Although it's slightly wrong to call this a booth tour, as Gigabyte was split between several locations during Computex this year, we still figured it was easier to compile it all into one article and there's a lot of things to talk about.
Let's start with motherboards, as Gigabyte had a wide range of products on display. As you can see from the overview picture below, Gigabyte was in favor of Intel this year. You can find out more details about the P45 and P43 models on Gigabyte's website, as most of them are listed there, so we won't cover them in detail.
The G45 and G43 will come later, but again, these boards aren't as interesting as the stuff we've got for you; but Gigabyte seems to have a solid line-up of products for those considering this product line with support for HDMI and just about every other feature you'd want to see on an HTPC motherboard.
We snapped a picture of what should be close to the final version of Gigabyte's EP45 Extreme motherboard, and as you can see from the picture below, the way the large passive heatsink attaches to the chipset has changed and the watercooling part has been added. The picture is actually of the DDR3 version, which was a new development to us. Gigabyte will also offer a DS4 version of the DDR3 board with the same layout as the EP45 Extreme.
Also on display was Gigabyte's Nforce 790i Ultra motherboard and this board is still a little while away. More interesting here is Gigabyte's Geforce 9400 motherboard, which is a mATX solution with a single x16 PCIe 2.0 slot, a x1 PCIe slot and two PCI slots. Connectivity consists of a PS/2 port, six USB 2.0 ports, D-sub, DVI, HDMI, optical S/PIDF out, eSATA, FireWire, Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1-channel audio.
Furthermore, this little board has five SATA ports, headers for an additional six USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire port and four memory slots. Both the 790i and Geforce 9400 boards are the first non-Intel chipset-based motherboards from Gigabyte that we've seen that feature DES Advanced.
Next up, we have Gigabyte's 790GX motherboard, which is a full-size ATX motherboard with a pair of x16 PCIe 2.0 slots, although they're limited to x8 bandwidth. The board also has three x16 PCIe slots and two PCI slots. This is a mid-range motherboard and it features DVI, D-sub and HDMI out, as well as optical S/PDIF and FireWire. Gigabyte has fitted 128MB of GDDR3 sideport memory for the integrated graphics, and this should boost the performance for the integrated graphics as well as in Hybrid CrossFireX mode.
Gigabyte is also looking at upgrading its 780G motherboards with sideport memory and again, we should see 128MB of GDDR3 memory, as this is meant to be the sweet spot in terms of performance, as adding more isn't meant to add any real benefits. Some manufacturers will use DDR2 memory which, again, doesn't offer as good performance.
Last, but not least, on the motherboard side of things we've got Gigabyte's Atom-based motherboard and it looks very similar to the Intel reference design but in Gigabyte colors. It has the Atom 230 processor and Gigabyte has fitted all solid capacitors to the board.
Gigabyte didn't have too much new to show in terms of graphics cards, but we snapped a shot of Gigabyte's Radeon HD 4850 graphics card. This was a reference design and Gigabyte will have its own version in the future. We also took a picture of Gigabyte's latest Radeon HD 3450 graphics card, which is a low-profile, passively cooled card with an HDMI connector on it. This should be an ideal companion for any HTPC for HD video playback.
A couple of rather unusual graphics cards were also on display, based on the XGI Volari chipsets, one PCIe x1 card and one PCI card. These are meant for servers, but could work just as well in a desktop PC as long as you don't need 3D acceleration. The cards are low-power and have been designed by Gigabyte's server team.
We also spotted Gigabyte's new M912 Atom-powered tabled PC, but it was too crowded around it for us to spend any amount of quality time with it. The specifications are already up on Gigabyte's website and you can check out the details there.
Another device we had a quick play with was the M528 MID which is also powered by an Atom processor, but this time it's only an 800MHz model. Again, all the specifications are on Gigabyte's website, so we won't cover it here.
There were a host of other products on show, but we just didn't have enough time to have a look at it all; but we'll update you as and when Gigabyte has something new to show us.