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Gigabyte to launch massive motherboard?

Gigabyte to launch massive motherboard?

Is that a UD11 in your box, or are you just pleased to see me?

Yikes! If you thought the size of EVGA's monstrous SR2 motherboard was bordering on the insane, then take a look at what Gigabyte potentially has in the works.

Not only will Gigabyte's new behemoth seemingly require a colossal case window in order to show it off, but it also appears to need a ridiculously-sized box. Here you can see it being modelled by Gigabyte's deputy director of motherboard marketing, Tim Handley. This is a picture of the retail package. Yes, we're talking about the actual size here.

The word in Gigabyte's office is that this big boy's whopping PCB has been given the internal moniker of 'OMG-ATX' to describe its dimensions. However, its form factor will probably be given a more sensible name when it's finally released.

The motherboard itself hasn't been given an official name yet either, and we had to blur out some of the logos to comply with an NDA. However, we heard a few murmurs in the office about a 'UD11' that could put the company's all-singing-all-dancing (£400) UD9 motherboard to shame.

There's no word on the official specs yet either, although we've heard rumblings about on-board SSDs striped together in RAID 0 configuration, as well as an army of solid state capacitors. Heck, given the size of the box, maybe it will even feature flux capacitors.

On another note, Gigabyte also showed us some of its new G1-Killer range (yes, there's more than one!) of motherboards while we were at its office. We'll have more information on these at a later date.

Want a monstrous UD11? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Mraedis 21st December 2010, 10:50 Quote
I wonder what features it has. oO 2 CPU's?
Singularity 21st December 2010, 10:51 Quote
Maybe they just accidentally packed it in a box meant for a case? :D
Yemerich 21st December 2010, 10:51 Quote
Nah...

It comes with your own "technician" inside. The mobo itself is just a mini-itx
Ljs 21st December 2010, 10:54 Quote
That's Ricky Gervais so this clearly must be a joke.
rickysio 21st December 2010, 10:57 Quote
24 phase...
r3loaded 21st December 2010, 11:05 Quote
What could possibly justify a board bigger than the SR-2? Quad CPUs?!!
[USRF]Obiwan 21st December 2010, 11:31 Quote
nice photoshop...
Mattmc91 21st December 2010, 11:47 Quote
was going to say, you can clearly see the shoooooooop.
slaw 21st December 2010, 11:58 Quote
Is it me but does this guy look like ricky gervais
Bindibadgi 21st December 2010, 11:58 Quote
Nope, not a shop :D I've have had to cover the logos for NDA reasons though.

Original Proof: (if you're reading this on the front page you'll need to drop into the forums to see the pic)

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=1063&pictureid=15499

EDIT: Just noticed my bloody camera time is COMPLETELY out by about 8 months!

Next time I'll do a video of it.
Ljs 21st December 2010, 12:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by slaw
Is it me but does this guy look like ricky gervais

Is it me or is there an echo?
V3ctor 21st December 2010, 12:08 Quote
Maybe it has 4 NF200 chips... or... a HD5870 as an onboard VGA... oh the possibilities :D
mecblade 21st December 2010, 12:33 Quote
SR-2 epeen competitor?
tristanperry 21st December 2010, 12:37 Quote
Maybe the guy holding the box is actually a midget? (And the place he's in has had its doors, walls etc built to suit midgets too)

In which case this is just a standard size box.
GuilleAcoustic 21st December 2010, 12:41 Quote
If you zoom on the picture you can read "Dual CPU power"
SpAceman 21st December 2010, 12:41 Quote
I would like to see Spotswood make a massive wooden case for one of these lol.

I wonder if it can play Crysis?
Penfold101 21st December 2010, 12:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ljs
Quote:
Originally Posted by slaw
Is it me but does this guy look like ricky gervais

Is it me or is there an echo?

An echo...?
Mattmc91 21st December 2010, 12:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Penfold101
An echo...?

an... no.
Penfold101 21st December 2010, 12:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mattmc91
an... no.

:D;)
Xtrafresh 21st December 2010, 13:16 Quote
He does look like ricky gervais though :p

I'm not convinced. The artwork on the box and logo features look exactly like the UD7 and UD7 logos:
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3646#ov
TickleOnTheTum 21st December 2010, 13:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xtrafresh
He does look like ricky gervais though :p

I'm not convinced. The artwork on the box and logo features look exactly like the UD7 and UD7 logos:
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3646#ov
Yep, all the Logos are existing Gigabyte ones. But I think what they are talking about is the 3 white boxes at the top just below the Gigabyte name. It probably is just the logos for Sandy Bridge and it's new socket type as for some reason many places are hiding those?!
mecblade 21st December 2010, 13:33 Quote
They're not white boxes :P

They're troll faces :D
leveller 21st December 2010, 13:38 Quote
It does indeed say dual CPU ... is that any use in gaming yet? The last feature BT did was that 2 cores was more than enough. I expect you folding fans will be wetting your pants.

Nevermind, I've just researched 'dual cpu power'.
Xtrafresh 21st December 2010, 13:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by TickleOnTheTum
Yep, all the Logos are existing Gigabyte ones. But I think what they are talking about is the 3 white boxes at the top just below the Gigabyte name. It probably is just the logos for Sandy Bridge and it's new socket type as for some reason many places are hiding those?!
The Intel logo's are part of the NDA. Intel is swinging a mighty big banhammer around to stop people from posting any specifics on SB, and the logo's are part of it.

Maybe the box has two UD7s in it?
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Originally Posted by mecblade
They're not white boxes :P

They're troll faces :D
fuuuuuuuu took me a long time to see that! Bindi, you are the troll of trolls!
mecblade 21st December 2010, 14:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xtrafresh
fuuuuuuuu took me a long time to see that! Bindi, you are the troll of trolls!

Took me a few seconds ;)
mclean007 21st December 2010, 14:14 Quote
I don't think it's a photoshop, and for the record I don't see the resemblance to Ricky Gervais, but has anyone considered the possibility that it's a normal sized mobo box and that dude is just really small (and has a tiny office made bespoke for his pixie like dimensions)?
Bindibadgi 21st December 2010, 14:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xtrafresh
The Intel logo's are part of the NDA. Intel is swinging a mighty big banhammer around to stop people from posting any specifics on SB, and the logo's are part of it.

Maybe the box has two UD7s in it?

fuuuuuuuu took me a long time to see that! Bindi, you are the troll of trolls!

:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
sotu1 21st December 2010, 14:44 Quote
Haha! Totally Ricky Gervais! In seriousness...that's huge...
Hakuren 21st December 2010, 15:08 Quote
If it had 2 CPU S1366 sockets for 2 standard i7 (not Xeons) with chip linking both to create one giant virtual CPU then yes, I want one. It will be useful at home. If it is Sandy Bridge based design, then not interested at all. Old X58 is superior in every way, SATA3 is not big deal as 99.9% of disks is unable to saturate even SATA1 or 2, USB3 cards are dirt cheap and if you need one, buy one for peanuts instead changing motherboard. It must be something truly special for people to buy it, for anything more than showing off.

Loving that new 'OMG-ATX' standard. Good giggle.

I'm guessing that Mountain Mods lads cheering for Gigabyte new monstrous MB.
borandi 21st December 2010, 15:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hakuren
Old X58 is superior in every way

SB is a replacement for S1156. S2011 is the X58/S1366 replacement, due out Q3-ish.

Clock for clock, we're expecting a significant increase over both S1156 and S1366.

Also, I don't see an S1366 hitting 4.5+Ghz stable on air, which has already been shown around the web. So it's not superior in every way.
rayson 21st December 2010, 15:26 Quote
ooooooo! can it play tetris
faugusztin 21st December 2010, 15:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hakuren
If it had 2 CPU S1366 sockets for 2 standard i7 (not Xeons) with chip linking both to create one giant virtual CPU then yes, I want one. It will be useful at home. If it is Sandy Bridge based design, then not interested at all.

Series 6 sounds like Sandy Bridge.
Neonhalo 21st December 2010, 16:43 Quote
Quadfire/Quad-SLI SB motherboard with onboard Creative sound card and AMD 5850/6850 graphics? And onboard SSD's... Mmm.. I think I've just found my next birthday/Christmas/day ending in -ay present. :D Not that my other half'd be too happy about me spending all of my well-earnt cash on something that isn't drivable and doesn't sparkle!

Will Gigabyte now have to come up with a chassis that could fit this monster? If their previous chassis are anything to go by, I kinda hope not! Not to say their last ones were bad, they just weren't my cup of tea.
Waynio 21st December 2010, 17:03 Quote
Madness.

I'm hoping to stick with normal ATX for a fair while yet, these excessive beasts just aren't necessary for my pc needs but it's good they cater for the insane power mad types .
slugbug 21st December 2010, 17:07 Quote
I say the price will be in the $400 USD range.
13eightyfour 21st December 2010, 19:11 Quote
It'll just be full of useless 'goodies'. I remember the box my socket A DFI mobo came in was huge because it was loaded with useless tat.

As for price its got to be in the $800-1000 price range, Will it fit in any cases?
McSteel 21st December 2010, 21:37 Quote
Well played, good Sirs. And it's not even April Fools yet...
leslie 21st December 2010, 21:49 Quote
Talk about over compensating, sheesh.

Let me guess, expected owners also drive Hummers?
PabloFunky 21st December 2010, 22:02 Quote
Shouldnt think that will be a problem to fit in my case, but doubt ill want or need it.
thehippoz 21st December 2010, 23:08 Quote
must be a slow news day lol
SpAceman 21st December 2010, 23:48 Quote
Gah just saw the troll faces... We have been trolled like bitches!! Nice one.
Uxon 22nd December 2010, 00:02 Quote
I for one welcome our new giant motherboard wielding overlords...
Tulatin 22nd December 2010, 00:49 Quote
All hail the oncoming WTFX motherboards.
Waynio 22nd December 2010, 01:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tulatin
All hail the oncoming WTFX motherboards.

Oh that is the perfect name for the form :):D classic ;).
Cthippo 22nd December 2010, 08:24 Quote
I'm guessing it's really only an eATX, which has been standard for server boards since forever.

12x13" IIRC?

EDIT: 305 x 330mm

EDIT again: According to wiki there is a Workstation ATX standard (WATX) at 356 × 425mm (14x17") , but I've never seen a case that would take that.

AND again...

From Wiki:
Quote:
WTX computer cases were backwards compatible with ATX motherboards (but not vice versa), and sometimes come equipped with ATX power supplies.
leslie 22nd December 2010, 20:35 Quote
WTX primarily used used during the P3 server era.

There is also SWTX, which is 13x18.
Some Super Micro server cases support both it and WTX (SC830 is one of them) and make a great watercooling chassis. That is, if you can find any of them for less than a high end Lian Li or Silverstone, on the plus side, it will likely survive a nuclear war.



WTX was supported by several server chassis makers and builders.
Quote:
The specification had support from major OEMs (Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intergraph, NEC, Siemens Nixdorf, and UMAX) and motherboard manufacturers (Acer, Asus, Supermicro and Tyan) and was updated (1.1) in February 1999.
Gradius 22nd December 2010, 22:36 Quote
OMG-ATX looks the correct factor for this one. :P
Cthippo 23rd December 2010, 00:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by leslie
WTX primarily used used during the P3 server era.

There is also SWTX, which is 13x18.
Some Super Micro server cases support both it and WTX (SC830 is one of them) and make a great watercooling chassis. That is, if you can find any of them for less than a high end Lian Li or Silverstone, on the plus side, it will likely survive a nuclear war.

Does anyone else see the irony of a company called Super Micro making the largest computer cases known to mankind? :D
bulldogjeff 23rd December 2010, 00:17 Quote
It's not trick photography guys, just a big box and a midget .
The Sorcerer 15th May 2011, 05:19 Quote
Sorry for the bump but it was better than creating a new thread:
Quote:
Some months ago, Tim Handley post with a huge box unofficially nicknamed as "OMG ATX" formfactor and certain sources revealed that to be a P67A-UD11.

We had an interview with Tim Handley and one of our guys asked a question to tell us more about the much rumoured P67A-UD11 otherwise nicknamed as the OMG-ATX form factor other than what some people already know and BOY!!!! He said it in his own way: Dude, the cake is a lie!!
http://www.hardwarebbq.com/2011/05/omg-atx-form-factor-is-joke-says-tim.html
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