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Fans of gaming and computer hardware who didn’t get to go to PAX East this year take heart; we have booth video tours from the floor of the show that give you an excellent glimpse at what you missed. Our first video is the tour of the MSI booth at the show and all of the latest gaming notebooks the company offers are on full display. The full RGB keyboard backlighting is nice and some of the keyboards can be programmed to light specific keys for each game. Our second booth tour is of the Gigabyte booth, and the company has lots of its computer hardware on display. One of the coolest products was the full Aorus setup that shows all the RGB lighting and high-end gaming hardware that Gigabyte... Read more...
Motherboard makers are gearing up to launch new products based on AMD's X470 chipset, all of which will launch alongside the Santa Clara chip developer's upcoming Ryzen 2000 series. Other than perhaps putting some last minute touches on revised BIOSes and drivers, the new hardware is ready to go. And leading up to the launch, leaked images of a handful of Gigabyte X470 boards have popped up online. Gigabyte is never shy when it comes to releasing a whole bunch of boards for any particular chipset. With the X470 coming into view, Gigabyte will have ready at least three higher end options for gamers, all under its Aorus division. They include the X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi, X470 Aorus Gaming 5 WiFi,... Read more...
Pat yourself on the back if you resisted the urge to buy a gaming laptop in anticipation of Intel launching new 6-core/12-thread mobile processors. They are finally here, and we are seeing a whole bunch of new laptops pop up with these chips inside. That includes Gigabyte, which updated three of its laptop models through its Aorus gaming brand, including the 15.6-inch X5 and 17.3-inch X7 DT and X9 DT. All three laptop models feature 8th generation Intel Core processors underneath the hood. Starting at the top, the Aorus X9 DT wields the fastest of the new mobile bunch, the Core i9-8950HK, an unlocked chip clocked at 2.9GHz to 4.8GHz, with 12MB of L3 cache and a 45W TDP. Paired with up to 64GB... Read more...
Intel's 300 Series chipsets are launching today to complement its new 8th generation Core processors. Many of the top motherboard manufacturers are offering up full lineups based around the chipsets, and we're giving you a quick rundown of what has been announced by ASUS, ASRock and Gigabyte (see our earlier coverage of EVGA and Gigabyte motherboards). ASUS by far has the most extensive lineup of new motherboards using the H370 and B360 chipsets spread across ROG Strix, TUF Gaming, and Prime product families. The ROG Strix family motherboards have headers for RGB strips, Aura Sync, and pre-mounted I/O shields. Other features prominent within the family include SafeSlot reinforcements to protect... Read more...
Intel just announced an array of new products including powerful 6-core Core i9 and Xeon mobile processors, a family of 8th Gen Core processors with Iris Plus Graphics, updated consumer and commercial Core desktop processors, and the first Optane Memory laptop solutions. Amidst the dizzying array of products that were announced, Intel also unveiled a new family of 300 series chipsets with enhanced audio and I/O, targeting both the consumer and corporate product segments. The new chipsets also feature integrated Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi and native USB 3.1 Gen 2 support. The new chipsets in the Intel 300 series include the H370, H310, Q370, and B360. As you can see in the table above, the chipsets... Read more...
Gigabyte has introduced a new entry in the growing external GPU enclosure sector. The company's new Radeon RX 580 Gaming Box of course includes its namesake graphics card inside the enclosure and connects to your PC with via a Thunderbolt 3 connection. The AMD Radeon RX 580 lurking inside the box is clocked at 1257MHz (default), 1,340MHz in Gaming Mode, and maxes out at 1,355MHz in OC Mode. The 8GB of GDDR5 memory is locked in at a frequency of 8GHz. Fueling the GPU is a 450W 80 Plus Gold certified power supply unit, and it has its own custom heatsink attached along with a massive fan to keep things cool during intense gaming sessions (or for mining duty, if you so choose). On the back of... Read more...
Forget about planning just for Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of every month when Microsoft issues security updates to Windows users. As companies scramble to mitigate Meltdown and Spectre, you should be planning for Patch January, and maybe February as well. Case in point, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI have all now released firmware updates for a whole bunch of motherboard models. "ASUS is aware that the current Intel microcode version might be subject to recently identified security vulnerabilities. We are diligently working to update ASUS motherboards that support 6th, 7th or 8th Generation Intel Core processors or Intel Core X-series processors for X99 and X299 platforms. We recommend customers... Read more...
AMD and its hardware partners are not letting any grass grow underneath their collective feet. That much was made evident at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where AMD announced its 2nd generation Ryzen and Threadripper processors. That means new motherboards are on the horizon as well. We had a chance to look at one in person, Gigabyte's upcoming Aorus X470 Gaming 7 WiFi. Gigabyte said it listened to a lot customer feedback when designing this motherboard. Apparently Gigabyte really does frequent the comments sections in articles, as well as look at what people are saying in web forums and on YouTube. "We really do pay attention to what you guys want to see on a motherboard," Gigabyte... Read more...
For whatever reason, NVIDIA does not want its hardware partners overclocking the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti at the factory. This is probably to prevent closing the performance gap between (and cannibalizing sales of) it and the GeForce GTX 1080, though interestingly enough, NVIDIA said it designed the 1070 Ti with overclocking in mind. The only caveat is you have to do it yourself, and Gigabyte is making it easy with its new AORUS GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card. Out of the box, the AORUS GeForce GTX 1070 Ti sticks to reference clocks, as all 1070 Ti cards do, with a 1,607MHz base clock and 1,683MHz boost clock. However, using the company's AORUS Graphics Engine software, owners flip the switch from... Read more...
It has taken a bit, but we are starting to see more custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards emerge. One of the newest is from Gigabtye. The company has officially launched its Radeon RX Vega 64 Gaming OC 8G, which as the model name suggests is an overclocked variant of the Radeon RX Vega 64, with 8GB of second generation high bandwidth memory (HBM2). It also boasts Gigabyte's custom Windforce 2X cooling solution. Out of the box, Gigabyte's card sports a 1,276MHz base clock and 1,560MHz boost clock. AMD's reference blueprint calls for a 1,247MHz base clock and 1,546MHz boost clock, so Gigabyte did not go too crazy here. Users who want to take matters into their hands should be able to squeeze some... Read more...
If you're planning to go the Ryzen Threadripper route with your new build, but haven't yet settled on a motherboard choice, Gigabyte has thrown yet another option onto the pile. While most Threadripper motherboards released up to this point are noteworthy in their own right, the new X399 DESIGNARE EX does manage to stand apart from the crowd. First, let's start with the aesthetics, which are downright awesome on this motherboard. The vast majority of Threadripper boards released thus far have stuck to a very black or dark aesthetic, whereas with its DESIGNAIRE EX, Gigabyte lightens things up a bit. It gives us a nice blend of silver-on-black, with a splash of color added by way of RGB LED over... Read more...
At its launch, one of the most common complaints about AMD's Radeon RX Vega cards was their reference cooler, and in particular, its weak cooling performance. Reference coolers are rarely that impressive, but it was especially true with a powerful GPU like Vega. Immediately, people yearned to see what companies like Gigabyte would release to one-up that reference design. It didn't seem likely at first that Gigabyte was even going to release its own variant of the Vega 64, but lo and behold, it's happened. What you see below is the company's GAMING OC, sporting not just two large fans, but a large overall chassis. This GAMING OC card is much taller than the reference design (1-1.5", it appears),... Read more...
Gigabyte has gone and beefed up the graphics processor in its thin and relatively light Aero 15 gaming laptop. The new Aero 15 X model swaps out the GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 memory found in the non-X SKU to a more powerful GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. Beyond being a burlier GPU, the new model laptop also boasts NVIDIA's Max-Q technology.Max-Q is the secret sauce to cooking up thinner and lighter laptops for gaming, such as the excellent ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 that we reviewed this past summer. The chips that are inserted into Max-Q laptops are selectively binned based on being able to operate more efficiently and at the lowest voltages. Throttling plays a role too, as... Read more...
Today we are going to take a look at three popular Intel Z270-based motherboards targeted at power users and gamers, produced by enthusiast favorites Gigabyte, ASUS and MSI. The three boards we've rounded-up here cover a wide range of price points. The Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming K5 and ASUS ROG STRIX Z270F Gaming boards represent more mainstream segments, while the MSI Z270 XPOWER Gaming Titanium targets the ultra high-end. Although AMD's powerful Threadripper processors and Intel's upcoming 18-Core Skylake-X behemoth have gotten the lion's share of attention lately, more mainstream processors like Intel's Kaby Lake-based Core i7s and Core i5s sell in much greater quantities. As such, we... Read more...
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NVIDIA’s Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080 GPU has been around for over a year now, so there’s isn’t seemingly much that could possibly be done to make us all that excited about the chip at this point, right? Well, someone didn’t get that memo to Gigabyte, as the hardware company has announced a genuinely interesting take on the popular GTX 1080 by putting all of that 4K graphics processing power into an incredibly small form-factor. Meet the GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G, which crams all of the ferocity of the standard GeForce GTX 1080 (which measures 26.7cm in length) into to a card that measures just 16.9cmin length. The reduced dimensions thankfully don’t come with a decrease in performance. Gigabyte... Read more...
Gigabyte is running a very cool promotion for its X299-based motherboards and is offering new owners what it’s calling an “X299 Xperience Pack”, if they register the boards before September 14. Our X299 Xperience Pack showed up a couple of days ago, so we thought we’d show you what was inside. Take a look... The Gigabyte Aorus X299 Xperience Pack includes some fun goodies. Inside the box, you’ll find a Gigabyte RGB Fusion-Ready, Hybrid LED lighting kit that’s compatible with the LED headers on Gigabyte’s X299 motherboards. There’s also a set of Sennheiser CX 3.0 earbuds, a coupon for a one year Xsplit Premium license, a massive cloth keyboard and mouse pad, and a heavy-duty Aorus-branded hoodie.... Read more...
If you are planning to build a system around a high-end desktop (HEDT) processor, then you probably have AMD's upcoming Threadripper launch on your radar. We will have to wait and see how things shake out, but on paper, Threadripper looks impressive—compared to Intel's HEDT lineup, Threadripper offers more cores and threads per dollar, along with more PCIe lanes for decked out configurations with multiple graphics cards and those fancy NVMe M.2 SSDs. Of course, performance will depend on the motherboard as well, and mobo makers are starting to reveal their Threadripper-compatible lineups.A spattering of motherboards based on AMD's X399 chipset for Threadripper have started making an appearance... Read more...
We have already seen some impressive things from AMD's long awaited Zen microarchitecture in the form of Ryzen, and in the not-too-distant future Threadripper will carry the torch on the desktop. However, things are just getting started. Zen will really spread its wings in the server and data center market, boy-oh-boy does Gigabyte have one heck of a motherboard ready. Gigabyte's new MZ31-AR0 has a boring name but a fun assortment of features of AMD's aptly named EPYC 7000 series processor family. Many of them are overkill for the desktop, including the 16 (yes, SIXTEEN) memory slots that support up to 1TB of DDR4 RAM. This is a large-size motherboard based on the E-ATX form factor. It is outfitted... Read more...
Preorders are currently underway for Intel’s new Core X-Series processors, which range from the quad-core, quad-thread Core i5-7640X ($242) to the 8-core, 36-thread Core i9-7980XE ($1,999). These new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors require a brand-new chipset, the X299, and motherboard manufacturers have responded by providing a number of new offerings hitting multiple price points. Luckily, we’ve got a quick roundup of new X299 motherboards from EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI to get you started on your search for the perfect companion for your new Core X processor. ASUS ASUS has a total of seven X299 boards at its disposal, with the Republic of Gamers (ROG) lineup leading the way: ASUS ROG Rampage... Read more...
There are plenty of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards to choose from, assuming you're in the market for a top-shelf solution for high-end and/or 4K gaming. However, the field of contenders quickly begins to diminish when you weed out all of the air-cooled variants and limited your search to just liquid-cooled cards. One such card that falls into the latter category is Gigabyte's Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce WB Xtreme Edition 11G. That is quite the mouthful, though there is plenty more here than just a long-winded name. Gigabyte's newest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is an enthusiast solution for users either already have a liquid cooling setup inside their rigs, or plan to implement one. As such,... Read more...
Motherboard makers have an obvious vested interested in the overclocking scene where limits are pushed and records are broken. With that in mind, Gigabyte is in full chest-thumping mode after hosting an X299 OC gathering in which experienced overclockers used one of its X299 motherboards to push an Intel Core i7-7740K processor all the way to 7.5GHz and slightly beyond. The gathering brought in some big names from the overclocking community, including HiCookie, Sofos, Dinos22, Youngpro, and SniperOZ. All of them toiled away through Computex en route to setting four new 3DMark world records at crazy high overclocks using exotic cooling. "In order to push past the 7.5GHz barrier, the team of overclockers... Read more...
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