GIGABYTE is well known for their overclocking and gamng motherboards, but are far lesser known for their work in workstation products. To change that, GIGABYTE has announced two new workstation focused motherboards at CES 2016 that will begin to show PC enthusiasts some of the work they've been doing in that space, but in a more accessible package for the mass market. GIGABYTE is launching an ATX form factor version called the GA-X150-PLUS WS and an mATX version called the GA-X150M-PLUS WS.
Both boards will feature support for Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 v5 processors on the LGA1151 socket and feature onboard PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 connectors and Intel® GbE LAN port with the cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software to eliminate lag. The X150-PLUS WS will feature 2-Way graphics support with x16 PCIe lanes coming directly from the processor, and four DIMM slots to support DDR4 memory.
The smaller GA-X150M-PLUS WS iwill have a single x16 direct PCIe lane from the processor, and dual channel DDR4 memory support.
GIGABYTE also announced the GA-X170-Extreme ECC, which are one of few boards to directly support ECC (Error-Correcting Code) Memory, and is built for 24/7 operation in mission critical environments. On top of that, you'll get the usual USB3.0 ports and SATA3 Connectivity and select versions of the board will even support Intel vPro, which provides encrypted Wireless Communication, security features, remote management and more.
Of course, GIGABYTE proven features such as DualBIOS™ technology and the GIGABYTE APP Center will also be part of all boards announced at CES 2016.
The GIGABYTE BRIX series of Mini-PCs also receive an update. Most notably, the new systems now feature the new Intel® 6th Gen. Core™ processors and feature Intel HD Graphics 520.
The systems will continue to support a variety of different configurations with either an Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processor onboard, with choices of support for a 2.5” SSD or HDD storage. They are also equipped with an M.2 slot for additional SSD support and the systems continue to be packed with USB3.0 ports, with support for HDMI and DisplayPort, allowing support for up to three displays. Hardwired ethernet is provided by Intel Gigabit LAN.
The most exciting thing about the BRIX is the addition of Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3, available over a USB Type-C™ connector. Features such as Power Delivery 2.0 for fast charging of external devices, daisy chaining of up to 6 devices, and support for DisplayPort 1.2 will provide support for 4K displays and more. This connection will be available on the GB-BSi7T-6500 and the GB-BSi5T-6200 models only.
Expect these new products to be rolling out right after CES 2016 with pricing information coming soon. Full press release below.
GIGABYTE Launches High-End Desktop Motherboards and Next Gen. BRIX at CES 2016
Bringing Xeon® E3 Processor and 6th Gen. Intel® Processor ready Motherboards and BRIX Compact PC to your desktop
Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6th, 2016 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is proud to launch exciting new high-end desktop motherboards and a new lineup of the award-winning GIGABYTE BRIX powered by the 6th Gen. Intel® Core™ processors.
At CES 2016, GIGABYTE will be showing off these groundbreaking products, along with our latest developments in IPC and IoT solutions in the Pacific Ballroom of the Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. There will be product demonstrations designed by case modders such as Richard Surroz, Marc Molella, and Bob Stewart of BS Mods. Aside from all the product demonstrations there will also be live overclocking on site from GIGABYTE’s world renowned overclocker, HiCookie, and demo systems from multiple system integrators such as; Cybertron PC, NCIX, ABS, CyberPowerPC, Network Allies and Digital Storm.
Maximum Power for Performance Demanding Users
Featuring support for the Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 v5 processors on the LGA1151 socket, the GA-X150-PLUS WS (ATX form factor), GA-X150M-PLUS WS (Micro-ATX form factor) and GA-X170-Extreme ECC are high-end desktop class motherboards designed for enthusiast desktop users that require the raw computing horsepower for content creation, video editing, gaming and design.
The X150-PLUS WS has all the connectivity any extreme computer enthusiasts may need to perform at their best. With an onboard PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 connector that provides fast transfer speeds of up to 32Gb/s, an Intel® GbE LAN port with the cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software to eliminate lag, and 2-Way graphics support with the x16 PCIe lane coming directly from the processor for a clean and unrestricted bandwidth, allowing the system to be ready for any demanding application or task. The GA-X150-PLUS WS also features four DIMM slots to support the most recent DDR Standard, DDR4 memory, and many more industry leading features such as GIGABYTE Patented DualBIOS™ technology that protects your computer from hardware malfunction or power failure during the update process and a great utility package with the GIGABYTE APP Center.
For those looking to benefit from the power of the Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 v5 processors without the extreme features, the budget friendly and compact X150M-PLUS WS is a perfect choice. With its x16 direct PCIe lane from the processor, fast dual channel DDR4 memory support and smaller Micro-ATX form factor, the X150M-PLUS WS is the ideal motherboard for a small PC that demands lots of Core power.
Aside from the X150 Series High-End Desktop Motherboards GIGABYTE is also introducing the X170-Extreme ECC, this board is just one of the few newly launched boards that can support ECC (Error-Correcting Code) Memory that is crucial for systems that are unable to accrue downtime. With even more USB3.0 ports and SATA3 Connectivity, the X170 Motherboards are perfect for enthusiasts looking for a solution that can provide stability as well as performance all at the same time. Select X170 model Motherboards even support vPro, a feature that provides users a variety of functions such as encrypted Wireless Communication, security features, remote management and etc.., allowing users to have even more control over their high-end desktop needs.
Next Gen. GIGABYTE BRIX™ with Intel® 6th Gen. Core™ Processors
The barebone mini-PC industry has been revolutionized since the GIGABYTE BRIX™ entered and GIGABYTE is pleased to raise the bar once again with a new generation of the BRIX™ at CES 2016, now available with the new Intel® 6th Gen. Core™ processors. Designed to fit in the palm of your hand, the BRIX™ compact DIY PC now offers more computing power than ever with the latest CPUs from Intel® featuring Intel HD Graphics 520.
The GIGABYTE BRIX™ are available in a variety of different configurations based on the 6th Gen. Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors, allowing users to buy the exact model that meets their needs, while some BRIX™ offers support for a 2.5” SSD or HDD for users that need the extra storage space. Also equipped with an M.2 for compact storage, the BRIX™ features great connectivity with plenty of USB3.0 ports, support for HDMI and DisplayPort that can power three displays simultaneously and Intel Gigabit LAN port for fast networking.
At CES 2016, GIGABYTE will be unveiling for the first time its GIGABYTE BRIX™ models with support for Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3. Thunderbolt™ 3, which is available over a USB Type-C™ connector, brings an unprecedented single-wire bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s -- twice more than the previous generation – and a variety of other revolutionary features such as Power Delivery 2.0 for fast charging of external devices, daisy chaining of up to 6 devices and with support for DisplayPort 1.2 capable of handling 4K monitors. Thunderbolt™ 3 will be featured on the new GB-BSi7T-6500 and the GB-BSi5T-6200.