CTO of HP’s gaming business, Rahul Sood, recently blogged about how he transformed his 3 year old HP Blackbird 002 gaming system into a current (2010) powerhouse! He replaced the motherboard, CPU, memory, power supply, and fans and is amazed at how well his PC is running now because it's way faster, much quieter, and rock solid!
The new motherboard he is using is the GIGABYTE X58A-UD3R, and here’s what he has to say about it:
“Gigabyte GA-X58A-UDR3 (why Gigabyte? ..because it's fanless, it's fast, and it's not overpriced. The Asus republic of gamer motherboard seems way overpriced for what you get, don't waste your money)”.
As the founder of luxury computer designer VoodooPC, and the current CTO of HP’s gaming business, that’s a really nice endorsement from someone who knows!