Gigabyte Announces 990X-Gaming SLI Motherboard With USB 3.1 Support and M.2 Interface
Gigabyte expands its G1.Gaming series socket AM3+ motherboard, with a new 990X-Gaming SLI. As the name suggests, the board is based on AMD 990X chipset, and features support from Nvidia SLI technology. In addition to that, the 990X-Gaming SLI motherboard comes with support for USB 3.1 as well as an M.2 interface.
With the latest USB 3.1 implementation, the board will be able to hit a transfer speed of up to 10Gb/s, 2x faster than USB 3.0 and backward compatibility with existing USB devices. The new M.2 solution on the other hand provides for relatively faster storage performance and support for both PCIe and SATA interface for M.2 SSD devices.
In addition to support for AMD AM3+ FX processors, the motherboard is also compatible with 220W TDP chips from the FX-9000 series. The power is drawn from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, which is later conditioned for the CPU with a 11-phase VRM.
The board supports up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR3-2400 memory. Expansion slots include two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots (x8/x8 when both are populated), PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and legacy PCI.
For storage, there is a 20 Gb/s M.2 slot, along with six SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Other connectivity options include two USB 3.1 ports (both type-A) and four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two by headers).
The availability or pricing details are known yet, but the Gigabyte 990X-Gaming SLI is expected to be priced just over $100.