Computex 2011 Show Coverage - Part 1


Gigabyte's Graphics Cards, Casings & PSUs

Gigabyte's Graphics Cards

While there's nothing really new about the GeForce GTX 580 GPU in general, Gigabyte has launched a new edition of this fast GPU in its GV-N580SO-1GI. As it's name suggests, it's super overclocked out of the box at 855MHz at the core and 4100MHz for its GDDR5 memory, which compares well against the stock speeds of 772MHz and 4008MHz respectively. More importantly, it features dual BIOS and uses a new WindForce 3X cooling scheme with its outward inclined triple-fan design that minimizes the airflow turbulence between the fans. Gigabyte claims 16% better performance and 33% better cooling than a reference GTX 580 card.

This is probably one of the more powerful fully silent graphics cards in the market. Based on the Radeon HD 6770 GPU, the GV-R677SL-1GD features a massive heatsink array tuned for cooling without an active fan which Gigabyte calls Silent-Cell Cooling Technology. Despite the efforts put into this card, from our experience, we know this will generate quite a bit of heat and is likely only applicable to hardcore HTPC users demanding high GPU performance at the most quiet operation possible.

 

Gigabyte's Casings and PSUs

Of these new mid-tower Gigabyte casings, the first is the more personalized than the rest and is christened the Sumo Alpha. It's made from SECC steel, has a large ventilated mesh at the side, blue LEDs, front USB 3.0 ports and cable management behind the motherboards tray. The second is named Setto II 142 and is an even more compact mid-tower casing at only 480mm in depth. The last casing is just a different variant of the second case and is named Setto II 140.

The original enthusiast oriented Sumo casing has now been updated with this Sumo 5112 model. Most notable addition is a built-in dock for 2.5-inch hard drives and comes with a hot-swap capable plug'n play enclosure. The enclosure also doubles up as an external drive too with a mini-USB cable.

As for power supplies, we're all familiar with the mainstream Odin series, but more recently, Gigabyte is reaching out to the extreme audience - besides their motherboard. These PSUs pictured here are part of the Sumo series and are an extension of the higher end Sumo casings. All feature modular cabling. From left to right:- Sumo Power Fanless 650W (80 Plus Gold certified), Sumo Power Silver 1200W and Sumo Power Silver 900.