Whenever AMD or Intel introduce a new processor, there's the question of whether or not it will work in your existing motherboard, and if not, which one(s) will it work with? The answer isn't always as obvious as a pin count, especially with the current generation of AMD parts. To help alleviate any confusion over AMD's next generation CPUs for current AMD 800/700 series chipset motherboards, Gigabyte announced it's the first to market with AM3+ "Black Socket" motherboards, giving users at-a-glance confirmation that everything's kosher.
Gigabyte claims its new GeForce GTX 550 Ti Overclock Edition graphics card strikes just the right balance between faster clockspeeds and quiet computing. Armed with a custom cooler, the GV-N550OC-1GI, as it's named, boasts "extraordinary overclocking ability" and outpaces reference GTX 550 Ti cards by 6 percent, Gigabyte says.
Yes, the sun may be setting on LGA1366, but if you want lots of cores and you want them from Intel or you want full tilt PCI-E slots, the veteran LGA1366 socket is your ticket. Maximum PC's Gordon Mah Ung gives you a quick look at Intel's much upgraded DX58SO2 or "Smack Over 2" motherboard and unpacks Gigabyte's mother of all LGA1366 boards: The G1 Assassin XL-ATX board. This board packs hardware we've never seen on a board before and also tilts the price tag to a level we've never seen.
There are some immutable laws of the natural world. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Anything that can go wrong, will, and at the worst possible time. And finally, any tech discussion involving Gordon and Nathan will inevitably turn into a debate about Star Wars. Andy and Alan join Gordon and Nathan in Episode 169 of the No BS, Some Star Wars Podcast to discuss a new Gigabyte X58 board, AMD's dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990 "Antilles," and (perhaps inevitably) Wedge Antilles' raison d'etre as a starfighter pilot. Also, Western Digital buys Hitachi GST, the future of storage, and incredible feedback from Alan's stupid Mac microphone. With a bonus appearance by former boot and Maximum PC editor and current Maximum Tech editor Mike Brown!
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Gigabyte is gearing up to release its first real gaming keyboard, which will join a long line of multimedia keyboards already under the company's belt. Unlike those other planks, however, Gigabyte's new Alvia K8100 is built for fragging and to look good while doing it.
The fallout from Intel's Sandy Bridge snafu is almost a thing of the past. Most OEMs have already begun shipping new systems built around revised Sandy Bridge boards, and you can add both Asus and Gigabyte to that list as well. Both companies, along with MSI, have B3 revision 6-series motherboards shipping in retail channels, and later this month, the first two will start shipping new systems unaffected by the earlier bug.
Remember when you could buy a high-end AMD motherboard for around a C-note? You have to think all the way back to the Barton glory days, when the Asus A7N8X Deluxe and Abit NF7-S v2 dominated any talk of bang-for-buck ratios. But that was a long time ago, and if you want a top-of-the-line motherboard today, you're looking at spending north of $200, particularly if you're invested with Intel. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like mobo prices are coming down anytime soon, and in fact they may be on the rise.
If you view the art of overclocking as a necessary step in the PC building process, then Gigabyte's new X58A-OC motherboard might be just the slab of silicon you've been waiting for. Gigabyte's pitching it as the "world's first overclocking motherboard," a bit of stretch when you think back to boards that have come before it, particularly in DFI's heyday, though we're more apt to believe the X58A-OC was "designed from the ground up for extreme overclockers." There are some neat features here, some of which we've never seen on a motherboard before.
Newbs will never know what the Leaf Blower was, but it was unofficially Nvidia’s major stinker of a GPU: the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra. The card was unique not just for disappointing performance against its contemporaries, it was also loud in 3D mode. Several staff members ran the FX 5800 Ultra as a way proof that they weren’t just goofing off all the time. That’s because firing up 3D on the Ultra spun the fan to high RPM levels and immediately everyone within 15 feet know that you were playing a game instead of working.
There’s good news and bad news for Intel lovers. The bad news is for folks who just bought a motherboard using the LGA1156 socket: Yup, it’s obsolete already. The good news: The LGA1155 motherboards using Intel’s performance P67 chipset are swimming with improvements such as native SATA 6Gb/s support, front-panel USB 3.0 headers, and UEFI. The biggest change, of course, is support for Intel’s new line of Sandy Bridge CPUs. These second-generation Core ix processors are not only fast, they’re cheap and overclock like hell. To find a suitable home for your new Sandy Bridge chip, we gathered up boards from old foes MSI and Asus to see whose next-gen motherboard deserves the honor.
Hit the jump for the reviews and an exclusive video look at all the boards!