Our Final Thoughts
Gigabyte has made huge steps forward with the new 8 series boards and the performance tuning cannot be denied here. looking at the feature set they have alot going on from the dual USB 3.0 headers onboard, to the full display array of connectivity and much more.
The performance of the board as you saw is very good and allows for much better overall performance at the same clocks even more so than some high end “Overclocker” centric models which makes me very excited to get some hands on time with the OC model of their 8 series.
One thing we would have liked to have seen would be built in WiFi just because so many people are going wireless now. It seemed like more of their 7 series models had WiFi capability included. However, WiFi capability is a double edge sword, as it involves additional components and pushes the sale price up for the end user.
The board’s price point is right in the sweet spot for most users where it’s not so high that it cannot be purchased, but also not so cheap as to be missing key features. We think Gigabyte pulls off a very nice price/performance balance here with amazing efficiency and excellent price positioning making this board poised to take a top spot in our rankings.