Tuesday, October 18, 2016

PSVR to Introduce VR Experience to Millions

With PSVR recently launched, one ponders whether its popularity will be a boom to VR on the PC, or will limit its development much like how many PC games today are optimized for consoles with limitations such as 30 fps caps, low-resolution textures, clunky GUIs, lack of dedicated servers, etc.

PSVR will likely be a step in the right direction. Sure, it lacks room-scale tracking but with the support of AAA developers and the allure of the (potentially) large PSVR market it's almost assured that the image of VR will catapult from 3D TV-levels of gimmicky to a must-have experience. In the near future as developers sharpen their VR game making skills we will be bombarded with amazing gameplay from PSVR, Oculus Rift with Touch, and HTC Vive and the allure will be all too strong to resist.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

What SMART Stats Tell Us About Hard Drives

Backblaze has crunched the numbers to see what percentage of hard drives report SMART errors before they fail. The conclusion was:

Operational drives with one or more of our five SMART stats greater than zero – 4.2%

Failed drives with one or more of our five SMART stats greater than zero – 76.7%

So the moral of the story is that if your hard drive is reporting any SMART errors at all, it would be wise to replace it.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Samsung plans to slash SSD prices to (current) HDD levels by 2020

Samsung plans to slash SSD prices to (current) HDD levels by 2020. At the moment, 1 TB HDD drives are about 4 cents per GB, If Samsung is correct, by 2020 consumers will be able to purchase a 512GB SSD for about $40 USD. At that price point it's likely that SSD adoption will greatly speed up, even on low end builds.

To take advantage of the coming inexpensive SSD revolution make sure that your motherboard has PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 connectors. Flash drives that take advantage of the PCIe interface along with NVMe data protocols offer significant performance advantages over traditional SATA SSDs.

Many GIGABYTE motherboards offer support for the M.2 interface and NVMe. To be exact 141 GIGABYTE motherboards have one or more M.2 slots and all motherboards released after including the Z97 series (released in 2014) support NVMe.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What is game optimization really? Durante talks to game developers to explain the details.

In this PC Gamer article, Durante and Croteam's Dean Sekulic shine some light on what optimization really is, and why some games that you may have thought were poorly optimized were simply attempting to push the envelope in terms of graphics fidelity.

Durante concludes:

In a similar vein, consider the idea that additional high-end graphics settings, even if they are not fully usable at the time of a release, are never a bad thing compared to not having those settings available in the first place. Their presence doesn't make a game unoptimized. I’ve always believed that coming back to a high-end game many years later and seeing it in even more splendor is one of the many major perks of the PC platform, and it would be sad to see this diminished due to shortsighted judgments about optimization.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Rivet Networks releases new Killer E2500

Select GIGABYTE motherboards will soon have the Killer E2500. The unedited press release is below:

Austin, TX - (September 15, 2016) - Rivet Networks, makers of the award winning line of high-performance Killer™ networking products for desktop and notebook PCs, is excited to announce the availability of their new Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller, which can be found on gaming motherboards from industry leaders MSI and GIGABYTE.
The Killer E2500 delivers powerful networking technology to gamers and performance users, including significant new enhancements to its Advanced Stream Detect 2.0 Technology and the all new Killer Control Center. In addition to detecting and optimally prioritizing your games, video, and voice applications with Advanced Stream Detect 2.0 Technology, the Killer E2500 also detects and manages 500+ of the top global websites. Combined with the all-new Killer Control Center, the E2500 gives users full control of all aspects of their system’s networking performance. Killer Control Center has been built from the ground up to smartly display networking information and allow users to control:
  • The priority of each application and popular website
  • The bandwidth used by each application and popular website
  • The Killer interface that each application is going over 
  • The total bandwidth being used by system. 
The Killer Control Center is automatically set up to give the user an incredible out of box experience, but users can easily adjust each setting to create the perfect customized experience.
The E2500 delivers the fastest real-time experience for gamers and performance users. The Killer E2500’s Lag and Latency Reduction Technology accelerates your most important network traffic, such as your game data, and makes sure that your most critical packets never wait behind less important traffic. The E2500 improves latency, reduces jitter, and virtually eliminates video freezes by prioritizing your critical network traffic so that you will enjoy your gaming, web surfing, and streaming video experiences more than ever before.
In combination with a Killer Wireless-AC adapter, the E2500 provides unprecedented network speed and intelligence via Killer DoubleShot™ Pro, which allows both Killer network controllers to work together simultaneously. This ensures the highest priority traffic will always be put on the fastest and most reliable link while standard traffic is sent over the other.
“GIGABYTE is excited to partner with Rivet Networks on the implementation of the Killer E2500. With this new high-performance Ethernet controller, gamers will have even more control of their network bandwidth when using a GIGABYTE Motherboard,” said Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “This feature gives gamers who use GIGABYTE Motherboards considerable advantages in online gaming that other gamers do not have.”
“Thanks to our long partnership and great dedication to delivering the best online gaming experience, we are proud to join forces with Rivet Networks to be the first to implement their latest game networking solution on MSI GAMING products. The Z170A GAMING M6 motherboard and Aegis Ti truly benefit from the new Killer E2500 game networking controller and are able to give gamers the competitive edge they are looking for. Combining MSI’s technical ingenuity to deliver the best gaming features with Killer’s unique solution, allows us to present gamers around the world the best experience when it comes to speed, sound and stability,” said Ted Hung – MSI Motherboard, Desktops Sales & Marketing Director.
“The Killer E2500 is packed with new cutting edge technology to give users the fastest and most enjoyable online experience,” said Michael Cubbage, CEO at Rivet Networks. “MSI and GIGABYTE demand the very best in network performance and the E2500 delivers.”  
The E2500 chipset will be first found on select Motherboards MSI and GIGABYTE. The E2500 will be widely available by the end of 2016. For more information about the E2500, please visitwww.killernetworking.com .
If you would like to arrange an interview, or an online demo, or have questions for the Rivet Networks leadership team, email us at pr@rivetnetworks.com .
About Rivet Networks
Rivet Networks is a technology and products company that has focused on creating the best possible networking experience. Rivet offers a mix of hardware, software, and cloud-based technologies to deliver solutions that are both powerful and intuitive. Through their Killer™ line of networking products, Rivet Networks offers unprecedented speed, intelligence, and control for gamers and performance users alike. For more information about their Killer brand of technologies, please visithttp://www.killernetworking.com . 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Playstation 4 Pro Appeal

According to Guardian, the Playstation 4 Pro was created to appeal to gamers who would otherwise "migrate to PC" solely for the improved graphics. There are many reasons for gamers to choose PCs over consoles besides improved graphics, such as: speedier updates, more games (including MOBAs, MMOs, RTSs and simulators), better communities, more game sales, modding support, customizable/upgradeable hardware and having a device that can service multiple purposes, not just as a gaming unit.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Raising The Bar for Core i3 Performance

GIGABYTE has done it again with the newest benchmark from ZEROPLUSZERO on Intel's XTU. GIGABYTE ranked first, with 743 marks, with the Core i3-6320 reigning over all other submissions using motherboards from other manufactures.

This proves that GIGABYTE has been able to maintain a solid platform for overclocking not only on the i7 and i5's but also on the mainstream i3 processors as well.

Below you can see the submission from ZEROPLUSZERO and the board that he used. HWBot Submission.

Stay tuned for more overclocking updates from GIGABYTE.

Friday, September 2, 2016

HTC Vive wireless VR prototype in the works to be shown this fall

According to Shack News, a joint venture between Valve and Quark VR are attempting to free Vive headsets from their wires. They state that their wireless prototype will be unveiled sometime this fall. Perhaps this move toward wireless will accelerate the adoption of VR as "tech hurdles" are gradually overcome.

For those looking to build a rig for VR, GIGABYTE Motherboards has you covered with NVMe support via M.2 or U.2 for speedy load times and our anchored stainless steel shielding on our full-length PCI Express slots keep the slots safe under the load of heavy high-end video cards, especially if you find yourself transporting your system often.

Note the single-piece stainless steel shielding on the full-length PCI Express slots

Thursday, September 1, 2016

GIGABYTE dominates the Leaderboards for 3DMark2001

GIGABYTE continues to dominate the leaderboards with a Single GPU World Record and three global firsts. With the newly added score from GIGABYTE's in-house overclocker Sofos on a Dual GPU setup, GIGABYTE continues to hold the records for this benchmark.

All these benchmarks were performed on the Z170X-SOC Force LN2 showing the world the exceptional performance GIGABYTE is able to create from this overclocking board. Below are the following scores and you can find more overclocking information for GIGABYTE on the HWBot site.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

GIGABYTE shows some skill at Ho Chi Minh with a Global First on WPrime - 32M.

At one of GIGABYTE's events this week attendees had time to admire various GIGABYTE systems and see an overclocking show where GIGABYTE's in-house Overclocker, Sofos, demoed overclocking. Not only did he show these guests what overclocking was all about, he did so while still being able to obtain a Global First.

For more details on this Global First, please Click Here.

Check out some a few pictures from the event below.

Stay tuned for more updates from GIGABYTE.