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March 14, 2012 3:44:31 PM

GIGABYTE Claims World No. 1 Spot for Motherboard Durability

http://www.gigabyte.com/microsite/306/7-series.html

Gigabyte z77's -
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/list.aspx?s=42&jid=2&p...

Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit says:

"With the launch of the first Ultra Durable motherboard in 2006, GIGABYTE revolutionized the motherboard industry by making quality the number one focus in our motherboard design. Five and a half years later, GIGABYTE maintains our leadership in quality design by equipping our upcoming 7 series motherboards with even more lifespan enhancing technologies in the form of Ultra Durable™ 4."

Gigabyte's GA-Z77X-UD3H and GA-Z77X-UD5H
http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-s-ga-z77x-ud3h-and...

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So, how accurate are all of these claims?
a c 715 V Motherboard
March 14, 2012 4:00:02 PM

I would expect TweakTown, a Gigabyte pawn, to run such a story. I'd love to see ANY third party confirm their OPINION of themselves. I recall all the X58 problems, bad batches of B3 UD3, UD5 lines and most recently their LGA 2011 fiasco pulling most of their inventory after massive failures for a complete redesign.

From my seat Gigabyte is full of it!
March 14, 2012 4:14:49 PM

I'm reminded of:

Gigabyte X79-UD5 LGA 2011 Motherboard Review
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/12/28/gigabyte_x79u...

"I wanted to like this board, I really did. Normally Gigabyte’s offerings are solid choices but the X79-UD5 feels like a rush job or a beta sample and not something that’s ready for retail. Gigabyte fans should check out the BIOS updates as they hit but I’d caution against buying the X79-UD5 as it stands now."

"We just can't suggest our readers consider using the X79-UD5 board at this time."

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/12/28/gigabyte_x79u...

I hope Gigabyte did a much better job with the z77's. Did they learn from their mistakes with the x79's?
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a c 715 V Motherboard
March 14, 2012 4:25:46 PM

Then I assume this Thread's purpose was for its shock value. As I've said before, I don't condemn a line until I see the results myself, i.e. clean slate -- but I'll be watching carefully ;) 
a c 115 V Motherboard
March 14, 2012 4:36:02 PM

The operative words here are "Gigabyte Claims...." I too have had issues with some Gigabyte boards (but not all; my wife's 790G is running fine). To me, they're in a neck-and-neck race for third place (along with MSI), well behind Asus and ASRock.
March 14, 2012 5:23:15 PM

I'm not completely sure what you meant by "shock value," jaquith, but, I'm waiting for the Ivy Bridge CPU's to come out so, I was seriously considering a Gigabyte z77 mobo. I'd really like to know which motherboard to get and which to stay away from. As an old guy, I'm totally reliant upon those who have hands on experience here for that info. I really wanted to know if those claims by Gigabyte were accurate.

I thought it was odd for Gigabyte to claim pole position for Motherboard Durability so, I thought it would be good to discuss it in order to separate the facts from fiction.

So, Asus and ASRock are the far better choices or what? I thought ASRock were a cheaper line of Asus like "equate" at the grocery store?

"To me, they're in a neck-and-neck race for third place (along with MSI), well behind Asus and ASRock."

By "place" you mean in sales or quality or ...?
a c 715 V Motherboard
March 14, 2012 5:45:15 PM

As I said in your other post, wait for the testing and benchmarks and then IMO until there's a couple BIOS revisions + early adopters (Guinea Pigs) feedback i.e. Release Date + 1~2 months.

/edit - What I meant by shock value is it's like someone calling themselves 'Jesus' with no proof, i.e. megalomaniac statements.

I am constantly shaking my head at those who fall over themselves getting the first and very BUGGY BIOS or MOBO's then they're being confused at the problems.

There's no time machine or crystal balls. Trust me, I know all the guys here and other forums and there's no testing being done yet. I know the some of the nVidia GTX 600 series are being tested now and that's it. These folks get NDA's and won't tell me other then they've got some...no Z77's yet.
a b V Motherboard
March 14, 2012 6:55:18 PM

Quote:
I thought ASRock were a cheaper line of Asus like "equate" at the grocery store?


:lol:  Hardly!

March 14, 2012 6:56:57 PM

^ That's what I thought, you were referring to Gigabyte's own claim of: "World No. 1 Spot for Motherboard Durability."

"I would expect TweakTown, a Gigabyte pawn, to run such a story."

I have already decided to take your advice from my other thread to wait a couple months for reviews and time to work out bugs before buying anything. I just can't risk getting a lemon.

What's an "NDA"?

So, there's currently not even any testing of z77's?
a c 715 V Motherboard
March 14, 2012 7:05:44 PM

NDA = Non-Disclosure Agreement - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-disclosure_agreement

To my knowledge, other than Development Testers (typically in Taiwan) which have hardcore NDA's, no sites like TH have their hands on the Z77's. Occasionally, some moron breaks their NDA and leaks info.
a b V Motherboard
March 14, 2012 7:22:56 PM

josejones said:
^ That's what I thought, you were referring to Gigabyte's own claim of: "World No. 1 Spot for Motherboard Durability."

"I would expect TweakTown, a Gigabyte pawn, to run such a story."

I have already decided to take your advice from my other thread to wait a couple months for reviews and time to work out bugs before buying anything. I just can't risk getting a lemon.

What's an "NDA"?

So, there's currently not even any testing of z77's?


ARSrock has some nice one's coming~

http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp
March 20, 2012 9:55:35 PM

Note: *Claims* - Doesn't mean it's actually true.
April 4, 2012 8:18:18 PM

Thanks malmental. Good to hear that you've got several Gigabyte mobos and haven't had any major issues. I'm still considering going with them for a z77 but, I'll wait for reviews. I assume, since you've not had any major issues that you've never had to deal with their customer support? How is their update system for their bios and drivers?

What do you think of Gigabyte's new Ultra Durable 4
April 5, 2012 9:52:03 PM

My local computer store are the ones who suggested that I get a Gigabyte motherboard because he says they get the least amount of returns in his experience at his store. He also said that if he does have issues their support is really good. I have no way of verifying it though. Maybe they just have a account with Gigabyte and get a discount and therefore make more money - but again I don't know???
April 5, 2012 10:24:19 PM

Reading this right after having my GIGABYTE mobo have it's ram slots fail on me really throws salt in the wound. I can only hope the above post is right and they have have good support for RMA
April 5, 2012 11:19:08 PM

^ oh crapola! That's a kick in the pants. What specific board do you have?

Please keep us posted here how your RMA goes and how Gigabyte's customer service is.
April 7, 2012 6:04:28 AM

josejones said:
^ oh crapola! That's a kick in the pants. What specific board do you have?

Please keep us posted here how your RMA goes and how Gigabyte's customer service is.


I have a GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3

As for the RMA'ing goes, I submitted my form on their site late on Thursday and got a response mid-day today. I don't know how much they look into that, but it nice to get a response in less than a day's time. Gonna get it shipped on Monday and see how it goes from there. If I remember when the time comes, I'll post an update on how it goes.
April 29, 2012 9:21:19 PM

Imbajoe said:
I have a GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3

As for the RMA'ing goes, I submitted my form on their site late on Thursday and got a response mid-day today. I don't know how much they look into that, but it nice to get a response in less than a day's time. Gonna get it shipped on Monday and see how it goes from there. If I remember when the time comes, I'll post an update on how it goes.



So I sent in my motherboard and they received in on Wednesday the 11th and I recently got in back this past Thursday, 26th. When I sent it in the computer would always fail to boot if there was a stick of ram in the first slot on the motherboard. I put everything together on Friday and have been having no problems thus far with a stick of ram in the first slot.

Pros: Fast turnaround - I was expecting to receieve in sometime in early May, even though GIGABYTE's website listed an average 2-3 weeks turnaround upon receipt, I had read many personal reports of it taking much longer. So to get it back in my hands two weeks + one day after they received it was really nice. Also the packaging was nice, they double boxed it and had the motherboard in one of those anti-static bags, with the innermost box being that of one of their motherboard's, so it was nice and snug.

Cons: Lack of Communication - The entirety of GIGABYTE'S interaction with me during this whole process was sending me my RMA number after request, and emailing me on Tuesday/Wednesay saying they were done testing it and were sending it back. I couldn't find anywhere that I could check the status of my motherboard during the two weeks they had it, and upon receiving it, I got no message as far as what they found the problem to be, and how they went about fixing it. It's not a necessity, but it would have been nice.
April 29, 2012 10:18:04 PM

Sweet, so Gigabyte took good care of you, Imbajoe. Thanks for letting us know.

I wonder if Tom's Hardware (or anybody else) is able to verify the claims made for the "Ultra Durable 4" ???
June 4, 2012 9:42:02 PM

Here's a new z77 from Gigabyte: Gigabyte Z77X-UP7

Gigabyte's 32-Phase Power Motherboard: Z77X-UP7
http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-s-32-phase-power-m...

They didn't go into much detail on this new Gigabyte Z77X-UP7. I still don't know what the "P" stands for in the "UP7." They didn't even mention an availability date and there's no mention of the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 at Gigabyte's website either:

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/main.aspx?s=42

http://www.youtube.com/user/MoboTV2010

I'd like to hear more about the 32 phase control and Gigabyte's Ultra Durable 5 technology too, which Gigabyte claims:

Gigabyte Ultra Durable 5
http://www.gigabyte.com/press-center/news-page.aspx?nid...
June 26, 2012 5:33:33 PM

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 Technology Earns Best of Computex 2012 Award from Tom's Hardware
http://www.gigabyte.com/press-center/news-page.aspx?nid...

Quote:
"Ultra Durable 5 is a marketing umbrella that covers several different components, such as the IR3550 PowIRstage, additional copper in the PCB, and 60 A high-capacity ferrite core chokes. We plan to test Gigabyte's claims in an upcoming article."

Goto image #4
http://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/597-computex-a...

I'm curious to hear when this review of Gigabyte's Ultra Durable 5 by Tom's Hardware will be coming out? I'm waiting for serious reviews of these boards to see if they are what they're claimed to be or just more gimmicks and adverts.

I'm curious to find out if the new Ultra Durable 5 actually does keep motherboard temps low? Will that also help to keep CPU's cooler as well?
June 29, 2012 3:45:21 PM

Here's a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H Motherboard Review by HF

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/06/14/gigabyte_z77x...

I was pleasantly surprised how well it did in the benchmarks but, I'm a bit concerned about the user friendliness and ease of use of the bios and Easy Tune 6 software. Is it really that bad and is it the same on the UD5 version?

Quote:
"Gigabyte’s Easy Tune 6 software is included in the OS to allow for performance tuning from within a Windows environment. When launched it automatically defaults to the Tuner portion of the application. So we’ll begin our coverage there. Up front I want to say that I’ve never really liked this application. It tends to work on a technical level, but the interface is haphazard and sloppy. It lags far behind MSI and ASUS in regard to aesthetics and interface design. It simply isn’t as user friendly as it could or should be. "

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/06/14/gigabyte_z77x...
July 3, 2012 9:40:15 PM

Gigabyte's Hardcore Thunderbolt Demo with GA-Z77Z-UP5 TH Motherboard
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deImUH8aUHQ

Gigabyte Ultra Durable 5 at Computex, shows much lower temperatures
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLggGetNR14

So in the videos above discussing the new Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH, which is claimed to reduce mobo temps by up to 60C. They said it would be out by the end of June. I e-mailed Gigabyte yesterday and asked them a few questions and they responded today saying they have no idea when it will be out and didn't give me any prices. I also asked if there'd be a Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 version without the "TH" Thunderbolt ports - no answer:

Quote:
I saw the videos from Computex 2012 from early June mentioning the new Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH. Now it's July and I've not heard anything at all. So, I wanted to find out a few things:

What's the price (US $) of the "Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH"?

I'd also like to know if there will be a version without the Thunderbolt ports and if so, what price and when will it be available?

I'd prefer a Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 without the Thunderbolt ports since I can easily buy a PCIe card in the near future. I'd also prefer all USB 3, PCIe 3 and SATA 3 since they're all backwards compatible.

I've heard that the Thunderbolt ports add $50 per port to the cost of the motherboard - is that true? How much does the new IR3550 PowIRstage add to the cost of the board?


I'm getting tired of waiting & may have to settle for the older Gigabyte z77 UD5.

Any thoughts?

New Ivy Build in July
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/350913-31-build-july
July 7, 2012 4:11:05 PM

I couldn't take it anymore so, I called Gigabyte. They said that the Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH will come out at the end of July not June (obviously) and it will cost over $300 (US) and the UP7 will probably be over $400. There will be no "UP" versions without the "TH" Thunderbolt ports either. There will be no z78 versions. This is pretty much it until Haswell comes out. So, forget it.
July 8, 2012 9:06:42 PM

josejones said:
GIGABYTE Claims World No. 1 Spot for Motherboard Durability

http://www.gigabyte.com/microsite/306/7-series.html

Gigabyte z77's -
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/list.aspx?s=42&jid=2&p...

Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit says:

"With the launch of the first Ultra Durable motherboard in 2006, GIGABYTE revolutionized the motherboard industry by making quality the number one focus in our motherboard design. Five and a half years later, GIGABYTE maintains our leadership in quality design by equipping our upcoming 7 series motherboards with even more lifespan enhancing technologies in the form of Ultra Durable™ 4."

Gigabyte's GA-Z77X-UD3H and GA-Z77X-UD5H
http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-s-ga-z77x-ud3h-and...

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So, how accurate are all of these claims?


I do not know about these claims but I have some of my own regarding Gigabyte boards. While Asus has given me best performance, I love the Gigabyte dual bios feature and they are very durable. In my current system I have a Gigabyte EP43-UD3L Rev 1.3

On this board, I have messed around with OC'ing without knowing much about it, messed up Bios updates until I got it right, and most of all, right when I bought it and was installing, I had everything layed out on the floor and accidentally, literally stepped on in with body weight. The board cracked width wise. I was impatient and not sure I could make a claim of "i donoe what happened" stick, so I installed it with this huge crack. Its been running a couple years now and is still ticking.

So due to my experiences I strongly recommend Gigabyte to anyone looking for durability.

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