Gigabyte Introduces X58 Series Mobos

Gigabyte has introduced new motherboards that are based on Intel's new X58 platform and aimed at the enthusiast market.

Gigabyte has announced their latest high performance X58 Series motherboards, the GA-EX58-EXTREME and GA-EX58-UD5 designed from the ground up to meet the requirements of Intel's new Core i7 processors. It comes equipped with a host of new features including the new QPI interface, 3 channel DDR3 support, 3 Way SLI and CrossFireX support, Ultra Durable 3 technology.

The Gigabyte X58 Series was designed specifically to take advantage of the power of the next generation Intel Core i7 processors and the Intel X58 Express chipset, whose evolution in computing architecture is able to deliver an amazing performance break through from past processor generations. Replacing the Front Side Bus is the new Quick Path Interconnect, or QPI, whose 25.6 GB/sec transfer rate (double the bandwidth of the 1600MHz FSB) eliminates the communication bottleneck between the processor and chipset.

The Intel Core i7 processors also feature an integrated memory controller inside the processor die and support 192bit 3-channel DDR3 memory that delivers a 50% memory bandwidth enhancement and lower memory latency for fast memory access. Additionally, the Gigabyte X58 Series features Intel Turbo Boost Technology, which is able to power down idle processor cores and dynamically reroute the power to the active cores for significant performance boosts, and at the same time, maintain greater energy efficiency. The Gigabyte X58 Series delivers 3 PCIe x16 Gen2.0 slots, supporting both ATI CrossFireX and 3 Way NVIDIA SLI.

The new boards come with Gigabyte's Ultra Durable 3 design, featuring 2 ounces of copper for both the Power and Ground layers which lowers system temperature by delivering a more efficient spreading of heat from critical areas of the motherboard such as the CPU power zone throughout the entire PCB. Gigabyte's Ultra Durable 3 also lowers the PCB impedance by 50%, which helps to reduce electrical waste and further lowers component temperatures. A 2oz Copper layer design also provides improved signal quality and lower EMI (Electromagnetic Interference), providing better system stability and allowing for greater margins for overclocking.

In addition to the "cool blue" new look and feel of the Gigabyte X58 Series, the Gigabyte GA-EX58-EXTREME motherboard now features the Gigabyte Hybrid Silent-Pipe 2, a fusion thermal solution that combines Gigabyte's proprietary screen cooling technology, external heat sink and liquid cooling with chipset water block to deliver maximum thermal performance. The Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 features specially designed chipset heat sinks and high performance copper heat pipe with sintered process to provide ultra efficient thermal conductivity making sure your system runs ultra cool and ultra stable.

Gigabyte X58 Series motherboards are equipped with 2-Phase power for the North Bridge and memory, allowing users to reach higher memory frequencies and enjoy better performance. Compared with only one phase solutions, this ensures longer power component lifespan and higher overclockability due to cooler working temperatures and better efficiency.

The Gigabyte GA-EX58-EXTREME and GA-EX58-UD5 Motherboards are priced at Rs. 24,650 and Rs. 20,400 respectively.

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