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Gigabyte Shows "3D Power" Control On X79 Mobos

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Gigabyte demonstrates extensive power control software with 3-Way PWM

Gigabyte this week gave us an exclusive look at a new motherboard feature that it will be introducing with its Intel X79-based products.

The motherboard maker has developed hardware and software that will allow power-users to exert greater control. Specifically, Gigabyte has a new Digital PWM (pulse width modulation) controller that can limit and control current in a circuit.

"Since we are using a brand new Digital PWM controller for the CPU and memory," Gigabyte explained, "we have developed a fully interactive 3D utility that facilitates adjustment of the 3 dimensions that control the power delivery to the CPU and memory: Voltage, Phase and Frequency."

Check out the video below for a quick demo of the software:

GIGABYTE 3D POWER with 3-Way Digital PWM

Of course, Gigabyte is marketing this new feature as part of its latest motherboards. Specifically, the lineup includes the G1.Assassin 2, X79-UD7, X79-UD5 and X79-UD3.

G1.Assassin 2G1.Assassin 2X79-UD7X79-UD7

X79-UD5X79-UD5X79-UD7X79-UD7

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    Anonymous , November 4, 2011 11:32 PM
    And of course people end up prefering and using the bios.
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    sgtopmobile , November 4, 2011 11:22 PM
    whats better the G1.assassin 2 or the x79-ud7?
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    Anonymous , November 4, 2011 11:32 PM
    And of course people end up prefering and using the bios.
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    kjsfnkwl , November 5, 2011 12:04 AM
    I couldn't care less about the specs, but man, the orange X79-UD7 is one damn sexy motherboard.
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    alidan , November 5, 2011 12:11 AM
    sgtopmobilewhats better the G1.assassin 2 or the x79-ud7?

    id personally go X79-UD5 just because of the ram drive i could make on the cheap,
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    alidan , November 5, 2011 12:12 AM
    kjsfnkwlI couldn't care less about the specs, but man, the orange X79-UD7 is one damn sexy motherboard.


    halloween theme, got to love that, my favroite holiday.
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    Mark Heath , November 5, 2011 12:50 AM
    I could be wrong about this, but isn't that orange "UD7" their -OC mobo?
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    lradunovic77 , November 5, 2011 1:32 AM
    Not enough memory slots. Fail!
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    beenthere , November 5, 2011 1:54 AM
    More options for people to play with, some of which may actually be useful if set properly.
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    SneakySnake , November 5, 2011 2:07 AM
    lradunovic77Not enough memory slots. Fail!


    they're on each side of the CPU.

    Question though: why does the ud5 have 8 RAM slots, and the ud7 only have 4 ?
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    SneakySnake , November 5, 2011 2:08 AM
    why does ud5 have 8 RAM slots, and ud7 only have 4?
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    lp231 , November 5, 2011 2:11 AM
    I would like a X79-UD5 with a nice fancy box with lots of accessories to go!
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    de5_Roy , November 5, 2011 2:48 AM
    damn those goddamn motherboards look good.
    the g1 assassin and x79-ud7 look pretty loud, in a good way.
    i'd prefer the x79-ud5 for the ram slots tho', i can make good use of those. :) 
    i don't think you'd find many of the x79 mobo features in z68 boards.
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    rrockman , November 5, 2011 4:00 AM
    The one with blue accents looks like an Arch Linux user's wet dream...
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    slyphnier , November 5, 2011 5:55 AM
    sgtopmobilewhats better the G1.assassin 2 or the x79-ud7?


    AFAIK G1. assasin is for gamer mind
    you get killerNIC and creative soundcard

    as for UD7 is more for enthusiast/OC
    as you can see, there board have several voltage button as well voltage pins to measure voltage

    UD5 and UD3 basically toned down from UD7

    its good things gigabyte now make each product more clearly.. the difference is just more visible
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    stonedatheist , November 5, 2011 6:13 AM
    Mark HeathI could be wrong about this, but isn't that orange "UD7" their -OC mobo?
    sgtopmobilewhats better the G1.assassin 2 or the x79-ud7?


    It's a matter of opinion but I bet most people would say the X79-UD7.

    The G1.Assassin 2 has a Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 NIC which is supposed to lower ping times and a Creative Soundblaster X-Fi digital audio processor which should be better than any other on-board audio solution.

    The X79-UD7 has a 20 phase CPU VRM and 6 phase RAM VRM compared to the G1.Assassin 2 and X79-UD3 which only have an 8 phase and the X79-UD5 which has a 12 phase. That, on top of a few other OC goodies make it by far the enthusiast's choice (as for Gigabyte anyway) motherboard.

    Mark HeathI could be wrong about this, but isn't that orange "UD7" their -OC mobo?


    Not quite. Their old OC mobo had the same color scheme so it's easy to make that mistake and this new X79-UD7 is essentially the successor to their old OC but they didn't put it in the name.

    lradunovic77Not enough memory slots. Fail!


    8 DIMMs takes a lot of space. They have their reasons but I would hardly call it a fail.

    SneakySnakewhy does ud5 have 8 RAM slots, and ud7 only have 4?


    Because Intel recommends 1 DIMM per channel for maximum performance and that certainly is the case for OCing.
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    cornandbeans , November 5, 2011 6:19 AM
    There is a typo, the black MB is UD3, not UD7.
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    chiefkikaho , November 5, 2011 6:24 AM
    The way the memory slots are placed, aftermarket cooling may be a fickle beeyotch
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    kikireeki , November 5, 2011 7:48 AM
    An unnecessary exaggeration.
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    hetneo , November 5, 2011 9:45 AM
    sgtopmobilewhats better the G1.assassin 2 or the x79-ud7?

    I would say G1 for having Bigfoot Killer E2100 network processor and Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi, which if you buy as separate cards cost something in the range of 200 bucks.
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