We’re only into the second day of this year’s CES show in Las Vegas, but already plenty of key PC enthusiast media have paid us a visit and published stories about our forthcoming motherboard series. Here’s a selection of media highlights from today and yesterday;
Our buddy LG Nilsson writing for VR-Zone relished the opportunity to take a look at some consumer oriented motherboard designs for Intel’s next generation processors, writing a fairly comprehensive overview of each of the boards displayed at the show.
“If you've been waiting for some more consumer friendly motherboards than the dual-socket workstation board we've seen so far from CES, then we have good news, we've got a few shots of Gigabyte's upcoming Intel 7-series motherboards….As with Gigabyte's X79-series motherboards, the upcoming 7-series boards for the LGA-1155 socket will be equipped with digital PWMs, Gigabyte's 3D Power and of course the 3D UEFI. However, there's a lot more to these new boards and there are a few really interesting additions that we can expect at the launch.” - VR-Zone Source
Scott Michaud from PC Perspective managed to get a look at our new offerings despite suffering from the obligatory sore feet that comes with a day at CES:
“The first day of CES is nearly to a close and while I escape the blisters on my feet due to my location a few time zones and one border away from the organized chaos, the callusing of my fingertips has just begun. Allow us to each stretch our hands out, loosen our wrists, and prepare to indulge on distilled product announcements and testimony of how awesome various TVs look. Since we are a computer hardware website, how about indulging in a jackpot of information about Gigabyte’s next generation of Z77 Ivy Bridge motherboards?
The Z77 chipset will be Intel’s higher-end platform for the upcoming Ivy Bridge CPUs as well as support for the previous generation of Sandy Bridge processors. While there are some 60-series chipsets that support Ivy Bridge with a BIOS update I am sure Gigabyte, for one, hopes you upgrade to a motherboard more suited for the CPU.
Perhaps you would like a 3D BIOS with that?” - PC Per Source
Dan Stolz caught the full press conference at the Venetian as well as the whole new family of boards, and was appreciative of the opportunity to get hands some thoroughly new and exciting forthcoming technology:
“The day before CES 2012 opens up to the public, Legit Reviews has been busy with press conferences and meetings with the various companies that we work with. Today we were able to attend the GIGABYTE press conference where they had some great information for us. Possibly the most exciting point of the meeting was the sneak peek at several of GIGABYTE's Intel Z77 'Ivy Bridge' motherboards!” - Legit Reviews Article
Tweaktown boss man Cameron Wilmot was also in attendance at the media event, taking this memorable photo of our buddy Colin Brix armed to the teeth with next gen boards of course!
“CES 2012 - GIGABYTE just got done holding their "Meet the Executives" event at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas and one of the big points for staying ahead of their competition (ASUS) was to be first out with new technology.
One big new piece of technology coming out sometime later this year is Intel's Ivy Bridge platform. We are already bound by an NDA, so there is little we can say. A quick search on Google though shows things like native USB 3.0 and PCI Express 3.0 support. It will be a mid-range platform, you can think of it as an updated Z68 Express for upcoming Intel processors.” - TweakTown Article
Finally, Andy Ruffel from Eteknix managed to catch the whole event on camera. Check out the video below for a ringside seat of the event where attending media got their very first sniff of our future generation motherboards:
“As we attended the Gigabyte Meet the Executives meeting at CES, Las Vegas, we were comfortably sitting down when a loud knocking came from the next room and the doors opened to be greeted by Marketing Manager of Gigabyte; Colin Brix.
Colin blasted in causing quite a stir as he announced the boards in his hands were that of Intel Z77 origin and were “stolen” from his colleague in the R&D department of Gigabyte.” - Eteknix Source
Thanks to all you guys for taking to the time to visit us during CES 2012.