Gigabyte dresses up Sandy Bridge in gold, blue

IDF —Motherboard makers have, of course, been prepping for Intel’s next-gen Sandy Bridge processors for some time now, and the folks at Gigabyte gave us a sneak peek, here at IDF, at their upcoming motherboards based on Intel 6-series chipsets.

Gigabyte wouldn’t reveal everything about these new boards, but we did get a glimpse at their slick new color scheme and, uh, cooling complex.  With a black PCB, black DIMM sockets and expansion slots, and a base charcoal color on the cooler, this revamped palette is both tastefully understated and a jarring break from the bright-aqua colors of past Gigabyte boards.  The board pictured above is the high-end UD7 model, with golden accents and spiffy gold-colored heatpipes.  Check the picture gallery below for more shots of it and of the UD5, which has blue accents instead.

You can see in the pictures above that the UD7 is emblazoned with both SLI and CrossFireX logos, along with a Dolby Home Theater certification logo.  One slight surprise on the board is the presence of a pair of old-school PCI slots.  Kinda thought a single one of those would suffice.  Although we don’t have too many other details, we have a sense that Gigabyte may have explored some unexpected options for suppliers of auxiliary chips on these new boards.  Perhaps they’ve learned from our mantra: Fear the crab.

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    • Cranx
    • 9 years ago

    The heat sinks on this board are strangely reminiscent of the blocky buildings in Mech Warrior. I like the color scheme too. Nice!

    • ChangWang
    • 9 years ago

    I guess Gigabyte is still trying to win the “phases” war…

    • hendric
    • 9 years ago

    Someone needs to photoshop that pic of the backside into a giant wall of connectors.

    • no51
    • 9 years ago

    That’s an ugly wallpaper.

    • potatochobit
    • 9 years ago

    is that heat spread functional?

    • rUmX
    • 9 years ago

    They don’t look all that great to me…

    • write2amey
    • 9 years ago

    Good looking board meets amateur photographer..

      • Damage
      • 9 years ago

      You try setting the aperture on an iPhone.

        • UberGerbil
        • 9 years ago

        Ah, amateur /[

    • jdaven
    • 9 years ago

    Thank god they left a ps/2 port on there.

    /sarcasm

      • crabjokeman
      • 9 years ago

      PS/2 comes in handy in Win XP when nvidia decides to remove your nforce/USB drivers (even though you told it to just remove video drivers)

      • Mourmain
      • 9 years ago

      PS/2 is *[

        • indeego
        • 9 years ago

        Nothing wrong, I like PS/2 also, but it isn’t hot-swap without risking a short to the boardg{<.<}g

          • BKA
          • 9 years ago

          Please DIE PS/2!!!

            • UberGerbil
            • 9 years ago

            Please /[

          • Kurotetsu
          • 9 years ago

          Why would you be hotswapping keyboards?

        • Kurotetsu
        • 9 years ago

        What I don’t get is why they even bother making a keyboard + mouse combo port. A PS/2 port just for the keyboard I can understand, but does ANYONE still use a PS/2 mouse?

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago

    I like how it says “ATI crossfire.”

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    *sniff* I know I’m in the small minority here but I liked the cheery ‘crayola’ Gigabyte coloring of old 😀 even though I’m not in to case windows at all they did stand out, it’s hard for anyone to argue against the more conservative but still eye pleasing blue/white schemes. All black and dark muted colors is just bleh and so overdone now. Keep the blue PCBs with white and silver accents Gigabyte, it was sharp looking but still stood out in a tasteful way!

      • Ryhadar
      • 9 years ago

      I have to agree with you. It looks pretty bland to my eyes versus the pale blue and white.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 9 years ago

    Does somebody at Gigabyte have a soundblaster they just won’t let go?

    Can’t think of any other reason for 2 PCI…

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      I say the same thing about RAM, PCIe, USB, and SATA connectors on most boards, but someone is finding ways to use those things, apparently.

        • eitje
        • 9 years ago

        you don’t use your RAM connectors on your motherboards?

          • Spotpuff
          • 9 years ago

          Yeah that statement needs some clarification.

            • OneArmedScissor
            • 9 years ago

            I didn’t say I don’t use those things. It’s the exact same thing with any of those as what he was pointing out about PCI. You can easily justify a certain amount, but nearly every single motherboard piles on more than what almost anyone uses.

            If you know you need more of something for some specific reason, then there’s bound to be a board that fits your weird needs, but I find it funny how people put so much emphasis on PCI slots as some sort of horrible waste when just about anything but ITX boards are just as wasteful with everything else.

      • [+Duracell-]
      • 9 years ago

      Soundblaster Elite X-FI Pro
      Wireless ethernet adapter

      SCSI board?

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