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Board Layout and Features
One thing you will notice about the CPU socket is the black metal finish on both the socket base and cover. These are typical of a Lotes socket design, however the actual socket is a hybrid featuring Lotes retention clips and a Foxconn socket base. It seems the designers at Gigabyte wanted to remove any silver components from the design and yet preferred to use a Foxconn socket.
There are a total of 7 expansion slots with the layout designed to accept triple Crossfire or SLI card configurations. 2 of the 16x PCIe expansion slots feature full 16x bandwidth while the remaining 2 have a total of 8x lanes each. There are 2 1x PCIe slots located at the top with a single PCI slot located towards the bottom.
The floppy port is located under the last PCI Express slot and shares space with the 2 internal iEEE 1394 (firewire) ports and the DualBIOS chips. Gigabyte was one of the first companies to use a Dual BIOS system which has since become a standard on most enthusiast motherboards.