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Gigabyte to volume ship quad PCIe x16 SLI motherboard at end of November
Press release; Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES [Monday 14 November 2005]

Gigabyte Technology recently introduced the GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal, claimed as the world’s first SLI-enabled motherboard equipped with four PCI Express (PCIe) x16 slots, with volume shipments to kick off from the end of this month, according to the company.

The availability and suggested retail price for the GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal are still undisclosed, but the board is expected to hit the Japan market in early December, said the company.

Designed for gamers and enthusiasts, the GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal is based on the Nvidia nForce4 SLI and nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition chipsets and supports two full-bandwidth 16-lane PCIe links, delivering twice the PCIe bandwidth of x8 SLI solutions, claims the company.

Accommodating Intel’s LGA-775 Pentium 4 and Pentium D processors, the GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal has four 240-pin DIMM sockets that can support 8GB of DDR2 memory, according to the motherboard maker. Built-in USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 functionalities connect to all the latest high-speed peripherals and multimedia devices, said Gigabyte, adding that an embedded post code debug LED display and up to seven fan connectors provides instant information from the motherboard and the best thermal solution for ultimate gaming experience.

Gigabyte’s GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal specifications

Item

Detail

CPU

Intel Pentium Extreme Edition/ Pentium D/ Pentium 4/ Celeron

Chipset

NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition and NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI

FSB

1066/800/533MHz

Memory

DDR2 667/533, four 240-pin DIMMs (up to 8GB)

Expansion slot

Four PCIe x16, two PCIe x1, one PCI 2.2

Network

Dual Gigabit LAN, three IEEE 1394

Audio

8-channel Audio

SATA connector

Four SATA 3Gb/s, RAID 0/1/0+1/5

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Source: Company, compiled by DigiTimes, November 2005
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Gigabyte: October 2004 - October 2005 revenues (NT$m)

Month

Sales

M/M

Y/Y

YTD

Y/Y

Oct-05

4,777

5.6%

15.5%

36,420

14.7%

Sep-05

4,524

9.9%

22.5%

31,723

14.9%

Aug-05

4,115

28.9%

28.4%

27,094

13.3%

Jul-05

3,192

3.6%

9.3%

22,979

10.9%

Jun-05

3,081

6%

11.2%

19,786

11.2%

May-05

2,907

(19.3%)

9.9%

16,705

11.2%

Apr-05

3,601

(4.2%)

17.5%

13,798

11.5%

Mar-05

3,757

29.7%

5.6%

9,823

5.7%

Feb-05

2,896

(8.6%)

(7.8%)

6,065

5.7%

Jan-05

3,169

(12.5%)

22.1%

3,169

22.1%

Dec-04

3,621

(9.5%)

18.5%

38,608

13.3%

Nov-04

4,003

(3.2%)

23.1%

34,987

12.8%

Oct-04

4,136

12%

21%

31,746

14.3%

*Figures are not consolidated
Source: TSE, compiled by Digitimes, November 2005

Gigabyte: 3Q 2004 - 3Q 2005 revenues (NT$m)

Quarter

Sales

Q/Q

Y/Y

YTD

Y/Y

3Q-05

11,751

21.2%

29.8%

31,643

17.9%

2Q-05

9,695

(4.9%)

14.4%

19,892

11.8%

1Q-05

10,197

(12.7%)

9.5%

10,197

9.5%

4Q-04

11,678

28.9%

21.2%

38,525

13.4%

3Q-04

9,057

6.8%

3.9%

26,847

10.3%

*Figures are not consolidated
Source: TSE, compiled by Digitimes, November 2005

Gigabyte: 3Q 2004 - 3Q 2005 balance sheet (NT$k)

Item

3Q-2005

2Q-2005

1Q-2005

4Q-2004

3Q-2004

Current assets

21,429,980

18,113,098

18,220,854

16,475,169

19,857,710

Long-term investments

5,020,233

5,919,173

5,939,679

5,835,667

6,354,485

Other financial assets - noncurrent

1,871,073

721,340

720,850

721,970

1,333,726

Fixed assets (net)

2,912,605

2,933,199

3,112,824

3,162,940

3,187,787

Other assets

303,488

284,774

303,874

314,816

243,988

Assets

31,537,379

27,971,584

28,298,081

26,510,562

29,643,970

Current liabilities

13,227,844

10,218,759

9,470,701

7,967,789

10,296,389

Noncurrent interest-bearing liabilities

0

0

0

0

574,907

Other liabilities

185,434

171,720

178,002

174,033

163,879

Liabilities

13,413,278

10,390,479

9,648,703

8,141,822

11,035,175

Stockholders' equity

18,124,101

17,581,105

18,649,378

18,368,740

18,608,795

*Figures are not consolidated
Source: TSE, compiled by Digitimes, November 2005

Gigabyte: 3Q 2004 - 3Q 2005 income statement (NT$k)

Item

3Q-2005

2Q-2005

1Q-2005

4Q-2004

3Q-2004

NT$k

% of sales

NT$k

% of sales

NT$k

% of sales

NT$k

% of sales

NT$k

% of sales

Gross sales

11,870,068

 

9,765,357

 

10,259,575

 

11,746,309

 

9,149,511

 

Operating revenue

11,750,795

99%

9,694,955

99.3%

10,196,753

99.4%

11,677,716

99.4%

9,056,740

99%

Gross profit (loss) from operations

1,576,477

13.3%

1,152,655

11.8%

1,105,023

10.8%

1,417,158

12.1%

1,219,998

13.3%

Operating expenses

954,571

8%

780,840

8%

714,950

7%

860,500

7.3%

726,225

7.9%

Operating income (loss)

621,906

5.2%

371,815

3.8%

390,073

3.8%

556,658

4.7%

493,773

5.4%

Non-operating revenues and gains

44,196

0.4%

17,125

0.2%

104,073

1%

31,358

0.3%

101,333

1.1%

Non-operating expenses and losses

294,977

2.5%

88,952

0.9%

165,619

1.6%

705,902

6%

-85,270

-0.9%

Income from continuing operations before income tax

371,125

3.1%

299,988

3.1%

328,527

3.2%

-117,886

-1%

680,376

7.4%

Net income (loss)

353,895

3%

265,447

2.7%

293,836

2.9%

1,921

0%

597,869

6.5%

Fully-diluted earnings per share (NT$)

0.5

 

0.4

 

0.5

 

0

 

0.8

 

*Figures are not consolidated
Source: TSE, compiled by Digitimes, November 2005

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