GIGABYTE Unlocked Power

CPU performance will never be the same since the launch of the new Intel 6 Core CPUs including the Intel Core™ i7-980X, which offers performance levels that have far exceeded the expectations of even the most critical hardware reviewers and enthusiasts. In order to offer the best power delivery for these powerhouse CPUs and future 1366 socket processors, GIGABYTE engineers have completely redesigned the traditional PWM power design of the motherboard to deliver first class system performance and stability.
Introducing the all new GIGABYTE Unlocked Power, with completely reengineered 24 phase power design able to deliver more unadulterated power to the CPU than any existing desktop motherboard.


Delivers Maximum CPU Power
Each power phase of the motherboard has 3 main components, 1 choke, 1 capacitor and 1 MOSFET. GIGABYTE was the first motherboard manufacturer to realize the importance of using only the highest quality components for this highly critical area of the motherboard with their Ultra Durable™ 3 design including using 2x the amount of copper of a traditional motherboard for the power and ground layers, Japanese manufactured solid capacitors, low RDS(on) MOSFETs and ferrite core chokes. For Unlocked Power, GIGABYTE has further improved on their industry-changing Ultra Durable™ 3 design. In addition to using smaller-sized name brand Japanese solid capacitors, GIGABYTE Unlocked Power features an all new 24 phase design which utilizes low core energy loss Ferrite Core Chokes, as well as Low RDS(on) Driver-MOSFETs which are able to handle a higher current load, and at the same time, offer better power efficiency and lower operating temperatures.

Dual Power Switching

GIGABYTE Unlocked Power also delivers better durability and longer component lifespan due to the industry's first Dual Power Switching* design. When Dual Power Switching is activated, 2 sets of 12 power phases operate in tandem, automatically turning on one set of 12 phases and powering down the other 12, allowing the non active set to rest. Unlike a traditional power design where some of the same power phases are always in operation which can cause them to wear out and fail prematurely, GIGABYTE Dual Power Switching ensures that each set of phases share the power workload, effectively doubling the lifespan of the phases.

*For Power Switching functionality, DES must be active.

Power Phase Boost with Multi-Gear Switching

When CPU loading requires more than 12 phases to be active, GIGABYTE Dual Power Switching temporarily suspends, and the full 24 power phases are unlocked, allowing for maximum power delivery. For overclockers and power users, this means during maximum loading, all 24 power phases can be activated. When the system detects that CPU loading has again fallen below twelve power phases and will probably maintain lower CPU loading for a while, GIGABYTE Dual Power Switching will again activate automatically, ensuring users have the best of both worlds; maximum power delivery and maximum durability and power efficiency.

GIGABYTE's Unlocked Power Design also provides dynamic 6 gear switching, regardless if Dual Power Switching is active or not. When Dual Power Switching is turned on, the active set of power phases will operate from as low as Gear 1 which is 2 power phases for idle loading, all the way up to Gear 6, which is 12 power phases. When Dual Power Switching is deactivated, the system still operates using dynamic 6 gear switching, with Gear1 being 4 active power phases, all the way up to Gear 6 which is all 24 power phases being activated. With dynamic 6 gear switching, GIGABYTE Unlocked Power is able to maintain peak power efficiency at all times, whether light or heavy loading.

Normal Loading
12 Power Phases are active
with Dynamic 6-Gear Switching
Heavy Loading
Full 24 Power Phases are active
with Dynamic 6-Gear Switching

When Dual Power Switching is activated, 2 sets of 12 power phases operate in tandem, automatically turning on one set of 12 phases and powering down the other 12*.

*Dual Power Switching automatically switches power phases during each system boot up. Users can also manually switch between sets of power phases by turning off and then on the Dual Power button in the DES utility.

Tomorrow's Performance Onboard Today
GIGABYTE 333 Onboard Acceleration motherboards set a new standard in high performance computing by incorporating all the industry's latest high-speed data transfer technologies. Proving once again to be the true Leader in Motherboard Innovation, the GIGABYTE 333 Onboard Acceleration delivers unparallel performance with onboard integration of the latest SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technologies from NEC, SATA Revision 3.0 (6Gbps) technologies from Marvell, and an unprecedented 3x USB power boost on all USB ports for the most power hungry USB devices.
World's first USB 3.0 logo certified solution from NEC
Utilizing the new generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface from NEC with a 10x data transfer speed boost over USB 2.0, USB 3.0 features dual-simplex transfer for simultaneous data transfer from PC to USB device for improved data transfer efficiency.
Faster Data Transfer
Transfer of 25GB HD movie
lower is better  
  70 sec
13.9 min
(834 sec)
USB 3.0 USB 2.0
Better data transfer efficiency
   Dual Simplex
  Dual direction at the same time
USB 3.0 Device         
      USB 3.0 PC
Data transfer between USB device and PC is bidirectional. Data is both sent and
received between USB device and PC simultaneously, hence improving the data
transfer efficiency.
  Half Duplex transfer
  Only one direction at a time
USB 2.0 device          
           USB 2.0 PC  
  Data transfer between USB device and PC is in only one direction.
Data is either being sent or received at any one time – can't be sent and received simultaneously.
  Utmost compatibility with 3x
USB power boost
The 3x USB Power Boost from GIGABYTE is designed to deliver the utmost compatibility and stability for USB devices such as external storage devices or optical drives by supplying sufficient power through a single USB port. This will help free-up USB ports for using multiple USB devices on one motherboard.


  World's First SATA Revision 3.0
solution provider from Marvell®
Double your hard disk drive performance with SATA Revision 3.0 (SATA 6Gbps) from Marvell®, the latest generation of high speed storage interface. Coupled with RAID 0 (Stripe) mode, SATA Revision 3.0 enables a data transfer boost of up to 4x speed over SATA Revision 2.0.

Experience a phenomenal performance upgrade with GIGABYTE’s innovative Auto Unlock technology that unleashes your system’s hidden performance. Featuring a unique design that enables the processor’s hidden cores, GIGABYTE Auto Unlock technology effectively provides a CPU upgrade while running multi-threaded applications or multi-tasking.
How Auto Unlock Works
The unique Auto Unlock motherboard architecture automatically unlocks hidden cores that can turn a Dual Core into a Quad Core CPU, or even a Quad Core into a Six Core CPU.
*The ability of unlocking the hidden CPU cores might vary by different processors.
*CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Memory: DDR3 1333 4GB HDD: 250G WD SATA 2 OS: Windows 7
Turbo Charge Your
Graphics Performance

Unleash extra levels of 2D/3D graphics performance with GIGABYTE Turbo 3D technology. GIGABYTE Turbo 3D provides a smoother viewing experience for HD video playback or web flash animations and delivers a greater gaming experience for 3D games. GIGABYTE Turbo 3D dynamically boosts the GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) clock frequency by automatically detecting the graphics loading when processing 2D/3D graphics, allowing the graphics core clock to operate faster during heavy loading and delivering a more enhanced graphics experience.

Users can set the GPU clock according to their own preferences by using the GIGABYTE EasyTune 6 overclocking software, allowing them to achieve a greater level of performance than the default clock.

Turbo 3D allows user to manually
boost extreme performance by
adjust GPU clock via EasyTune 6
* Note: Overclocking capabilities may vary by hardware and cooling configurations.
Precision OV  
  Hardware Precision Over Voltage Control ICs
Overvoltage IC
Precision OV consists of a hardware Over Voltage Control chips that provide more voltage control options for the CPU, NB and Memory. Designed for overclockers and power users, Precision OV offers the maximum and finest tuning options to achieve higher speeds and performance.
  Benefits of Precision OV:  
  Hardware Overvoltage Control ICs
Provides more voltage control options for CPU, NB & memory than before
HW linear real time voltage control, no delay compared to previous GPIO controller
Finer stepping of 20 mV min (0.002V)
X.H.D - eXtreme Hard Drive
     Accelerating hard drive performance with ease
Accelerating system performance is made easy with the user friendly GIGABYTE eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D). GIGABYTE eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D) provides a quick and easy way to boost your hard drive performance simply by adding another hard drive.
  Quick and Effortless Fine Tuning for Your System
GIGABYTE has completely redesigned EasyTune™ 6 from the ground up to make it easier than ever to manage and monitor your hardware resources as well as tweak your system settings in order to achieve maximum system performance. Whether you are an overclocking enthusiast, or a computer novice, EasyTune™ 6 provides the tools you need to quickly and effortlessly fine tune your system.

CPU Display CPU and motherboard information such as CPU name, spec, speed.
Memory System memory speed and module information.

Graphics "Graphics" tab allows you to OC your graphic card by changing GPU core speed or graphic card memory speed.
Smart In "Smart" tab, you can use two GIGABYTE unique features to enhance system performance.
• CIA2: Provides 6 levels dynamic OC for your system.
• Smart Fan: User can adjust desire FAN speed
                     according to CPU temp.

Tuner Tuner provides 3-way settings to satisfy different levels of user needs for further enhancing their system.
    Quick Boost: Provides 3 levels of OC settings
Easy: User can only adjust FSB
Advanced: There are more values available to adjust including CPU frequency, ratio and RAM frequency…etc.
Set Profile Hot Key:
Using hot key to easily set system frequency/ Ratio/ Voltage
according to the profiles

HW Monitor
"HW Monitor" tab represents your hardware status such as voltage, fan speed or system temperature.
  Quick Boost  
  One-Click Quick and Effortless Overclocking
GIGABYTE Quick Boost provides 3 levels of CPU performance enhancement; a simple click on the desired level delivers quick and effortless overclocking for novice and experienced users alike. Designed with user-friendliness in mind, GIGABYTE Quick Boost allows CPU performance to be optimized automatically according to different hardware combinations with hardware profiles tested and approved by GIGABYTE engineers.
  How To Use
  Displays processor's default readings
• CPU : Default frequency
• Model : Processor model number
• FSB : Default Front Side Bus frequency
  Click on the button to select different levels of CPU performance boost
  Displays CPU frequency at different levels
  Click on "Default" button to reset the Processor back to its default values
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