Most of you who are familiar with GIGABYTE’s usual lineup know that the UD3H is usually the last in line to get all the latest Ultra Durable features that GIGABYTE has to offer, however with the Z87 chipset it seems that GIGABYTE has shifted this model to a higher price point, yet with more features than ever before and higher quality as well. The UD3H is no longer the lowest board on the totem pole with 2oz copper PCB and all the other Ultra Durable features, it is somewhere closer to the middle. GIGABYTE has built, perhaps, the best UD3H yet. This board features the Ultra Durable 5+ scheme, which entails all of Ultra Durable 4, but also higher ESD protection, 15u Gold plated socket, and the PowIRstages with full IR digital VRM design. This board also carries GBT’s newest UEFI and software package. The board uses VRM components(from power stages to capacitors) that are unheard of in the $200 price range, let alone the lower one it sits in.
The Diamond Multimedia HD7790 Review
Diamond Multimedia is a company best known for their AMD/ATI graphics cards. They have a wide range and sell a lot of their cards in the USA. Today I am reviewing their AMD Radeon HD 7790 which is basically an entry level gaming GPU. DMM's(Diamond Multimedia's) HD7790 is actually the reference card from ATI, however we will still go over some of its intricacies and test and overclock it. First off we need to take a look at some of its specs:
Diamond Multimedia GC1000 Video Capture Device Review
The Diamond MultiMedia GC1000 is a very versatile video recorder. It can record from a large variety of common outputs and provide pass through while sending the recorded data directly to a PC for HD playback. I remember the days when I would record my Halo(Halo 1) gameplay through a TV card in my Sony desktop, a desktop I picked in part because of its composite input recording capability. I used to have so much fun making mix tapes of head shots and when the game would spit out, "Killed by the Guardians" which in the first game was a pretty hard thing to find. It is really something to perform at your best while playing a game, and the ability record those precious memories is something every avid gamer should have.
The GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 Preview
So there is no hiding the fact that all the manufacturers are bringing out their A-Game with the Z77 platform as Ivy Bridge is currently the platform to have if you want to compete in professional overclocking. Thus many manufacturers are bring out boards which have a rich history and a family tree as long as 5 generations ago. In my opinion the Z77X-UP7 is a mixture of the X58A-UD9 and the X58A-OC, two top notch boards GIGABYTE made during the X58 era, some say the best boards GIGABYTE has ever made. Well today I have something to show you, a board of mixture of both the OC board and the UD9, taking lessons from both and integrating them into a final product that actually has come to market. When many saw the Z77X-UP7 at Computex no one thought GIGABYTE could actually make it happen with its 32 phase power design, as the VRM costs as much to make as a mid-range ASRock board. On top of that GIGABYTE added full PLX bypass to re-route all lanes to a single slot or route them all to the PLX, in both cases providing the least amount of latency in single card or multi-card configurations, however requiring so many traces that the PCB had to add two more layers. Thus at launch we now have a 10 layer PCB, after 4 revisions GIAGBYTE has worked out many kinks to provide top notch memory overclocking with 4 DIMMs as well as top CPU overclocking ability and BCLK prowess. So today I will give you a first-hand physical review (preview) of the already famous Z77X-UP7
Z77 High-End Finally Has Arrived: GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3
Every launch we see a couple one of a kind motherboards; in terms of features, innovation, and performance they just blow away everything else out of the water. GIGABYTE’s current crème de la crème is the G1.Sniper 3 and if its legacy has anything to say about it, then it really will take the spot at the top of the Z77 totem pole. Following G1 tradition, GIGABYTE has equipped the 3rd Generation G1 Killer: G1 Sniper 3 with a real Creative audio chip and Killer NIC, however GIGABYTE has also added a lot of first time things to the Sniper 3 which no previous G1 series motherboard had. User feedback helped GIGABYTE form what they think is a more appropriate G1 motherboard, with more conservative heatsinks, a lower price, better multi-GPU capabilities, and true overclocking features you can safely assume that the G1.Sniper 3 resembles an OC board just as much as a pure gaming board. The G1 Sniper 3 really is a one-of-a-kind Z77 board. Many people believe in the concept of the third outcome being the best, and they might not be wrong in that respect. Without any further delay let’s take a look into the history of the G1.Killer family, and see if that concept has any merit to it.
GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H Review
So if you read up on my preview of the Z77X-UD5H you saw a physical review in which I went over every section of the motherboard, top to bottom I examined its every chip and described what to expect when you toss a CPU into the board. So today that is exactly what I will do, toss in a Sandy Bridge 2600K into the UD5H, first to gather how the system performance, how the BIOS acts, how the overclocking is, and examine many of the Z77 chipset’s new goodies.