igabyte has been a major player in the motherboard and graphic card industries, often first to market with motherboards based on the newest chipsets. Their marriage to Asus lasted a few months
and an instant oligopoly was formed although the newlyweds have retained their autonomy. Any ramifications at the consumer level albeit positive or negative, remain to be seen. Worst case scenario is complacency, once the competition is decimated you start doing things like extending pipelines rather then doing the R&D work. One thing is or sure both companies have literally transformed motherboard real-estate.
Cooling has become a top priority and we’re finding there's now more plumbing in the form of copper heat-pipes on your motherboard then in most This Old House
episodes. Surly the business of recycling precious metals from discarded PCBs will see an increase in growth. Other changes include the use of solid state electronics resulting from the widespread counterfeit and eventual failure of capacitors which surfaced on the market several years ago. Other innovations were born by the mother of invention such as Gigabyte's U-Plus D.P.S. card.
As Intel processors were reaching the pinnacle of inefficiency, Gigabyte's U-Plus D.P.S. card could be dropped into a slot adjacent to the processor to remedy CPU power related system instability. The D.P.S. increased the number of power stages by three featuring its own aluminum mosfet heatsink with one of the first heat-pipes used on a motherboard. Besides a row of high quality capacitors the U-Plus card included power activity LEDs (as seen above in action).P965-DS3 GA-P965-DS3 Rev. 1.0 Specifications:
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