More and more companies are revealing their new technologies and X79 based motherboards as Intel Sandy Bridge-E launch day nears. Today, GIGABYTE’s new digital power delivery technology is revealed that will be used in their upcoming Intel X79 based motherboards. 3-Way Digital Power is what GIGABYTE calls it, one digital PWM for CPU and the rest two are for two zones of memory slots. Digital PWMs that GIGABYTE is using are most probably made by Chil Semiconductor and these are VRD 12 and VRD 12.5 certified. This is a big step forward by GIGABYTE as it allows total control over power delivery and precise voltage regulation.
GIGABYTE motherboards shown at IDF 2011 were not final retail versions but today we finally get to see GIGABYTE’s final X79 line-up. Launch day line-up has four motherboards in total; G1.Assassin 2, X79-UD7, X79-UD5, and X79-UD3.
The G1.Assassin 2 belong to the G1.Gamer series and has black and green theme with gun-styled heat sinks. It has four DDR3 DIMM slots with quad channel support, three PCI Express x16 slots along with two PCI Express x1 slots and a legacy PCI slot. Other salient features include on-board Killer NIC E2100 and Creative X-Fi audio.
Next comes the X79-UD7 with black and orange theme, its possibly the same motherboard which was being referred as X79-OC previously though it has ‘GIGABYTE OC’ badge on its PCH heat sinks so its possible that GIGABYTE merged ‘UD7’ and ‘OC’ into one. From the looks, it surely seems to be an overclocking oriented board. It has on-board overclocking buttons, strong power delivery system, four DDR3 DIMM slots and four PCI Express x16 slots supporting 4-way NVIDIA SLi and AMD CrossfireX.
GIGABYTE X79-UD5 is the younger brother of UD7. Its a mid to high-end board with black and blue theme. With eight DDR3 DIMM slots (that’s two slots per channel) it sits apart from others. It has many tempting features like on-board power, reset button and 3-way NVIDIA SLi and AMD CorssfireX.
GIGABYTE X79-UD3 is probably going to be the cheapest X79 board by the company on launch day still it has some very respectable features, most important of which is 4-way NVIDIA SLi and AMD CrossfireX support.
All the boards have SATA III 6Gbps and USB 3.0 ports along with PCI Express 3.0 compliance. Furthermore, all will come with UEFI dual BIOS.
Source: Sin’s Hardware