You may have heard that AMD's resurrecting its "FX" brand for top flight processors, which the chip maker promises will "enable an over-the-top experience for PC enthusiasts." Cost could be a barrier, but if it's any consolation for power users on a budget, Gigabyte claims it's the first to bring AM3+ CPU support to entry level motherboards, providing do-it-yourself system builders with an affordable foundation for AMD's upcoming FX series.
You can't get enough Three's Company reruns, your lucky number is 3, and this one time back in college you and two other co-eds, well, never mind on that last bit. The point is some of the best things often come in threes, but Gigabyte has a different magic number in mind. The motherboard maker just launched its Super4 mobo series, the latest range of next-generation motherboards based on Intel's H61 chipset "equipped with the very best components and a comprehensive range of unique features that raise the bar for mainstream desktop PCs."
Whew! Is it getting hot in here, or is it just all the smoking new tech coming out of the Computex 2011 trade show? We've already spent some time looking at Gigabyte's AMD AM3+ CPU boards, but the company's Booktop M2432 notebook is looking mighty fine too. The successor to the Booktop M1405, the M2432 includes an Intel i5 processor, Intel's integrated HD 3000 GPU with HD graphics support, a USB 3.0 port, and a 14 inch backlit monitor with a 1366 x 768 resolution. But enough about the notebook – the cool thing about the M2432 is its docking station.
Gigabyte has no intention of being caught short handed once AMD's Bulldozer platform rolls into town. Getting a jump on the new CPUs, Gigabyte just added three more AM3+ boards to its lineup, all of which sport AMD's AM3+ socket. These include the rather plain-named GA-990FXA-UD3, GA-990FXA-D3, and GA-990XA-UD3.
Having a Maximum PC mindset might not always mesh with what's left in your bank account at the end of the month, and so sacrifices have to be made. Do you raid the kids' piggy banks to fund that swank solid state drive upgrade, or try and get by with a mechanical hard drive that offers a fraction of the performance but tons more space per dollar? Thanks to Gigabyte, the latter option looks a little more attractive when paired with its new Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard than it otherwise would be.
Last month, Taiwanese hardware vendor Gigabyte announced a wireless laser mouse capable of lasting up to an entire year on a single pair of AA batteries. Well, the latest on the ECO600 long-life wireless laser mouse is that it has made it past the FCC. Hit the jump for more.
Gigabyte really went all out with the weapon-themed G1.Assassin board, but for folks who don’t know: It’s a motherboard, not a weapon. Repeat: not a weapon.
And just in case someone thought you could somehow slap the magazine-shaped heatsink into your M4A1 and start rocking the happy switch, you can’t. Gigabyte says as much with a warning label on the end of the heatsink/magazine: “Heatsink: Not a weapon. Cannot be assembled as a weapon.”
Maybe Gigabyte got bit by the overclocking bug, or perhaps the top-tier motherboard and graphics card vendor got its mitts on some better silicon. Whatever the case may be, Gigabyte is getting ready to release a second, factory overclocked Radeon HD 6970 videocard, the GV-R6970OC2-2GD. This latest variant will ship with its GPU revved up to 920MHz, up from 880MH stock (and 900MHz for the R6970OC), while the 2GB of GDDR5 remains at 5500MHz.
North American’s in search of the perfect tablet PC Steve Job would never make, won’t have to wait much longer. Gigabyte’s S1080 made its way through the FCC offices last week, and is expected to be made available here in the next few months. The tablet has been on sale in Taiwan since mid-April, and is pretty much the anti iPad in every way possible. Under the S1080’s 10-inch 1024x600 res display, sits a dual core Atom N550 processor, along with a 320 GB hard drive preloaded with Windows 7.
Netbooks, as popular as they became, never fully embraced the concept of dual-booting operating systems. A handful talked about releasing dual-booting netbooks, even fewer actually did, not including pre-boot environments like SplashTop. Should companies building tablets look to resurrect the idea of multiple OSes on a single device? We don't know, but Gigabyte intends to find out.