In the world of computing, the big iron – workstations, servers and HPC, were my main focus for the most of the past three decades. However, something on the opposite end of the spectrum from HPC, the kind of uber-mini desktop device, even smaller than HTPC – attracted my attention. This miniature box platform, using laptop CPU and chipset platforms & integration, but desktop peripherals and connectivity, is called many names: from NUC (Next Unit of Computing) by Intel, whose ex-desktop mainboard division is in charge is this product line; to Gigabyte’s BRIX line, likely named in the honor of their ex director and our
The motherboard segment as a whole, however, is set for a decline when compared to last year.
A peak inside of Gigabyte’s CES Suite reveals some truely awesome computers and hardware
Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX) today announced the launch of a new ultra-slim external hard drive that holds 500GB of data while only being 7mm thick.
With CES right around the corner and the industry’s marketing efforts going into overdrive, what is it that we will likely see next week?
Gigabyte releases its new Force H1 for mobile gamers.
Nvidia today has launched its latest Tesla dual GPU card, the Tesla K80, which features two of Nvidia’s own Kepler GPUs with 24 GB of GDDR5 memory at SC14
We take a look at the Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI and see how it does as a choice for a HTPC build .
The sheer hardware configuration of the GeForce GTX 980 WaterForce Tri-SLI boggles the mind.
Gigabyte’s new card proves the Mini-ITX form factor can be a versatile one.
An overclocker from Germany has vindicated Asus’ claims of what socket 2084 on its new Haswell-E boards can do.
Intel’s launch of the Haswell-based Core i7 5960X and the associated X99 chipset with DDR4 memory has required a brand new series of motherboards as well. The four major vendors – Gigabyte, Asus, MSI and Asrock – grabbed the chance to introduce other new features into the just launched platform to entice the users to upgrade. Recently, Bright Side of News* reviewed Intel’s flagship CPU with Gigabyte’s X99-Gaming 5 motherboard, which by itself is a decent balance between top performance, features and compact size. How about the flagship mainboard in Gigabyte line, Gaming G1 WiFi? At 305 x 259 mm, the board itself is a
Intel’s launch of the Haswell-based Core i7 5960X and the associated X99 chipset with DDR4 memory has required a brand new series of motherboards as well. The four major vendors – Gigabyte, Asus, MSI and Asrock – grabbed the chance to introduce other new features into the just launched platform to entice the users to upgrade. VR World’s sister site, Bright Side of News* reviewed Intel’s flagship CPU with Gigabyte’s X99-Gaming 5 motherboard, which by itself is a decent balance between top performance, features and compact size. How about the flagship mainboard in Gigabyte line, Gaming G1 WiFi? At 305 x 259 mm, the board
Gigabyte is well-known for its motherboards, but the manufacturer also makes peripherals like mice and keyboards. Today, the hardware vendor has launched its latest offering in this segment, the Aire M93 Ice wireless mouse. Weird naming convention aside, the mouse is the first to use Gigabyte’s Ice technology, which gives you the ability to use the mouse on any high-gloss surface, including glass, leather, stone, wood, and cloth. Hardware-wise, the mouse features a four-direction tilt wheel, a free scrolling key that lets you navigates websites with ease, customizable buttons, on-the-fly DPI adjustment, and a micro-USB port that allows you to charge the batteries by plugging
Intel recently released the Haswell-E CPUs and the X99 chipset to go along with it. Gigabyte has released their line of X99 to the masses with eight new boards. Gigabyte’s GA-X99 Gaming 5 is in the lower mid-range of the new board lineup, and has some promising features for the gamers that it is hoping to target. While the Gaming 5 may not have the slew of options for overclocking and performance tuning that the top of the line GA-X99-SOC Force but does have enough options to keep a serious system tweaker busy for days. Thankfully, with all those options the board still proves to
Ever thought of an ultra-small, yet fully overclockable, high speed desktop PC squeezed inside the compact Mini-ITX platform? A combination of Intel’s Core i7-4790X and Gigabyte GA-Z97N board could give you that, just watch the Mini-ITX size and power limits. First, with its jacked up CPU and GPU core speeds, the “Devil’s Canyon” 4 GHz four-core Haswell does have enough muscle to drive a home-theatre UHD 3840×2160 TV platform, in everything minus the 3D games. The latter point would, of course, have to wait for some substantial GPU architecture refresh within Intel, something not likely until Skylake platform a year and half from now. System
Or… The Vendors Never Learn It’s been a full 2 weeks now since the end of Computex, and the associated roaming around Greater China and certain (mostly Chinese speaking too) neighboring realms. This being at the very least fifteenth Computex for me, I didn’t bother much with press conferences and such, but checking the show floor to see what’s really going on, and then do a real check with selected vendors after the event is done with. The Taiwanese, with diminishing focus on high end ‘added value’ PC stuff, moving towards mainstream consumer things with corresponding reduction in differentiation and ability to charge larger margins,
As we had already covered most of what Gigabyte already had to announce from their new 9 series motherboards at the beginning of Computex, we were interested to see exactly what Gigabyte had to show us at their suite on the 36th floor of Taipei 101 (somewhere about 1/3 of the way up). After we got to their suite, we were greeted by Gigabyte’s Irene Huang, who graciously showed us around Gigabyte’s suite and introduced us to their full line of motherboards that they had announced earlier in the week. The first thing that caught our attention was Gigabyte’s walls of motherboards, with their new
Kingston today held an overclocking competition with some of the world’s leading overclockers, their HOT (HyperX Overclocking Takeover). They offered a prize pool of $10,000 that would be distributed among the top 3 winners of 3 different benchmarks including Memory Clock speed, SuperPi 32M and Intel’s XTU. The teams were competing with eachother all day long and ultimately the majority of the competition was won by Team Gigabyte, who had utilized Kingston’s memory earlier in the week with their board to break the memory clock speed world record at 4.5 GHz. Over the course of the day, the overclockers were competing to win the three
As you would expect, Gigabyte has announced their new line of 9 series Intel chipset motherboards, with the primary focus being on their Z97 chipset motherboards. This time around, Gigabyte will have four different flavors of Z97 boards, which will support both 4th and 5th generation Intel Core processors. Gigabyte has rolled over a lot of the things from their Z87 line of motherboards, but also made some modifications and improvements to make the Z97 a worthwhile upgrade. Gigabyte’s four different lines are their Gaming line, Ultra Durable line, Overclocking line and a new Black Edition line. The bulk of Gigabyte’s boards are going to