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URGENT Gigabyte BIOS Update for X79 Motherboards
     Mon, Jan 02 2012 | 1:13P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

IMPORTANT - Certain Gigabyte X79 Series Motherboards may malfunction due to excess heat when performing Extreme Overclocking beyond the board’s limit. To address this issue and to ensure our product is being used as intended, Gigabyte has released critical BIOS updates for the following X79 series motherboards. The GIGABYTE X79 Series Motherboards in question are ONLY limited to the following models: G1.Assassin 2 , GA-X79-UD7, GA-X79-UD5 and GA-X79-UD3. The X79 series motherboards not named above are outside the scope of this statement and not applicable.

GIGABYTE is committed to the following:
1.    GIGABYTE will make its best efforts to ensure that all partners, distributors and retailers have the latest firmware (BIOS) installed on existing X79 Series Motherboard models.
2.     GIGABYTE’s commitment to service excellence will not be compromised. The GIGABYTE X79 Series Motherboards offer an unprecedented 5 year warranty, the longest offered in the industry. We encourage users to register for this FREE 5 year warranty here: http://e-service.gigabyte.com/Productregistration/webevent/ExtendWarranty_US.aspx
3
.    If any existing user is still unsatisfied after the recommended firmware (BIOS) update of their X79 Series Motherboard, GIGABYTE will offer an unconditional replacement of their X79 Series Motherboard (same model). No Questions Asked.
 The latest X79 Series Motherboard BIOS update may be found below. Alternatively, existing users may also perform the BIOS update by using the GIGABYTE @BIOS utility which may be downloaded from the GIGABYTE website: http://www.gigabyte.us/MicroSite/121/tech_a_bios.htm

 G1.Assassin 2 – Please update to BIOS F7 or later - Download: http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4046#bios 

 GA-X79-UD7 – Please update to BIOS F7 or later - Download: http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4047#bios

GA-X79-UD5 – Please update to BIOS F7 or later - Download: http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4049#bios  

 GA-X79-UD3 – Please update to BIOS F7 or later - Download: http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4050#bios

This demonstrates GIGABYTE’S commitment to service excellence to all our customers. For additional inquiries, please contact us at the following link: http://www.gigabyte.us/support-downloads/customer-service.aspx

  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE.COM

MSI Z68A-GD80 G3 Z68 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Mon, Jan 02 2012 | 1:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI has been fighting an uphill battle against the likes of Gigabyte and ASUS for the last few years but their new Z68A-GD80 G3 looks to even the playing field. It features a long 5 year warranty, PCI-E 3.0 slots, user friendly auto overclocking options, a great layout and an intuitive BIOS which in many ways surpasses the competition`s offerings. But can MSI complete this near-perfect equation with stability? We find out in this review."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

GIGABYTE X79-UD3 Motherboard with New F7 BIOS Smashes 57x Multiplier!
     Mon, Jan 02 2012 | 12:42P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

GIGABYTE today announced a record highest clock speed on the Intel® Core i7 3930K processor, producing new Intel® Core i7 3930K processor records for Super Pi and PiFast benchmarks. These records were achieved using the GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD3, the first motherboard to reach a maximum possible multiplier of 57x.  Equipped with the recently issued F7 BIOS and liquid nitrogen cooling, respected overclocker Hicookie was able to reach an incredible clock speed of 5,643.3MHz (5.6GHz) on an Intel® Core™ i7 3930K processor. This record clock speed was reached using a never seen before 57x CPU multiplier configurations thanks to the F7 BIOS, producing record scores for the Super Pi 1M and 32M and PiFast benchmarks.

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New World Records (inc. HWBot links)
Super Pi 1M - 6.64 seconds
Super Pi 32M – 6mins 8.516 seconds
PiFast – 13.02 seconds
CPUz – 5643.3MHz

“These new world records underline how the GIGABYTE 3-way digital power engine on existing X79 motherboards makes breathtaking performance possible on our X79 series enthusiast platforms. They should also erase any skepticism regarding the performance and overclocking capabilities of our new F7 BIOS for GIGABYTE X79 motherboards!" System specs were: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD3 (F7 BIOS), Intel® Core™ i7 3930K* (@5,643.3MHz), Kingston HyperX Genesis PC3-19200 2GB x 4 (@2376MHz) and Corsair AX1200 power supply.

You can find Hi Cookie’s official benchmark submissions on HWBot here: http://hwbot.org/hardware/processor/core_i7_3930k/
Click the link below to watch a video of these world records being broken: http://youtu.be/F89l38YiHcw
 

GIGABYTE X79-UD3

The GIGABYTE X79-UD3 motherboard is designed for mainstream enthusiasts who want to experience the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processors without compromising on performance or features. Based on a unique 3-way Digital Engine that brings unprecedented control over the way power is delivered to your CPU and Memory, the GIGABYTE X79-UD3 also features 4-way SLI and Crossfire X graphics, PCIe Gen 3.0 support and 4 channel DDR3 memory.

More information about the GIGABYTE X79-UD3 can be found here: http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4050#ov

New GIGABYTE F7 BIOS for Whole X79 Motherboard Series - F7 BIOS updates are available for the entire GIGABYTE X79 motherboard series. Users wanting to update to the latest firmware can download the respective BIOSes from the following links:

 
G1.Assassin 2 :  http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4046#bios
 
GA-X79-UD7 :  http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4047#bios
 
GA-X79-UD5 :  http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4049#bios
 
GA-X79-UD3 :  http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4050#bios
 
To learn more about our all new 3-way Digital Power Engine and GIGABYTE X79 series motherboards, please go to: http://www.gigabyte.us/MicroSite/304/x79.html
 
 

  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 Socket AM3+ Mainboard Review
     Mon, Jan 02 2012 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We will discuss the package, accessories, PCB layout and features of this Socket AM3+ mainboard from Gigabyte. We will check out its BIOS functionality, operational and overclocking specifics, performance and power consumption in nominal and overclocked mode.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

Gigabyte X79-Line-Up - Layout and Design
     Sun, Jan 01 2012 | 12:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With Gigabyte, the first heavy weight in the motherboard market shows it's entire line-up regarding their upcoming X79 motherboards. The GA-X79-UD3 will therefore be the entry level board. The GA-X79-UD5 aims at content creation and the GA-X79-UD7 targets overclockers and enthusiasts. And finally there will also be a board only for gamer: the G1.Assassin 2, which at a first glance seems not to make any compromise at all.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z @ PureOverclock
     Sat, Dec 31 2011 | 11:42P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z may be a micro-ATX form factor, but there`s nothing small about the features or performance on this board. It`s a sleeping giant, waiting to unleash the power of an unlocked Core i7 CPU. Frankly, it`s a wolf in sheep`s clothing. And coming wtih a price tag of only $170, this may be one of the best values out there right now for any platform. ASUS Republic of Gamer products are known to be elite, but affordable? That`s a new one. And that`s just what we`ve got on the bench today, so let`s see what this little powerhouse motherboard has in store. As you`ll see, Christmas has indeed come early."
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK.COM

Intel Sandy Bridge 4-Way Motherboard Roundup @ Neoseeker
     Sat, Dec 31 2011 | 7:15P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A quartet of motherboards based the Intel P67 and Z68 chipsets arrives at Neoseeker`s labs, covering both the value and enthusiast market spectrums. There just might be something for everyone with a Intel LGA 1155 socket CPU in our latest motherboard roundup."
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER.COM

 
MSI 990FXA-GD80 Motherboard
     Sat, Dec 31 2011 | 2:27P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI 990FXA-GD80 is currently the highest-end in company`s Socket AM3+ series. As such it has and supports everything MSI can offer today. Still, the motherboard is practical and reasonable enough nonetheless, without features you could classify as marketing padding, and will attract those who need the best in technology."
  FULL STORY @ IXBT.COM

ECS Sandy Bridge Motherboard Roundup @ Neoseeker
     Fri, Dec 30 2011 | 7:15P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we`re looking at a trio of motherboard offerings from ECS based on Intel`s new Sandy Bridge platform. They cover the full range of motherboard form factors, not to mention both Sandy Bridge chipsets. See how well ECS fares against enthusiast offerings from competitors when it comes to Sandy Bridge in our motherboard roundup!"
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER.COM

Charts: 9 Socket 2011 Boards - Rampage IV Extreme Update @ ocaholic
     Thu, Dec 29 2011 | 9:12A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the new Intel high-end CPUs on the market we have reason enough to compare no less then eight socket LGA 2011 motherboards performancewise. What we`ve also done is, we have added power consumption values as well as a performance rating which allows quick comparision of which board performs best and which is the most energy efficient."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

ASUS P9X79 Pro Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
     Wed, Dec 28 2011 | 11:18A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASUS P9X79 Pro contains the X79 Express chipset and its socket is LGA 2011, built to house the Intel Core i7 SandyBridge Extreme Processors. The P9X79 Pro offers multiple ASUS innovations which you may not find on other X79 motherboards. These include Dual Intelligent Processor 3 for a more reliable power phase control of the CPU and DRAM, ASUS SSD Caching, Intel Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth 3.0 and ASUS AI Suite which allows the user total control of the motherboards settings in an OS based atmosphere. With forty PCI express lanes the ASUS P9X79 Pro motherboard won`t have you suffering for bandwidth when running an SLI or crossfire configuration. The X79 Pro also contains eight DDR3 Quad Channel memory banks and which accommodates up to 64GB of RAM."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Intel LGA 2011 @ techPowerUp
     Wed, Dec 28 2011 | 9:12A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When most people think of ASUS, they immediately think of the ROG product line, one that has set itself apart from the rest due to extensive functionality, and top-level overclocking ability. however, ASUS does have a few other products out there that offer the same, if not more, and the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe that recently arrived on our doorstep is definitely one of those products. Boasting ASUS`s improved Dual Intelligent Processors III VRM design, the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe offers performance customization abilities that few other products do, easily setting it apart form the rest."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

ASRock X79 Extreme9 (Intel X79) Motherboard Review
     Tue, Dec 27 2011 | 9:12A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We`ve absolutely powered through a bunch of ASRock motherboards recently. First we checked out the ASRock X79 Extreme4 which came in at an awesome price point. From there we checked out the mATX version, the ASRock X79 Extreme4-M. Today, though, it`s all about the new high end board from the guys at ASRock, the X79 Extreme9. Everything about the X79 Extreme9 seems to be big and the big box is where we`ll be starting today. Once we`ve done that we`ll move inside the box to see what ASRock is offering us with the X79 Extreme9 before we move onto the motherboard. Once we`ve done that we`ll get into the BIOS to see how that looks before we check out the testbed, cover overclocking potential and finally see the performance the X79 Extreme9 has to offer us."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

ASUS Rampage IV Extreme @ ocaholic
     Tue, Dec 27 2011 | 8:55A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Rampage IV Extreme, is ASUS` new flagship model regarding Intels latest X79 chipset. With this product the manufacturers promises nothing less than: extreme is back! This makes aus very curious about what exactly is ASUS` understanding of extreme."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

[Affiliates News] Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P Z68 Mo therboard Review @ APH
     Tue, Dec 27 2011 | 4:45A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are still relatively young -- and by young, I mean in your late teens to early 20s -- then you should still be somewhat steamed out from finals week that just occurred recently (Some of us not even a day ago from when I wrote this). Personally, I can attest to disliking the December finals week quite a bit more than the April finals week, because it seems to take a lot out of the Christmas holiday anticipation. Instead of earnestly awaiting the arrival of Santa, we find ourselves cramped up in our study halls up until the 21st without even eying the awaited presents that sit snugly under our tree. Snowfall becomes a nuisance, as city transit becomes delayed much more often than it should. Before we know it, it`s Thursday, December 22, 2011, 2:21AM, and I am still awake writing the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P motherboard review introduction. Wait a second, did I just explain my situation? Well, unfortunately, yes. I am quite sure many of us have found ourselves in this position as well. And now that I think about it, Christmas Day is no more than 54 hours away, and I have yet to begin my shopping. Oh, but of course, the Gigabyte motherboard review comes first! If I had a moment`s time to breathe, I would simply go through all the amazing technological developments of 2011. However, since I do not have the luxury of such a physiological need, I will sum up the entire year with a few words, letters, and numbers. Sandy Bridge, H67, P67, and lastly, Z68. So without further adieu, let us plow through the last motherboard review of the year here at APH Networks!"
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

Acer Aspire Z5771-UR31P Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Mon, Dec 26 2011 | 6:19P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
?The Acer Aspire Z5571 is a 23-inch touchscreen all-in-one desktop PC that has decent performance and connectivity options. The design of the PC could use some work, but it won`t hurt your wallet and has good home entertainment use.?"
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

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