In previous generations, GIGABYTE has often been ambitious with the number of models it produces and supports. X99 is no different, so while the other manufacturers have four or five models coming through launch and September, GIGABYTE is starting with eight. These are split into three categories: Gaming, OC and Ultra Durable (aka ‘channel’). The gaming line will be headed by the X99-Gaming G1 WiFi, an E-ATX motherboard aimed at four-way GPUs and as much functionality as possible. This means dual network ports (Intel + Killer), 2T2R 802.11ac WiFi, the Creative Sound Core 3D audio codec, AMP-UP audio, ten SATA 6 Gbps ports, twelve USB 3.0 ports, two M.2 ports (One 2.0 x4, one 3.0 x4), dual DAC-UP for clean USB power and the styling...

Intel SSD 730 (480GB) Review: Bringing Enterprise to the Consumers

The days of Intel being the dominant player in the client SSD business are long gone. A few years ago Intel shifted its focus from client SSDs to the...

82 by Kristian Vättö on 2/27/2014

GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 Review

The G1 series from GIGABYTE has seen a recent expansion of late – from the previous socket to new chipset releases, GIGABYTE is now attempting to provide a model...

36 by Ian Cutress on 2/24/2014

Intel Talks Atom Z3460/Z3480 (Merrifield), Z3560/Z3580 (Moorefield) and LTE at MWC 2014

For the past couple of years Intel has used MWC as an opportunity to update us on its mobile plans. This year is no different as Intel officially launches...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

The Intel Xeon E7 v2 Review: Quad Socket, Up to 60 Cores/120 Threads

Meet the new Xeon E7 v2, codenamed "Ivy Bridge EX". We've had the new processors in our labs for the past few weeks putting them to the test, using...

125 by Johan De Gelas on 2/21/2014

Broadwell NUC Roadmap Revealed

The Next Unit of Computing (NUC) from Intel is becoming a part of the PC roadmap like never before. Anand reviewed the first generation of the NUC, the...

28 by Ian Cutress on 2/20/2014

Intel’s Three Versions of Socket 2011, Not Compatible

With our recent discussion regarding Intel’s launch of the 15-core Xeon E7 v2 ‘IvyTown’ processors, thoughts for a lot of high end consumers focused on the underlying hardware for...

46 by Ian Cutress on 2/20/2014

MSI X79A-GD45 Plus Review: Building Up

Breaking into the X79 game at this late stage is a rough business. The major action was at the Sandy Bridge-E launch, and the Ivy Bridge-E release was...

36 by Ian Cutress on 2/14/2014

Intel Readying 15-core Xeon E7 v2

Reports from ISSCC are coming out that Intel is preparing to launch a 15-core Xeon CPU. The 15-core model was postulated before Ivy Bridge-E launch, along with 12-core...

54 by Ian Cutress on 2/11/2014

Free Cooling: the Server Side of the Story

Servers that support higher inlet temperatures could significantly reduce or even eliminate the cooling costs of the data center. We received the 2U supermicro 6027R-73DARF that supports the latest...

47 by Johan De Gelas on 2/11/2014

Intel Reveals New Haswell Details at ISSCC 2014

As of late, Intel has been unusually guarded about releasing information about its microprocessor designs. Haswell launched last year with great architecture disclosure, but very limited disclosure about die...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/9/2014

Floating point peak performance of Kaveri and other recent AMD and Intel chips

With the launch of Kaveri, some people have been wondering if the platform is suitable for HPC applications. Floating point peak performance of the CPU and GPU ...

102 by Rahul Garg on 1/22/2014

Lenovo: Yoga, Miix 2, and ThinkPad Tablets; Vibe Z and K900 Smartphones

Moving along in our Lenovo coverage, there were a couple of smartphones as well as quite a few tablets on display. The Yoga Tablet 8 and 10 promise up...

11 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2014

Lenovo: New ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Yoga, IdeaPad, and Flex Laptops

Lenovo had their usual location set up in the AquaKnox lounge at the Venetian, with a huge number of products on display. We’ll break things up into the laptop/notebook/multi-modal...

16 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2014

GIGABYTE BRIX Pro: A First Look at the Intel i7-4770R with Iris Pro HD 5200

Intel's high-end Crystal Well, the Core i7-4770R, has remained out of reach for consumers despite being introduced back in June 2013. While Apple's notebooks use the mobile Crystal Well...

98 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2014

Intel CES 2014 Live Blog

We just walked over from the Qualcomm press conference slash Q&A extravaganza to Intel's press conference, which should be getting underway at 1 PM PT.

26 by Brian Klug & Jarred Walton on 1/6/2014

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Review

When Ivy Bridge-E arrived, there was discontent at the lack of a new chipset. Users who wanted to migrate to the high performance end of the spectrum received...

21 by Ian Cutress on 1/5/2014

G1.Sniper Mid-Range Expansion: GIGABYTE Launch Z5S and Z5

All the main motherboard manufacturers now have three distinct classes of motherboard to sell to the common home-build end user: the channel range, the overclocking range and the gaming...

17 by Ian Cutress on 1/3/2014

Intel's Haswell NUC: D54250WYK UCFF PC Review

The Intel NUC category (which has been given the official tag of Ultra-Compact Form Factor PC) has been an interesting product line to analyze, as it provides us with...

106 by Ganesh T S on 1/3/2014

ASRock M8 Barebones Review: My Steam Box

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so the saying goes. Most development in home computers veers towards the ultra large (high impact gaming machines for...

78 by Ian Cutress on 1/2/2014

Thunderbolt 2 certified on GIGABYTE Z87X-UD7 TH

The drive for faster and more efficient interfaces, particularly those over cables, is driven by a large number of consumer devices producing and displaying higher definition content. This...

23 by Ian Cutress on 12/14/2013

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