM computer manufacturers worldwide.
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