GIGABYTE Wants You to Upgrade Your Life
Now wouldn't that be something if I could? Well, in case you can't, you can at least upgrade your motherboard.
GIGABYTE has done a complete upgrade of their manufacturing process. Known as Ultra Durable 3, this unique technology includes the use of 50,000 Japanese Solid Capacitors, Lower RDS(on) MOSFET's and Ferrite Core Chokes and finally, a transition to a 2 oz copper PCB core vs the regular 1 oz copper. All of these things combine to give you a much more reliable (and highly overclockable) motherboard and it's all in their new X58 series of motherboards.
The GA-EX58-EXTREME shown above incorporates all these technologies including a new Hybrid Silent-Pipe2 that decreases temperatures by up to 30% when combined with liquid cooling. These technologies really allow overclockers to shoot for the stars on the INTEL Core i7 platform. Less hardcore enthusiasts or gamers can look towards the GA-EX58-UD5 which uses GIGABYTE's more standard heatpipe cooling system. Both of these boards will be available in limited quantity so if you want one, make sure you get one when they arrive at a store near you.
North America will also get a permanent addition in the GA-EX58-UD4P which contains the Ultra Durable 3 technology but loses one Gigabit ethernet port and contains pretty much everything else. No biggie. All three boards support triple SLI or CrossFireX. In some markets, a GA-EX58-DS4 is also available, but excludes the Ultra Durable 3. I know. Confusing.
As some of you may be aware, the AMD Dragon Platform has launched along with the new Phenom II CPU's. GIGABYTE answers with their GA-MA790GP-UD4H motherboard which gets the UltraDurable3 Classic treatment which means they get the 2 oz copper PCB, but only the 50,000 hr Japanese Solid Capacitors. However the DualBIOS feature is part of the package. This board will also be AM3 CPU ready. Speaking of which...
GIGABYTE is also committing resources to ensure the necessary BIOS upgrades so that all their current Phenom boards will be Phenom II compatible. So if you're eyeing one of their current AM2 boards, but were worried about Phenom II compatibility, you're in the clear.