Gigabyte Technology, one of Taiwan's top four motherboard makers, has launched 10 entry- to mid-level motherboards, aiming at the same market as the X-series from industry leader Asustek Computer, sources said. Gigabyte's new models, the RZ-series lineup, are built using a range of chipsets from Intel, VIA Technologies and Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS), and all of them support Intel's 90nm Prescott processors.
The RZ series, with prices around US$60, target the same market as Asustek's X-series motherboards, said the sources. Four RZ models are currently posted on the company's website, and company sources expects RZ boards will hit retailers' shelves starting mid-March. Gigabyte also plans to officially launch a second, entry-level motherboard brand in the second quarter. The company's subsidiary Gigatrend will handle the operations of the sub-brand, and it has yet to decide the name of the new brand. Sources indicated that Gigabyte's sub-brand is aiming at Asustek's second brand, the ASRock.
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News source: DigiTimes