Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2016 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ThinkPwn, Lenovo, gigabyte, 68-UD3H, z77x-ud5h, Z87MX-D3H, Z97-D3H, Intel, SMM
The ThinkPwn vulnerability which has been in the news lately, which allows attackers to disable Secure Boot and bypass Virtual Secure Mode on Win10 Enterprise as well as disabling flash write protection turns out not to be yet another questionable Lenovo feature. Instead the problem lies with the motherboards UEFI, specifically the Intel System Management Mode implemented on Gigabyte motherboards. So far the issue has been located on Z68-UD3H, Z77X-UD5H, Z87MX-D3H, and Z97-D3H but it is possible that the vulnerability exists on far more motherboards, perhaps even beyond Gigabyte as the flaw is in the Intel code. The Register also postulates this could effect HP Pavilion machines as they use these boards as well.
"Gigabyte has been swept into turmoil surrounding low-level security vulnerabilities that allows attackers to kill flash protection, secure boot, and tamper with firmware on PCs by Lenovo and other vendors."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft wants to push biz users onto Windows 10 Enterprise Edition @ The Inquirer
- Build A 3D Printer Workhorse, Not an Amazing Disappointment Machine @ Hack a Day
- KDE Plasma 5.7 Released @ Slashdot
- Mac OS X malware threat lets hackers access webcams via Tor backdoor @ The Inquirer
- Word hole patched in 2012 is 'unchallenged' king of Office exploits @ The Register
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 5, 2016 - 01:49 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: gigabyte, gtx 1070, pascal, mini ITX, factory overclocked
Custom graphics cards based on NVIDIA’s GTX 1070 GPU have been rolling out from all the usual suspects, and today small form factor enthusiasts have a new option with Gigabyte’s Mini ITX friendly GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC. As the name implies, this is a factory overclocked card that can hit 1746 MHz boost with the right checkboxes ticked in the company’s vBIOS utility.
The new SFF graphics card measures a mere 6.7-inches long and is a dual slot design with a custom single 90mm fan HSF. It is a custom design that uses a 5+1 power phase design which Gigabyte claims is engineered to provide lower temperatures and more stable voltage compared to Nvidia’s reference design which is a 4+1 setup. The cooler on the dual slot card uses an aluminum fin array that is fed by three direct touch heatpipes. The 90mm fan is able to spin down to 0 rpm when the card is not under load which would make it a good candidate for a gaming capable living room PC that also doubles as your media center. Gigabyte further claims that their "3D stripe" ridged fan blade design helps to reduce noise and improve cooling performance.
Rear IO on the card includes two dual link DVI connectors, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort output. The graphics card is powered by a single 8-pin PCI-E power connector.
As far as the nitty gritty specifications are concerned, Gigabyte has the GTX 1070 GPU clocked out of the box at 1531 MHz base and 1721 MHz boost. Using the company’s Xtreme Engine utility, users can enable the “OC Mode” which automatically clocks the card further to 1556 MHz base and 1746 MHz boost. The OC Mode in particular is a decent factory overclock over the reference clocks of 1506 MHz base and 1683 MHz boost respectively. The 8 GB of GDDR5 memory remains effectively untouched at 8008 MHz.
Unfortunately as is usually the case with these kinds of launches pricing and availability has not yet been announced. From a cursory look around Newegg I would guess that the card will be somewhere around $465 (both the factory overclock and SFF premium).
Subject: Mobile | July 4, 2016 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gigabyte, P57W, GTX 970M
Gigabyte's 17" laptop contains some decent hardware although the GPU is somewhat questionable; with that much room inside they still opted to go with a GTX 970M and one with only 3GB of available VRAM. On the other hand the i7-6700HQ is a strong choice, paired with 16GB of Crucial DDR4-2133, storage is handled by a 256GB LiteOn SATA SSD and a 1TB Hitachi HDD. The screen is a 1080p panel and while the NVIDIA card can handle upscaling on some games, The Tech Report saw performance drops on many intense games when using that feature. Check out more details in their full review.
"17" laptops have long been maligned for their bulk, but the onward march of technology means one can now get a big machine like Gigabyte's P57W that's slim and trim. We put this large laptop to the test to see whether gamers on the go should go big."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
More Mobile Articles
- Asus ROG GX700 Watercooled Laptop @ Kitguru
- Dell Latitude 13 7370 Ultrabook @ Kitguru
- Samsung Galaxy J Series @ TechARP
- OnePlus 3 review: A great $400 phone you can actually buy @ Ars Technica
- TP-LINK Neffos C5 Smartphone @ TechARP
- GELID ZenTree USB Charging Station @ TechARP
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2016 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: case mods, gigabyte, computex 2016
Gigabyte hosted a showcase of impressive case mods from all across the planet at Computex and TechARP posted a slideshow of the best of them. They are all quite incredible, going beyond basic modding to the creation of truly unique enclosures, from Gatling guns to Ghostbusters. It is a pity the forklift wasn't powered by a Steamroller or Bulldozer though. Check out the full slide show and videos of the cases here.
"The GIGABYTE case mod showcase featured incredible case mods by top case modders from around the world, including Maciel Barreto from Brazil and Suchao Prowphong from Thailand."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel Security: Connecting with strangers on LinkedIn puts firms at risk of phishing attacks @ The Inquirer
- Huawei Is Working On Its Own Mobile OS In Case Things Sour With Google @ Slashdot
- Microsoft has released another bloody Windows 10 preview build @ The Inquirer
- Intel still chip, chip, chippin' away at the European Commission's anti-trust fine @ The Register
- Fear them: Robot Wars revival introduces two tonnes of retooled house robots @ The Inquirer
- Books You Should Read: The Car Hacker’s Handbook @ Hack a Day
- Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank @ The Register
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2016 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xfx, sapphire, Radeon RX 480, powercolor, gigabyte, asus, amd
An astute reader spotted several more RX 480's on Newegg, lacking clock speeds but providing physical dimensions, albeit with what looks to be a stock image. All three cards seem to be dual slot designs, XFX's card measuring 10" x 5", ASUS' at 11.8" x 5.4" and Sapphire's a wide bodied 11.8" x 6.5". This could indicate a custom cooler or merely that the cards have rough dimensions listed as opposed to the exact size.
Unfortunately the comparison and details page is unavailable so we don't have a way to see the listed clock speeds but we can be sure that they will have three DP 1.2 ports and an HDMI out. We will keep an eye out for any more leaks we can share with you.
Subject: Motherboards | June 8, 2016 - 06:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gigabyte, Z170X-UD3, Intel Z170
At $150 Gigabyte's Z170X-UD3 is within the budget of many system builders but the question remains as to the value you get for that money. The Tech Report delved into this topic in their recent review and the prognosis is good, especially if you can find it on sale for $120 like they did. They did find the firmware somewhat limiting, though some of us do like the Classic Mode UEFI the fan speed control is quite limited. Gigabyte did address that with their System Information Viewer utility for Windows which does allow for fine control and when asked Gigabyte did suggest they may address this in a new UEFI update. With three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, USB 3.1 and a pair of M.2 ports you do not suffer for connectivity and the overclocking potential is certainly acceptable for this price point. Check out their full review here.
"Gigabyte's Z170X-UD3 is a mid-range motherboard that gives builders everything the Z170 chipset has to offer and more. We take an in-depth look at this board to see whether it lives up to the promise of its impressive spec sheet."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon @ [H]ard|OCP
- MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- ASUS ROG STRIX X99 @ Kitguru
- ASUS STRIX X99 @ Kitguru
Subject: Graphics Cards, Mobile | June 5, 2016 - 02:02 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: gigabyte, external gpu
External GPUs can be a good idea. If it is affordable, easy, and not too big, users can augment their laptop CPU, which is probably good enough to at least run most tasks, with a high-end GPU. While GPUs are more efficient that CPUs, the tasks that they are expected to do are so much larger that a decent graphics chip is difficult to cram into laptop form factor... for the most part.
Image Credit: Tom's Hardware
Preamble aside, it's been tried and dropped numerous times over the last decade, but the last generation seems to be getting a little traction. Razer added the feature to their relatively popular Blade line of laptops, and AMD, who was one of the companies to try it several years ago, is pushing it now with their XConnect technology. Even Microsoft sort-of does this with their Surface Book, and it's been a small source of problems for them.
Now Gigabyte, at Computex, announced that they are investigating prototypes. According to Tom's Hardware, their current attempt stands upright, which is likely to take up less desk space. Looking at it, I could see it hiding in the space between my monitors and the corner of the room (because my desk slides into the corner). Of course, in my case, I have a desktop PC, so I'm not the target demographic, but who knows? It's possible that a laptop user might have a similar setup to me. It's still pretty big, though.
Currently, Gigabyte limits the power supply to 250W, which drops GPU support to under 175W TDP. In other words? Too small for a GeForce GTX 1080. The company did tell Tom's Hardware that they are considering upping that to 350W, which would allow 260W of load, which allows all 1x PCIe 8-pin graphics cards, and thus many (but not all) GTX 1080s.
No pricing or availability yet, of course. It's just a prototype.
Subject: Motherboards, Systems | June 1, 2016 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Z170, X99, Ultra Gaming, Intel H170, gigabyte, designare, brix
Gigabyte is showing off new X99, B150 and Z170 motherboards, the Ultra Gaming series and the Designare series which they describe as being optimized for content creators, designers, and artists. The Ultra Gaming series will add Ambient Surround LEDs, found on the motherboard and Pinstripe Headers so that you can have a lightshow while you game.
Also new is Hybrid Fan Control which will allows the motherboard headers to support Voltage Calibration and Pulse Width Modulation fans and pumps. M.2 and U.2 support is of course also added to the new boards. The new boards include the GA-X99-Ultra Gaming, GA-X99-Phoenix SLI, GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming, GA-Z170-UD3 Ultra and GA-B150-Gaming TH.
The Designare series is a bit different, with a focus on storage speed. USB 3.1 ports offer quick transfer speeds for your external storage and support for three NVMe drives in RAID-0 ensure that the speed of your internal storage does not slow your creative flow down. This series features the GA-X99-Designare EX, GA-Z170X-Designare and GA-H170-Designare.
They also offered a teaser as to their new BRIX lineup. The BRIX Gaming UHD will be tiny, less than 2.6L and less than 2kg but will support Core i5 and i7 processors. As we well there will be a new GIGABYTE PC which will be slightly larger at about 10L and will support full sized graphics cards.
Click for the full press release.
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2016 - 05:53 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: X99P-SLI, toshiba, revodrive, review, RD400, podcast, pcper, ocz, msi, hardware, gigabyte, fdsoi, computex, amd, AM4, am3, am2, 303, 22nm
PC Perspective Podcast #401 - 05/26/2016
Join us this week as we discuss the Gigabyte X99P-SLI, RevoDrive is back, GPU Drivers, Computex, and more!
The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!
- iTunes - Subscribe to the podcast directly through the Store (audio only)
- Google Play - Subscribe to our audio podcast directly through Google Play!
- RSS - Subscribe through your regular RSS reader (audio only)
- MP3 - Direct download link to the MP3 file
Hosts: Allyn Malventano, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Sebastian Peak
Week in Review:
News items of interest:
Hardware/Software Picks of the Week
- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2016 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, gigabyte
According to the information that DigiTimes was able to garner, only Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology will see their shipment of motherboards over this first half of the year either remain the same as last year or perhaps experience a small growth. As neither are expected to break 20 million units this is not great news but is certainly better than the news ASRock, MSI, ECS and Biostar are expecting. The lack of competition in the CPU/APU market is spilling over to motherboard manufacturers as customers are not immediately upgrading to the new platforms but are instead choosing premedical upgrades. The next few quarters are going to be interesting as we see what strategies motherboard manufacturers adopt to retain sales. New boards based on the Intel 200 series chipset will not likely be a factor until the last quarter of this year, at the earliest.
"The sources expect Asustek and Gigabyte's motherboard shipments in 2016 to stay at the same level in 2015 and neither of them is able to break 20 million units. Since overall demand continues shrinking, the top-2 players are likely to continue taking market share from lower-tier players."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Phase-change chalcogenides for neuronal computing @ Nanotechweb
- Great, IBM has had a PCM breakthrough. Who exactly is going to manufacture? @ The Register
- Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this @ The Register
- Updategate: Microsoft uses technique to lure you to Windows 10 from the 'X' button @ The Inquirer
- Researchers Set World Record Wireless Data Transmission Rate of 6 GB/Sec Over 37 KM @ Slashdot
- Toshiba adds 8TB model to high-end X300 hard drive range @ The Inquirer
- Amazon Stops Giving Refunds When an Item's Price Drops After You Purchase It @ Slashdot