Friday, December 2, 2016

LAB501 has created a GIGABYTE 30th anniversary edition build aply named "GIGABYTE G30" and it's a beauty.
Check out pics of the build below.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Backblaze reports their HD failure rates

Backblaze, a cloud backup provider with 67,642 drives in operation (as of Q3 2016) has reported their HD failure rates. The data they present could be useful for consumers looking to purchase a new hard disk drive.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

TeamAU breaks world frequency record for Intel Core i7 6950X live at PAX Australia 2016

TeamAU was able to break a world frequency record while on stage at PAX Australia 2016! They were using a GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion, built especially for extreme overclocking and setting world records. With the Intel Core i7 6950X they were able to achieve a staggering 5.74Ghz validation.


Friday, November 4, 2016

TEAM AU Breaks 3DMARK2001 SE World Record Using GIGABYTE Z170X-SOC Force LN2

Team AU today broke the world 3DMARK 2001 SE just ahead of PAX AU with a GIGABYTE Z179X-SOC Force LN2 and an Intel Core i7 6700K OCed to a staggering 6.7GHz! For details click here.



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

GIGABYTE Enables Support for Intel® Next-Gen CPUs

GIGABYTE Enables Support for Intel® Next-Gen CPUs
GIGABYTE’s 100 Series Motherboards Compatible with a BIOS Update

Taipei, Taiwan, October 28
th, 2016 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is proud to announce support for Intel’s next-generation LGA 1151 socket processors. Compatibility for the entire line-up of Z170, H170, B150 and H110 series motherboards are available with a simple BIOS update.

Another alternative for users, if using a flagship motherboard such as the Z170X-Gaming G1 would be to flash their BIOS with Q-Flash Plus, allowing users to do so without the need to have the CPU or memory installed. These BIOS updates can be downloaded from the GIGABYTE website for users to flash on to their 100 series motherboards.

With multiple ways to update a GIGABYTE Motherboard users can rest at ease knowing that this update can be completed with little to no effort. One popular method for users to flash the BIOS would be to leverage the world renowned Q-Flash, this feature directly in the BIOS allows users to flash the firmware from a USB drive after they’ve downloaded the most updated BIOS into the flash drive.


GIGABYTE engineers have tested and validated all GIGABYTE 100 series motherboards to ensure users will have optimal performance and compatibility for the latest Intel® Core™ Processors.
For BIOS update information please visit the GIGABYTE Website or see the table below.
GA-Z170X-Gaming 7GA-Z170XP-SLIGA-Z170X-Ultra GamingGA-Z170X-Gaming 3
GA-Z170X-Gaming 5GA-Z170-HD3PGA-Z170MX-Gaming 5GA-Z170N-WiFi
GA-Z170M-D3HGA-H170-D3HGA-Z170X-Gaming 6GA-Z170X-UD3 Ultra
GA-Z170X-UD3GA-Z170-D3HGA-Z170-HD3GA-Z170N-Gaming 5
GA-Z170-Gaming K3GA-Z170X-UD5GA-H170-Gaming 3GA-H170-D3H
GA-H170N-WiFiGA-B150-HD3GA-B150M-D3VGA-B150M-HD3
GA-B150M-D3HGA-B150-HD3PGA-B150N Phoenix-WiFiGA-B150M-DS3P
GA-H110M-AGA-H110M-S2VGA-H110M-S2PTGA-H110M-DS2
GA-H110M-S2GA-H110M-D3HGA-H110M-S2HGA-H110M-S2PV
GA-H110M-HGA-H110M-S2PHGA-H110M-WWGA-H110M-HD2
GA-H110M-S2HPGA-H110NGA-H110M-Gaming 3GA-H110TN-M
GA-H110M-DS2VGA-H110-D3GA-P110-D3

To learn more about GIGABYTE:

http://www.gigabyte.com/

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Barrier to entry for PC VR lowering thanks to new rendering tech

The near high-end requirements for PC VR solutions might be coming to an end with new rendering technologies.

Oculus uses “Asynchronous Timewarp” (ATW) and the recently announced “Asynchronous Spacewarp” (ASW)  in order to improve VR rendering performance. So confident in its rendering techniques that Oculus released the following minimum PC spec guidelines:

Video Card: NVIDIA: GTX 1050 Ti / GTX 960 or greater | AMD: RX 470 / R9 390 / R9 290 or greater
CPU: Intel i3-6100 / AMD FX 4350 or greater
Memory: 8GB RAM
Video Output: free HDMI 1.3 output
USB Ports: 1x USB 3.0 port plus 2x USB 2.0 ports
OS: Windows 10 64 bit
Premade PCs that meet the above guidelines can be bought for a mere $500 USD.


Valve has released a similar solution for the Vive. With continual improvements to VR hardware and VR rendering techniques, such as foveated rendering which is currently under development, it's likely we'll see mainstream adoption of VR sooner rather than later.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

PSVR to Introduce VR Experience to Millions

With PSVR recently launched, one ponders whether its popularity will be a boom to VR on the PC, or will limit its development much like how many PC games today are optimized for consoles with limitations such as 30 fps caps, low-resolution textures, clunky GUIs, lack of dedicated servers, etc.

PSVR will likely be a step in the right direction. Sure, it lacks room-scale tracking but with the support of AAA developers and the allure of the (potentially) large PSVR market it's almost assured that the image of VR will catapult from 3D TV-levels of gimmicky to a must-have experience. In the near future as developers sharpen their VR game making skills we will be bombarded with amazing gameplay from PSVR, Oculus Rift with Touch, and HTC Vive and the allure will be all too strong to resist.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

What SMART Stats Tell Us About Hard Drives

Backblaze has crunched the numbers to see what percentage of hard drives report SMART errors before they fail. The conclusion was:

Operational drives with one or more of our five SMART stats greater than zero – 4.2%

Failed drives with one or more of our five SMART stats greater than zero – 76.7%

So the moral of the story is that if your hard drive is reporting any SMART errors at all, it would be wise to replace it.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Samsung plans to slash SSD prices to (current) HDD levels by 2020

Samsung plans to slash SSD prices to (current) HDD levels by 2020. At the moment, 1 TB HDD drives are about 4 cents per GB, If Samsung is correct, by 2020 consumers will be able to purchase a 512GB SSD for about $40 USD. At that price point it's likely that SSD adoption will greatly speed up, even on low end builds.

To take advantage of the coming inexpensive SSD revolution make sure that your motherboard has PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 connectors. Flash drives that take advantage of the PCIe interface along with NVMe data protocols offer significant performance advantages over traditional SATA SSDs.

Many GIGABYTE motherboards offer support for the M.2 interface and NVMe. To be exact 141 GIGABYTE motherboards have one or more M.2 slots and all motherboards released after including the Z97 series (released in 2014) support NVMe.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What is game optimization really? Durante talks to game developers to explain the details.

In this PC Gamer article, Durante and Croteam's Dean Sekulic shine some light on what optimization really is, and why some games that you may have thought were poorly optimized were simply attempting to push the envelope in terms of graphics fidelity.

Durante concludes:

In a similar vein, consider the idea that additional high-end graphics settings, even if they are not fully usable at the time of a release, are never a bad thing compared to not having those settings available in the first place. Their presence doesn't make a game unoptimized. I’ve always believed that coming back to a high-end game many years later and seeing it in even more splendor is one of the many major perks of the PC platform, and it would be sad to see this diminished due to shortsighted judgments about optimization.