Dennis Achterberg with MSI’s Product Marketing is calling out Gigabyte on their claim that all of the Gigabyte 6 series boards support native PCIe Gen3. While MSI’s website doesn’t contain any official press release, their marketing department has released a set of slides that can be found all over the web. The slides get rather granular, referencing the spec requirements for Gen3 switch chips, capacitors and resistors. Impressively, they even go as far to reference part numbers for the Pericom switch chips on the motherboard.
Basically, MSI is saying that Gigabyte’s claim is false, with the exception of their G1.Sniper2 motherboard. If what MSI claims is true, then none of Gigabyte’s motherboards are PCIe Gen3 ready, except for one. Gigabyte’s initial claim was made around the same time as the G1.Sniper2 announcement.
Let’s take a peek at some of the slides that MSI released:
Notice that they are being extremely specific about the differences between their product offering and Gigabyte’s product line, specifically where it pertains to PCI3 Gen3. Let’s close with a few more slides, shown below. The entire deck of slides is available directly from MSI’s site.
As we mentioned previously in the G1.Sniper 2 announcement, it looks like top manufacturers are in a heated “arms race” to be the first to market with this technology. With no devices currently taking advantage of PCI3, this is just a battle of marketing departments. It will however, be interesting to follow this story as it continues to unfold. At this time, Gigabyte has not released a statement, but we will keep an eye out for further information.
– John Tyra (Jmtyra)