Friday, December 30, 2011

HiCookie smashes Core i7 3930X world records on GIGABYTE X79-UD3

Yesterday our resident overclocking guru HiCookie took his Intel Core i7 3930X CPU, a X79-UD3 armed with our new F7 BIOS release, copious amounts of LN2 and set down to some serious overclocking action. The resulting world records were soon posted on HWBot. Another day, another line drawn in the sands of high-performance computing. Pushing a CPU core frequency of 5643.3 MHz, related records for SuperPi and PiFast were unceremoniously smashed.

Catch the video below for a front row seat.

New 3930X Records;

Super Pi 1M - 6.64 seconds
Super Pi 32M – 6mins 8.516 seconds
PiFast – 13.02 seconds
CPUz – 5643.3MHz

You can find more details about the new F7 BIOS here, and the X79-UD3 here.

Tom’s Hardware coverage.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New GIGABYTE @BIOS for X79 motherboards

For those who prefer a Windows based BIOS updater, we’ve just released a new @BIOS utility for the GIGABYTE X79 series of motherboards:

This would be a perfect way to update your new Sandy Bridge E system to the new high-performance F7 BIOS!

Get the most from Sandy Bridge E: Introducing the sin0822 Overclocking Guide


Power user sin0822 is back on the overclocking guide trail again and this time he’s talking Sandy Bridge-E. So if you’ve invested in a brand spanking new GIGABYTE X79 series motherboard to go with your new Intel i7 processor, or maybe you’ve been a good boy or girl and Santa dropped one off last weekend - either way make sure you take a look at this guide. It gives you a step by step help with overclocking on both air and liquid cooling, plus a whole lot more including in-depth advice on everything from component choices to voltage reading.

You can find the guide on both and

Enjoy! Cheers Sin…

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Updating BIOS using the GIGABYTE Q Flash Utility

Seeing that GIGABYTE has announced a new BIOS for X79 series users I thought it might be useful to just revisit the job of actually updating your motherboard’s BIOS. While for more experienced users, power users and overclockers, this will be a simple and familiar task, this is a simple guide that less experienced users can refer to when updating their BIOS that is based on the user-friendly GIGABYTE Q Flash utility.

While there are several ways to update your motherboard’s BIOS, many advanced users prefer to use GIGABYTE Q Flash, a utility embedded within your board’s CMOS BIOS ROM. Q Flash updating is preferred simply because it doesn’t rely on a stable OS environment to ensure safe BIOS updating, i.e. it removes your OS as a possible failure point.

The first thing you should do is visit the GIGABYTE website to find the latest BIOS version for your motherboard. Each BIOS version is preceded with the letter F followed by a number. So for example, in the case of our new X79 series BIOS updates, the latest version for these boards is currently version F7. The file that you download from us is a self-executable 7-Zip file (basically a compressed folder containing several files). To open the file simple double-click on it, inside you’ll find three files (GIGABYTE also bundles some small, useful files to help you update your BIOS in a DOS environment, but we’ll leave that for another day). The one file we need is named the same as your motherboard, followed by a dot and the BIOS version. So in the case of the X79-UD3 board, the file we’re looking is simply named X79UD3.F7


Next we have to copy this BIOS file to a USB thumb drive. In the old days, we would use a floppy drive, but today, you can use any type of USB thumb drive of any capacity or brand. The only stipulation is that it must be formatted in FAT32 – but don’t worry, FAT32 is by far the most common formatting type for USB thumb drives, so it shouldn’t be an issue.


Now, with our USB thumb drive connected, we can reboot the PC. As the PC restarts and enters POST, press the ‘End’ key on you keyboard. This will automatically take you to the GIGABYTE Q Flash utility. Note: you can also also access Q Flash from inside BIOS by pressing the ‘F8’ key. Once inside the Q Flash utility, you find a simple GUI with two choices. Firstly ‘Save BIOS from Drive’ (this can be used to make a copy of your BIOS), or ‘Update BIOS from Drive’ which is the one we want to select.


Once we select ‘Update BIOS from Drive’ we will then see a list of connected FAT32 drives, so unless you have several USB thumb drives connected, (or you’re one or more of your hard drives are formatted in the now outdates FAT32 format system), the drive that appears here will be the USB thumb drive with your new BIOS on it. Select that drive.


You’ll then see all a list of applicable BIOS files on the drive. Note: if you have several BIOS versions on the drive, these will all be shown, so select the new BIOS file, which in the example above would be X79UD3.F7. Once you have selected the new BIOS file, press Enter.


Q Flash will then verify that the selected file is compatible, and then write the new BIOS file to the CMOS chip on your board. After verifying the BIOS once more, you’ll see the ‘Copy BIOS completed – Pass!’ message which means you’re good to go.

Once you reboot, you’ll find your PC has returned to ‘Optimized Default’ BIOS settings, so by all means, setup your BIOS as you prefer in terms of Boot Order, Overclocking and device configurations.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New BIOS (Version F7) for GIGABYTE X79 series motherboards

If you are using a GIGABYTE X79 series motherboard for overclocking, we suggest that you to upgrade to the new F7 BIOS. If you’re not overclocking then there is no need to upgrade the BIOS, but it won’t hurt to do so either. 

We welcome any enquiries or service queries through our official customer service center:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hard drive prices recede for first time since Thai floods is reporting that for the first time since the disastrous flooding hit Thailand back in October, hard drive prices have showed signs of dropping. Even though average prices will still remain at relatively high prices compared to earlier this year, it does indicate that inventories in the PC retail channel have started to stabilize, meaning that the worst is behind us.

Hard Disk Drive Prices Chart

Image source: Dynamite Data.

While there was plenty of mass speculation and backed by conflicting reports in the last few weeks regarding this issue, it’s clear that the sudden price hike did nothing to help ship PCs globally, and certainly will have impacted the DIY market to some extent. However, it would seem that certain doomsday predictions were wide of the mark. And after all, from a purely DIY perspective, there’re plenty of reasons to upgrade to a new X79, Z68 or 900FX platform, regardless of how much a new hard drive costs. Indeed many DIY builders will simply migrate their existing data storage anyway, or will be more focused on adding a high-performance SSD to their existing array.

News source.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A PC for musicians: Orange OPC



A friend pointed the Orange OPC out to me as a neat little system that uses a GIGABYTE motherboard. It’s an awesome looking portable amplifier PC designed by musicians for musicians with features like a 24 bit guitar/instrument interface, JBL speakers, post-processing EQ, 7.1 surround sound outputs and quick USB charging for an iPad (if you use Apple Garage Band for example).


It also comes with a whole raft of full version software including Amplitube3, PreSonus Studio One, Acoustica Mixcraft 5 and EZdrummer Lite.


They don’t mention what GIGABYTE motherboard they are using, but judging from the features, size of the case and the Intel Core i3 CPU, it looks to be an H67N-USB3-B3 (I may be wrong though).

Check out the Orange OPC website for product introduction and demo videos, as well as info on how to buy it. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Anandtech select GIGABYTE motherboards in Seasonal Buys Guide 2011

Anandtech has just published their buyer’s guide for the forthcoming holiday season. Zach Throckmorton sketches out a bunch of systems tailored for a mainstream high-end user. We are of course deeply flattered to see that Zach has opted for GIGABYTE motherboards for both the ‘Gamer’s Delight’ and the ‘Productivity Powerhouse’ builds.

Gamer’s Delight: The GIGABYTE Z68XP-UD3


“Gigabyte's GA-Z68XP-UD3 is an ATX form factor motherboard with all of the bells and whistles. It is a very capable overclocker and in my experience very reliable as well. While it's definitely not in the highest echelon of LGA 1155 motherboards, it is a solid higher-end mainstream motherboard. Perhaps of most interest to gamers, it supports both SLI and CrossFire….”


Productivity Powerhouse: The GIGABYTE X79-UD3


“Gigabyte's GA-X79-UD3 is an ATX form factor motherboard that represents a good value amongst X79 chipset boards. If your applications benefit from GPU acceleration, it has two PCIe x16 and two PCIe x8 lanes....”


Check out the full guide at Anandtech here.

GIGABYTE Z68XP-UD3 motherboard webpage.

GIGABYTE X79-UD3 motherboard webpage.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gigabyte’s X79 Plug-Fest: A Bloggers Perspective

I just came across a really cool account of our X79 plugfest even in Kula Lumpur last month published by bartman1973. In good old fashioned blogger style, bartman treats us to a detailed blow-by-blow account of his trip from Singapore to KL, including tons of photos of the event, the city, the food, the people and more. A real taste of what went down in KL that weekend….Awesome.

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I love the way the photos take you on a journey, giving you a taste of what kind of fun overclockers get up to on a Saturday night in the Malaysian capital. Cheers bartman1973. Great coverage. Check out bartaman’s full blog entry on his blog here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The advantages of Bluetooth 4.0


As you m ay already know, three of our new X79 series motherboard models are currently sold with a bundled Wi-Fi / Bluetooth PCIe card (model No: GC-WIFI), something that more and more DIY builders are keen to see, especially on our high-end models. However, one thing that you may not be aware of, is that this exclusive GIGABYTE PCIe card offers support for the latest Bluetooth 4.0 standard which is a new low power, high-speed standard that is supported by devices such as the new iPhone 4S.

Backwards compatible with previous Bluetooth revisions, Bluetooth 4.0 brings some clear advantages to the table. These include fast device pairing, low latency communication and low power consumption. This means that your iPhone 4S, or Bluetooth 4.0 device can more easily connect to your PC via the motherboard’s PCIe adapter and take advantage of the low latency connection to move data from the iOS device and the PC much faster than previously possible.


I’m sure many of you have tried using your smart phone as a remote control for PC. Well, imagine taking that one step further. One such scenario with Bluetooth 4.0 is that you could not only use you iOS device as a remote control for your PC, but that the Bluetooth 4.0 connection would be resilient and fast enough to even let you use the device as a game controller, just like a wireless PS3 controller. This is possible because the lower latencies provided by the Bluetooth 4.0 specification, mean that the response time between the PC and the device would be virtually instant, with almost no delay. Fast enough to play video games.

According to reports in the media, Apple is also talking about offering AirPlay support to Bluetooth 4.0 devices too. This exciting technology would allow you to play any audio from your iPhone 4S through the speakers of your PC. If you had more than one Bluetooth 4.0 capable PC in your home, you’d even be able to select which machine or machines to pump the audio through. Pretty cool stuff.

Also, as I mentioned, Bluetooth 4.0 also has lower power demands than previous revisions which means that if you are connected to your PC using the Bluetooth 4.0 connection, it shouldn’t drain your device’s battery. This should make a big difference compared to say, a regular Wi-Fi controller, which typically require substantial power.

While Bluetooth 4.0 is still very much a new technology, we certainly expect to see more compatible devices emerge early next year. But if you’re thinking of the best way to connect to your PC, Bluetooth 4.0 clearly offers some real advantages, making it easier than ever to connect to and share data between your mobile device and your PC.

The exclusive GIGABYTE GC-WIFI PCIe card is currently bundled with GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2, X79-UD7 and X79-UD5 motherboards.

HardwareZone just put up their GIGABYTE X79-UD7 review – “Raising The Bar Higher”

HardwareZone just did a review of the GIGABYTE X79-UD7. They pitted it against the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) and used an Asus Rampage 3 Extreme as a comparison only to find the UD7 steam roll its competition in spectacular fashion.5304_big

Performance Unleashed

The series of tests that we employed on the Gigabyte X79-UD7 was the same as the one that we had used on the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D). Below is a rundown of the components and benchmarks that we had. We also compared the X79-UD7's scores to those of the ASUS  Rampage III Black Edition to see the former's advantage over an X58-based platform like the latter.

By and large, we can see that the X79-UD7 fared better than the X79A-GD65 (8D), and, logically, much more than the X58-based Rampage II Black Edition motherboard. On Futuremark's PCMark Vantage, it is obvious that the X79-UD7, coupled with a powerful graphics card like the Gainward GTX 580 Phantom 3 1536MB, got a very high score on the Gaming category of the benchmark. Such an impressive gaming performance remained consistent with the scores that the X79-UD7 garnered on the game benchmarks of Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II – Retribution and Metro 2033, wherein the Gigabyte overshadowed the MSI and the ASUS boards.



Monday, December 12, 2011

Video: GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2 unboxed on Newegg TV…

You know, I just cannot resist a good unboxing video…all that plastic wrapping and crisp packaging…you can almost smell the fresh PCB scent. So you can imagine how I felt when I saw that Paul from Newegg TV had just uploaded a new video showcasing our top-of-the-line G1-Killer board, the X79-based G1.Assassin 2. Take a look.


Check out more details on the G1.Assassin 2 on our GIGABYTE website here.

Newegg pricing here.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sandy Bridge plus Z68 on a budget? eTeknix choose the GIGABYTE Z68AP-D3


Andy Ruffell, writing for UK techies eTeknix, yesterday published his in-depth review of our Z68AP-D3 board, a motherboard that’s aimed squarely at those of us who want to taste the pleasures of Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge CPUs coupled with the latest Z68 chipset, without causing injury to our bank balance. At a smidgen over 80 British Pounds, Andy saw plenty of evidence to warrant a ‘Bang for Buck’ award, however he was actually impressed enough with the board’s overall performance to wheel out the more prestigious ‘Editor’s Choice’ award:

“Having a quick talk about the rating, which we don’t normally delve into, I wanted to clarify why this board earns our prestigious Editor’s Choice Award. It was destined to gain the Bang For Buck Award but the performance results showed us that it can rival some of the bigger, more expensive boards on the market, and the icing on the cake was how well it overclocked. The board really did meet, exceed and literally fly past our expectations, and we have to congratulation Gigabyte on making such a fantastic board.”


High praise from Andy. Cheers. Catch the full review on eTeknix here.

Find out more about the Z68AP-D3 motherboard here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Guru3D give the GIGABYTE X79-UD7 some Dutch love…


Hilbert Hagedoorn just gave our X79-UD7 motherboard stamp of approval in his latest review for Designed to offer overclockers all the tools and features needed to break serous records on Intel’s new Sandy Bridge-E processors, the GIGABYTE X79-UD7 wears our OC badge with pride. After having put the board through its paces, here’s a sample of what Hilbert had to say:

“The X79 UF7 is an impressive motherboard. It's feature rich, a great overclocker and has downright gorgeous looks. If you are a novice overclocker and go for easy, flick the OC button at the rear IO backplate and it will get you an instant performance boost. Overclocking itself with the new 3D BIOS is fun as well, it really is an easy to work in environment. Gigabyte implemented two uEFI BIOSes by the way, you can can switch in-between them (say a normal and high performance profile), good stuff.

For overclocking itself we reached 4800 MHz in a matter if minutes and 5 GHz after a while. That last step did need some fine-tuning though. Mind you though that we work with vanilla picked engineering sample CPUs, we can never guarantee you'll achieve the same results at home. It works vice versa as well, we've seen end-users with much higher overclocks then we have ever achieved, good on ya ;)”

The UD7’s dashing orange paint job gleaned some additional love, which is not so surprising - coming from the heart of a Dutchman.

 “Now I live in the Netherlands, we dig Orange as its our national color, as such I adore the looks of the motherboard, but that won't be the same for everybody though. The color is very out there. If you like it, then you're in luck as it's one of the best X79 motherboards out there on the market that matches your style, looks, features and options.”

Check out the full review here on Guru3D.

Details about the GIGABYTE X79-UD7 can be found here.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

hicookie testing RAM on X79-UD7 at 2560MHz stable!

Hicookie chimed in on facebook doing some RAM testing with GIGABYTE X79-UD7 and Corsair GTX8. He posted a HyperPi 32M stable frequency at 2560MHz. Check it out.


Friday, December 2, 2011

‘Hardware Secrets’ see outstanding value in the GIGABYTE X79-UD3


Gabriel Torres writing for Hardware Secrets has just published an in-depth first look at our entry-level X79 offering, the GIGABYTE X79-UD3. Obviously the X79-UD3 model is aimed more cost conscious X79 platform builders, but as well as offering great value, we’ve also tried hard to offer a board with a complete range of features. Here’s a sample of what Gabriel had to say:

“Today there are only three socket 2011 motherboards cheaper than the Gigabyte X79-UD3, the ASRock X79 Extreme-4M (USD 220), the MSI X79MA-GD45 (USD 230), and the ASRock Extreme4 (USD 235), and all of them have fewer features and don’t come with four PCI Express x16 slots. True competitors from MSI and ASUS cost more, making the Gigabyte X79-UD3 your best option if you want to save money while building a PC based on a Core i7 “Sandy Bridge-E” processor with four video cards and yet have a high-quality motherboard with lots of extra options.”

You can catch the full article here on Hardware Secrets.

More details about the GIGABYTE X79-UD3 can be found here.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

AnandTech giving away a X79-UD5 board…any comment?


For the sake of a simple comment, you can be the proud owner of a GIGABYTE X79-UD5 motherboard. Yep…you heard me correctly. Just head over to, make a suitable comment below and your name will be put in the hat for the prize draw. The competition runs until 11AM EST on December 2nd, which is TOMORROW!

AnandTech X79-UD5 give away!

note: US residents only

Calling all Russian Overclockers! Russian OC Challenge Announced!

Russian overclockers have been called to arms by OC Club in Russia who have just announced their ‘Overclocking, Tweaking and Performing’ OC Challenge. Sponsored by GIGABYTE and GeIL, the competition runs from December 9th to 29th, and will comprise of three stages centered around extreme memory overclocking performance.


Prizes include GIGABYTE X79-UD7 and X58A-OC motherboards, as well as a range of high-end GeIL DDR3 memory kits.


For more details head on over to the competition website here.

You can also find more information about the event on the OC Clucb site here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

DRAM prices favor an upgrade, but how much does a solid rig need? Tell us on Facebook


The price  of DDR3 memory has continued to fall, to the extent that even the most scrooge-like PC builder would be tempted to deck out his PC with a bit extra. Right now on NewEgg a 4GB Kingston HyperX Blu DDR3 1333 module can be yours for a mere $19.99. Fancy something a little more adventurous? How’s about a 4GB CORSIAR Vengence DDR3 1600 for just $25? Or perhaps you’re man of real taste and distinction; try a pair of Muskin Enhanced Blackline modules rated at speeds of up to 2333MHz, for only $99.99! Has the world gone potty?

Well, no. But as far as consumers are concerned, it’s really good time to invest in some extra memory for your PC, as Peter Scott, writing for Fudzilla earlier this week explains:

“Here’s some food for thought. A year ago a single Kingston ValueRAM 4GB SO-DIMM module cost €54 and two years ago it retailed for a saucy €243. Now it sells for just €14 and change.” – Peter Scott, Fudzilla

But while it is tempting to add some more RAM your PC, there is inevitably also a limit to how much your PC actually needs. I’ve found that opinions vary greatly. Many Windows 7 users feel that memory bottlenecks cease to be problem at around 4GB. Most self respecting power users however are not content without 16GB. One fly in the ointment of course, is software. 32-bit operating systems are inherently limited to an absolute max of 4GB memory (you may only see 3.25GB), so it’s only those of us that are enjoying the 64-bit revolution that can explore the realms 4GB of RAM and beyond. Then of course it comes down to what you do with your PC. Applications that manipulate large cumbersome data sets will need a far larger memory footprint, while HD video and photo editing suites can indeed hog a whole lot of memory.

To help us get to a clearer picture of RAM usage, we’ve decided to ask the experts, which of course is you - the GIGABTE fans who read our blog and follow us on Facebook each day.

Please go to our fan page and tell us what you use in your rig. And don’t forget to give us a ‘like’ if you haven’t already.

Facebook RAM Survey.

Image source.

Monday, November 28, 2011

GIGABYTE Extreme OC Workshop (Brisbane)

TeamAU boys (deanzo, dinos22, sniperoz & deanzo) just finished the latest GIGABYTE Extreme OC workshop in Brisbane. Eva2000 also made a brief appearance on the first day. It was a really fun event in which enthusiasts from Brisbane were passed over control of some seriously souped up rigs running 7Ghz+ with AMD Bulldozer and GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD7 motherboards.

Kudos to AMD, GIGABYTE, CORSAIR, UMART and Atomic mag for backing the event.

Linus returns with GIGABYTE X79-UD7 unboxing


Having previously unboxed our G1.Assassin 2 and X79-UD5 motherboards, we knew it would only be a mater of time before Linus would treat us all to a journey around our high-end X79-UD7 board. And it would seem that he’s impressed with what he seeing too, opting to go with the UD7 for his new upgraded extreme rig.

You can learn more about the X79-UD7 board on our website here, with more info about our X79 series of boards here.

GIGABYTE caught overclocking at Atomic Con 2011

GIGABYTE was among a group of hardware vendors in attendance at Atomic Con 2011 at Monash University, Melbourne last weekend. Atomic’s David Hollingworth took his camera crew over to our GIGABYTE Extreme Overclocking stand where he found, perhaps not surprisingly, some fairly extreme overclocking going on. Check out the video below:

Read the full article over on

Friday, November 25, 2011

GIGABYTE X79-UD7 wins beats the competition to claim ‘Editors Choice’ award at


Expert motherboard review Mr Ramirez over at has published his in-depth review of our latest Overclocking motherboard, the GIGABYTE X79-UD7 board, and it looks like there’s plenty to shout about. Picking up the ‘Editors Choice’ award, the X79-UD7 put on quite show in the benchmarking dept, where it pushed past against some pretty stiff competition:

“Let me start by saying that with the X79 boards that we’ve tested so far this board has given us the highest scores in most of our benchmarks. In some of our tests the difference was pretty apparent. In particular we got nearly a 300 point difference in 3D Mark 11 and an increase of .63 in Cinebench. This board has shown that it was made to be pushed and it’s no doubt that this is exactly what Gigabyte was going for.”

In conclusion Mr Ramirez gives the X79-UD7 his full endorsement, which I am happy to reproduce here:

“…what Gigabyte has done is given every feature you can think of to really put this board in the stratosphere. With the addition of the WiFi and Blue Tooth card alone this is an amazing board but with everything else Gigabyte has thrown into it this board is just head and shoulders above the others that we’ve tested so far. In my opinion this board is everything that the enthusiast market has been waiting for.

If you’ve been waiting to get in on the X79 this is the best choice that we’ve seen so far and you won’t be disappointed. With all of the incredible features and amazing performance this board is definitely an Editor’s Choice here at Motherboards.Org.”


Catch the full review here on and full details and specs of the X79-UD7 here on our site.

massman playing with GIGABYTE X79-UD7

It’s that time of the year folks when new hardware arrives and everyone is trying to figure out new bios settings, performance quirks and how to get rid of some early bios bugs.

Massman from HWBOT got his paws on the new X79-UD7 and has started doing just that. It’s an interesting read and a work in progress. Go check it out here.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Video: Linus unboxes the GIGABYTE G1. Assassin 2


Not content to rest on his laurels with his epic deconstruction of our GIGABYTE X79-UD5 board, Linus is again the focus of our attention as he unboxes the top of the line X79 series gaming board; the GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2 motherboard.



Great job again Linus. Sweet.

Check here for the G1.Assassin 2 product page. Here for all things GIGABYTE X79 series.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

GIGABYTE X79-UD5 unboxed on video by Linus


One of my favorite ways to enjoy a new product, vicariously and from a distance, is to watched it being unboxed. It can be a thoroughly sensual journey through the many layers of a product’s personality. Or at least sometimes it is. Indeed when it comes to the dark arts of product unboxing, our buddy Linus bring his own utterly unique approach to the sport, ploughing through the ceremony as if life itself would grind to a halt if he stopped to draw breath.

Check out this new unboxing video from Linus where he tackles our X79-UD5. It’s a roller coaster ride you’ll hope never ends!

You can learn more about the X79-UD5 here. Our X79 series details are here.

Friday, November 18, 2011

GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2 claims ‘Editors Choice’ award at TweakTown


Following up on his preview article last week, veteran reviewer Shane Baxtor at TweakTown has now published his full and detailed review of our new gaming behemoth, the GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2. In case you’ve been outdoors occupying financial districts for the last month or so, let me fill you in on what you’ve missed. The GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2 is based on the new Intel X79 chipset, supporting Intel’s new i7 Core (aka Sandy Bridge-E) processors and packs a dedicated Creative Sound chip and Killer Networking from Qualcomm/Atheros. He’s a sample of what Shane had to say on the subject:

“The G1.Assassin 2 is like other G1 boards; performance is strong and the feature set is amazing. For so many people that's exactly what you want from a motherboard. This is going to be a popular board from GIGABYTE for a good reason.

If you're looking for a board that focuses on those features that gamers love like the fantastic onboard networking, excellent onboard audio and one button overclock, this is a really attractive option. Throw in other extras like 802.11n Wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 support and you've just got a board that stands out for all the right reasons.”


For the full and detailed article, head on over to TweakTown.

You can find more specs and technical details about the G1.Assassin 2 board here on our site.

Video: check out our X79-UD3 board


Recognize those hands? Yup…it’s our buddy Elric from who is back this time all over our newly launched X79-UD3 board. If you want close up peek at the packaging, bundled accessories and of course the board itself, check out the video below:

Cheers Elric…Rock on man!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sin0822 gets hands on with the GIGABYTE X79-UD7


Power user and expert motherboard reviewer Sin0822 has published an in-depth look at our new Sandy Bridge-E high-end overclocking board, the X79-UD7. As you’d expect from any article written by Sin, there’s lots of detail concerning the design of the board and the individual components we’ve used in the VRM. Well worth a read.

It’s also worth noting that Sin managed to crank his Intel 3960X up to a respectable 4.7GHz without breaking sweat. Check the image below:


But as well as serious overclocking, Sin0822 also took time to consider the overall appeal of the X79-UD7:

“This board is definitely a benching board, built for extreme overclocking, with a very nice feature set. Sure it might live on a test bench, but it can also live out its days inside a nice decked out case (an expensive ATX-XL case at that), and be a fully functioning member of the community. While it has that benching board feel of the X58A-OC it also feels like a 24/7 board like the Z68X-UD7. You might say its a mix of the two but with some extra spice thrown in. This really is how GIGABYTE's LGA1155 UD7 should have been, and I am just glad that GIGABYTE is eventually making the change. One thing that might throw a lot of new users off is the immense amount of PWM options in the BIOS, but there is hope as the 3D BIOS does offer much easier and managed control over the PWM settings. This board is how a proper high-end platform should be done, from its performance to its build, it really is one heck of a board. Its also really fun to work with as well.”

Read the article in full on the Xtremesystems forum here