Published in Motherboards
Gigabyte releases new X79 boards
by Nick Farrell on14 November 2011
Supports 2nd Generation i7 processor
Motherboard maker Gigabyte has launched its latest X79 series enthusiast motherboard range. Supporting the latest 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 processor family for high-end desktops, these new X79 Express Chipset motherboards claim to “unite unrivalled desktop PC performance with a new level of hardware flexibility and control”, what ever that means.
The boards have what Gigabyte is marketing as 3D Power which is a a 3-way Digital Power Engine offers ultimate control of your PC’s power delivery. There is also the outfits 3D BIOS which the outfit claims provides a more intuitive and graphical UEFI BIOS environment. The 3D Power features three digital memory controllers for the memory, VTT and VSA, to provide real-time adjustment and control. It gives a range of controls via a graphical user interface, allowing adjustment of load line calibration, over voltage protection control and real-time adjustment of CPU, VTT, IMC and four-channel memory frequencies, Gigabyte claims.
In the range is the Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2 which is for PC gaming. It has onboard discrete-class audio via the Creative Digital Audio processor (20K2) which offers X-Fi Xtreme Fideility and EAX Advanced HD Audio 5.0 technologies, while the Killer E2100 Game Networking Platform to provide network optimisation and managemen. There is a 3-way SLI and CrossFireX capability. Also available is the Gigabyte X79-UD7 motherboard is designed to provide extreme overclocking configurations. The X79-UD7 features an all digital PWM, four full length PCIe slots for 4-way GPU configurations plus a range of features for overclockers. It comes with the OC-VRM, to enable the easier instalation of POScaps while OC-Touch lets users tweak in real-time using onboard buttons to change multiplier frequencies. The OC-DualBIOS has a BIOS Switcher button that offers fast back-panel access to two distinct BIOS configurations.
Last up is the Gigabyte X79-UD5 which is designed as a media processing workstation for design and Engineering professionals that employ the latest CAD and multimedia creation software. It has eight DDR3 memory slots combined with GIGABYTE’s unique 3D Power design to offer the ultimate platform for memory and CPU intensive workloads. There is also back panel access overclocking via a simple OC button so that you can get an instant boost in performance when needed.