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Oct 31, 2011

Gigabyte Readies New WindForce 2X GTX 560 Ti Graphics Cards and Gigabyte X79 Motherboard Will Have Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi

Gigabyte Readies New WindForce 2X GTX 560 Ti Graphics Cards

Gigabyte keeps on expanding its WindForce graphics cards series with new products based on Nvidia's designs, the latest solutions to arrive in this range being the rev. 1.0 and 2.0 WindForce 2X GTX 560 Ti models featuring an in-house designed cooling system. 

The changes concentrated on proving the cards with cleaner power as well as on improving their cooling capabilities.

As a result, the new models feature a refreshed WindForce 2X cooling system that now packs no less than four copper heatpipes and a new fan design, that is supposed to decrease turbulence.

Despite these changes, however, Gigabyte has decided not to sell its two latest creations factory overclocked, which means that the GPUs as well as the memory are run at the default clock speeds recommended by Nvidia for the GTX 560 Ti.

Outside of these changes, the two WindForce 2X solutions feature the same specifications as their predecessor and sport 2-way SLI support, a pair of dual-link DVI ports and a mini HDMI video output, reports TCMagazine.

Power is delivered via two 6-pin power connectors for both of these models, and the rev 1.0 GTX 560 Ti comes with an Ultra Durable VGA design featuring a 2oz copper PCB, Japanese solid capacitors and a bunch of other improvements over Nvidia's reference GTX 560 Ti.

Its older brother, adds a series of new features, the most important of which being the presence of a NEC Proadlizer capacitor for delivering cleaner power to the GPU and memory.

Sadly, no information regarding the price of the launch date of these two Gigabyte graphics cards is available at this point in time.

The GTX 560 Ti is based on the Nvidia GF114 core and it packs 384 CUDA cores, 64 texturing units, 32 ROP units and a 256-bit wide memory interface that is usually linked to 1GB of GDDR5 video buffer.

Gigabyte X79 Motherboard Will Have Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi

Gigabyte is doing something akin to what rival companies have chosen, although its method of implementation seems a bit more straightforward, consisting of a PCI Express to mini PCI Express adapter. 

Gigabyte decided that, since it is going to release a whole new batch of next-generation motherboards, it may as well go all the way.

One thing that most X79 boards don't have is support for Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

VR-Zone reports that Gigabyte figured it would just make an add-in-board to make up for the deficit, which is really more of a PC Express to mini PCI Express adapter.

A half-sized mini PCI Express card based on an Atheros processor was equipped with an USB pin-header, meant to be attached to the USB pin-header on the motherboard.

With this to make sure the Bluetooth 4.0 connection works, the WiFi side of the equation will be left with the PCI Express connection.

ECS already tried to solve this 'issue' as well, the solution involving a PCB antenna hardwired to the rear I/O, among other things.

Also, ASUS tried for a proprietary raiser card for the P9X79 Deluxe (with custom designed USB devices, apparently).

Compared to those, Gigabyte's method seems somewhat more simple, even though it is limited to 150Mbps Wi-Fi (it has only two antennas). As such, no MIMO support exists (needs 300 Mbps).

Then again, people who want better speeds can buy something faster if they so wish.

It should also be noted that, despite this minor limitation, the adapter does have a certain other benefit, in its integration of a standard USB port.

The X79-UD5, X79-UD7 and G1.Assassin 2 motherboards are the ones that will ship in a bundle with the PCI Express card. Not certain if the item will sell standalone as well, but there is no reason it shouldn't.


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