Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sin0822 gives us his take on the G1.Assassin 2 motherboard


Respected power user Sin0822 has once again turned his attention to our new X79 platform with a review of our GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2 board. As you’d expect from a Sin0822 review, it’s very detailed and covers just every aspect of the board including details on pretty much every chip we used. There’s also advice on how to achieve a good overclock, as well as some proof that Sin can handle himself in the 3D gaming realm and is well placed as a reviewer of high-end gaming offering. Here’s a sample of what he has to say:

“The G1 Assassin 2 is a 3rd generation G1 Killer. It’s a gaming board, but the best of the best gaming boards. Sure other boards might have some overclocking features like buttons, voltage read points, and cool sub-zero temp meters but what gamer is ever going to use those while gaming? I am not saying that this board doesn’t overclock, it in fact does overclock great, but it is more geared towards gamers and thus you only pay for gaming features.

"Shouldn't a gaming board be reviewed by someone who actually games?", some have asked. Many might not know this, but I do in fact play some computer games, and I can show off a bit below. In the end this board is now in my 24/7 rig displacing the Sniper 2 into my second rig, and I really don’t game with anything other than a G1 series board. There is a reason to this, because I have my 24/7 computer on 24/7, it doesn’t sleep, it miss a beat either, it just runs. I feed it electricity, and yet I depend on it to do everything. I must say though that nice audio allows me to hear around corners, as I can hear footsteps and that is one of the biggest advantages to a G1 board. Of course a top-notch sound card can do the same, but I never bought a sound card after my Audigy2 ZS.”

You can catch the full review on several of the sites and forums Sin frequents: XtremeSystems, Overclock.net, Overclockers.com, Overclockers.com.au, Tweaktown.com

More on the G1.Assassin 2 can be found here.

Monday, January 30, 2012

OCAHOLIC award GIGABYTE X79-UD3 the full five stars


Marc Büchel at OCaholic.ch has awarded the GIGABYTE X79-UD3 motherboard a five star rating, with plenty of praise for the overall performance, good looks and reams of overclocking potential found within:

“Recommendation - The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 is an excellent allrounder. We can recommend this motherboard to gamers, overclockers as well as enthusiasts. The UD3 really does a great job in every PC. On top of all that this board only costs CHF 236.- (est. EUR 197).

Rating - We give the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 gets very good five out of five stars.”


Check out the full and detailed review at ocaholic here.

More info on the GIGABYTE X79-UD3 can be found on our site here.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

GIGABYTE X'MAS & New Year Contest is going off, Christian Ney just took some new platform records!

HWBOT is running a pretty crazy overclocking comp this month. We just noticed Christian Ney from Switzerland storming into the comp with some scary overclocks. He took out the CPU frequency and memory records on the platform.

1513.6 MHz RAM Frequency

6067.71 MHz CPU Frequency

Love the LN2 cooled RAM there, nice one!

Keep an eye on the competition, 3 days to go…


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

GIGABYTE's new GA-X79-UD3 a sensible mobo choice says Atomic Magazine

Tech geeks over at Atomic Magazine in Australia had a look at the GIGABYTE X79-UD3 board, with latest bios installed of course, and found it a great value board.  atom

Some times you just want a plain and simple motherboard, with a minimum of bells and whistles... the new GA-X79-UD3 is just that, and a little bit more. Read more HERE


Monday, January 23, 2012

VR-Zone takes a look at GIGABYTE X79-UD5 board!

Chris took the GIGABYTE X79-UD5 for a spin over at VR Zone and had nothing but praises for it understandably. It’s a ripper board.

Clipboard01The Gigabyte X79-UD5 is a good solid board. It is much improved using later BIOSes and getting better all the time, particularly on the memory side. It has a quality feature list, its efficiency is fine, it’s stable and it looks great.

Read more: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-x79-ud5-review/14133.html#ixzz1kGAibyaY


Sunday, January 22, 2012

AMD Llano world records falling on GIGABYTE platform!

HWBOT is running a GIGABYTE X'MAS & New Year Contest at the moment.

World records for AMD Llano platform i falling left right and centre. US overclocker Tsunamijuan just posted a 5900MHz score in frequency stage. WOW! Good job!


GIGABYTE proud to be the major sponsor of HWBOT from the start!

hwbot_rev4_logo_notextHWBOT is reaching its 2.5 year anniversary as a semi-professional overclocking website as mentioned in their recent HWBOT Vision 2012 announcement.

GIGABYTE understood the importance and value overclockers bring to improve the quality and performance of its products and wanted to help give something back to the community by supporting HWBOT among other initiates. GIGABYTE understood what HWBOT was all about and did not hesitate to help sponsor the site from the start.

HWBOT for those of you that don’t know is the world’s best known overclocking website that brings together the worldwide overclocking community through overclocking competitions and general gathering of benchmark results.

Three cheers for you guys, keep up the good work. GIGABYTE looks forward to working with you in 2012!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Intel Announces Performance Tuning Protection Plan: Overclockers Get Some Intel Love



Intel has just announced an insurance plan for overclockers that goes above their usual 3 year warranty. Users can purchase a $20-$35 plan (depending on CPU) that offers a single, one time replacement of their CPU for damage due to overclocking. This is a great move by Intel to offer some protection to overclockers who are pushing their CPUs beyond spec.

Processors included in the program:

  • Intel Core i7 3960X: $35
  • Intel Core i7 3930K: $35
  • Intel Core i7 2700K: $25
  • Intel Core i7 2600K: $25
  • Intel Core i5 2500K: $20

You can purchase the plan for the next 6 months through one of their approved resellers or directly from Intel themselves at their website: http://www.intel.com/go/tuningplan

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

HotHardware give away GIGABYTE goodies for New Year

HotHardware are celebrating the New Year by giving away some very attractive GIGABYTE goodies, not least of all a GIGABYTE Z68XP-UD3P motherboard. Entering is as easy as possible; simply register as a member, make some comments and like the HotHardware Facebook page and you’re in the hat for the draw.


Competition deadline is February 3rd. Other prizes include a GIGABYTE GTX 560 graphics card and Force K3 keyboard and M6900 mouse.

Read more about the competition here on the HotHardware site.

Friday, January 13, 2012

GIGABYTE X79-UD3 claims Tom’s Hardware APPROVED Award

The great granddaddy of all PC hardware sites, Tom’s Hardware, has just published an article comparing seven X79 boards in the $260-320 price segment, including very own X79-UD3 board. Reviewer Thomas Soderstrom puts all seven boards through their paces comparing overall performance, features sets, overclocking prowess and value for money. We’re absolutely delighted to see that our X79-UD3 has been selected for Tom’s prestigious Approved Award.


“The least-expensive of today’s contenders, the X79-UD3 still includes a standard set of mid-market enthusiast features, such as front- and rear-panel USB 3.0, eSATA, and two additional SATA 6Gb/s ports via a third-party controller. Gigabyte goes one step further, though, by endowing this product with four-way SLI support, rather than the three-way capability we'd expect to find on a more affordable platform”

Available on New Egg for around $270, Tom’s Hardware is clearly very impressed with the wealth of high-end features on this board combined with a very competitive price point.

You can catch the full and detailed review on Tom’s Hardware here.

More details and specs for the X79-UD3 can be found here.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Video: Hexus talk to GIGABYTE at CES 2012

UK Tech masters Hexus are on the mooch this week in Vegas, and naturally took some time to check out our next gen motherboards. Click the link below to check out their interview with Colin, our man in Vegas.



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Did you know…

that GIGABYTE has some cool apps in the Apple’s app store?

Search “GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY” to check them out.

Open-mouthed smile


GIGABYTE CES 2012: Media Round Up


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

PC Perspective

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

Legit Reviews

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.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

CES 2012: GIGABYTE Shows future 7 series motherboard lineup by Legit Reviews

Dan from Legitreviews.com reported today on some next generation GIGABYTE boards. Among the lineup shown one caught his attention, known internally as the new pocket rocket, GIGABYTE G1 Sniper M3.



Bring it onzzzz!

TweakTown catch us unveiling next gen boards at CES 2012

Cameron Wilmot from Tweaktown was in attendance at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas earlier today where we took the wraps of our next generation motherboard designs. If you are curious to have a glimpse of our exciting forthcoming board designs, you can catch Cameron’s video below.

You can also read the full article on TweakTown here.

Cheers Cam.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Futurelooks take on the GIGABYTE G1. Assassin 2


Eric Garay from Futurelooks.com has published his review of our flagship X79 gaming board, the GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2, and we’re delighted to see Eric give the board his Recommended award.

You can also watch a video of Eric as he takes a tour of the retail package and of course all of the boards various features.

You can check out the full and detailed review here on Futurelooks.com

If you’re interested in perusing technical specifications etc, you can find the G1.Assassin 2 product page here.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

RunCore Pro V 128GB mSATA SSD reviewed, looks perfect for onboard mounting

Chris Ramseyer at Tweaktown has published a review RunCore’s new Pro V 128GB mSATA SSD module, and it would appear that he’s impressed giving it a hearty ‘Best Features’ TweakTown Award. Although the review, and indeed the product itself is looked at in the context of notebook and netbooks, I can’t help but wonder just good it would look seated directly onto a GIGABYTE motherboard.


Here at GIGABYTE we were the first motherboard vendor to really innovate using the still relatively new mSATA technology standard, and while we were certainly motivated by Intel’s Smart Response Technology which uses low capacity, affordable mSATA SSDs to cache your most frequently used applications (resulting in a nice boost in response times), we were no less convinced that it would in the end prove to be a great way of adding an SSD directly to your board to use as your primary OS drive.

There aren’t too many mSATA drives on the market, so it’s really encouraging to see RunCore offering this high-performance 128GB model – plenty of space for a Windows 7 install! And by the way, our love of mSATA hasn’t diminished in any way since the Intel Z68 launch….hint, hint.

Check out these GIGABYTE models that currently feature an onboard mSATA slot.


TweakTown review here.

PHIL from Greece breaks single card Unigine world record with the new HD 7970 GPU

I just came across a nice looking ghetto mod on HWBOT by a Greek overclocker PHIL who also broke the single card world record in Unigine. He used a GIGABYTE P67A-UD5, Kingston HyperX and an awesome looking cascade ghetto mount on the GPU, DID I SAY IT LOOKS AWESOME!

Awesome PHIL, keep it up mate!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Massman from hwbot takes the X79-UD7 to 5.4GHz in 4-way SLI


PJ from hwbot (aka Massman) just uploaded a short video showing 3D mark 11 on a 4-way SLI setup based on the GIGABYTE X79-UD7 motherboard running at 5.4GHz. He’s running the latest F8d beta BIOS that is not available from our website yet – F7 is available though: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4047#bios.

Check out PJ’s youtube video here:

Update: 01/03/2012 14:04 Taiwan time

I just noticed this WPRIME 32M score from the same benching session with the CPU at almost 5.5GHz while running multithreaded benchmarks at extremely high volts – just in case there were any doubts out there as to the quality or design of the PWM…


Monday, January 2, 2012

Video: High Tech Legion Award Gold for Z68XP-UD5

High Tech legion have just published their review of our Z68XP-UD5 motherboard, and it would seem that they’re impressed, awarding their Gold Award. Interestingly, reviewer Eric Stemplewski has also made an in-depth video to accompany the online article, so if you want to get up close and personal with the award-winning board, you’ll not be disappointed.

Read the full article here.

More about the GIGABYTE X68XP-UD5 here.