No wonder that that Gigabyte is not the only one to showcase new motherboards with Socket LGA-2011 at Computex exhibition. Same happened with ASRock, ASUS and ECS. All three of them will boast of products supporting Sandy Bridge-E processors and will become available by the end of this year.
ASRock X79 Extreme4 comes in “aggressively” red and black theme. The board has three PCI Express 3.0 slots for running multiple cards in CrossFire (AMD) or SLI (NVIDIA) modes. Besides, there are two PCI and two PCI Express x1 expansion slots, four memory slots, thirteenth SATA ports (four of them are likely to support 6 Gbit/s interface), some USB 3.0 connectors including outputs to front panel ports, as well as POST code indicator and on-board POWER/RESET buttons.
The last two are also present on ASUS C1X79 EVO motherboard. Here you will find four DIMMs and three PCI Express x16 slots too, but no PCI expansion slots. Instead, there are two PCI Express x1 and one PCI Express x4 slot. Storage connectivity is provided by fourteen SATA ports. And don’t forget couple of USB 3.0 ports
Gamers and hardware enthusiasts will definitely like ECS X79R-A motherboard allowing quad SLI and Crossfire setups through four PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots. This did affect the number of PCI Express x1 slots available on motherboard. On the other hand, all ten of SATA connectors support 6 Gb/s throughput. Other than that, the board features one eSATA 3 port and POST code indicator coupled with POWER/RESET buttons for quick system debug.
Note, that all these boards are far from being of final revision — its design can be considerably changed by the time they hit retail. However, right now, the motherboards give a clear picture of what Intel X79 based products should be expected.