Guess what? Overclocked.
The NVIDIA GTX 580 GPU, based on the GF110 Fermi architecture, is old but it isn't forgotten. Released in November of 2010, NVIDIA had held the single GPU performance grown for more than a year before it was usurped by AMD and the Radeon HD 7970 just this month. Still, the GTX 580 is a solid high-end enthusiast graphics card that has wide spread availability and custom designed, overclocked models from numerous vendors making it a viable option.
Gigabyte sent us this overclocked and custom cooled model quite a while ago but we had simply fallen behind with other reviews until just after CES. In today's market the card has a bit of a different role to fill - it surely won't be able to pass up the new AMD Radeon HD 7970 but can it fight the good fight and keep NVIDIA's current lineup of GPUs more competitive until Kepler finally shows himself?
The Gigabyte GTX 580 1.5GB Super Overclock Card
With the age of the GTX 580 designs, Gigabyte had plenty of time to perfect their PCB and cooler design. This model, the Super Overclock (GV-N580SO-15I), comes in well ahead of the standard reference speeds of the GTX 580 but sticks to the same 1.5 GB frame buffer.
The clock speed is set at 855 MHz core and 1025 MHz memory, compared to the 772 MHz core speed and 1002 MHz clock rate of the reference design. That is a very healthy 10% clock rate difference that should equate to nearly that big of a gap in gaming performance where the GPU is the real bottleneck.
Subject: General Tech, Motherboards, Shows and Expos | January 10, 2012 - 04:45 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: gigabyte, CES 2012, CES
The first day of CES is nearly to a close and while I escape the blisters on my feet due to my location a few time zones and one border away from the organized chaos, the callusing of my fingertips has just begun. Allow us to each stretch our hands out, loosen our wrists, and prepare to indulge on distilled product announcements and testimony of how awesome various TVs look. Since we are a computer hardware website, how about indulging in a jackpot of information about Gigabyte’s next generation of Z77 Ivy Bridge motherboards?
So… uh… did I win?
The Z77 chipset will be Intel’s higher-end platform for the upcoming Ivy Bridge CPUs as well as support for the previous generation of Sandy Bridge processors. While there are some 60-series chipsets that support Ivy Bridge with a BIOS update I am sure Gigabyte, for one, hopes you upgrade to a motherboard more suited for the CPU.
Perhaps you would like a 3D BIOS with that?
Gigabyte decided to attack the user-interface within the BIOS and chose its weapon to be 3D graphics with their X79 motherboards for Sandy Bridge-E. Tim wrote a little piece on it last November and it looks like the product had enough potential to continue pressing the issue with their Z77 line. The 3D BIOS can also be dropped down into Advanced Mode for those who are not afraid of the more traditional BIOS layout; the advanced mode will apparently still be prettied up, just not at the sacrifice of functionality.
Big sniper, little sniper, green sniper, Killer sniper.
Two motherboards announced during CES stem from the G1.Sniper product line: one ATX (3), and one Micro-ATX (M3). BigFoot Systems has their Killer (brand name, not adjective) technology present in these products with the larger board also containing a second Intel Gigabit network adapter.
Motherboards for small businesses.
Gigabyte ended their press release with a few notes about their small business products. As expected, they focused their motherboard on the core needs of what a small business would desire: remote monitoring, backup, and durability.
Setting its sights on the small business market, GIGABYTE will demonstrate the B75M-D3H motherboard that represents a new product range featuring the ability to remotely monitor and manage PC health, installed software, data backup, energy saving and connectivity. This allows system integrators to add value to their products by offering these services to small businesses with between 1 and 6 PCs. Key features and selling points for these models will be manageability, affordability and GIGABYTE’s Ultra Durable design quality.
What do you think about Gigabyte’s product line? Do you desire a Micro ATX gaming machine for your desk or perhaps your home theatre cabinet? Do you own a small business?
PC Perspective's CES 2012 coverage is sponsored by MSI Computer.
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Subject: Graphics Cards | January 9, 2012 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, hd7970, gigabyte, GV-R7970C-3GD
[H]ard|OCP got their hands on Gigabyte's first HD7970 and it is a completely custom job, just like we hoped would be the result of AMD opening up the specification limitations for this card. The GPU was given a 75MHz bump to make it an even 1GHz, while the memory remains at stock speeds though obviously will run at a cooler temperature thanks to the three fans. They haven't yet had the time to get into serious overclocking but did confirm that the card runs cooler than the reference model and does so with lower fan speeds, good news for those who want to push this card further.
You can also catch Ryan's take on XFX's HD7970 3GB Black Edition which runs at 1GHz on the GPU and 1425 MHz GDDR5 and also sports a custom cooling solution.
"An early first look at a custom built Radeon HD 7970 based video card. The GIGABYTE GV-R7970C-3GD sports a custom design, custom heatsink, and a custom fan all with an out-of-box 1GHz GPU frequency. The future of Radeon HD 7970 based video cards is looking good. "
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- The Radeon HD 7970 GPU @ The Tech Report
- XFX R7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation @ Benchmark Reviews
- PowerColor HD7970 Overclocking & Eyefinity @ OC3D
- AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB @ Tweaktown
- HIS HD7970 Crossfire @ kitguru
- ASUS Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire @ techPowerUp
- HD7970 Quadfire Eyefinity @ OC3D
- HIS HD7970 Crossfire & Eyefinity @ OC3D
- XFX R7970 Double Dissipation @ Kitguru
- PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven
- HIS HD 7970 @ Overclockers.com
- XFX HD 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation 3GB @ Tweaktown
- Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Tri-CrossFire Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven
- XFX’s Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation: The First Semi-Custom 7970 @ AnandTech
- XFX Radeon 7970 Black Edition Overclocked vs GTX 580 OC vs Radeon 6970 OC @ HardwareHeaven
- Sapphire HD 7970 3GB Review @ OCC
- ASUS Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire @ Guru of 3D
- HIS Radeon HD 7970 Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven
- VTX3D HD7970 PCIE2 vs PCIE3 @ OC3D
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 2GB Dual Fan Review @ Hardware Canucks
- AMD Radeon HD 7970 Quad CrossfireX: The Stock Air Cooling Champion @ VR-Zone
- AMD ATI Chips Comparison Table @ Hardware Secrets
- i3DSpeed @ iXBT Labs
- Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Born to Win: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win Dual-GPU @ X-bit Labs
- EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
- Galaxy MDT GeForce GTX 580 @ [H]ard|OCP
Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2012 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: x79, gigabyte, X79-UD5, lga 2011, Sandy Bridge E
A review of Gigabyte's mid-ranged X79-UD5 motherboard has appeared on [H]ard|OCP, though from the $340 price tag it is hard to call it mid-ranged. It sports three PCIe 3.0 16x slots, though one runs at only 8x, as well as two PCIe 2.0 1x slots and even an old PCI slot. For storage a half dozen SATA 6Gbps ports are bolstered by four SATA 3Gbps ports, four USB 3.0 ports and over a dozen USB 2.0 ports. [H]'s experience with the board was mixed, while it was stable during their tests, Gigabyte recently release a statement which seems to imply some users were experiencing heat issues when overclocking that were bad enough to damage hardware. As well they were unimpressed with Gigabyte's UEFI implementation and found it hard to navigate. When those issues are combined with the high price, [H] didn't feel this was a board that they could recommend.
"Gigabyte brings us another beautiful board in the form of the X79-UD5. Should this board be on your short list or is beauty only PCB deep? See how this LGA 2011 socket board stacks up with the Sandy Bridge E boards we have seen so far. This UD5 model is feature rich for a decent price, but, does it blend?"
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 @ AnandTech
- MSI Z68A-GD80 G3 Z68 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- MSI Big Bang-XPower II (X79) @ VR-Zone
- ECS X79R-AX @ Tweaktown
- ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Intel LGA 2011 @ techPowerUp
- ASRock X79 Extreme9 @ TweakTown
- ECS X79R-AX Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ASRock X79 Extreme4-M @ TweakTown
- Z68 Motherboard Roundup Part 2 @ OCC
- Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers
- GA-Z68XP-UD5 Motherboard Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS
- BIOS Option Of The Week - Interrupt 19 Capture @ Tech ARP
- Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 @ Funky Kit
- ASUS 990FX Sabertooth @ Bjorn3D
- MSI 990FXA-GD80 @ Bjorn3D
- ASRock A75M-ITX @ kitguru
- Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 Socket AM3+ @ X-bit labs
Subject: Editorial | December 15, 2011 - 01:57 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: ssd, podcast, ocz, nvidia, macbook pro, Intel, hdd, gigabyte, dell, apple, amd
PC Perspective Podcast #182 - 12/15/2011
Join us this week as we talk about the Intel Core i7-3930K, AMD 7000 Series rumors, a new low price SSD from OCZ and more!
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- 0:03:57 Gigabyte E350N-USB3 Fusion Mini ITX Motherboard Review
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- 0:27:00 Bad for reviewers, great for gamers ... AMD will allow non-reference Tahiti graphics cards
- 0:32:10 How much of PCI-E 3.0 is just marketing speak right now
- 0:36:05 OCZ Technology Petrol SATA 6Gbps SSDs Reduce SSD Deployment Costs by Thirty Percent (Hynix flash)
- 0:42:30 Two Catalysts from AMD; 11.12 and a highly recommended preview version of 12.1
- 0:45:05 Intel Scales Back Sales Outlook Due To Hard Drive Shortage
- 0:50:10 Apple May Bring High Pixel Density Displays To MacBook Pro Notebooks
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Introduction and Specifications
AMD's Fusion technology has worked out well for the company in 2011 and many vendors have reaped the benefits by including this platform in their mini ITX motherboards and netbook offerings. Gigabyte found room in their product line to feature this chipset in its GA-E350N-USB3. We received one of these boards for review to see how it stacks up against other E-350 mini ITX boards available today.
The GA-E350N-USB3 can be purchased for around $89.99 (after mail-in rebate from Newegg) and includes an AMD dual-core E-350 1.6GHz processor with an integrated Radeon HD 6310 GPU and support for USB 3.0, SATA3, and a PCI-E x16 slot for add-on video cards or other PCI-E devices. AMD developed the Brazos platform to directly compete with Intel's Atom and NVIDIA's ION technologies for the top slot this year's netbooks, notebooks, and some entry-level desktop solutions.
Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Motherboards | November 16, 2011 - 03:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: X58, giveaway, gigabyte, contest
We have been on a roll recently, trying to
clear out as much stuff give away as much stuff to our readers as possible!! We handed out a free copy of Skyrim and linked you to a contest for a Radeon HD 6870 from XFX just last week.
Next on our list is a high-end enthusiast level motherboard from Gigabyte, the G1.Assassin X58!!
This is a great board to upgrade your current LGA1366 system or a great start to build a new one at prices that are likely lower than you expect.
What do you need to do enter to win this motherboard? Couldn't be easier!!
- Make a comment on this post thanking Gigabyte for this kick ass contest!! That's pretty simple right? You don't have to register, though we would appreciate it!
- Like Gigabyte on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GIGABYTE.US
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- (Another hint, comments on our G+ post about this contest get another entry!)
We will pick a random winner in our pool of entries on Friday, the 18th of November in the afternoon, EST! Sorry, US and Canada residents only for this one! If you don't have a Facebook/Twitter/Google+ account commenting here will still enter you.
Thanks for reading PC Perspective and good luck!!!
UPDATE: We have a winner!!!! After a quick stop to Random.org the person going home (or at least getting shipped) the Gigabyte X58 G1.Assassin motherboard is...."slugbugg55"!!! Congratulations, an email is on the way to asking for your shipping information!!
Stay tuned to PC Perspective as we head into Thanksgiving week for more contests and giveaways!!
Subject: Motherboards | November 15, 2011 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: X79-UD7, X79-UD5, x79, gigabyte, G1.Assassin 2, bluetooth 4.0
City of Industry, CA, November, 14th 2011 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the launch of their latest X79 series enthusiast motherboard range. Supporting the latest 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 processor family for high-end desktops (aka Sandy Bridge-E), these new X79 Express Chipset motherboards unite unrivalled desktop PC performance with a new level of hardware flexibility and control. GIGABYTE 3D Power and its all new 3-way Digital Power Engine offers ultimate control of your PC’s power delivery, while GIGABYTE 3D BIOS provides a wholly more intuitive and graphical UEFI BIOS environment.
“This new GIGABYTE X79 series range of boards are all about giving enthusiasts and professionals unprecedented control over their PC’s hardware,” commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at GIGABYTE. “GIGABYTE 3D Power and 3D BIOS give hardcore gamers, extreme overclockers and cutting-edge content creators absolute mastery over every aspect of their PC.”
GIGABYTE 3D Power (patent pending)
GIGABYTE X79 series motherboards take advantage of the new and exclusive GIGABYTE 3D Power, based on a 3-way Digital Power Engine for both the PWM and memory that delivers unprecedented power delivery control. Utilizing a brand new Digital PWM controller, GIGABYTE’s 3D Power features three digital memory controllers for not only the memory, but VTT and VSA, for real-time adjustment and control. The GIGABYTE 3D Power application provides 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 3D BIOS (patent pending)
Based on our new UEFI DualBIOS technology, GIGABYTE 3D BIOS re-imagines the traditional BIOS environment to make it more accessible for novice users than ever before. GIGABYTE 3D BIOS provides a full featured advanced mode for veteran BIOS users, alongside a graphical 3D Mode which offers a far more intuitive BIOS experience that makes it easier to understand how BIOS settings affect their PC’s hardware performance.
Intel X79 Platform Highlights
All GIGABYTE X79 series motherboards are designed to get the absolute best performance from the latest 2nd generation Intel Core i7 processors, bringing a number of new enthusiast-class features to Intel’s latest extreme platform. Featuring the new LGA 2011 socket and based on the latest updated micro-architecture, these new processors feature up to six cores with up to 15MB L3 cache and four-channel DDR3 memory. With an unprecedented 40 PCI Express lanes, enthusiast gamers can also enjoy the absolute maximum GPU performance in Multi-GPU SLI and CrossFireX configurations.
Designed as the base for the ultimate in gaming PC builds, the GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2 motherboard combines the unrivalled performance of this new X79 platform with our award-winning G1.Killer design philosophy: onboard discrete-class audio is offered courtesy of 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 offers advanced network optimization and management for the very best online gaming experience. 3-way SLI and CrossFireX capability means users can really push the boundaries of 3D gaming to new heights.
The GIGABYTE X79-UD7 motherboard is designed to provide CPU performance worthy of champions, with specific built-in technologies for 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 that mean overclockers will never tire of tweaking the latest 2nd generation Intel Core i7 processors. With GIGABYTE’s exclusive OC-VRM, you’ll find POScaps that ensure easy insulation, while OC-Touch lets users tweak in real-time using onboard buttons to change multiplier frequencies. OC-DualBIOS is complimented with a BIOS Switcher button that offers fast back-panel access to two distinct BIOS configurations. A Clear CMOS button is also included along with an OC button for instant OC profile loading. OC-PEG offers additional discrete graphics array power via the SATA rail with two SATA ports, guaranteeing all the power needed for extreme 4-way SLI and CrossfireX configurations.
The GIGABYTE X79-UD5 motherboard provides the ultimate media processing workstation. Design and Engineering professionals that employ the latest CAD and multimedia creation software will be impressed with eight DDR3 memory slots combined with GIGABYTE’s unique 3D Power design to offer the ultimate platform for memory and CPU intensive workloads. We’ve also included back panel access overclocking via a simple OC button so that you can get an instant boost in performance when needed.
Bluetooth-Expansion-CardGIGABYTE X79 series motherboards will also include an exclusive PCIe expansion card that offers support for the latest Bluetooth 4.0 and IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. The new Bluetooth 4.0 standard includes Smart Ready technology that is debuting on mobile devices including the new Apple iPhone 4s. This means that transferring important content from your smart phone or tablet is easier and faster than ever.
5 Year Warranty in USA and Canada
GIGABYTE is now offering an extended 5 year warranty for its entire X79 Motherboards in USA and Canada, customers can enjoy an additional 2 years warranty with the extended 5 year warranty service by registering their new X79 motherboards. For more details, please check GIGABYTE's website at GIGABYTE 5 Year Warranty.
Subject: Motherboards | November 14, 2011 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: X79A-GD65 (8D), X79-UD5, x79, P8X79 PRO, msi, lga2011, Intel, gigabyte, DX79SI, asus
If you want to run a Sandy Bridge E chip, you are going to need a new motherboard as they use a brand new socket. The upgrade isn't just about the socket though, as there is a noticeable increase in PCIe 3.0 lanes possible on the X79 chipset as well quad channel memory. At The Tech Report is a look at motherboards from four major vendors, the Asus P8X79 PRO, Gigabyte X79-UD5, Intel DX79SI, and the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D). Unfortunately Intel is plagued by issues with storage, while not the same as we saw in their previous chipset the port count is still lower than we expected and the RAID software is still labelled as a beta product. Indeed by the end of the review it seems that each board did at least one thing to disappoint The Tech Report, though they hold hope for future revisions.
"If you want to get in on Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E CPU, you'll need an LGA2011 motherboard. We've gathered four examples from Asus, Gigabyte, Intel, and MSI to see which one makes the best foundation for an Extreme Sandy build."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Sandy Bridge-E and X79 – The ASUS P9X79 PRO @ AnandTech
- ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Intel DX79SI Extreme Series Socket LGA 2011 Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
- ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Gigabye GA-X79-UD5 @ OC3D
- ASUS Sabertooth X79 TUF Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS Rampage IV Extreme @ Tweaktown
- Intel DX79SI LGA2011 Desktop Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS Rampage 4 Extreme @ OC3D
- ASUS P9X79 Pro Intel X79 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
- Gigabyte X79 UD7 OC Motherboard Preview @ Ninjalane
- ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers
- BIOS Option Of The Week - CPU On-Die Termination @ TechARP
- ASUS M5A97 Evo (AMD 970) @ Tweaktown
- MSI 990FXA GD-80 Review @ OCC
- Five Years with Bulldozer: Asus Sabertooth 990FX @ X-bit Labs
Subject: Motherboards | November 14, 2011 - 02:51 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: x79, video, msi, Intel, gigabyte, asus
I am sure by now you have been reading our review of the new Sandy Bridge-E processors, in particular the Core i7-3960X, but we only had a brief mention of the various X79 motherboards we had in-house in that article. (Which if you haven't read yet, you definitely should!)
Over the course of the last 14 days or so, we have seen and played with:
- ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
- ASUS Sabertooth X79
- ASUS P9X79 Pro
- MSI X79A-GD65 8D
- Gigabyte X79-UD3
- Intel DX79SI
We will have reviews of all of these boards in the coming days, but I wanted to at least make sure you saw each of these motherboards in our video roundup and preview.
Stay tuned to PC Perspective for more on the X79 platform and Sandy Bridge-E!!