Gigabyte B660 Aorus Master DDR4: A board both efficient and flashy

Last time, we looked at a motherboard that is suitable for use with cheaper processors thanks to its lower price. Now we have the roughly 50 EUR more expensive Gigabyte B660 Aorus Master DDR4. The premium here has a clear justification and reflects on the better features. The power delivery is significantly more efficient, the heatsinks are more effective, and the features are richer overall, including illumination. Read more “Gigabyte B660 Aorus Master DDR4: A board both efficient and flashy” »

Gigabyte’s B350 and X370 boards get official support for Zen 3

It’s taken over a year, but first generation AM4 boards getting compatibility with B350 and X370 chipsets with AMD’s latest Zen 3 based processors is finally becoming a reality now. AMD hinted earlier this year (non-committally, however) that the previously forbidden ability to upgrade these boards to Ryzen 5000 might be allowed. And now support is indeed making its way to boards from yet another brand – Gigabyte. Read more “Gigabyte’s B350 and X370 boards get official support for Zen 3” »

Gigabyte and MSI B350 & X370 boards support Ryzen 4000/5000

One of the hot topics of last year was AMD not making Zen 3 processors compatible with the first generation of AM4 socket boards, so the 300 series chipsets are out of luck. However, this issue has seen an unexpected development. Last month, a number of 300-generation boards received new BIOSes, enabling official upgrades to newer processors – Ryzen 4000G APUs and, in some cases, even Ryzen 5000s. Read more “Gigabyte and MSI B350 & X370 boards support Ryzen 4000/5000” »

Specs of the first Aorus fans look more than good

Gigabyte will sell the Aorus fans as standalone products. News of this surfaced earlier this summer, at the launch of the new AIO coolers , but now it’s all in black and white. And admittedly, this may not be a “fancier” hardware category (Aorus). The motors have three-phase torque, a lubricant with supposedly superior durability, and finally, the rotor design looks sensible. Read more “Specs of the first Aorus fans look more than good” »

GPU Intel Arc graphic cards produced by Asus, MSI and Gigabyte

As you probably know, graphic cards come in reference editions with Nvidia or AMD-designed coolers, or in so-called non-reference versions with cooler and PCB designed by the producers (e.g. Evga or Sapphire) themselves. Such designs are often quieter and faster (overclocked). According to recent news you can look forward to the same with the upcoming Intel Arc, which will be produced by multiple well-known companies. Read more “GPU Intel Arc graphic cards produced by Asus, MSI and Gigabyte” »

Radeon RX 6600 leaked: still 8 GB, release in a month?

Last month, the cheapest Radeon graphics card with the RDNA 2 architecture, the RX 6600 XT was released with the Navi 23 GPU. But an even cheaper model could be joining it very soon: the vanilla Radeon RX 6600. Official images of the Eagle Edition graphics card have surfaced on the web, which means that presumably, the release date is getting closer. The leak also confirmed that the cards will still have 8 GB of memory. Read more “Radeon RX 6600 leaked: still 8 GB, release in a month?” »

The story of building the exclusive Metro Exodus EE-themed rig

Coincidentally, we’ve got our hands on one extremely interesting project with graphically improved Metro Exodus (Enhanced Edition), which was released relatively recently. Gigabyte and Nvidia have ordered a thematic setup for this game, which has been adopted by TichéPC. And the result? That’s on you to judge. I have admired Gabo’s work for years and now it was finally a good opportunity for a hardware interview. Read more “The story of building the exclusive Metro Exodus EE-themed rig” »

Gigabyte Aorus RTX 3080 Xtreme 10G: 4-slot monster

We have something special for you! We’ve tested the largest GeForce RTX 3080, which is even equipped with its own display. And at least as interesting are also the results with Resizable BAR, which are making their debut in our GeForce graphics card tests, so sit back and get ready for it. Those increases and decreases in performance compared to Radeon are worth it. Read more “Gigabyte Aorus RTX 3080 Xtreme 10G: 4-slot monster” »

Gigabyte RTX 3060 Eagle OC 12G: Dual-slot entry-level

At the end of last month, the 60-series GeForce RTX finally came out, which has had high popularity every generation. The RTX 3060 is the cheapest Ampere graphics card so far, and the Gigabyte Eagle (OC) version is also relatively power-efficient. Both in terms of smaller dimensions and relatively lower power draw. However, a detailed analysis is required for the bigger picture, to which we’re inviting you. Read more “Gigabyte RTX 3060 Eagle OC 12G: Dual-slot entry-level” »

Gigabyte G32QC – budget 32″ for gaming

Gaming monitors are available in various sizes, formats and curvatures. We’ve had a few 27″ models here lately, representing the current mainstream. But what if you want something bigger, but ultrawide isn’t right for you? In that case, you’ll probably reach for a 32″ display. Would you also like a curve, a lot of Hz and various gaming features? Then you may be interested in Gigabyte G32QC. Read more “Gigabyte G32QC – budget 32″ for gaming” »

All motherboards with AMD A520 in one place. Prices included

You’ve already read the details about the A520 chipset in a separate article. The new cheap AMD motherboards lag behind B450 in some respects, in others they have the upper hand. Support for Zen 3 processors promises longer moral life, and this platform also offers pairing with APU Renoir. Modern connectivity with HDMI 2.1 is a standard here which is not a matter of course even with the B550. Can you find your favorite? Read more “All motherboards with AMD A520 in one place. Prices included” »

Impactics DMono 1, already on the market

Engineers from Impactics might not be creating product every week, but when they come up with something, it’s usually an extraordinary construction. This also applies to their new chassis – DMono with a prosaic attribute. Its design is remarkable and with the emphasis on fully passive configurations. It can do more than just absorb the heat from CPU. Read more “Impactics DMono 1, already on the market” »

“Modern desktop based on Mini-STX” by

It’s strange, but desktop computers have been stagnant for over twenty years. In most cases, they are still built on the ATX standard in “oversized“ towers. From a rational point of view, however, such a concept should be marginal and replaced by SFF. A traditional PC can be tiny, powerful, and silent at the same time. And its equipment does not have to limit you. Read more ““Modern desktop based on Mini-STX” by” »

Competition – Winter 2017: The winners + thanks!

Here are the results. And this time without any testing of hardware. We have analysed your effort and chosen the winner whose contribution was the best. Also, there are three lucky persons that were randomly selected. Others who participated will have another chance to win something very soon, we promise. A big thanks to everybody for the support (also to people that did not participate in the competition)! Read more “Competition – Winter 2017: The winners + thanks!” »

Competition – Winter 2017: Chance to win some interesting pieces!

Thanks to the support of Gigabyte, Akasa, Noctua, and EKWB, you have the opportunity to compete for prizes at HWC for the first time. To make things interesting, we chose atypical components from various “worlds“. Mini-STX motherboard, the large liquid cooling kit, Noctua NH-D15 with the unconventional colour coating Chromax… or would you prefer a passive case? Read more “Competition – Winter 2017: Chance to win some interesting pieces!” »