Friday, January 8th 2010

GIGABYTE Launches H55/H57 Series Motherboards with USB 3.0 and DisplayPort Interface

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and other computing hardware solutions is pleased to announce their latest generation H55/H57 series motherboards, based on the Intel H55 and Intel H57 chipset and leveraging the success of the GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 design featuring 2x copper PCB and delivering a host of cutting-edge features including innovative Smart6 PC management tools, Dynamic Energy Saver 2 power saving utilities, DualBIOS and support for Energy Using Products Directive (EuP), for a powerful, yet power efficient multimedia platform.

"GIGABYTE once again leads the motherboard industry and sets the standard for delivering high speed data transfer and richer video playback capabilities for HD multimedia home entertainment devices," commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at GIGABYTE Technology Co. Ltd. "Featuring next generation storage capabilities including USB 3.0 and high performance digital DisplayPort connectivity, as well as GIGABYTE's own unique 3x USB Power Boost, the GIGABYTE GA-H57M-USB3 and GA-H55M-USB3 provide a compelling solution for users wanting the ultimate multimedia system."

Supporting the latest Intel Core i3 and Core i5 LGA 1156 socket processors featuring the first on-die integrated graphics and DDR3 memory controller (codename Clarkdale), the GIGABYTE H55/H57 series motherboards provide exceptional high definition content playback unmatched by previous integrated graphic solutions. Making sure users have the very latest connectivity options, the GIGABYTE H55/H57 series support a wide range of display interfaces including VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. For those wanting to push their graphics performance to even higher levels, the GIGABYTE H55/H57 series support overclocking of the GPU core frequency for a performance gain of up to 13%.

USB 3.0 Support
The GIGABYTE GA-H55M-USB3 and GA-H57M-USB3 motherboards support the latest generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology made possible through an onboard NEC uPD720200 host controller. With superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, users are able to experience an almost 10x improvement over USB 2.0. Additionally, backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 assures users of long term use of their legacy USB 2.0 devices. The onboard NEC SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology also provides new power management features that include increased maximum bus power and device current draw to better accommodate power-hungry devices.

3x USB Power Boost
The GIGABYTE GA-H55M-USB3 and GA-H57M-USB3 motherboards feature a 3x USB power boost, delivering greater compatibility and extra power for USB devices. GIGABYTE's unique USB power design is also able to efficiently regulate output over the full voltage range, which greatly enhances USB device compatibility. In addition, dedicated lower resistance fuses ensure lower voltage drops, and provide more stable and plentiful power delivery.

Display Port Support
The GIGABYTE GA-H57M-USB3, GA-H55M-USB3 and GA-H55M-UD2H motherboards feature the next generation graphics display interface DisplayPort that delivers up to 10.8 Gbps of bandwidth over standard cables, providing billions of colors, enabling the fastest refresh rates and the greatest color depths.

DualBIOS - Patented Dual Hardware BIOS Protection
DualBIOS is a GIGABYTE patented technology that automatically recovers BIOS data when main BIOS has crashed or failed. Featuring 2 physical BIOS ROMs integrated onboard, GIGABYTE DualBIOS allows quick and seamless recovery from BIOS damage or failure due to viruses or improper BIOS updating.

Smart6 – A Smarter Way for PC System Management
GIGABYTE Smart 6 is designed with user-friendliness in mind, offering a combination of 6 innovative software utilities that provides an easier and smarter way for managing your system. Smart 6 allows you to speed up your system performance, boot-up time, managing a secured platform or recovers your system easily with a click of mouse button.
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16 Comments on GIGABYTE Launches H55/H57 Series Motherboards with USB 3.0 and DisplayPort Interface

#1
steelkane
I do like gigabyte boards, As far as stability & performance. but there colors are awful, is there maybe a girl or really feminist man head of the design team
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#2

100% agree with you there kane. Gigabyte boards are meant to be some of the best for overclocking with the i7's / i5's, but personally Id rather stick with ASUS, they seem to hit the nail on the head with a decent colour scheme and good performance.
#3
Kaleid
How did they succeed with USB3 on a h55 chipset? Would using USB3 take down the PCI-E speed from 16x to 8x?

Also, does anyone know why h55 chipset seems to have in all reviews (at least the ones I've read) lower idle power consumption when compared with h57?
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
... but i LIKE the blue + white colors?

bah, you people with your black + red fetishes
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#5
steelkane
The darker blue is nice,, it's just the baby blue greenish color that's don't sit right for me
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#6
Static~Charge
And a red car will go faster than the same car painted blue....

I'm putting the freakin' motherboard inside a case, not framing it and hanging it on the wall!
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#7
cyriene
I don't mind the colors. I've seen ASUS boards with messed up color schemes as well. I like the performance and price of my Gigabyte boards so I'll continue to buy them.
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by: Static~Charge
And a red car will go faster than the same car painted blue....

I'm putting the freakin' motherboard inside a case, not framing it and hanging it on the wall!
case side panels and LED's make the insides of a system visible, and I have chronic OCD over colour matching and such so it has to look right - my rig is mainly black with a dash of copper, white and yellow. Im not framing it or hanging it, but thats like saying "Oh, my cars all battered, bumpers hanging off, but its not going in a concourse contest, so why should I make it look good?" Some people take pride in the aesthetics of a system, not just its power.
#9
pantherx12
+ 1 to kyles last statement, I just spent a shit ton of money on time on modding my case, and I didn't just improve its airflow I painted, cut away lots of metal, even painted parts of the mother board so overall I get a very very dark themed case.

Also I actually have a motherboard hanging on my wall, so I guess that ruins your theory mr static!


Since people seem to not get me recently, I'm being friendly in the message.



Hate gigabytes colour scheme personally too, I think the colours are to pastel and it reminds me of the colours a child would choose, don't like their heatsinks either <_<

Love the rest of teh boards though :D



I prefer black PCB, the highlights can be what ever colour as long as they're go together : ]
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#10

well, look at my rig. My motherboards black, so is the PCB on my 260, my PSU is black, my case is all black with NO led's (wanted to step away from the chav-tastic blue led look that seems to be the norm) my ram has black heatspreaders, etc etc. The odd dash of colour, such as the copper on the mobo from the heatsinks, the white off my 260's cooler, yellow off my PSU label, all break up the solid bblack but dont make it look tacky at all.
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Mussels
Moderprator
by: kyle2020
case side panels and LED's make the insides of a system visible, and I have chronic OCD over colour matching and such so it has to look right - my rig is mainly black with a dash of copper, white and yellow. Im not framing it or hanging it, but thats like saying "Oh, my cars all battered, bumpers hanging off, but its not going in a concourse contest, so why should I make it look good?" Some people take pride in the aesthetics of a system, not just its power.
my car has more rust than paint, its a mix of brown, blue, and rust, its been keyed on both sides.

Some people take pride in spending money on blingy cars with high performance engines. I take pride in the fact i can do 50KM/h around roundabouts in a shit car, while they're stuck spinning their tyres because they dont know how to drive.

Moving back to PC instead of analogies, i follow this rule: I care not what a system looks like. I care what it performs like - performance and stability are key. Anyone can get expensive parts, waste money and make a powerful PC with all sorts of bling - the skill (imo) comes from buying low end and midrange parts, and out-performing systems at 3x the cost.
A fancy case, lights, LED's, and sound activated disco balls do not make my PC faster or more stable - therefore they have no place in the gamers holiest of holies: his PC.
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#12
pantherx12
Aye but there's a shit ton of choice in terms of parts for your rig, so often you can get a similar performing part that's the colour you want : ]

Tis why I'm thankful gigabyte have chosen a colour scheme and stick to it, means other companies tend to avoid it XD meaning we get choice as consumers, awesome.
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#13

what you have said there mussels is spot on, I dont go for bling and all that rubbish, I mean check my stats - im a few generations behind but I can max almost every game and just apply overclocks for any tough spots, such as a 3.6Ghz overclock for crysis, 3.2Ghz does me fine 24 / 7 and for MW2.

I go for low key, yet matching hardware - I may be a hypocrit soon though as im looking at getting a 4890 toxic, and that has a blue PCB, thank god my interior isnt lit up past my HSF, but thats a low light white LED anyway.
#14
Mussels
Moderprator
everyone has different tastes.

I just like talking about mine :D
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#15
[H]@RD5TUFF
Meh. It would have been rather nice to see an original / new color scheme for a new chipset, Gigabyte seems to be stuck in a color rut. It also would have been nice to see features like 1 sided ram clips, and better/ horizontal SATA ports.:shadedshu A new chipset, is a perfect excuse to make new design changes/ standards.
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#16
dalekdukesboy
by: Mussels
my car has more rust than paint, its a mix of brown, blue, and rust, its been keyed on both sides.

Some people take pride in spending money on blingy cars with high performance engines. I take pride in the fact i can do 50KM/h around roundabouts in a shit car, while they're stuck spinning their tyres because they dont know how to drive.

Moving back to PC instead of analogies, i follow this rule: I care not what a system looks like. I care what it performs like - performance and stability are key. Anyone can get expensive parts, waste money and make a powerful PC with all sorts of bling - the skill (imo) comes from buying low end and midrange parts, and out-performing systems at 3x the cost.
A fancy case, lights, LED's, and sound activated disco balls do not make my PC faster or more stable - therefore they have no place in the gamers holiest of holies: his PC.
...agreed, I can't help but see a massive contrast and irony as you say this as I look at hardstuffs profile (well he had a #5 and some other symbols etc but my interpretation of the symbols and you know who I mean), all his systems are definitely the polar opposite of yours...massive storage, massive memory even in the lan box, and obviously worth a pretty penny and your system resembles mine, most performance possible for the least dollar and at least in my case some attempt to keep my electric company from needing to go nuclear just to keep my rig running...but as you said later, each to their own, just I found the contrasting rigs in your sigs as case in point to your philosophy.
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