Gigabyte Takes Aim at Budget HTPC Crowd with HD Motherboard Series

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News Posted: Thu, Nov 29 2012 9:50 AM
One thing you might run into when shopping value oriented parts is that the manufacturers often cut corners to keep the price tag down. It comes with the territory. Along those lines, the idea behind Gigabyte's new HD motherboard series is to offer budget DIY home theater PC (HTPC) builders a line of inexpensive mobos with HDMI and DVI outputs.

Gigabyte GA-Z77-HD4

"The new Gigabyte HD motherboard series means our customers can get much more bang-per-buck from their value segment motherboards," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of Gigabyte Motherboard Business Unit. "Adding dual digital display ports to this segment really sets Gigabyte apart from the competition, raising the bar for value segment motherboard design."

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Gigabyte so far is offering seven such motherboards, including the GA-Z77-HD4, GA-Z77-HD3, GA-B75M-HD3, and GA-H61M-HD2 for Intel users, and GA-F2A85XM-HD3, GA-F2A75M-HD2, and GA-F2A55M-HD2 for AMD users. All of these boards come with at least three display outputs -- D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI -- while the GA-Z77-HD4 adds a DisplayPort to the mix.

All seven boards also integrate Gigabyte's Ultra Durable 4 Classic technology, a fancy marketing term for built-in protection against humidity, electrostatic damage, power failure, and high temperatures using anti-surge ICs, and other specialized components.

While these boards target the value segment, Gigabyte has not yet announced any pricing information.
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Dorkstar replied on Fri, Nov 30 2012 2:17 PM

What benefit is there to this?  I've seen media PC's ran on P4's and work just as good as one running a i7-2600.  Okay, that's a strech, but still it's only purpose is to play media, I just don't see a purpose in going all out and buying brand new gear, when most people have or can obtain a older used computer that will operate just fine for what they're built for.

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