Gigabyte shows off X99 motherboards, GTX 1080 GPUs, and more
First up, we have some video of many of the products...
IntelIntel didn't have anything new to show, but wanted to reiterate its commitment to the PC gaming and high-end desktop spaces, as evidenced by its new Broadwell-E platform. Intel's Desktop Director, Heath Winston, spoke about the growth and size of the PC gaming market, which we thought was interesting. He said the actual number of PC gamers is around 1.2 billion globally, and of that number approximately 800,000 are "active" in that they game at least once a week. He said PC gaming is a $90 billion market currently, which is a 30% increase from just a few years ago. One other notable stat was that there's approximately 20 billion hours of streaming content a month now, which is a huge change from a few years ago. He also said VR will likely be a huge influence on the PC market in the years to come. After his brief synopsis, he handed the stage over to Gigabyte.
GigabyteThe company showed off a few swank parts, so let's take a look at each of them one-by-one.
The company also showed off an all-new Brix model aimed at mainstream gamers as it includes a GTX 950 GPU. It's essentially an HTPC made for light gaming, but has a very unique form factor.
The Brix Gaming UHD.
Gigabyte Motherboard featuresGigabyte showed off a lot of very cool features that have been baked into its new X99 motherboards as well, including several we've never seen before.
Gigabyte's All-new BIOSThe company showed off an all-new BIOS that includes the ability to set custom fan curves.
LED lighting headersIn terms of lighting, its new motherboards will support perimeter lighting as well as as LED strip headers on the motherboard. You'll no longer have to use a connector from the power supply to do this, and the company said in the future it'll be possible to coordinate the strips' lighting with that of the motherboard too.
U.2 PortsIts X99 boards will allow you to run three Intel 750 Series SSDs in RAID, which Gigabyte says can offer up to 3.5GB/s in bandwidth. It does this via two onboard U.2 ports and an M.2 port that can be fitted with an adapter.
Bigger M.2 portsInstead of sticking with the 2280 M.2 SSDs we've seen previously, the new boards allow for the longer 110mm SSDs, which don't exist yet but will in the future. The beauty of the M.2 interface is there are several different lengths to accommodate drives of various capacities.
Gigabyte Offering Dual CPU/Pump Fan HeadersIn a nod to water cooling enthusiasts, Gigabyte has added an extra fan header near the CPU socket for those running a water pump instead of a fan. The header can operate in both PWM or voltage calibration modes.
Thunderbolt 3 On Gigabyte MotherboardsGigabyte's new boards will support Thunderbolt 3, and they also mentioned that older boards will be able to use it via an add-in card too. Thunderbolt 3 will deliver up to 40Gb/s of bandwidth.
And here are some photos we took of the new motherboards!