This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about an awesome Gigabyte X99 motherboard we recently reviewed, all of AMD’s new graphics cards presented at their event this week, and some pretty cool PC gaming news to come out of E3 2015!
Gigabyte has three very distinct motherboard lines in their X99 lineup and offer quite a lot of motherboards compared to most brands. They have their G1 Gaming Series, Overclocking Series, and Ultra Durable series. While the specific motherboards in each category are targeted at a certain type of user, many of their features cross into each category. For example the G1 Gaming series motherboards overclock quite well. Since the X99 chipset has been out for a little while now we are seeing a second wave of motherboards from manufacturers. The X99-Gaming 5P from Gigabyte is one such motherboard and is the replacement for the soon to be retired X99-Gaming 5. Gigabyte has actually added new features to this motherboard to make it even better. Let’s jump in!
Gigabyte has just unveiled their new Gaming G1 Series Z170 motherboards at Computex 2015. These have to be some of the most impressive motherboards we have seen so far at Computex! These motherboards feature a brand new color design that has an all black PCB, with white and red accents that just looks awesome!
It seems quite interesting for this information to come out the week of Computex, but Gigabyte’s marketing materials for their upcoming Radeon R9 380 G1 Gaming graphics card have been leaked. The leaked materials are actually two photos of the packaging of the card.
Three reference GeForce GTX 980 Ti reference models have been spotted. They come from well-known ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. I know there are only the reference models, we are unsure if custom models of the card will be available at launch.
Gigabyte has just released a new dual-socket workstation motherboard in their MW70-3S0. This is a dual Intel LGA2011v3 socket motherboard that has quite a lot of features for the most demanding users.
Gigabyte has released their latest motherboard, which is the Z97X-Game Plus. It has been designed to compete with products like the ASUS Z97-Pro Gamer that are loaded with gamer-centric features at around the $150 price point. The board will be particularly appealing to gamers doing NVIDIA builds as the color scheme of the board is black with neon green accents.
Gigabyte has announced a new LGA2011v3 motherboard in the X99-SLI. This board is almost identical to the X99-UD4, which we recently reviewed. It is not a re-brand though because the PCB is actually different between the two. I assume Gigabyte is releasing this motherboard to make the most out of the pre-Summer sales season.
Gigabyte has rolled out a new GeForce GTX 960 graphics card, which is designed for space-constrained builds. It is the GV-N960IX-2GD which is a full-height graphics card, but is only 18.1 cm long, so it should fit into most mini-ITX cases out there.
When it comes to X99 motherboards we have taken a look at boards from ASUS, MSI, ASRock and EVGA. The company not on that list is Gigabyte and today we are getting our first look at one of their X99 motherboards. The X99-UD4 is set to be a more affordable motherboard in their X99 stack and is not really aimed towards gamers or overclockers, but offers a great set of features any user will appreciate. The board is part of the companies Ultra Durable line and features an all digital power design, 4-way graphics support, dual M.2 slot, SATA Express support, Intel Gigabit LAN, and the companies AMP-UP audio solution. Did I mention the board lights up too? Let’s get the board on the test bench and see if Gigabyte has a winner on their hands.
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