Gigabyte Technology 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 as next week, when shipments start to clear customs offices in markets around the world.
The new B3 version Gigabyte 6 Series motherboards have been totally redesigned and renamed so that they can easily be distinguished from the older B2 versions through the signature ‘B3’ at the end of the model name. For example, the GA-P67A-UD7 has been replaced by the GA-P67A-UD7-B3 and the GA-H67A-UD3H has been replaced by the GA-H67A-UD3H-B3. The new model name is highly visible on the retail box, PCB, in the BIOS at 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 advising users not to use the affected Intel PCH SATA ports. As the new B3 versions on 6 Series motherboards start to ship, Gigabyte just released an updated 6 Series SATA Check utility that also identifies the chipset and its stepping (either B2 or B3).
Another way to identify a B3 stepping chipset motherboard is to look for the motherboard model name as the PC boots.
The new B3 version 6 Series motherboard packaging features a large B3 Stepping logo that users will easily be able to identify.
More information about Gigabyte’s new B3 revision 6 Series motherboards is available from the official Gigabyte website and the Gigabyte Tech Daily blog.