Sneak Peek at Intel’s New LGA2011 X68 Motherboard

Published on January 11th, 2011

Today let’s take a look at the upcoming Intel’s latest addition to their high end motherboards, the successor of LGA 1366 X58 Chipset based mobo, the LGA2011 X68 Express Chipset.

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At Zol.com.cn, they have manage to grab a few photos of an LGA 2011 X68 based motherboard, and this looks like a motherboard created by MSI. The new high-end motherboard can handle 6 cores, 8 cores or even 12 cores processors and is built with quad-channel DDR3 memory controllers or 4 DDR3 memory controllers. Now that’s a lot of memory!

It looks like Intel merged the northbridge component completely into the CPU package. A 32-lane PCI-Express controller is housed inside the CPU package of the LGA2011 X68 type motherboard.

X68 is has a PCH (platform controller hub) southbridge. It also has a smaller PCI-E hub that will be handling various connectivity devices such as, a storage controller, a LPCIO controller, USB and HDA controllers, and the DMI link to the processor.

Take a look at the picture below. You might be wondering why the photos are dimmed and only a few portion of the motherboard are shown. This is still an unannounced MSI motherboard and it yet to be revealed.

MSI LGA2011 X68 MotherboardMSI LGA2011 X68 Motherboard

Pictures above shows that the LGA 2011 has the following features:

  • Military Class II Components
  • DDR3 memory slots on the two sides of the socket
  • Voltage read points
  • 3x PCI-Express x16 slots
  • 10x SATA ports
  • 2x USB 3.0 Connectors
  • 7.1 Channel Audio
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