Gigabyte had more than one announcement to release at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The first, which focused on the company's first AMD FusionT Mini-ITX mainboard, was an announcement that plenty of PC builders and enthusiasts were excited for. The company's latest announcement at the event is geared specifically for gamers, and gamers who want to take their rigs seriously.
Gigabyte has unveiled its very first AMD Fusion mini-ITX mainboard at CES 2011. The small little board is called the GA-E350N-USB3 and is designed to be a SFF HTPC mainboard for media fans looking for performance without taking up lots of space. The board features AMD Fusion technology and supports DirectX 11.
Motherboards from two manufacturers using AMD's Zacate Fusion APU have leaked, headed to low-cost desktop PC systems in 2011. Gigabyte's GA-E350V-USB3 mainboard showed up at X-bit labs, while the SOYO brand has seemingly been revived for an unnamed Zacate 'board spotted at Expreview. Both use the 1.6GHz dual-core AMD E350 CPU.
We've already shown you Gigabyte's offerings for Intel's upcoming "Sandy Bridge" Core 2011 processor refresh; now ASUS is tipping its hand. The company has been showing off its Intel P67 chipset based 'boards, including the TUF Series Sabertooth P67 - which has a so-called "Tactical Vest" that forces cool air across all the essential motherboard components - and the overclock-hungry Republic of Gamers Maximus IV Extreme.
A further five Gigabyte 6 Series motherboards intended for Intel's second-gen "Sandy Bridge" Core processors have emerged, after we showed you the first three models (the P67A-UD3R, P67A-UD3 and H67MA-UD2H) back in October. The Gigabyte P67A-UD7, P67A-UD5, P67A-UD4, P67A-UD3P and H67A-UD3H all get USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps support, together with an Intel 6-series chipset for LGA 1155 processors.
Gigabyte has come clean on its upcoming 6 Series motherboards, designed for Intel's "Sandy Bridge" second-gen Core processors. Three new 'boards have been previewed - the Gigabyte P67A-UD3R, P67A-UD3 and H67MA-UD2H - each with an Intel 6-series chipset for LGA 1155 processors; there's also USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps as standard, and CrossFireX graphics support.
Asus has unveiled a new motherboard design that uses what the company calls Dual Intelligent Processors. The design of the board is to enable high performance and energy savings in one mainboard. The architecture of the board uses a TurboV processing unit known as the TPU and an Energy Processing Unit called the EPU. When the processors are both used, the mainboard gets performance and can still have power sipping green features.
ASUS has made its Crosshair IV Extreme motherboard official, after teasing us with the new Republic of Gamers 'board back in May. Designed for use with AMD's socket AM3 Phenom II, Athlon II or Sempron 100 series processors, the Crosshair IV Extreme has five PCI Express slots, Lucid HYDRALOGIX and - thanks to CrossLinx 3 - can pair up to four mixed NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards at any one time.
Mini-ITX too chubby for you? Find yourself looking scornfully at ASUS' Eee Box and other nettops, and thinking "I could do better than that"? Then head on over to Lanner, whose new VES-310 single board computer manages to squeeze a 1.66GHz Atom N450 CPU, twin gigabit ethernet ports, four USB 2.0 ports, SODIMM slot and a CF slot onto a slice just 5.7 x 4.1 inches.