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We’ve previously talked at length about Gigabyte’s BRIX small form factor PCs here at HotHardware, but we were able to lay our eyes (and hands) on a new member of the family at this week’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF). Rather than the traditional BRIX shape, which spreads most of its visual mass horizontally, the BRIX Gaming UHD goes for a more vertical design. Looking somewhat like a miniature trash can, the BRIX Gaming UHD features an aluminum chassis that measures 220mm x 110mm x 110mm. Mounted atop the chassis is a fan that expels heat from the high-end processor and mainstream discrete GPU. This particular model is equipped with a quad-core Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor and an NVIDIA GeForce... Read more...
Gigabyte, Corsair and Intel held a press event in California on June 30th to show off some of their new hardware. Though Intel just talked broadly about its thoughts on the PC gaming market (it's growing, and they are committed to it, basically), Gigabyte and Corsair both demo'd high-end gear it first unveiled at Computex. We were on-hand to check everything out, and have the details lined up for you here. 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... Read more...
NVIDIA and AMD have locked horns on the mid-range battlefield for graphics cards, the latter with its $200 (4GB) and $239 (8GB) Radeon RX 480, and the former responding with its $250 GeForce GTX 1060 ($300 for the Founder's Edition). Of course, it's the custom cards that are most interesting, and though the GTX 1060 is just two days removed from an official unveiling, companies like Gigabyte and ASUS are already teasing their own variants.Starting with ASUS, you can expect several custom versions of the GeForce GTX 1060, three of which it teased on its Republic of Gamers Facebook page. They include the Turbo, Dual, and ROG Strix. Have a look.ASUS didn't provide any details on the three cards,... Read more...
Many of us were impressed with pint-sized performance of the AMD   Radeon R9 Nano, which packs quite a punch with an MSRP of $499 (although you can find it for as low as $460 if you look hard enough). But there’s a new performance-per-watt king in town with the arrival of Pascal, and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 GPU is proving to be quite a formidable graphics powerhouse. To that end, Gigabyte has unveiled its new GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC, which packs all the power of NVIDIA’s latest GPU in a card that measures just 17cm. Gigabyte has designed a custom cooling system for the tiny graphics card, using a single 90mm fan and three copper composite heat pipes. Each of the three heat pipes directly... Read more...
Last week we told you about Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming card, which brought with it the Windforce 3X cooler. We also made mention that an even more impressive card would be following closely behind, and thus we present you with the GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming. Whereas the G1 Gaming made use of the Windforce 3X cooler, the Extreme Gaming goes a step further with Windforce Stack Cooling. There are three fans (each with double ball bearings) that cover the length of the card, however, the central counter-rotating fan sits just slightly below the two outer fans. Gigabyte says that not only does this patent-pending setup reduce turbulence, but it also delivers 10 percent more airflow... Read more...
As we’ve seen in our recent review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, Pascal is kicking some serious butt and shows no signs of taking orders from anyone. Luckily, plenty of NVIDIA’s board partners have lined up to produce graphics cards based on Pascal and here we are today staring at Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 1080 G1 GAMING, which will be vying for your attention on digital store shelves across the internet. As you might expect coming from Gigabyte, this isn’t just your run-of-the-mill Pascal card; it actually uses the company’s signature WINDFORCE 3X cooling system that incorporates a trio of fans to keep heat in check. The fans use triangular blade edges and feature a 3D stripe on the blade surface... Read more...
To expand on our coverage of Intel’s Z170-chipset, we now turn our focus to another Gigabyte motherboard for Intel Skylake CPUs. The Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 Ultra Durable motherboard is up at the plate and has the budget-builder firmly in its sights. Conversely, the company’s pricey Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard, which we previously reviewed, is loaded with premium features that enthusiast gamers crave. Features such as Bluetooth, WiFi, 4-way CrossFire and SLI support, baked-in liquid cooling accommodations, and the like, are all absent on this more svelte GB product. With much of the fat trimmed, Gigabyte is able to offer a formidable platform for Skylake at a more aggressive price point. Gigabyte... Read more...
GIGABYTE is a big fan of giving its customers choice on the motherboard front, which sometimes involves releases that support brand-new architectures on older hardware, or hardware you might not even expect. This past spring, for example, the company released EFI updates to allow its FM2+ boards to run AMD's Godavari chips, and it did the same thing for Intel's Broadwell-based chips. Now, the company is releasing a full series of motherboards that targets a different niche: workstation. Its X170 and X150 series of motherboards are based on Intel's C236 and C232 chipsets and are designed for use with Intel's Xeon processors. These are typically used in servers and workstations and carry a perk... Read more...
We had a chance to visit Gigabyte this week at CES, and as always, the company had plenty to showcase for our eager eyes. On tap were new Skylake BRIX mini-PCs, new WINDFORCE graphics cards, a new gaming laptop and a familiar 34-inch curved AIO machine. First up, however, is Gigabyte’s refreshed BRIX mini-PCs which feature a high-quality, brushed aluminum finish to class things up a bit. Customers can choose from three Skylake processor, all with a TDP of 15W and all with Intel HD Graphics 520 onboard: the Core i3-6100U, Core i5-6200U or Core i7-6500U. Gigabyte's Skylake BRIX Mini-PC Two M.2 slots are included in the BRIX machines, with one already occupied by a combo Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module,... Read more...
Intel Skylake processors have landed and motherboard manufacturers now have a wide range of boards sporting the necessary LGA 1151 socket and Z170 chipset to support the CPUs. Under the microscope today we have a high-end model from Gigabyte, the formidable Z170X-Gaming G1—a board that's virtually bursting at the seams with top-end features for the discriminating enthusiast. It's got everything from a 22 phase power array, to support for USB 3.1, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, quad GPUs, Gen3 x4 M.2 connectors and dedicated network processing via onboard Killer DoubleShot Pro X3 NICs—just to name a few.Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 MotherboardSpecifications & FeaturesCPU:Chipset:Multi GPU:Memory:Audio:Connectivity:Slots:Storage:USB... Read more...
We already know a lot about the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960. In our launch coverage of the GPU we noted, “The GeForce GTX 960’s low-power characteristics, beefed up video engine, and overclocking headroom, in addition to support for technologies like NVIDIA’s Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI), Multi-Frame sampled AA (MFAA), Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR), and DX12,l make the card a compelling choice.” The GTX 960 is an excellent choice for MOBA gamers or gamers running single displays at resolution of 1080P, or below but at high image quality settings.The GeForce GTX 960 also happens to be a very power efficient GPU, that’s doesn’t need a ton of cooling and most cards require only a single supplemental... Read more...
It won't be long (hopefully) before Intel's newly launched Skylake processors for the desktop will find their way onto retail shelves (they're already available through system builders). If you've been waiting for Skylake, you'll soon be able to proceed with your new build. In the meantime, you can get started with other parts, including the motherboard, some of which sport Rivet Network's all-new Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet Controller. Rivet's new flagship controller introduces something called "Advanced Stream Detect 2.0," which is a collection of technologies and algorithms designed for superior network data detection and network optimizations. The E2400 automatically detects and prioritizes... Read more...
When it launched its initial line-up of Haswell-E based processors and the companion X99 chipset, Intel’s motherboard partners hit the ground running with some fairly exciting products. At the time of the launch, we featured a few offerings in our review—you can check them out right here. But, as is sometimes the case, the second wave of products based on a particular technology are sometimes more exotic and may offer features not found on the first release. Such is the case with the motherboards we’re going to show you here from Gigabyte. Although they’re based on the same chipset, the Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion and X99-Gaming 5P are actually quite different. One of the boards is a non-nonsense... Read more...
AMD on Thursday introduced the world to its A10-7870K APU, otherwise known as Godavari, though it's actually a light refresh of the existing Kaveri core. Codenames aside, the A10-7870K APU is a compelling option with a slight speed bump in clock frequency over the A10-7850K (3.9GHz to 4.1GHz versus 3.7GHz to 4.0GHz) and a big bump in the graphics core clock speed (866MHz versus 720MHz). If you're thinking about picking up the chip when it becomes available in June but don't know if it will work in your in your Gigabyte-brand FM2+ motherboard, you can put your mind to rest -- it will. It doesn't matter which specific model you own, Gigabyte says that its entire lineup of FM2+ boards... Read more...
GIGABYTE has just announced that it's rolled out EFI updates to its entire range of Z97/H97 motherboards to add support for Intel's upcoming 5th-gen Core processors, "Broadwell". To grab the update, simply hit up GIGABYTE's support page and search for your motherboard model. You may also be able to update if you happen to have GIGABYTE's @BIOS utility installed, but from experience, that's hit-or-miss. While Intel's 5th-gen Core processors hit mobile earlier this year, there's been some delays on the desktop side, with rumors putting the launch at June - something GIGABYTE's new updates add some confidence to. As Marco covered in March, Intel is planning to release some NUCs with its Broadwell... Read more...
Gigabyte's Brix line-up of small form factor systems is the company’s answer to the teeny, tiny NUC from Intel. These ridiculously small PCs pack all the power of a laptop, or a budget desktop, into a box small enough to fit in your palm. These wee PCs are marketed to non-gamers and people who need a basic, no-nonsense PC with a tiny footprint. Think people who need a PC for a kiosk or for basic, day to day computing. These little brick PCs are basically made to mount behind a monitor, and use mobile parts and solid-state components to keep the noise and heat to a minimum. One big difference between these Ultra small form factor PCs and traditional PCs is that these little boxes are mostly sold... Read more...
Gigabyte is introducing a new X99 motherboard for overclockers that are on a budget. The X99-SOC Champion, like the other members of Gigabyte’s X99 motherboard lineup, supports Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition (LGA 2011-v3 socket) processors, International Rectifier’s all-digital CPU power design, and a PCI Express design that utilizes 100% of all 40 lanes from the processor when in a 4-way or 3-way graphics configurations. Compared to Gigabyte’s existing X99 lineup, the X99-SOC Champion compares most favorably to the X99-SOC Force. But whereas the X99-SOC Force features 8 DDR4 DIMM sockets, the X99-SOC Champion makes do with just 4 sockets. Gigabyte claims that cutting the number of DIMM sockets... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave and Marco are sans the half geek, but forge ahead anyway and discuss SanDisk's Extreme Pro SSDs, the awesome ASUS G751 gaming notebook with NVIDIA's Maxwell GPU, the wild Alienware Area 51 gaming PC, Amazon's Fire HD 7 tablet, printable food, water-cooled tri-SLI from Gigabyte and a whole lot more... Show Notes: 01:10 - SanDisk Extreme Pro Solid State Drives Reviewed  07:00 - Asus G751 Gaming Laptop: Mobile Maxwell Done Right  15:45 - Amazon Fire HD 7 Tablet (2014) Review  24:25 - Alienware Area-51: Triad, Tri-SLI GTX 980, Haswell-E 34:23 - GIGABYTE Unveils GeForce GTX 980 WaterForce Tri-SLI Killer... Read more...
NVIDIA's top-end GeForce GTX 980 graphics card is powerful. So powerful, in fact, that I've felt confident in calling its performance "drool-worthy". Well, after seeing GIGABYTE's latest release, I'm thinking that's a statement I should take back, as it's a little more deserving. It's called the WATERFORCE 3-way SLI water cooling system, and as the name implies, we get three times the GTX 980 action with this one. Just look at it! The product page for this kit doesn't explode at the seams with details, but fortunately, images like these speak volumes. This is an entire water cooling kit that sits on top of your chassis and includes a dedicated 120mm radiator for each card. The massive unit that... Read more...
To have a little fun in the lead up to Halloween, and give a little something back to the community, HotHardware, AMD and Gigabyte teamed up to put together one heck of a spook-tacular giveaway! This time around, two of you incredibly intelligent, and dare we say, immensely awesome HotHardware fans had a chance to win an eight-core AMD FX-9590 Liqid-Cooled Edition processor and a slick Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 motherboard to go along with it... AMD FX-9590 Liquid Cooled Edition and a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 Motherboard! Two (2) prize packages up for grabs! We’ll we’ve scoured through the myriad of users and posts and have picked the VERY lucky winners! KOwen and... Read more...
Just in time for Halloween, HotHardware, AMD and Gigabyte have teamed up to put together one heck of a spook-tacular giveaway! This time around we're giving two of you incredibly intelligent, and dare we say, immensely awesome HotHardware fans a chance to win an eight-core AMD FX-9590 Liqid-Cooled Edition processor and a slick Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 motherboard to go along with it. If you're an AMD fan and were thinking of upgrading or building a new system, this is one heck of a great foundation. The breakdown of prize packages is as follows: AMD FX-9590 Liquid Cooled Edition and a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 Motherboard! Two (2) prize packages up for grabs! To be entered, please follow... Read more...
One of the biggest downfalls of overclocking competitions is that they're usually very exclusive. Not everyone can afford hardware that's effectively going to be slaughtered, and it's impossible to compete with champions who are handed over gear from companies like Intel without much hesitation. It's for this reason that GIGABYTE's just-announced "Target OC" competition strikes me as being really freaking cool. Instead of asking people to break records, GIGABYTE's asking people to come as close to certain targets as possible, and lower-end hardware is definitely welcomed here. Take for example the 3DMark 05 test; here, your goal is to come as close to OPPAINTER's world record score of 30,257,... Read more...
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