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Enthusiast system builders have a lot to be excited about this summer. New high-end CPUs and GPUs are on the horizon and it doesn't even matter where your allegiance lies—Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA have all announced some exciting new products. For Intel, the big news is its Core i9 line of processors. In preparation for those chips reaching retail, Gigabyte unveiled a trio of X299 chipset motherboards under its Aorus gaming brand. "Marked with the Aorus brand the new X299 Aorus Gaming motherboards are here to exceed expectations, this is apparent just by glancing at the aggressive exterior of these new motherboards. Not only are there physical improvements but software enhancements are also included... Read more...
We are expecting there to be some exciting announcements at Computex next week, one of which might include Intel's next generation X299 platform for Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X, the company's new generation of high-end desktop (HEDT) processors. Whether that actually happens at Computex or not, there is little doubt we are getting close to an official launch, as the first leaked images of X299 motherboards have found their way to the web.The images all belong to Gigabyte and its Aorus brand for gamers. At the top of the stack is the X299 Aorus Gaming 9 that is decked out in RGB lighting and no less than five reinforced PCI Express x16 slots. Have a look:Also visible are multiple M.2 slots for installing... Read more...
AMD has risen in rank thanks to its Ryzen launch and is once again a competitive force in the enthusiast market, but the roll out has not been without some bumps in the road. There are two main issues working to undermine Ryzen. One is that gaming performance is not where many thought it would be, and the second is memory compatibility. AMD already addressed the former, saying that gaming performance will improve in time as developers start to take advantage of Ryzen's features. And in regards to the latter, Gigabyte is readying a firmware release should help the situation. A representative for Gigabyte has been relaying information back and forth between forum members at Overclockers UK and... Read more...
NVIDIA shook up the top of the graphics card market a couple of weeks back with the release of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. In its stock, Founder’s Edition form, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti proved to be the fastest consumer-class graphics card available, but that didn’t stop NVIDIA’s board partners from quickly announcing custom versions packing even more horsepower. Case in point: The beastly Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB we will be showing you here. The Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB is the first, fully-custom, factory-overclocked (and ready to rock) GTX 1080 Ti to hit the lab, and we’ve just finished putting it through its paces.Gigabyte has tweaked and modified virtually every... Read more...
Gigabyte is getting ready to beef up its arsenal of Pascal parts with no less than three GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. Two of them will be marketed under its Aorus gaming division, leaving one with Gigabyte's own branding. All three will feature custom cooling solutions with three fans keeping the GPU nice and chilly, along with overclocked specs straight out of the factory. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming OC 11G Starting with Gigabyte's own branded GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming OC 11G, this is the slowest clocked card of the bunch, though it's a still a speed demon in its own right: OC Mode: 1,544MHz base, 1,657MHz boost Gaming Mode: 1,515MHz base, 1,632MHz boost Both modes are faster... Read more...
Yesterday, we gave you a full overview of four new AM4 motherboards from the folks at ASUS. Today, Gigabyte is returning the favor with five new enthusiast boards based on AMD’s X370 and B350 AM4 chipsets that back the new Ryzen processors. The two boards aimed at the ultimate gaming enthusiasts are the X370-based AORUS Gaming GA-AX370 Gaming K7 and GA-AX370 Gaming 5. Both motherboards feature four DDR4 DIMM slots, support for CrossFire/CrossFireX and SLI multi-GPU solutions, NVMe connectors, Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 audio, dual network ports (Intel GbE + Killer E2500) Gigabyte’s popular UEFI DualBIOS and RGB Fusion with multi-zone LED lighting. Both boards also include onboard graphics.... Read more...
If you're finding that your excitement level is Ryzen, then you've clearly been reading the many rumors swirling around the highly anticipated processor family right here at HotHardware. While it's largely expected that AMD will be releasing its first chips soon, that sure doesn't mean that the rumormill is going to be taking a break over the next few weeks. Earlier, Paul wrote in depth about Ryzen's die shot and cache structure, which came hot on the heels of a week full of other juicy information. That includes a hint of AMD undercutting Intel's just-launched Kaby Lake processors, word of a huge launch event next week, and not to mention outstanding performance of the Ryzen 7 1700X chip when... Read more...
Everyone in their grandma is announcing new products based around Intel Kaby Lake and NVIDIA Pascal at CES 2017, and Gigabyte is no different. The company has two new dedicated gaming notebooks that feature the CPU/GPU pairings: the P56 and the Sabre 15. The P56 manages to cram in a Core i7-7700HQ processor and a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics and into a 15.6-inch frame. The notebook comes standard with a 1080p display, but if you pony up some additional dollars, you can opt for a 4K (3840x2160) display. The P56 features an island-style backlit RGB keyboard with individually-lit keys (giving users a choice of over 16.8 million colors), Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, and a massive 91 WHr battery to keep... Read more...
Gigabyte is splashing the market with more than a half a dozen gaming grade motherboards based on Intel's Z270 chipset and designed for the chipmaker's new desktop Kaby Lake silicon. The new feature-packed boards are all being marketed under Gigabyte's Aorus division, which is its premium gaming brand that up until now has been mostly associated with gaming laptops and a spattering of accessories. As we embark into 2017, it appears that Gigabyte will leverage its Aorus division to denote hardware aimed at gamers across its full spectrum of products, including laptops, peripherals (keyboard and mice), and now motherboards and graphics cards. Or in marketing speak, Aorus represents the "pinnacle... Read more...
The Gigabyte BRIX Gaming UHD is an exciting small form factor PC prospect. It packs a surprising amount of muscle into a tiny frame. This little flyweight may not sound too beastly with its GeForce GTX 950, but Gigabyte reckons it is more than capable of streaming 4K UHD media and taking a few swings at 1080p gaming with good image quality. Its 4.3-inch square footprint should help it blend into many entertainment centers or find a home on a dorm room desk for work, play, business or pleasure. Most ultra small form-factor computers, by comparison, rely on integrated graphics to due to thermal constraints. Don’t get us wrong, integrated graphics solutions from Intel and AMD have come a long ways,... Read more...
When Gigabyte was making the rounds with its BRIX Gaming UHD small form-factor PC, we were a bit puzzled by the inclusion of the older NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 instead of the (at the time) readily available Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070. Apparently, we just needed to wait a few more months, as Gigabyte just leaked a potent follow-up that will more than likely be officially announced at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The BRIX Gaming GT made a brief appearance on Gigabyte’s website before being taking down. However, the product pages were left up long enough for specs and pictures to be scooped up for all to see. Instead of relying on Maxwell-based GPUs, this new SFF PC goes all-in with Pascal,... Read more...
Today we are going to take a look at Gigabyte’s Z170X-Designare motherboard, one of the company's more recent Socket 1151-based boards for Intel's 6th Generation Skylake-based processors. At first glance this is an unassuming board, at least in terms of its appearance. It features a dark and subdued black PCB with chrome highlights and nothing overly dramatic or gaudy. Yet for the sub-$250 price tag, this motherboard is loaded up with a strong array of cutting edge technologies. Among them is support for Intel Thunderbolt 3 across the board’s USB Type-c connection on the back I/O. This same port supports USB 3.1 and Mini-DisplayPort connections as well, offering a wealth of connectivity... Read more...
If you’re a fan of Gigabyte’s BRIX family of small form-factor barebones PCs, then you’ll be happy to learn that the company is updating the lineup with Kaby Lake power. Kaby Lake brings improved processing performance across the board, a 10 percent uplift in graphics performance, and a new HEVC 10-bit hardware acceleration media engine for all your 4K video needs. Those that opt for Gigabyte’s new BRIX computers can choose from power-sipping Intel Core i3-7100U, Core i5-7200U, and Core i7-7500U processors depending on your budget and performance needs. The BRIX is also available in two sizes, the smaller of which can only accommodate a single M.2 SSD. A slightly larger model can accept both... Read more...
As longtime enthusiasts, we tend to get most excited for the latest, big, bad, benchmark-busting specimens of PC hardware to hit the lab. However, there’s something about ultra-small form factor devices that’s intriguing as well. The focus on power efficiency and performance-per-watt from virtually all semi-conductor manufacturers over the last few years has enabled some pretty impressive hardware in fairly tiny form factors, and it’s now possible to have a fully-functional – and rather quick – desktop PC that literally fits in the palm of your hand.Take the Gigabyte Brix S (model number BSi5HT-6200) we’ll be showing you here, for example. This tiny machine is packing a Skylake-based Intel Core... Read more...
NVIDIA hit a lot of high notes with the Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080. When the Founder’s Edition launched earlier this summer, it received accolades for its excellent performance, power efficiency, and host of new features. If you’d like a refresher on what’s new in NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture and see what makes the GeForce GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition tick, we’d strongly suggest checking our launch coverage. We’ve got the full scoop laid out for you there.As HOT as the GeForce GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition is, we were eager to see what NVIDIA’s board partners would do with the GTX 1080. The GP104 GPU that is the foundation of the GTX 1080 isn’t particularly power hungry, it doesn’t generate a ton... Read more...
We’ve previously talked at length about Gigabyte’s BRIX small form factor PCs here at HotHardware, but we were able to lay our eyes (and hands) on a new member of the family at this week’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF). Rather than the traditional BRIX shape, which spreads most of its visual mass horizontally, the BRIX Gaming UHD goes for a more vertical design. Looking somewhat like a miniature trash can, the BRIX Gaming UHD features an aluminum chassis that measures 220mm x 110mm x 110mm. Mounted atop the chassis is a fan that expels heat from the high-end processor and mainstream discrete GPU. This particular model is equipped with a quad-core Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor and an NVIDIA GeForce... Read more...
Gigabyte, Corsair and Intel held a press event in California on June 30th to show off some of their new hardware. Though Intel just talked broadly about its thoughts on the PC gaming market (it's growing, and they are committed to it, basically), Gigabyte and Corsair both demo'd high-end gear it first unveiled at Computex. We were on-hand to check everything out, and have the details lined up for you here. First up, we have some video of many of the products... IntelIntel didn't have anything new to show, but wanted to reiterate its commitment to the PC gaming and high-end desktop spaces, as evidenced by its new Broadwell-E platform. Intel's Desktop Director, Heath Winston, spoke about the growth... Read more...
NVIDIA and AMD have locked horns on the mid-range battlefield for graphics cards, the latter with its $200 (4GB) and $239 (8GB) Radeon RX 480, and the former responding with its $250 GeForce GTX 1060 ($300 for the Founder's Edition). Of course, it's the custom cards that are most interesting, and though the GTX 1060 is just two days removed from an official unveiling, companies like Gigabyte and ASUS are already teasing their own variants.Starting with ASUS, you can expect several custom versions of the GeForce GTX 1060, three of which it teased on its Republic of Gamers Facebook page. They include the Turbo, Dual, and ROG Strix. Have a look.ASUS didn't provide any details on the three cards,... Read more...
Many of us were impressed with pint-sized performance of the AMD   Radeon R9 Nano, which packs quite a punch with an MSRP of $499 (although you can find it for as low as $460 if you look hard enough). But there’s a new performance-per-watt king in town with the arrival of Pascal, and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 GPU is proving to be quite a formidable graphics powerhouse. To that end, Gigabyte has unveiled its new GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC, which packs all the power of NVIDIA’s latest GPU in a card that measures just 17cm. Gigabyte has designed a custom cooling system for the tiny graphics card, using a single 90mm fan and three copper composite heat pipes. Each of the three heat pipes directly... Read more...
Last week we told you about Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming card, which brought with it the Windforce 3X cooler. We also made mention that an even more impressive card would be following closely behind, and thus we present you with the GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming. Whereas the G1 Gaming made use of the Windforce 3X cooler, the Extreme Gaming goes a step further with Windforce Stack Cooling. There are three fans (each with double ball bearings) that cover the length of the card, however, the central counter-rotating fan sits just slightly below the two outer fans. Gigabyte says that not only does this patent-pending setup reduce turbulence, but it also delivers 10 percent more airflow... Read more...
As we’ve seen in our recent review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, Pascal is kicking some serious butt and shows no signs of taking orders from anyone. Luckily, plenty of NVIDIA’s board partners have lined up to produce graphics cards based on Pascal and here we are today staring at Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 1080 G1 GAMING, which will be vying for your attention on digital store shelves across the internet. As you might expect coming from Gigabyte, this isn’t just your run-of-the-mill Pascal card; it actually uses the company’s signature WINDFORCE 3X cooling system that incorporates a trio of fans to keep heat in check. The fans use triangular blade edges and feature a 3D stripe on the blade surface... Read more...
To expand on our coverage of Intel’s Z170-chipset, we now turn our focus to another Gigabyte motherboard for Intel Skylake CPUs. The Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 Ultra Durable motherboard is up at the plate and has the budget-builder firmly in its sights. Conversely, the company’s pricey Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard, which we previously reviewed, is loaded with premium features that enthusiast gamers crave. Features such as Bluetooth, WiFi, 4-way CrossFire and SLI support, baked-in liquid cooling accommodations, and the like, are all absent on this more svelte GB product. With much of the fat trimmed, Gigabyte is able to offer a formidable platform for Skylake at a more aggressive price point. Gigabyte... Read more...
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