Monday, March 31, 2014

The All New G1


As we showed off the red color scheme the other day, here is the world’s first look at the new G1 gaming logo. What other GIGABYTE product uses a similar design?

Power On!


Here is another update from our factory. First power on test happened last week, and we had a film crew on hand to record the milestone. Stay tuned!

GIGABYTE New Ultra Durable Heatsink Design


Here is a first look at the heatsink of one of our upcoming motherboards. Can you spot some other interesting features on this Ultra Durable series board?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Who Says You Shouldn’t Turn on the Red Light?


In case you haven’t noticed, GIGABYTE is getting ready to launch a bunch of new boards into the market very soon. While we aren’t allowed to say too much yet (don’t you just love NDA’s), we thought we’d drop a few teasers in the upcoming weeks to give some hints at what we have in store. Some of the boards are a bit of a departure from our normal lineup. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Something Big Happening at GIGABYTE Taiwan Factory

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Excuse the dust, but GIGABYTE has something big happening at out Taiwan factory. Any guesses as to what?

Whatever it is, it’s going to need a lot of power!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Great news from Intel camp, performance CPUs at budget prices coming soon!

HWBOT just put up an interesting story  with Intel slides talking about some upcoming Intel CPUs which will finally bring back the hardcore enthusiast CPUs at affordable prices. Intel has really been listening to enthusiasts lately and hopefully they keep up with this trend.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Catzilla version 1.2 is out

AllPlayer Group people have released the Catzilla 1.2 version today. Have you guys tried this benchmark yet? It has a wicked sound track and interesting graphics. It also scales with multiGPUs very well. Good way to test your system and if you feel competitive, you can also jump to HWBOT and submit a score and see how well you do against thousands of other scores on their database.


Check it out on YouTube as well to see what it looks and sounds like.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Steponz from USA smashes 3DMARK05 global WR today!

Hot off the press as they say, Steponz just took out the highly contested 3DMARK05 world record today with a new score at 73,835points. 3DMARK05 is one of the 3D benchmarks which is heavily system bound. Basically you have to get your frequencies right and tweak the memory and OS to perfection and execute a top notch score as it’s always a highly contested one. It took Joe a couple of days of trying as I noticed a #3 score yesterday only to dry things off and make it the best we’ve seen in history.


Joe uses GIGABYTE Z87X-OC motherboard and an Intel 4770@6.5GHz cooled by liquid nitrogen along with a Nvidia GTX780Ti and Corsair Dominator Platinum (Samsung IC) memory. All these components are critical in achieving such a killer score.


Respect Joe, keep pushing to the max!




Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hardware Asylum podcast is out, sandbagging and consoles are on the menu!

Hey guys, Hardware Asylum have come out with anther interesting podcast today. They are talking about the world of overclocking and a strategy coined “sandbagging” which gained some prominence during the last HWBOT Country Cup (aka. World Cup of Overclocking) in which a lot of teams waited to post some of the final scores on the last day. Some didn’t like this and other had no issues with it. For those who are still scratching your head what sandbagging actually is, tune into the podcast where they compare it to Ebay, Poker and a couple of other things you may be able to relate to better! It’s an interesting discussion and while I don’t particularly agree with some of the ideas on current topics, I always like to have a listen to Dennis’ and Darren’s podcasts.

Click on the link here or here to have a listen.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Haswell Real World Performance: DDR3-1600 RAM Speed Is Not Enough

Our friends from Corsair published an informative blog which I’ve decided to repost here in full to show you how memory speed past DDR3-1600 benefits your daily PC usage on Haswell (Z87) platform. A lot of people are not well informed about this and it’s time to show some testing and examples to inform you why having high speed RAM and a motherboard that is well tuned to run such speeds and timings is important for your daily PCs and why DD3-1600 is just not good enough any more!

It’s a very nice read and for those that are unaware you are literally a few clicks away from getting high speed on your rigs with Gigabyte motherboards provided your memory is capable. In my event hopping outings I occasionally hear confessions from people at LANs saying they purchased high speed ram and still run it at bios defaults. If you’re one of those people, I hope you watch this video I’ve prepared quickly and read the article to understand why it’s important to use that extra speed and timings. Here is a video first showing how to enable XMP profile on Gigabyte boards:


Haswell Real World Performance: DDR3-1600 RAM Speed Is Not Enough

The prevailing wisdom in the enthusiast community has been, for generations, that DDR3-1600 is the sweet spot and that faster memory offers at best extremely limited performance improvement and that at worst, it’s snake oil. There’s an element of truth to that; AMD’s Bulldozer architecture and its derivatives see arguably minimal benefit from faster memory, and Ivy Bridge and its predecessors actually were just fine at DDR3-1600. So the idea that the paradigm might have shifted is tough to swallow because it goes against wisdom that’s been ingrained for years, a veritable lifetime in our industry.

Except that it has. DDR3-1600 is quite simply no longer enough for modern chips outside of Ivy Bridge-E and Vishera. That Kaveri benefits from faster memory (at least on the GPU side) is a foregone conclusion that was confirmed by our testing. AnandTech already exhaustively detailed performance scaling with different memory speeds on Haswell, and I’ve studied the effect of memory speed on Battlefield 4’s performance. Between our work and AnandTech’s extremely thorough research, you’d think there would finally be a pervasive understanding of the benefit of faster memory on Haswell, but that hasn’t been the case.


I originally went into this testing specifically trying to determine whether or not overclocking would increase the strain enough on Haswell’s memory controller to justify higher speed memory. In testing, I discovered fairly conclusively that DDR3-1600 essentially leaves performance on the table even at stock clocks.

For testing I ran Intel’s Core i7-4770K at stock speeds and overclocked to 4.5GHz. A 32GB (4x8GB) kit of our Dominator Platinum DDR3-2400 was used to scale from DDR3-1600 CAS 9 to DDR3-2400 CAS 10. Test system specs are as follows:8290_big

    Intel Core i7-4770K CPU
        Stock Speed (3.5GHz nominal, turbo to 3.7GHz on four cores or 3.9GHz on one core)
        Overclocked (4.5GHz, 45x100 BClk, 4GHz Northbridge

    Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 Motherboard

    4x8GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-2400
        DDR3-1600 (9-9-9-24 CR2)
        DDR3-1866 (9-9-9-24 CR2)
        DDR3-2133 (10-11-11-31 CR2)
        DDR3-2400 (10-12-12-32 CR2)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Overclocked (980MHz nominal, boost to 1150MHz, 7GHz GDDR5)
    240GB & 480GB Neutron GTX SSDs (for Adobe testing)

I very deliberately chose a mixture of synthetic and real world benchmarks. Cherry picked synthetics can admittedly overstate the importance of higher speed memory; I wanted tangible, demonstrable, practical benefits.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

sofos1990 visits GIGABYTE OC lab and takes out some scores with HiCookie

GIGABYTE OC lab occasionally accepts visitors from travelling overclockers, enthusiasts and people who love their overclocking in general. This week I noticed sofos1990 from Greece visited HiCookie at GIGABYTE HQ and it didn’t take long before they broke out the LN2 and started taking some scores down. Sofos1990 is world No.2 overclocker in HWBOT’s OC league and a well respected member of OC community.

HiCookie just posted a dual card DX11 Heaven Unigine world record (it’s also #11 overall in global rankings). They used a GIGABYTE Z87X-OC with 2x Radeon R9 290X graphics cards on LN2.

Nice work guys, keep at it!