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GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC Contest Winner Breaks Another World Record

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the winners of the GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC Contest hosted on HWBOT.org. With $1,000 and two GIGABYTE Z97 series motherboards up for grabs, the GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC Contest invited the overclocking community to push their hardware to the limit by running the custom made CATZILLA benchmark skin on their GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboard.

GIGABYTE EasyTune Simplifies Overclocking of Pentium Anniversary Edition CPU

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards announced a new version of its overclocking assistant EasyTune has been released just in time for the new Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition CPU, an unlocked CPU designed to bring overclocking to the mainstream. The new EasyTune application allows users to get the highest level of overclocked performance from their CPU and GIGABYTE Z87 / Z97 series motherboard, and with one click automatic overclocking, even novice users can experience enhanced computing performance right from the start.

With a stock frequency of 3.2 GHz, the Intel Pentium AE can be easily overclocked using the revamped EasyTune application so that users can experience faster system performance without having to buy a more expensive CPU. The Smart Quick Boost function within EasyTune comes pre-configured with set overclocked profiles which have been tested by GIGABYTE's experienced engineers, to ensure no matter what the hardware configuration, users can enjoy 24/7 stable system performance. To enable different levels overclock, users just need to click "Light", "Medium" or "Extreme", with the expected CPU frequency being highlighted in the upper right corner of the settings tab.

Gigabyte Rolls Out H81N-D2H Mini-ITX Motherboard

Gigabyte rolled out its latest entry-level socket LGA1150 motherboard in the mini-ITX form-factor, the H81N-D2H. Based on the Intel H81 Express chipset, the board takes in Core "Haswell" and "Devil's Canyon" processors (minus the overclocking support). The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 4-pin CPU power connectors, with a 3-phase VRM conditioning power for the CPU. The CPU socket is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots, and a legacy PCI slot. Storage connectivity includes two each of SATA 6 Gb/s and SATA 3 Gb/s ports. Display outputs include one each of dual-link DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI. PS/2 on the rear panel, LPT and COM (by headers), make up legacy connectivity. Two USB 3.0 ports, and four USB 2.0 ports make up modern connectivity. 6-channel HD audio, and gigabit Ethernet make for the rest of it. The board is driven by UEFI BIOS.

TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE 600 WattOut Giveaway: The Winners!

Here are the winners of TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE 600 WattOut Giveaway. Up for grabs were some rad PC gaming hardware by GIGABYTE's Aivia brand, for answering a few simple questions about GIGABYTE's 600 WattOut series VGA cooling solution. The contest was open for our readers from around the globe, from which we picked three winners using random.org randomization. Without further ado, the winners:
  • Levi from the United States
  • Jacob from the United States
  • Jimmy from the United States
A huge congratulations to you guys! You each win a keyboard + mouse combo of a GIGABYTE Aivia Osmium mechanical keyboard (Cherry MX Brown switches), and GIGABYTE Aivia Uranium gaming mouse. TechPowerUp will return with more such contests!

GIGABYTE Announces the 'BRIX Gaming' DIY PC Kit

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and PC systems, is proud to announce the BRIX Gaming, a compact DIY PC kit that features professional CPU performance of the Intel Core i5 4200H processor matched with the visually stunning graphics of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760.

"The GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming is the perfect showcase for Intel and Nvidia's exceptional technologies," commented Henry Kao, VP of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. "The BRIX Gaming packs a high-performance, desktop-class processor and GPU that is highly suited to processor-intensive creative applications and 3D gaming titles. It is a great example of the type of innovation GIGABYTE is delivering for the desktop PC space."

GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC Contest to be Hosted on HWBOT.ORG

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced its latest overclocking contest hosted on HWBOT.org, the GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC Contest. The main focus will be centered on the latest GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards with two stages running the CATZILLA benchmark on air/water cooling and LN2 cooling. A $500 cash prize and a GIGABYTE motherboard will be offered to the winner of each stages. An additional raffle will take place on each Friday for the opportunity to win a GIGABYTE T-Shirt.

To celebrate its new custom made skin on the Catzilla 720P benchmark, GIGABYTE is inviting the overclocking community to participate in GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC Contest. Open to all HWBOT members from June 23rd 2014 until July 21st 2014, GIGABYTE invites all Overclockers to suit up for one epic cat fight and take on the following stages using any hardware platform on a 9 Series GIGABYTE motherboard.

TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE Announce 600 WattOut Giveaway

TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE are back with a brand new Facebook giveaway, for you to win some cool gaming hardware by answering a handful simple questions. The giveaway celebrates GIGABYTE's 600 Watt Out graphics cards, equipped with coolers that can handle thermal loads of up to 600W, letting you tweak your GPU as if it were under more complex liquid cooling systems. Three lucky winners in this giveaway will each win a keyboard + mouse combo of GIGABYTE Aivia Osmium with Cherry MX Brown switches; and GIGABYTE Aivia Uranium wireless gaming mouse. To enter, simply feed in a little form (or make Facebook do it for you), and answer a few simple questions.
For contest rules, and to participate, visit this page.

GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 Dominates at Computex 2014 OC Events

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards launched last week at their press conference the new extreme overclocking Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 motherboard. Engineered specifically for the most hardcore overclocker needs, the SOC-FORCE LN2 motherboard has already established itself as the clear Z97 overclocking leader at this year's Computex OC competitions.

"One of the greatest parts of working for GIGABYTE as an overclocker is the ability to come out with what at first seems like crazy idea, have our skilled engineers be able to build it, and have the backing of our management to allow the concept to go into production for sale," commented Hicookie, Chief Overclocking Evangelist, GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. "The Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 is a true testament to this forward-thing philosophy, and I can't wait for other overclockers around the world be able to use this motherboard to break even more world records."

GIGABYTE Also Introduces the Q2556N v2 15.6-Inch Media Laptop

GIGABYTE announced the Q2556N v2 powered by NVIDIA GeForce GT 840M graphics and 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor. The Q2556N v2 provides class-leading performance as well as rich multimedia features, capable of high-def video playback and multitasking at ease. Its massive dual-storage system (up to 512 GB mSATA SSD + 3 TB HDD), flexible design of simple-swap and remove ODD / HDD slot, and Sound Blaster Cinema technology maximizes multimedia convenience and storage flexibility.

For users seeking an all-around laptop designed with value in mind, Q2556N v2 caters just to the demands for both work and play.

GIGABYTE Unveils the Q2756N v2 17.3-Inch Premium Multimedia Laptop

GIGABYTE launches 17.3" multimedia laptop Q2756N v2. Equipped with latest NVIDIA GeForce GT 840M discrete graphics and 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, Q2756N v2 is capable of decent daily computing, handles multitasking with ease yet performing with excellent battery life. Its dual-storage, which integrates one mSATA SSD up to 512 GB plus two hard drives for up to 3 TB, delivers minimal access time along with storage convenience. The FHD 1080p Display and Sound Blaster Cinema Technology creates superb visual and audio for either fixed enjoyment and any moment that need refreshing on the move.

Equipped with full arsenal of features, Q2756N v2 brings users ultimate performance and unlimited viewing pleasure. Life & work has never been integrated with ease & style.

XMG Debuts Two [C]ore Series Gaming Laptops

Schenker Technologies UK Ltd, subsidiary of Schenker Technologies GmbH, today announced two additions to XMG's [C]ore Series of laptops, powered by GIGABYTE, as part of a unique partnership between the two firms. The ultra-thin 14" C404 and 15" C504 laptops are only 20.8 mm thick and are manufactured mainly from aluminum, weighing in at 1.67kgs and 2.16kgs respectively.

Featuring Intel Core i7 4710HQ 3.5 GHz quad-core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 4 GB 860M and the C504 upgradable to 6 GB 870M graphics, both laptops are more than capable of playing all existing game titles on "ultra-settings" in full 1080p high-definition. Their 1920x1080 pixel matte AHVA screens offer superb colour reproduction and great contrast levels with a versatile 170 degree tilt.

GIGABYTE Announces Cavium ThunderX Motherboards

GIGABYTE Technology, a leading creator of high performance server hardware, and Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, cloud, wired and wireless networking, today announced a strategic partnership to deliver workload optimized server platforms based on Cavium's 64-bit ARMv8 ThunderX product family.

GIGABYTE's award winning product portfolio has been long recognized in the industry as a leader in design and innovation. With a broad offering of volume server platforms GIGABYTE has demonstrated engineering expertise in areas of system level integration of compute with I/O, large memory configurations and power optimization. With a world-wide presence GIGABYTE is uniquely positioned to accelerate the delivery and deployment of ThunderX based systems into cloud and data center.

Gigabyte Z97X-SLI Offers Supreme Bang-for-buck

Gigabyte may have struck a superb price-features sweet-spot with the Z97X-SLI, which the company unveiled at its Computex wall. This board, we're hearing, will be priced around $125, and has a feature-set to rival boards much pricier. To begin with, the socket LGA1150 board is based on Intel's Z97 Express chipset. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and conditions it using a simple 4-phase VRM, that uses 60A chokes. The VRM area is clad with heatsinks all around. The CPU socket is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR3 memory, and two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, which run at x8/x8, when both are populated. This is also among the few motherboards in its price bracket to support NVIDIA SLI, apart from AMD CrossFire.

Apart from the two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, three PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and a couple of legacy PCI slots make up the expansion area. Its storage area is where the package gains tons of value. You get six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, from which two can convert into a SATA-Express 10 Gb/s port; and an M.2 slot. The board features high-grade audio, including a Realtek ALC1150 HD audio CODEC, which offers SNR as high as 115 dBA; with ground-layer isolation, and a headphones amp. Networking is care of an Intel-made GbE controller. Display outputs include dual-link DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI. Legacy connectivity includes LPT and COM (by headers), and PS/2. AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS, backed by dual-UEFI redundancy, is at this board's helm. For around $125, you can't get this board's feature-set wrong.

Gigabyte Shows off its First Mini-ITX Gaming Series Motherboard

Gigabyte's G1.Gamer line of motherboards are notorious for overlooking the mini-ITX form-factor. The company made up for that by unveiling the Z97N-Gaming 5, a feature-packed socket LGA1150 mini-ITX motherboard based on the Intel Z97 Express motherboard, ready for Intel's Core "Devil's Canyon" enthusiast processors. The board draws power from 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and uses a 6-phase CPU VRM. Expansion slots include one PCI-Express 3.0 x16, and an mPCIe 2.0 x1. It lacks SATA-Express and M.2 due to its limited PCB real-estate, but still offers five SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Display outputs include dual-link DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Realtek ALC1150 HD audio (115 dBA SNR), and Broadcom Killer E2200 gigabit Ethernet are star attractions. Also featured is a WLAN board supporting 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.0.

Gigabyte Shows off H97N-WiFi based BRIX Desktop

Gigabyte showed off a reference BRIX space-saving desktop based around its H97N-WiFi mini-ITX motherboard. The desktop packs a mean punch for everything except 3D gaming, and should be capable of complex video-editing and production jobs. At its heart is a Core i7-4785T energy-efficient quad-core processor based on the "Haswell" Refresh silicon. The CPU features clock speeds of 2.20 GHz with 3.20 GHz Turbo Boost, HyperThreading, AVX2 instruction set, and a dual-channel IMC. Other chops include up to 16 GB of dual-channel DDR3-1600 Crucial Ballistix Tracer memory, up to 1 TB of Crucial M550 SSD storage, display outputs that include dual-link DVI and HDMI, 802.11 ac + Bluetooth 4.0 WLAN, gigabit Ethernet, and a 120W power-brick.

Gigabyte Shows off its APEX Gaming Desktop

Riding on the success of its NUC-competitive BRIX line of compact desktops, Gigabyte is beginning to take renowned interest in pre-built boutique desktops. Its latest creation, the APEX, is the company's flagship gaming desktop barebone chassis, designed in a never before seen form-factor that competes with next-generation gaming consoles in size, but offers several times more raw CPU and GPU computing power. The APEX is roughly as tall as a micro-ATX tower, but half as slim. It can embed mini-ITX (or even micro-ATX) motherboards, supporting high-end CPUs, perhaps even Core i7 "Devil's Canyon." The chassis uses risers to hold long (we're talking R9 290 series long) graphics cards, so you can choose between high-end cards such as the R9 290X and the GTX TITAN Black. It will take advantage of space-saving fast storage solutions, such as M.2 and mSATA.

Gigabyte Unveils SuperOverclock VRM Boards for Graphics Cards

Gigabyte showed us its new range of auxiliary VRM boards for graphics cards, designed for professional overclockers. The board has to be manually soldered onto your graphics card, it supplements your card's GPU power domains. The card features a high-current power stage, which draws power from five 8-pin PCIe power connectors. The power stage is actively cooled by a fan-heatsink. While your GPU may never need that much power, it makes near darn sure that it doesn't suffer from voltage droop, which destabilizes your record-seeking OC. Such devices have been attempted by other VGA makers in the past, famously, the EPower Board by EVGA. The company also showed off its first liquid-nitrogen evaporators for GPUs.

Intel "Devil's Canyon" 9-series Chipset Exclusive?

Intel's next socket LGA1150 quad-core processors for overclockers, namely the Core i7-4790K and the Core i7-4690K, codenamed "Devil's Canyon," could be exclusive to motherboards based on the 9-series chipset. For overclockers, the choices would hence narrow down to motherboards based on the Z97 Express chipset. Marketing material distributed to retailers ahead of the processors' mid-June launch, mention "Devil's Canyon" to be supported by "new Intel 9 series chipset," while the same material detailing unlocked Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition mention it to be supported by "both Intel 8 and 9 series chipset."

Intel not mentioning that for "Devil's Canyon" is leading some to speculate that it won't be supported by motherboards running 8-series chipset, notably Z87 Express. For overclockers with expensive Z87 motherboards such as the ASUS Maximus VI Extreme, Gigabyte Z87X SOC, and MSI Z87 MPower MAX, this could spell trouble. Based on binned "Haswell Refresh" silicon, "Devil's Canyon" chips are special, in that they feature enhanced on-package electricals that can tolerate higher current; an enhanced thermal interface material between the die and the integrated heatspreader (IHS), enhanced LGA contact points, and increased voltage and thermal limits.

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GIGABYTE Intros World's Most Powerful VGA Cooling Systems at COMPUTEX 2014

GIGABYTE, the leading manufacturer of graphics cards unveils the industry-leading graphics card cooling system during the COMPUTEX 2014. Whatever the preference of air-cooling or liquid-cooling, gamers can find the most outstanding VGA cooling system designs this year! Continuation of the stunning performance of WINDFORCE 450W cooling system, GIGABYTE once again self-breaks and launches the WINDFORCE Air Cooling System 600 Watt Edition. It is not only equipped with the patented "Triangle Cooling" technology, GIGABYTE also re-designs the fans and the fins of the cooling system and using the high-performance composite cooper heat pipes for new WINDFORCE. The heat dissipation performance is enhanced up to 33% than the reference card. GIGABYTE can proudly announce that WINDFORCE 600 Watt is the best air cooling system for graphics card in the world!

Even more, GIGABYTE introduces WATERFORCE All-in-one External Liquid Cooling System with 3 GeForce GTX 780 Ti, specially designed for the gamers who dream about a silent and super gaming PC. With intuitive control panel, WATERFORCE allows gamers to separately control the GPU temperature, fans speed and pumps speed. No more noise nightmare or harass of uneven temperatures while using multi graphics cards. With the world's first 3 way SLI water cooling solution, WATERFORCE, gamers can easily enjoy every moment and victory during the games.

GIGABYTE Also Unveils the P15F v2 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop

GIGABYTE announced the all-new 15.6" gaming laptop P15F v2, featuring a gaming-level discrete graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M (scoring P4637 in 3DMark 11) and power-efficient 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor for an all-round gaming performance. Its dual storage supports rapid SSD and spacious HDD for ultimate processing efficiency and storage convenience. The 1080p Full HD matte anti-glare display renders stunning visuals while Sound Blaster Cinema sound quality optimization technology creates an immersive audio experience. Coming in quality matte black finish, P15F v2 blends an extra bit of sleekness into its angular diamond lines, turning this gaming machine into a great partner for daily computing.

Striking a perfect balance between online gaming and smart office, the P15F v2 caters to value seekers who weigh performance as much as practicality.

GIGABYTE Introduces the P27G v2 17-Inch Gaming Laptop

GIGABYTE launched the stylish 17" gaming laptop P27G v2 Upgraded with a potent NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M GDDR5 2 GB discrete graphics and the latest 4th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, P27G v2 dishes an amazing score, P5200 in 3DMark 11, a performance rarely seen in its form factor. Its complete array of gaming-focused features, including Full HD matte display with 72% NTSC color gamut, versatile tri-storage with one mSATA SSD up to 512GB and two 1.5 TB HDD, Sound Blaster Cinema audio technology, Blu-ray DVD combo drive and premium backlit keyboard, create a highly integrated personal mobile center perfect either for conquering challenges in the gaming world or enjoying immersive multimedia entertainment.

Aimed to be the most versatile gaming solution, P27G v2 provides mobile gamers with solidity, confidence and comfort aside from its blazing-fast gaming performance and desktop-like features.

GIGABYTE Launches 3-in-1 Versatile Laptop U21MD

The 11.6" U21MD, a 3-in-1 Laptop, heralds a new era in innovative technology from GIGABYTE. The U21MD has a swivel hinge that allows it to be converted into a tablet or a laptop. It also comes with an innovative docking station (D21) thus allowing it to be transformed into a desktop! It comes with the latest 4th Gen.

Intel Core Processor, multiple connectivity ports, dual storage system, and Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater technology making this versatile laptop an excellent choice for users looking for multifaceted usability. Super thin and light at 0.78 in. /20 mm and only weighing 3lbs/1.39Kg (m-SSD)/ or 3.28lbs/1.49kg (HDD), the U21MD is designed to provide the user with high mobility. The U21MD is the only laptop currently offering unmatched 3-in-1 flexibility for users looking for a versatile laptop.

GIGABYTE Announces its GeForce GTX TITAN-Z 12GB Graphics Card

GIGABYTE joined several other NVIDIA add-in board partners, in announcing its GeForce GTX TITAN-Z graphics card. GIGABYTE's card sticks to NVIDIA reference design, and consists of a meaty cooler scaled up from that of the GTX 690. Under its hood, the GTX TITAN-Z packs a pair of fully unlocked GK110 graphics processors in an internal SLI configuration, and wired to a total of 12 GB of GDDR5 memory. The card draws power from just a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors, display outputs include two dual-link DVI, and one each of DisplayPort and HDMI. The card is designed for ultra high-end builds with up to three Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) displays in 3D Vision Surround setups. It commands a $3,000 price.

Dominate Gaming with 15.6-inch GIGABYTE P25 v2 Gaming Laptop

GIGABYTE announced the most powerful gaming laptop in their lineup today, with a phenomenal 3DMark 11 score of P8500 - the 15.6" P25 v2. The top-notch GTX 880M GDDR5 8GB discrete graphics in this unit grants gamers unrivaled graphic details and ultra-smooth motion rarely available on laptop platforms. The P25 v2 boasts a smashingly sleek outline accompanied by stylish chrome yellow and silver trim, making this speedy gaming machine stand out from the crowd as its astonishing performance edges over competitors. Its 4th-gen Intel Core i7 processor takes power efficiency to another level, readying P25 v2 with enhanced battery life for more gaming. This is a highly integrated personal mobile center which is perfect for conquering challenges in the gaming world and for enjoying quality multimedia entertainment. Thrill-seekers would definitely find the P25 v2 a dream all-rounder.

Gigabyte Announces G1.Gaming Portal, Access to Professional Gamers

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, following the launch of the 9 series motherboards based on the Intel Z97/H97 Chipset, unveiled today two new websites, the G1 Gaming and Black Edition websites. The new addresses are a unique place for all gamers to follow the latest information about the G1 Gaming Series motherboards and gaming world, and for Black Edition owners to keep track of the latest news and opportunities.

In 2010, GIGABYTE, introduced their first gaming motherboards, helping to define what it means to be a PC gamer, and since then, GIGABYTE has been hard at work creating a new line of motherboards that focus solely on the features that matter to most gamers. With the new G1 website, GIGABYTE is one step closer to its goal to be the ultimate gamer's resource.
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