Gigabyte’s lineup of Intel X79 or Sandy Bridge-E motherboards is only made up of four boards. For gamers there is the G1 Assassin 2, X79-UD7-OC for overclockers, and X79-UD5 for enthusiasts. This brings us to the X79-UD3 which is Gigabyte’s entry-level and least expensive Intel X79 motherboard coming it at $249. Sandy Bridge-E is Intel’s high-end platform and the X79 chipset is much improved over its P67/Z68 counterparts. You now have 40 PCI-Express 3.0 lanes and quad-channel memory. That means with this board you can easily throw in up to 32GB of DDR3 and run 4-way Crossfire or SLI right out of the box. Also this is the first time we will see Gigabyte’s 3D BIOS. Read on as we inspect the X79-UD3 Motherboard.
Today we are unboxing our first Intel X79 motherboard! While the X79-UD3 is Gigabyte’s low-end X79 motherboard it is still featured packed. This board supports Intel Sandy Bridge-E processors, quad-channel memory, digital power control for the CPU and memory, 8 phase overclockable VRM design and of course Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable™ 3 technology. So what does the X79-UD3 have in store for us? Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video!
Intel’s Z68 chipset has been out for sometime now and it brings together some of the best features of Intel’s P67 and H67 chipsets. Today we are taking a look at another Intel Z68 motherboard, this time it is the Z68XP-UD4 from Gigabyte. Gigabyte has loaded with motherboard with features like a 16 phase power design, Intel Quick Sync video, switchable graphics with LucidLogix Virtu GPU virtualization, and Gigabyte’s new touch BIOS. Read on as we take this board through the paces and see what it can do!
Gigabyte is always a company I look forward to seeing at CES and this year they did not disappoint! This year they were showcasing their latest Intel X79 boards, a new Assassin board, the Assassin 2 and their new AMD 990FX board. One thing that was really exciting was that they were showing boards based on Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge platform. Read on to check out all of what Gigabyte was showing this year at CES!
Today we have another great motherboard unboxing! This time it is of the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4 Intel Z68 Motherboard. This is Gigabyte’s mainstream Z68 board and is loaded with features. Some of these features include a 16 Phase Power Design, switchable graphics with LucidLogix Virtu GPU Virtualization technology, Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable 3 technology, SATA 6GB/s & USB 3.0 and DDR3 memory up to 2133 MHz. Read on as we unbox the Z68XP-UD4 and go over some of its features.
Small form factor systems are nothing new, but with the Mini-ITX form factor they keep on getting smaller. Today we are going to take a look at a motherboard that is perfect for a small form factor or media center application. The board is the Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme and it features support for second generation Intel Core processors, discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 430 graphics processor, support for DDR3 memory, USB 3.0, SATA 6GB/s support and of course built-in WiFi. Read on as we check out this tiny motherboard!
Zotac has been one of the best at making very small form factor motherboards. Small form factor motherboards are perfect for media machines or small LAN machines. Today we are unboxing the Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme Motherboard from Zotac. The board features Intel’s Z68 chipset, NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 GPU w/ 1GB DDR3, USB 3.0, SATA 6GB/s, WiFi, HDMI and much more all on a tiny Mini-ITX board! Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video!
When Intel announced its second generation Core processors we had 2 different chipsets to choose from the P67 chipset and the H67 chipset. P67 was made for gamers and overclockers having advanced overclocking features and being able to support Intel’s “K” series processors. H67 was the cheaper option taking advantage of the built-in graphics of Sandy Bridge processors. Both chipsets were successful, but there were many people that wanted features in both chipsets. There is where the Z68 chipset comes in. It fills that void allowing users to overclock their system, while using the built-in graphics. Z68 offers plenty of other features as well, but we will get to that in just a little bit. Our first jump in to the Z68 chipset will be with the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 motherboard. This board features ASRock’s advanced V8 power phase design, 3 PCI-E x16 slots, SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0 support, Intel’s Smart Response Technology, and LucidLogix Virtu GPU virtualization software. Let’s get right in and see what Z68 and the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 motherboard is all about!
People have been overclocking computer hardware for quite some time. Overclocking is not that hard at all, but to really get the highest achievable overclocks you need a motherboard that can take the punishment. Over the past 2 years we have seen efforts from many different manufacturers, but these efforts were targeted at 2 different demographics, overclockers and gamers. So you had all of these boards that had all the features that gamers and overclockers wanted, but what if you just wanted the overclocking features? Today we are taking a look at motherboard that gives you all of those overclocking features and cuts out all the extra “fat” that is not needed. This board has been designed from the ground up to be best overclocking motherboard for the X58 platform. The motherboard I am talking about is the X58A-OC from Gigabyte, let’s see how far we can push this board.
With Intel’s introduction of its second generation Core processors the main chipsets you have been hearing about and we have been covering are the P67, H67 and Z68. These chipsets are the mainstream and enthusiasts chipsets that give you everything you would ever want on a motherboard, but what if you are trying to save money? Or just build a simple machine? ASRock has you covered with the H61iCafe motherboard. This board is of course based on the Intel H61 Express Chipset. This board features USB 3.0 connectivity, Graphical UEFI BIOS, and support for Intel’s second generation processors. Let’s check it out!