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Gigabyte unveils 'less hazardous' Opteron mobo

RoHS, RoHS, RoHS your boat

Gigabyte last week announced its first 'eco' workstation mobo - a dual Opteron-aimed board that complies with Europe's hazardous materials regulations.

The GA-2CEWH is built to the limitations imposed by the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). The EU's RoHS rules come into force on 1 July 2006 and ban the use of "lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)" in any electrical goods. The EU defines 'electrical goods' as any item which can't function without electrical power.

The board itself is based on Nvidia's nForce 4 Pro 2200 and 2050 chipsets. It incorporates two SLi-enabled x16 PCI Express slots, a single x1 PCI Express slot, one 32-bit PCI slot and a pair of PCI-X connectors. There are two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 1.1 ports, a single Firewire connector, an S/PDIF optical port, and all the usual legacy connectors.

The two-chip board sports two banks of four DIMM slots capable of taking up to 32GB of registered ECC DDR SDRAM clocked to 333MHz or 400MHz.

There are twin Gigabit Ethernet controllers, courtesy of Broadcom. The board supports up to four Serial ATA devices with RAID 0 and 1. ®

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