Gigabyte is a company that is attempting to diversify.  The graphics division is almost a different company altogether within the corporate structure, where perhaps synergy between other areas could be improved upon.  The Gigabyte GPU range has been known in recent generations with their Windforce coolers, and for Computex we saw the next evolution of Windforce which removes the fans on the top of the GPU and puts larger fans on the GPU Cooler.

Gigabyte is also stepping more and more into the mobile space, and while I personally see very few Gigabyte mobile devices out and about, the product stack at Gigabyte is diversifying – I was told that Gigabyte is moving more into making their own models rather than relabeling OEM versions, which can only be a good thing by putting some expertise in the PC market to good use.  Several models around the suite caught my eye:

First up is the P25W, a 15.6” Haswell laptop with a GTX 770M, full 1080p and support for two 2.5” SSDs and an mSATA for caching or RAID.

The P27K is the 17” variant of a similar build, but with a GTX 765M.  Both feature backlit keyboards and NVIDIA Optimus, and will weigh in at almost 3 kg.

Gigabyte also had on show a ‘Power Slate’, which is essentially a Windows 8 tablet with adjoining keyboard but with a 256GB SSD / 500 GB HDD storage.  Both Intel and AMD variants were listed, with IO and connectivity ports part of the tablet.

The Future

For our coverage this week Gigabyte have a few more places for us to explore.  At the weekend Gigabyte have an overclocking event back at HQ planned for some of the world’s top overclockers which we will be covering, interviewing their chief in-house overclocker HiCookie and investigating at their new ‘Gigabyte OC Lab’.  We also have lined up an interview or two with a couple of people who make the important decisions, involving Senior R&D and/or Sales.  As with most companies, the sales department tells R&D what the customers want, and R&D discuss what is actually possible.  Also marketing is also dealing with end users and media such as AnandTech, asking what we think about all the products – it becomes a push from all sides as to what gets into the products in the end.  But AnandTech is being given the opportunity to talk to the senior staff, so watch this space.

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  • karamazovmm - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    whats the mobo with some tubes on the pic called gal13? it looks interesting to say the least if they will have a mobo that actually supports custom cooling for the other components on the get to go
  • Homeles - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    The one with the tubes going into it is a blown up model of the board next to it. The heatsinks do support water cooling.
  • Aikouka - Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - link

    I was rather interested when I read that Gigabyte did that, but I ended up disappointed when I saw the board. At least from what I could gather by zooming in on Newegg, it appears that Gigabyte used barbs and you can't remove them. I've only recently been getting into water cooling, but wouldn't most enthusiasts -- you know, those people that pay $400 for a motherboard -- prefer G1/4 ports so they can add their own fitting that "fits" their size and design preference.
  • TGressus - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

  • Myrandex - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    That dual Sandy Bridge-E Motherboard looks sweet!
  • TomWomack - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    I thought Sandy Bridge-E was normally used to refer to the i7/3820, 3930, 3960 ($570 for six 3.2GHz-turbo-3.8GHz cores); that board is described as Xeon E5 ($1552 for six 2.9GHz-turbo-3.5GHz cores).
  • IanCutress - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    Sandy Bridge-E is the processor family, split into the Core series and the Xeon series. As you would expect, this can only accept Xeons in a 2P configuration.
  • GotThumbs - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    Very cool that more companies are getting into the very small HTPC market. I have a Zotac ZBOX AD12-U and it does a great job connected to my tv via HDMI. Streams video from my server easily without taxing the cpu. I'm using XBMC/OpenELEC from a thumbdrive for now, but will add an SSD down the road.

    Very interesting information.

    Thanks Ian

  • crazedmodder - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    You did not show them but I hope you guys get the P35K and P34G laptops in for review.

    I am curious how good the screens, keyboards, fan noise and battery life are. Supposedly they are both 1080p and the P35K is IPS (P34G I have not seen the screen type mentioned so I assume TN). As long as they do a reasonable job in those areas I have definitely found my new laptop.
  • jb14 - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    Thanks for showing some internal snaps of the brix box. I wonder if you have come across the haswell version of the intel NUC while there? Some of the usual sites have mentioned it comes with up to six USB ports and HD5000 graphics. It would be interesting to compare the brix and new NUC for features, as I can't remember if the Brix had HD5000 graphics or not.

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