Gigabyte has launched its Intel 8 series range of motherboards which support the Intel Haswell processors. These motherboards come equipped with a range of new features and technologies including digital power delivery, advanced network and device charging, gold plated hardware, new designed UEFI DualBIOS, and Gigabyte App Center.
Gigabyte Ultra Durable 5 Plus debuts on Gigabyte 8 series motherboards, complete with a range of features and component choices which provide performance and extended motherboard lifespan. Featuring new heatsink designs that extends cooling to even the chipset and PWM area, the boards utilize PWM controllers and PowIRstage ICs from International Recifier which are optimized for cool and efficient operations. The 8 Series motherboards also come with exclusive capacitors that come in jet black, with ultra-low ESR no matter how high the CPU load.
Gigabyte DualBIOS ensures both the 'Main BIOS' and 'Backup BIOS' protect users from BIOS failure due to virus attacks, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings, or power failure during the updating process. With 10 USB 3.0 ports with a dedicated fuse, an unexpected malfunction on a single port would only affect it, isolating potential damage and safeguarding other connected devices.
A customizable UI that allows you to adjust overclocking and performance settings in real-time, the new and exclusive Dashboard Mode offers users complete access to all data related to your motherboard, including CPU, graphics and memory clocks, temperatures and voltages. The new Dashboard interface seems to be an improvement over the 3D BIOS utility which we had used earlier during our review of the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7.
The App Center lets you launch all Gigabyte apps installed on your system, and is also customizable with three color schemes. It includes:-
GIGABYTE 8 series motherboards provide up to 9 strategically placed onboard system fan connectors, including a CPU OPT fan that can be connected to a water pump and configured for continuous full speed operation. The new GIGABYTE EasyTune app also offers comprehensive system fan controls with individual airflow settings provided by a dedicated digital controller.
GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology is revised and upgraded on GIGABYTE 8 series motherboards, with comprehensive and enhanced charging support for a broad range of devices that include those that run both iOS and Android. Users can enjoy fast AC charging over USB on mobile devices, even when the PC is turned off.
GIGABYTE 8 series motherboards raise the bar in terms of protecting your system, providing advanced electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for both your Ethernet LAN and USB ports, both common sources of ESD-related failures. Each LAN and USB port is paired with a dedicated protection filter that can withstand high electrostatic discharges, protecting your system from common electrical surges and even direct lighting strikes.
The latest GIGABYTE 8 series motherboards come equipped with Intel® Gigabit LAN networking, a popular choice with gamers that features several performance-enhancing features such advanced interrupt handling to help reduce CPU overhead and Jumbo Frame support for extra large data packets.
GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards feature a high capacity headphone amplifier which is able to drive 600Ω loads, allowing gamers to enjoy a fuller range of dynamic sound with crisper details and less distortion when using high quality professional headphones. Featuring a wide bandwidth, low noise, high slew rate and low distortion, GIGABYE 8 series motherboards are ideal for professional audio usage and gaming enthusiasts.
GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards come equipped with a 15µ gold plated CPU socket, which means that enthusiasts can enjoy absolute reliability and longevity for the CPU socket overtime, without having any concerns about corroded pins and bad contacts.
Dual Thunderbolt - Fast, Flexible and Simple Connectivity
GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards feature dual Thunderbolt connectivity, with dual Thunderbolt ports directly on the motherboard back panel I/O. Each Thunderbolt port supports maximum data transfer speeds with simultaneous bi-directional data transfer at speeds of up to 10Gbps - this means you can transfer a full HD 1080p movie in under 30 seconds.