Gigabyte ‘SOC’ Media Presentation: Exclusive GTX480/470 content

👤by Sahil Mannick 7 Comments 📅01-10-10
Introduction

Last week, an email popped into our inbox inviting us to attend a presentation on some new products Gigabyte will be unveiling in the next month. With the prospect of free food and freebies, it was hard to decline such an invitation. On arrival, after much puzzling over the actual location of the Hotel (Thanks Google maps for showing me the wrong place), we were finally greeted by Andrzej, the Gigabyte representative. On the side of the entrance, a nicely laid out table showcased what we were here to see.

Gigabyte have always been synonymous to quality products boasting a plethora of innovative features and we only have to look at our recent Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R review to realise how much they pack into their products. This is despite the motherboard being a mainstream offering as opposed to the most high end UD9 motherboard. Unique solutions such as the Ultra Durable 3 concept, phase power switching and their usage of quality components have prompted many users to opt for their products over the competition. So when Gigabyte revealed their upcoming plans, we were more than excited to see what they had in store for consumers and most importantly, enthusiasts and gamers.


Their main focus at the presentation was on upcoming graphics cards. In the past, Gigabyte haven’t been as vocal on this department as other Tier 1 manufacturers such as ASUS and MSI. Lately, the latter two have been very successful at offering enthusiasts graphics cards geared for overclocking thanks to excellent implementation of custom coolers and the ability to overvolt. This time, it was Gigabyte’s turn to show their engineering prowess and this came in the form of their ‘SOC’ range of graphics cards, SOC being an acronym for ‘Super Overclocked’. In partnership with Nvidia, the products they had on show included a custom designed Fermi based GTX470, GTX480 and the highly popular GTX460. The event was part of Gigabyte’s global tech tour. For more information about their goals, check their dedicated site.

A bit about Gigabyte:

Technology has moved beyond machines and circuitry. It is the foundation of modern life and has become an integral part of how we learn, share, and create with others in an interconnected world.

With over 20 years of manufacturing knowledge, GIGABYTE thrives on delivering the latest technology to users around the globe. We develop, test, and manufacture a wide range of products following strict quality and environmental control standards.

Our reputation as a pioneer in motherboard innovation has allowed us to diversify our product range to include graphics cards, notebooks, desktop PCs, PC components, cellular phones, server and data centre solutions, and more.

Spirit of Innovation

GIGABYTE was founded in 1986 in a small lab by four young engineers passionate to make their mark on the industry. GIGABYTE remains dedicated to the core belief of improving the lives of our users by manufacturing products that are high-performing, reliable, and of excellent quality. Here are some of GIGABYTE’s innovation highlights:
-USB 3.0
-Ultra Durable Technology
-GPU Gauntlet sorting
-Docking Netbook

The unique features Gigabyte wanted to demonstrate at the presentation included:
-GPU Gauntlet Sorting
-Ultra Durable VGA+
-Windforce cooling design
-OC Guru Graphics Tuner

So turn over to the next page for some exclusive photos and information.


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