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COMPUTEX 2016: Gigabyte’s new Xtreme Gaming GTX 1080, notebooks and more

By John Law - on 2 Jun 2016, 4:27am

COMPUTEX 2016: Gigabyte’s new Xtreme Gaming GTX 1080, notebooks and more

Of all the big names in the world of PC gaming and components, Gigabyte is one of the companies that sits at the top. Earlier today, we visited their booth down at the TWTC to see what they had to offer. Just like MSI’s booth, we’re glad to say that we were not disappointed.

Naturally, the first product that we made a beeline for was none other than their custom-cooled variations of NVIDIA’s GTX 1080. More specifically, Gigabyte actually had two variations of the GTX 1080: the G1 Gaming GTX 1080, and the Xtreme Gaming GTX 1080.

Gigabyte's G1 Gaming GTX 1080 on the left, and the Xtreme Gaming GTX 1080 on the right.

Surprisingly, the G1 Gaming GTX 1080 is not Gigabyte's flagship card.

To start off, the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1080 is, as you would expect for a card from their G1 Gaming line, fitted with their own three fan custom cooler. Compared to the Founder’s Edition GTX 1080, the G1 Gaming GTX 1080 actually has a slightly lower height profile, but definitely feels heavier. As you would expect, the 8GB of GDDR5X memory of the G1 Gaming GTX 1080 has been factory overclocked by Gigabyte, with its core clock set at 1,721MHz and it boost clock set at 1,860MHz.

This is Gigabyte's flagship card: the Xtreme Gaming GTX 1080.

You get a sense of just how much Gigabyte intends to factory overclock this card just by the sight of the additional 8-PIN PCIe port on the card.

But that, as we know it, was not Gigabyte’s flagship card. On the contrary, that title belongs to the second iteration of their custom cooled GTX 1080, the Xtreme Gaming GTX 1080. Compared to the G1 Gaming GTX 1080, the Xtreme Gaming GTX 1080 actually looks and feel s more vicious than its counterpart. It’s got bigger fans attached to a much bigger heat sink, and compared to the G1 Gaming GTX 1080, the card’s power hungry demeanor is made quite obvious with the additional 8-PIN PCIe power port installed on it.

As it stands, Gigabyte told us that no official specifications for the Xtreme Gaming exists as of yet, the reason being that the company has yet to determine and set a core and boost clockspeed for the card.

As for when the cards will be available, the G1 Gaming GTX 1080 will be available sometime during Q3 2016. Sadly, Gigabyte did not specify a release date for the Xtreme Gaming GTX 1080.

Besides the two graphics behemoths, we also got a chance to get up close and personal with the Aero 14 notebook.

Meet the Gigabyte Aero 14, the notebook that's somewhere between an Ultrabook and a semi-powerful gaming notebook.

You can choose the Aero 14 in either black, orange, or green.

On the level, understanding what kind of notebook the Aero 14 is can be a bit tricky. On the level, it’s a a notebook with ultrabook-like features, but with a hint of gaming DNA built into it. Hardware-wise, the Aero 14 is built with the following components:

  • 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970M/965M
  • 2,560 x 1,440p QHD IPS Display with Wide Viewing Angle
  • 94.24Wh
  • 19.9mm slim
  • Weight: 1.89kg
  • M.2 PCIe SSD with sequential read and write speeds of 2000MB/s
  • USB 3.1 Type-C: 10Gbps / 5V 3A
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM at 2133MHz
  • HDMI 2.0 for True 4K at 60Hz output

What we loved most about the notebook is the fact that it will actually be available in three colors: black, green, and orange.

The Aero 14 will be available sometime in August 2016, and will have a starting RRP of US$1,599 (approx. RM6,650).

Gigabyte's VR demo was essentially just a VR racing simulator.

Gigabyte also had a VR racing demo area set up at their booth, so people could try their hand at being a virtual race car driver.

You just can't get anymore enthusiastic with Gigabyte's GA-X99_Designare EX motherboard.

Away from the showfloor, Gigabyte also showed us a few of their new high performance motherboards, such as their GA-X99-Designare EX. The Designare EX is, to put it simply, a motherboard with all the bells and whistles (or trimmings, depending on which analogy suits your fancy) built into it. The motherboard is built to support all of Intel’s X99 Extreme CPUs, such as the Haswell-E and the recently announced Broadwell-E CPU. On top of that, the Designare EX also has support for the new USB3.1 Type-C format, and even has the blazing fast U.2 interface that can allow users to connect with Intel’s 750 SSDs. Oh, and before we forget, this motherboard has also got a set of RGB LEDs built into it too.

These two BRIX mini PCs supposedly housed Intel's next-generation CPU inside.

The highlight that perhaps deserves our attention was the introduction of Gigabyte’s new, yet to be announced BRIX mini PCs. While we’ve seen and tested several of their BRIX mini PCs in the past, what made these mini PCs interesting was that they were built with Intel’s seventh generation CPU. We repeat: these BRIX mini PCs were not built using Intel’s Skylake CPU, but what may very well be Intel’s seventh generation CPUs.

Sadly, Gigabyte wouldn’t divulge any information about two BRIX mini PCs beyond what we saw.

On that note, that’s pretty much all the new products that we got to see from Gigabyte. Keep checking back with us, as we’ll be bringing you more news from the rest of COMPUTEX 2016.

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