More From Gigabyte: Z77 Boards, 7970 Graphics Cards, and Mobile Gear Galore - HotHardware
More From Gigabyte: Z77 Boards, 7970 Graphics Cards, and Mobile Gear Galore

More From Gigabyte: Z77 Boards, 7970 Graphics Cards, and Mobile Gear Galore

We already told you about some of Gigabyte’s next-gen motherboard technology, but as expected, the company has lots more in the offing, including a bevy of mobile gear and new 28nm Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards. And of course, we have loads of pictures for you.

Starting with the upcoming Z77 motherboards, we’ve already seen images of the GA-Z77X-UD3H, G1.Sniper 3 and G1.Sniper M3, and the small business-oriented B75M-D3H. Now, we have photos of a few more Z77 boards, as well. Bear in mind that these are mostly engineering--note the lack of the G1 series' trademark green-and-black color scheme, for example--so things will likely change somewhat, but it's still a great look at what we can expect to see when these boards start shipping.

     
  L to R: GA-Z77X-UD5H and GA-Z77X-UD3H side by side; a closer look at the UD5H; GA-Z77A-UD3H's and GA-Z77X-UD5H's back I/O

     
L to R: G1.Sniper 3; G1.Sniper M3; mSATA; G1.Assasin 2

The details of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 are already well-documented, but Gigabyte added some of its own features, as well. The Gigabyte cards are equipped with WINDFORCE 3X Cooling Technology, which consists of three fans, anti-turbulence inclined fans, and copper heat pipes. WINDFORCE 3X works with Gigabyte’s Triangle Cool technology, which “combines fin with clip module in a special triangle shape” to more efficiently get rid of heat by reducing fan turbulence.


Gigabyte's Radeon HD 7970 card

On the mobile side, Gigabyte had lots to share, including a tablet, two convertible tablet notebooks, and a pair of high-performing notebooks.

The S1080 and S1081 are 10.1-inch “productivity slates” that run Windows 7 and are powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom dual-core N570 (S1080) and 1.86GHz Atom dual-core N2800 (S1081) and features the Intel NM10 chipset, 2GB of DDR-2 memory (1 slot), and Intel GMA 3150 (S1080) and 3650 (S1081) graphics. Storage options include a 320GB or 500GB 2.5-inch SATA drive or a 64/128/256GB SSD. Ports include USB 3.0 and 2.0, D-sub, RJ45, mic and headphone jacks, an SD card reader, and HDMI (on the S1081 only). For connectivity, they sport Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0, and 3.5G.

  
S1081, in-hand and docked

The S1081 also has a docking station with a Super-Multi DVD drive, another trio of USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, speakers (with a pair of 3-inch woofers), and more.

Sort of in the same vein is the T1006M, a 10.1-inch convertible tablet notebook with a 1366x768 screen and an Intel Atom (Cedar Trail) chip inside. It also has USB 3.0, a 6-cell battery, and it’s 3.5G-ready.

Not content to produce just two varying option for powerful mobile computing, Gigabyte also had the Booktop T1132N on display. The T1132N is billed as a 3-in-1 notebook, tablet, and desktop, which simply means that it’s a convertible tablet notebook that can also dock, allowing the use of a separate keyboard. Inside, it runs an Intel Core i5 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GT520M and features an 11.6-inch screen, THX TruStudio Pro sound (pumped through stereo speakers), a 3.5G antenna, and USB 3.0 and HDMI ports. The docking station has a Super-Multi DVD drive and more USB 3.0 and HDMI ports.

         
L to R: T1132N, M2432, and P2532F

The M2432 is another Booktop, although it can be used as merely a notebook or a “desktop” (again, with a docking station and separate keyboard). It also has a second-gen Intel Core i5 CPU and THX TruStudio Pro audio, and it also features integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics and a 14-inch display. The dock is where some of the multimedia magic lies, as it boasts an NVIDIA GT 440 GPU that supports two additional displays, and slew of ports including USB (6), HDMI, D-sub, and DVI.

Finally, there’s the P2532F, a gaming and multimedia notebook with a 15.6-inch screen (1920x1080 full HD), a second-gen Intel Core i7-2670QM CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce GT555M GPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 750GB hard drive. Other features include a Blu-ray drive, (surprise!) THX TruStudio Pro audio, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port.

Gigabyte didn’t ignore cooling on the P2532F, as it built in a dual heat sink- and air vent design with one each for the the CPU and GPU.

That about wraps it up for Gigabyte at this year’s CES. We’ll be looking forward to getting our mitts on some of this gear and putting it through the paces.
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I'm not wild about their computers/tablets but I am wild about their graphics cards and their motherboards. I am certainly interested to see whether or not the motherboards will scum to the same power problem as the boards before it and the Windforce 3X cooler on a 7970 is expected to produce great results, especially when overclocked. I don't know if I should buy a second 6950 or sell the one I have now and save up for the Gigabyte 7970 one.

Anyways, great show Gigabyte! Great show!

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If i were you I will just sell the 6950 and buy  the 7970 :)....the gygabyte 7970 just looks beast.

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I cant wait until the new non reference 7970's come out , i was going to get the xfx one but then i seen the gigabyte one and now i want that one :o just need asus and sapphire to bring theirs now !

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