During this year’s Computex in Taipei Gigabyte Technology Co., will be announcing a slew of innovative products in their motherboard lineups that will bring them further into the enthusiast and mainstream markets.
One of the technologies that Gigabyte will be announcing during Computex will be their newly designed 24-phase power VRM which is designed to deliver more and cleaner power to the CPU. While this may be a good development, we can only reserve our judgment of such a technology until we do a review of this 24-phase power design and compare it against other motherboard manufacturers with other VRM designs.
The 24-phase tech will be demonstrated on the Intel platform, which is a little bit odd given the current popularity of Phenom II and its overclocking antics. The first motherboard is intended for Core i7 processors, the GA-EX58A-Extreme. The second 24-Phase motherboard is the GA-EP55-UD5 board, a board that features the LGA-1156 Socket for the upcoming Core i5 processors. In addition to having the 24-phase VRM both of these boards will also be sporting SATA 3.0 controllers capable of the 6Gbps data transfer rates.
As many of our readers know, SATA Revision 3.0 was just recently ratified by the SATA-IO and now we can discuss SATA 3.0 as the officially confirmed standard. They will also have their newly implemented Smart TPM which is a security feature based off of their Ultra TPM. This feature will allow users to lock the TPM protected data on their systems using a Bluetooth enabled cellular phone.
On the other side of the ball, Gigabyte’s AMD offerings include the GA-MA790FXT-UD5P which will support the AMD's AM3 processors as well as run DDR3 memory at 1666+ MHz speeds. Unfortunately, it does not seem that they have come up with anything new for this board or anything as far as we know that makes it unique within Gigabyte’s own lineup. In addition to that, they will be releasing a motherboard that is based off the latest AMD 785G Chipset which includes an integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics processor and is targeted towards the mainstream market in preparation for Windows 7.
If you would like to check out any of these new boards or simply chat with some Gigabyte reps, they can be found at Booth D002 in Hall 1 at Computex 2009.