Gigabyte announces Ultra Durable 3 technology

"With claims of up to 50°C temperature reductions."

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Reduced heat and energy wastage

Gigabyte Ultra Durable 3More a design modification than an actual new technology, Gigabyte are claiming that Ultra Durable 3 can reduce motherboard temperatures by as much as 50°C. Basically, Gigabyte are adding more copper to the power and ground layers of  the Ultra Durable 3 motherboards, to the tune of 2 ounces per layer. They say that this is double to the amount that traditional motherboards use, which is just one ounce per layer.

The increased amount of copper is said to provide a more efficient spreading of heat from hot zones, like the CPU area, and distributing it evenly throughout  the board. So the motherboard in effect would become a large heatsink. Gigabyte also say that the addition of the extra copper will lower the impedance of the PCB and this will also help with cooling as the lower the PCB's impedance, the less energy is wasted and less heat generated.

You can view the full press release here. You can also discuss Ultra Durable 3 in our forums here.

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21-09-2008, 06:55:24

Give me a while, I will spec up a good gaming rig for you ;)

21-09-2008, 07:03:08


If u could narrow urself down to a cash amount just for the card, it'd be a heck of alot easier.

If it's the case that the other things are more important than the gfxcard, then maybe get them finalized pricewize and see what u got left. Ish.

Yeah, that's a good point! The list I have currently incl. Keyboard, Desk & Monitor comes to the grand total of: £512.33

The gfx card I'd been looking at is - £82.24. So, I'm thinking for the gfx card alone I'd spend an absolute max of £100.
Bearing in mind at the moment, the hardest game it'd deal with is Spore. But I'm very gfx oriented with games.. I've not had a computer that has been able to play games I like at full whack. So I'm hoping for one that can do that now. The monitor I've chosen is a 19" screen (if that helps any more?)


21-09-2008, 07:03:54


Give me a while, I will spec up a good gaming rig for you ;)

Cheers, it'll good to get an alternative to look at too.. :)

21-09-2008, 07:15:24

Will you be OCing the cards or will you keep them stock? If stock, a cheap 9800GT at about £90 might be worth a look, if overclocking, the 9600GT has been known to out perform the 9800GT

21-09-2008, 16:50:18

By the way... I don't know what anyone else things of them as they haven't mentioned it, but I reckon scrap that PSU straight up....

EZ Cool from my experience aren't something I'd be looking to hook a load of new hardware up to. While 600w is more than enough and you might get lucky and get a decent PSU from a cheapo brand, I don't think it's worth the risk.

I had a 500w EZ Cool blow up on me about three years ago... Bloody thing only cost me £30 or so. I now know better :rolleyes:

21-09-2008, 17:04:56

Its a little bit cheap look at around £40 for 500w, but generally look at 10% of your build price being PSU, unless your build is over £1500 or under £300. Its the most important component in determining stability

21-09-2008, 17:14:07

That's a good tip.. thanks for telling me about the risks with the PSU!

I'd originally chosen a more expensive one, but I thought I'd go by reviews.. now I know better! :)

21-09-2008, 17:41:52

Well it's not likely you'll have to spend that much for a quality PSU. Some good quality ones can be had a very good prices.

I don't know where you're looking to buy your parts from but from your specs, even a quality 400W would be enough.

For cheap PSU's I've found Silverpower to do decent products:

Never used this one but I've heard it does a good job. Just bought 2 for a couple of friends builds I have to put together next week with similar hardware. If you were willing to spend a little more and wanted a few more watts for headroom then a nice lil corsair would do the trick (which comes with a 5 year warranty):

Or if you wanted 550W with future upgrades in mind, then the next Corsair up would be very good.

21-09-2008, 17:52:21

Silverpower are decent solid budget psus imo. If ur buying under 600w, they're ideal.

Only say budget cos that seems to be their target pricing. Havent seen anything budget-like about the quality.

29-09-2008, 09:34:43

LOVE MY gtx 280's!!!!

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