This lovely press release from Gigabyte came through the Hardware Canucks news inbox today. Claiming number 1 spot for motherboard durability is certainly a brazen claim to make. Head over to the forums to discuss whether Gigabyte can live up to its claims.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLGY Co. Ltd., a manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced their upcoming 7 series motherboards will boast GIGABYTE’s industry leading Ultra Durable 4 technology, helping to safe-guard GIGABYTE motherboards from common everyday threats, including humidity and moisture, electro-static discharge, sudden power loss and high operating temperatures.
“With the launch of the first Ultra Durable motherboard in 2006, GIGABYTE revolutionized the motherboard industry by making quality the number one focus in our motherboard design,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “Five and a half years later, GIGABYTE maintains our leadership in quality design by equipping our upcoming 7 series motherboards with even more lifespan enhancing technologies in the form of Ultra Durable 4.”
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 motherboards embrace a range of exclusive technologies that guarantee DIY PC builders the absolute best protection for their PC, with built-in features that prevent common malfunction threats users encounter on a day-to-day basis.
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 design features 2X the amount of copper of a traditional motherboard for both the Power and Ground layers which dramatically lowers system temperature by delivering a more efficient spreading of heat from critical areas of the motherboard such as the CPU power zone throughout the entire PCB. GIGABYTE’s Ultra Durable 4 also lowers the PCB impedance by 50%, which helps to reduce electrical waste and further lowers component temperatures. A 2X Copper layer design also provides improved signal quality and lower EMI (Electromagnetic Interference), providing better system stability and allowing for greater margins for overclocking.
There is nothing more harmful to the longevity of your PC than moisture, and most parts of the world experience moisture in the air as humidity at some point during the year.
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 motherboards have been designed to make sure that humidity is never an issue, incorporating a new Glass Fabric PCB technology that repels moisture caused by humid and damp conditions. Using a new kind of PCB material which reduces the amount of space between the fiber weave, Glass Fiber PCB technology makes it more difficult for moisture to penetrate compared to traditional motherboard PCBs. This offers much better protection from short circuit and system malfunction caused by humid and damp conditions.
All GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 motherboards use high quality IC microchips that are rated with higher electro-static discharge (ESD)
resistance than traditional IC implementations. GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 motherboards use ICs with up to 3 times the ESD resistance levels compared to traditional ICs. This helps to better protect the motherboard, its components and the PC in general against potential damage caused by static electricity, a common threat to today’s PCs.
Power Failure Protection
If your home experiences a sudden power outage for any reason, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 Classic are equipped to ensure that you won’t be dealing with a fatal malfunction. All GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 motherboards use patented DualBIOS technology to provide fail safe protection for the BIOS on your motherboard, automatically refreshing your BIOS from a back up version in the case of a critical power outage.
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 4 motherboards also feature special anti-surge ICs that protect your motherboard, and your PC, from any surge in power delivery that may occur, helping to ensure that your PC is equipped to deal with any kind of irregular and inconsistent power delivery.
GIGABTYE: No. 1 for Motherboard Durability
|1st and only (GIGABYTE patented) DualBIOS™ with 2 physical BIOS chips:· Auto recovers from most BIOS attacks and even hardware malfunction· 100% of GIGABYTE desktop motherboards have DualBIOS™||May 1999|
|1st with top quality All solid capacitors: Ultra Durable™||June 2006|
|1st with top quality ferrite core chokes: Ultra Durable™ 2||May 2007|
|1st with top quality low RDS (On) MOSFETs: Ultra Durable 2™||May 2007|
|1st with top quality Japanese solid capacitors: Ultra Durable 2™GIGABYTE uses Chemi-con, Sanyo, Fujitsu and Nichicon solid caps||May 2007|
|1st with 2x copper PCBs: Ultra Durable™ 3||September 2008|
|1st with Humidity Protection, Electrostatic Protection, Power Failure Protection and High Temperature Protection: Ultra Durable™ 4 Classic||August 2011|