Interview with Thomas Chang, as well as a photo report from the Russian office of Gigabyte

    Last week I had the opportunity to meet with Thomas Chang and talk with him about Gigabyte and motherboards. Thomas Chang is the product manager responsible for Gigabyte motherboards in Europe.

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    After consulting with the OCClub.ru team about questions that would be interesting to get an answer, I arrived at the office of the company at three o’clock. But Mazur (the editor of one well-known resource who was supposed to keep me company as asking questions) was late, and I had the idea to take some pictures of the office.

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    At the reception you will be met by a beautiful girl who will help you find the right person or motherboard.)

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    The conference room is simply hung with diplomas and awards from various print and online publications.

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    The workplaces of some workers are hung with photographs of their team, which undoubtedly indicates its cohesion.

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    And the lockers remind us where the legs grow from. Oh. The company's roots lead to Asia in Taiwan, and Asian motifs on the lockers fit very well into the interior of the office.

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    It’s a pity for the company employees to throw out the boxes from the boards, and they prefer to put them on the lockers.)))

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    And who is tired of work or decided to smoke can go to the balcony. Even the Moscow River is visible.)

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    This photo is for journalists. Do not believe it if they say that there are no boards for tests)))

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    Well, an ideal order at the workplace is the main guarantee of successful work.

    An hour later, Mazur appeared and we started.

    Thomas, talk about the upcoming Gigabyte X58A-UD9 motherboard.

    Gigabyte X58A-UD9 will be officially announced by the end of April, and so far there is very little information about the board on the Internet. At the overclocker event held in Taiwan on the upcoming novelty, several world records were made at once. It was able to overclock the Intel Core i7 980X processor with the hands of the best overclockers of the planet above 6.5 GHz. This high result was facilitated by 2 eight-pin processor power connectors. After all, this could not be seen on our boards before. A 24-phase system is responsible for power, which is also a kind of record for the number of phases. USB3.0 and SATA III are also present as required connectors on a modern board. The highlight of the board will be a special USB port for charging Iphone, Ipad. This is a kind of our innovation.

    Yesterday I looked at the board’s photos on the Internet, and they were slightly different in design from yours in the presentation (Thomas showed the board in the presentation. By the way, the question of the need for a port for charging Apple devices disappeared by itself. After all, we watched the presentation from a Macbook and next to it Iphone was in an acid-green case)

    Yes, initially on the radiator that hides two Nforce 200 chips, there was a number 7. After all, the board has as many as seven expansion slots PCI-Express x16. This should satisfy demanding users who want to put maximum video cards into their system. But on the final design of the board, there will still be the number 9, showing the model of the board.

    You are currently using virtual processor power phase technology. When will the phases become real?

    On UD9, these are real phases, all 24 are real. In the future, the phases will be real, and their number will vary depending on the voracity of the processors.

    And why do motherboards on the P55 chipset use a high heatsink in place of a nonexistent chipset?

    On the boards of the lower segment, the radiator is absent due to its uselessness. And on more productive solutions, this radiator serves as an element of cooling the power of the processor and the south bridge, because the area of ​​heat removal is greater. And it just fits perfectly into the board design.)

    It is believed that the future of processor power systems (VRM) will be digital, as is done for example on the EVGA Classifield. Is work being done at Gigabyte in this direction?

    Yes, we are working with digital VRM, and in the near future we will present our best practices.

    Will new proprietary technologies be announced on Gigabyte motherboards in 2010? Could it be Ultra Durable 4?

    In fact, there will be nothing new. The introduction of the port for charging Apple has become radically new. But Ultra Durable will remain in the third version, but the design of motherboard cooling systems will change. We plan to introduce it at Copmutex 2010.

    On April 27, the new six-core AMD processors will be announced. Will support for new processors be old boards? Will the ability to unlock the cores on new boards on the AMD 890 remain?

    BIOS versions with support for new processors can now be downloaded from our official site. And the ability to unlock the cores will be present on new boards. We do not see the need to remove this “loophole” from users, and we want to give them maximum pleasure from communicating with our boards.

    The line of Gigabyte motherboards based on Intel P55, X58 chipsets turned out to be very successful and interesting. But we are already looking forward to information about the new chipsets of the sixtieth series. Should we expect the continuation of the triumphal procession of the next generation motherboards?

    I really hope for the success of the new boards. We make every effort to at least repeat success. New boards will receive just the new design of the cooling system. That is all I can say about the new products. Everything else is under the NDA.

    Thank you, Thomas, for the pleasant conversation.

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    PS And then the turn of Thomas came to ask me questions) And first of all he asked: And how to translate Habrahabr?

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