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What's with the heatsinks on new GB Z77 ? redface.gif
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AOTuY_5q7Vw
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We also know that the performance of these said processors is really impressive and the power consumption numbers are great, too. We cannot go into too many details about this platform at this stage, but what we can do is give you a look at what GIGABYTE has planned for the platform with a look at four of its upcoming Z77 boards which we went hands-on with today..

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From this ;
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To this..:

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Temporary heatsinks from what I've hear.
I'll keep an eye on the mATX MoBos...
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different source + video ...don't care.. lock it ..i just can believe this ugly heatsinks
    
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Yeah the heatsinks look really ugly, can't believe Gigabyte took one step back.
    
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Originally Posted by Chrono Detector View Post

Yeah the heatsinks look really ugly, can't believe Gigabyte took one step back.
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The Z77X-UD5H is pretty much a straight competitor to ASRock's leaked Z77 Extreme6, although we'd go as far as to say that it's at least on paper the slightly better board when it comes to features.

Read more: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-s-ga-z77x-ud3h-and-ga-z77x-ud5h-hands-on-pictures/15102.html#ixzz1o1IdsXjP

Z77 Extreme6 (Click to show)
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which one would you get ? lol


(it used to be Asus-GB competition )
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depends which OCes/performs better wink.gif

gigabyte isn't just taking, taking and taking, they are giving in places you don't' see. however the heatsinks could have been a lot nicer like Z68.

Maybe they got the idea their Z68 boards did bad because they looked too nice and people thought they cost too much, as they did look better than everyone else's boards without a doubt that P67A-UD7 is gorgeous, best looking board ever IMO. However now they think when a consumer goes into a store and see a gigabyte board costing same as others but looking much better they think gigabyte is cutting stuff out, so they make their boards look a bit duller, but that blue makes their boards stand out(or something like that) and since the heatsinks are worse they get more hardware for their money.

Hardware wise these boards are a step up, no doubt about it, they are much more advanced than the other gigabyte LGA1155 counterparts, heatsinks fit for a more idk crowd lol. I can't put my finger on it, i was told though that these new heatsinks cool much better than those on previous gigabyte boards and thus limits the options as far as looks.


Hey maybe since now the heatsinks are a bit lower tech, the BIOS and OC will be the best without a doubt, hardware has always been top notch and that is what gigabyte is known for.

I am just happy to see the OC features, as far as OC goes i don't care how my board looks when I bench. When i do care about looks like for my main rig, i will put a G1 Sniper 3 in there, which I am going to do without a doubt smile.gif I am glad to see OC features on their tweaked 3D board. The SNiper 3 looks good though, very good IMO, the texture of the heatsinks looks decent.
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not temporary
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Even though those heatsinks dont look as nice as the old ones they probably cool just as well or possibly better. More fins = better heat dissipation.
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I actually like the ATX (E-ATX?) sized Sniper a lot. I'm willing to wager that a thin array of fins will likely beat over just simple fat chunks of metal in terms of cooling. My P67a-UD7 still gets pretty hot even with a ton of cooling fans removing hot air from my case. I think this wouldn't be so much the case if they just used more fins like on the current Z77 boards. Glad they finally did away with that gimicky looking gun-scheme they had going with the past Sniper series. I'd actually consider the Sniper if I didn't want to utilize an independent sound card.

It's also interesting that Gigabyte is also adding those mini PCI slots just because they can. I think it's a good way to make use of empty space.

In regards to the lack of USB 3.0, I'm not really huge on USB 3.0 to be honest. My current board has a ton of USB 3.0, and I don't have a single device that currently utilizes it. I thought USB 3.0 would have a better adoption rate, but I always end up feeling like I'd have to go out of my way to actually make use of USB 3.0, so now I'm at the point that I don't really mind if a board doesn't have 6-10 USB 3.0 internal/external ports. I'd question whether anyone actually needs more than 2 USB 3.0 ports.

That being said, I hate the aesthetics of their micro ATX boards. I think Asus does a much better job in terms of micro ATX. Gigabyte's current lineup just looks a little weak. Gigabyte could've done a much better job in terms of the cooling solutions they decided to implement on those boards. I don't think they'll sell nearly as well as Asus' lineup.
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