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Micro-ATX Motherboards, Glass Fabric PCB, And Unique Features

Tom's Hardware's AMA With Gigabyte, In Its Entirety
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Q. Will we see any mATX AM3+ motherboards from Gigabyte?

A. Regarding AM3+ in Micro-ATX, I'm pretty sure that we don't currently see sufficient demand. AM3+ is pretty much squeezed into an enthusiast space where ATX seems a better fit, not least because it provides better multi-GPU options.

Q. What does Gigabyte make beside motherboard and graphic cards? Does Gigabyte plan on making other product such as PSU, CPU Cooler, Fan, etc.?

A. We have separate GIGABYTE business units that sell other PC components including servers, power supplies, chassis, notebooks and even mobile phones. Of course different regions sell the products they feel best fit their own region.

Q. In certain motherboards there is likely a bios issue is causing dpc latency to be high in otherwise beautiful products. Is your software R&D team looking into those issues and releasing BIOS updates?

A. DPC latency issues can be caused by any number of things. We did notice that our EasyTune Windows-based overclocking does affect DPC due to the hardware polling for the system information. Often closing this application will fix the DPC issues. Our software team is looking into possible solutions.

Q. I love the feature sets with gigabyte (always getting something extra it seems) any inside hints on some of the nifty things to come in the higher end GB motherboards?

A. We are always adding new and unique features to our motherboards. Currently our G1.Killer gaming motherboards for the 8 series have introduced the first OP-AMP socket on-board which allows users to customize their audio experience. I think in the future you will see some more unique things on the audio side. We've also launched a bunch of new features on our overclocking motherboards and of course you will always see us developing new technologies for the power delivery of our motherboards, i.e. our Ultra Durable Technologies.

Q. Gigabyte, will you guys to make a mATX board that would be between the z87mx-d3h which is around $120 and the sniper m5 which is around $200? There are many people who would like a good mATX build but want something better than the mx boards but can not necessarily afford the g1 killer series

A. We do offer some micro-ATX boards that have different feature sets, including a Z77 board that has Thunderbolt on-board. But I don't think the US currently carries this motherboard. I will feedback to our US team that there is more demand for a mid-range micro-ATX boards. Hopefully in the future we can provide.

Q. Gigabyte motherboards have a glass layer PCB. What is the purpose of this layer and does it dissipate heat better than motherboards without the glass layer PCB?

A. This new glass fabric PCB design helps to prevent moisture from getting between the layers of the PCB which can cause electrical shorts. You can find out more here.  (http://www.gigabyte.us/microsite/297/images/overview.html) It doesn't reduce heat, that is what are 2X Copper PCB does, which doubles the amount of copper in the power and ground layers which helps to act as an internal heatsink in the motherboard.

Q. There are selected motherboard for build it yourself All in One such as the current Gigabyte GA-H77TN. Will you guys continue on making components for All in One platform?

A. Yes, we continue to support the AIO form factor (which follow Intel's thin mini-ITX design guidelines). Currently we have 2 thin mini-ITX motherboards on the market and we will be introducing some new motherboards in the upcoming future. We also sell some AIO chassis as well.

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    Leamon , July 26, 2013 9:43 PM
    My question is when will there be a Haswell motherboard that supports 64Gb RAM so I can achieve my dream of a 56Gb RAMDisk!
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    CommentariesAnd More , July 26, 2013 11:23 PM
    I had a question to ask , and missed again :(  Anyways , here's my question -

    Since Gigabyte sells both Motherboards and GPU's , Is there going to any integration like the Motherboard increasing/decreasing GPU clock , Voltage , Fan speed on its own , according to the situation and type of use ? If yes , does Gigabyte plan to release a specific motherboard and/or GPU series which support this , or will some existing motherboards have this as well ? Also does Gigabyte plan on launching OC capable OC series motherboards with the B85/H87 chipset ?
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    slomo4sho , July 26, 2013 11:59 PM
    I look forward to their AMD mITX boards.
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    PreferLinux , July 27, 2013 12:55 AM
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    Q. What does Gigabyte make beside motherboard and graphic cards? Does Gigabyte plan on making other product such as PSU, CPU Cooler, Fan, etc.?

    They do, but according to all the reviews I've seen (at Hardware Secrets, maybe others) they're utter rubbish.
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    m32 , July 27, 2013 1:26 AM
    No one wants to give us ONE decent microATX AM3+ board. You will be the only one, Gigabyte. I would be willing to pay above average money for an average microATX board. :( 


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    srap , July 27, 2013 4:06 AM
    That Terabyte question made me burst out in laugh :D 
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    JonnyDough , July 27, 2013 4:28 AM
    To be honest, I don't care about the board being socketed. If the processor is fast, the board is top quality, and the system on a chip is cheap then it's a total win in my book - as long as you include a PCI-E slot. Intel still can't make a GPU worth my time.
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    xomm , July 27, 2013 8:27 AM
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    To be honest, I don't care about the board being socketed. If the processor is fast, the board is top quality, and the system on a chip is cheap then it's a total win in my book - as long as you include a PCI-E slot. Intel still can't make a GPU worth my time.


    That's kinda contradictory - BGA Haswells are the only ones that have Iris Pro iGPUs, and that's one of their selling points.
    That's the point of having a soldered package - it's directed at people who could care less about upgrading and have no need for a dedicated GPU.
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    sanilmahambre , July 27, 2013 2:39 PM
    Why is it that Gigabyte Mobos are costlier then AS rock and Asus but the Graphic cards are cheaper then others?
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    sarinaide , July 28, 2013 1:58 AM
    MITX form factor is where the I7 4770R could have excelled but it appears that the i7 4770R is already a catastrophic failure along with IRIS, it was intended to be standalone integrated graphics to isolate AMD and Nvidia mobile GPU's and to challenge AMD's APU platform yet we have seen all OEMs shipping IRIS off with discrete solutions and the desktop i7 4770R already appears to be overpriced and pointless, proves the point that all the money in the world means nothing when its the end user's needs that are not being tailored for, it was always about making money and nobody, or at least sane people will not drop a $500 bomb on a 4770R.
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    BulkZerker , July 29, 2013 9:17 AM
    Quote:
    Q. Will we see any mATX AM3+ motherboards from Gigabyte?

    A. Regarding AM3+ in Micro-ATX, I'm pretty sure that we don't currently see sufficient demand. AM3+ is pretty much squeezed into an enthusiast space where ATX seems a better fit, not least because it provides better multi-GPU options.



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    Q. Are there any plans in the future to make am3+ mITX boards?

    A. We just launched our FM2 mini-ITX motherboard, and we are investigating the possibility of doing more small form fact motherboards for different AMD platforms.


    Anyone else notice this?
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    grandleaf , July 30, 2013 3:02 PM
    This small motherboard is more powerful than I thought.