CES 2010 CoverageBosco - January 6, 2010
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Gigabyte was on show this year with a lot of new products, along with some new features for its lines that are designed to improve the performance and longevity of your systems. As soon as we arrived the biggest thing that caught our eyes on the Gigabyte display was the new “333” slogan that it uses to show off the features of its new motherboards. The “333” stands for USB 3.0 for up to 10x USB speeds, USB 3x power which provides 3x the power running through the USB ports to ensure all of your dives have the juice they need, and SATA 3.0 for up to 4x speed using RAID-0.
Gigabyte had on display numerous motherboards running the new “333” design including 790X and 790FX based boards for the AMD Phenom II Processors, and P55, X58, H57 and H55 based motherboards for the latest Intel Processors.
Gigabyte also had several of the boards up and running to show off the SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0 performance on both AMD and Intel platforms. There were two setups running SSDs to measure the speeds of the drives using the interfaces. There was one system that had an OCZ SSD hooked up via the USB 3.0 interface on a Gigabyte P55 motherboard and the speeds topped out at 181MB/s for the sequential read and 132MB/s for the sequential write. There was also another system running two 128GB SATA 3.0 6GB/s SSD drives, which were hooked up in a RAID-0 configuration that obtained a sequential read speed of 262MB/s and a sequential write speed of 215MB/s.
In addition to its motherboards, Gigabyte had on display its video cards and peripherals, which follow the same “Ultra Durable” design that its motherboards have. This includes a 2oz copper PCB and solid Japanese capacitors. Among the cards on display were an HD 5850, an HD 5770 and HD 5750 from ATI, along with a GTX 275 Super OverClock edition card from NVIDIA. There were also a few mice from Gigabyte including a limited edition mouse, a Bluetooth notebook mouse and the new GM-M8000X “Ghost” gaming mouse that will be released soon. Some of the features of “Ghost” are a high performance AVAGO laser sensor, up to 6000DPI tracking resolution, five independent programmable gaming buttons, 8KB Ghost Engine on-board memory that also supports up to 45 on-board customizable settings, and weights for up to 38 grams for added precision.
Finally Gigabyte had a few unique cases on display, two of which have LCD mounts that allow you to turn your system into something of an all-in-one design and save on desk space.