Today is all about Haswell and Gigabyte is kicking things off with a video tour of some of their Haswell motherboard lineup. Colin from Gigabyte stopped by a couple of weeks back to show off some of the latest innovations implemented in Gigabyte's line of 8-series motherboards.

With Haswell the name of the game from the motherboard makers is really polish. With the exception of FIVR (Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator), the 8-series platform is very similar to those that came before it. This gave the motherboard makers time and encouragement to focus on improving user experience as much as possible. As a result we saw tons of attention paid to improving things like UEFI, software utilities and ease of use. Check out the video below to see what Gigabyte did this round.

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  • todlerix - Saturday, June 1, 2013 - link

    Bug report for gigabyte:

    EasyTune > Smart Quick Boost > Extreme it shows MHz instead of GHz
  • DanNeely - Saturday, June 1, 2013 - link

    They lost me at creative audio for the gaming models.
  • just4U - Monday, June 3, 2013 - link

    oddly enough that's what won me over. Tired of Realtek Onboard or emulated variants thru Asus. The sound chip on the M3 (my current board) is performing like a champ. No regrets, and the board was $40 cheaper than The Asus equivalent.
  • K_Space - Monday, June 3, 2013 - link

    I'm pretty sure this audio signal separation within the PCB got reviewed here vs an ASUS board and it failed big time... hopefully they have addressed some of the issues surrounding it.
  • jwcalla - Saturday, June 1, 2013 - link

    I will never do another motherboard with a fan.
  • just4U - Monday, June 3, 2013 - link

    Me either.. they "ALL" die over time or screw up making the system noisy.. lesson learned after a few 100 board installs.
  • grammatonF - Monday, June 3, 2013 - link

    Fan motors have improved quite a bit and this is a standard fitting fan so it's very easy to replace.
  • binarybrian - Monday, June 3, 2013 - link

    Wait, there's a couple of fans on those boards and they don't look all that standard to me. Besides, doesn't matter how much fan motors have improved it WILL die or start making terrible noises and at the most inconvenient time. You're welcome to them but I'm staying the hell away.
  • JonnyDough - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - link

    I would, if they were more standardized and easy to swap.
  • adridu59 - Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - link

    The fan is just supplemental, it's silent and can be plugged off.

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