GIGABYTE continues the march forward with efficiency being the primary target this year at Computex 2012. They announced their Ultra Durable 5 Technology which is really just refinements to the current standards of motherboard designs. While that may not seem like a big deal, this will be changing the motherboard market permanently.

The Ultra Durable 5 motherboard will have an IR3550 PowIRstage IC replacing the current crop of PWM and IC chips for the CPU on your motherboard. What does that mean? Well it means the board can deliver up to 60A of power at up to 95% efficiency. This means the CPU can pull up to 720 watts of power while the board wastes very little energy to heat across the CPU power system. The best part is these new chips are a combination of several chips being used now so we get all this great stuff with fewer components on the board.

GIGABYTE also will be using 2x copper PCBs and high capacity ferret chokes to ensure the entire motherboard is a quality product. The new IR3550 ICs will force everyone else to re-evaluate what they are doing with their motherboard components. and how they can make them better.

Be sure to check out the Gigabyte highlight video from our friends at Futurelooks too!

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GIGABYTE Unveils Exclusive Ultra Durable™ 5 Technology at Computex 2012 —

— Cool Power, Inside and Out —

June 4th , 2012– GIGABYTE TECHNOLGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today introduced their latest Ultra Durable™ 5 technology, featuring a range of high current capable components including the industry’s highest rated 60A IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs that provide the best quality power delivery to the CPU for record-breaking performance, cool and efficient operation and extended motherboard lifespan.

GIGABYTE is yet again raising the bar of motherboard quality and durability with their Ultra Durable™ 5 technology, which includes high current capable components for the CPU power zone including the highest rated and awarded IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs from International Rectifier, 2X Copper PCB and high current Ferrite Core Chokes rated up to 60A which together are able to deliver up to 60°C* cooler temperatures than traditional motherboards. Featured on a range of new motherboards based the Intel® X79 and Z77 Express Chipsets, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 technology is the next evolution in quality motherboard design.

“As the exclusive motherboard manufacturer to utilize the amazingly efficient IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs from International Rectifier, GIGABYTE has spent a considerable amount of engineering resources to ensure our Ultra Durable™ 5 motherboards are our best Ultra Durable™ motherboards yet,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 motherboards are especially optimized for water cooled systems and overclocked Intel® Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge “K” SKU CPUs due to their exceptionally low operating temperatures, and make the perfect match for anyone looking to push their system to limits.”

“We are delighted that IR’s award winning IR3550 PowIRstage® provides the high current, thermal capability and outstanding performance to power GIGABYTE’s new Ultra Durable™ 5 motherboard series,” said Deepak Savadatti, Vice President and General Manager, IR’s Enterprise Power Business Unit.

About IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs

The award winning IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs feature greater power efficiency and are the highest rated Power Stage in the industry, able to provide up to 60A of power. This ensures the best power delivery to the CPU, for more stable operation and better overclocking performance. GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 motherboards also use both IR digital PWM controllers and IR PowIRstage® ICs, for a uniquely seamless power delivery system.

Single Package Design

IR has leveraged its world class packaging technology developed for the DirectFET®, improving the thermal capability and layout of the PowIRstage® significantly over that of other MCM packages.

Driver IC Developed by International Rectifier

IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs feature a specialized MOSFET driver IC which is tuned perfectly for the MOSFET pair. Many Driver MOSFET companies use drivers from other companies, thus the drivers are not always optimized for the MOSFETs. With co-packaged Driver+MOSFETs, IR has designed this driver to optimize this module for greatest efficiency.

Industry Leading Peak Efficiency up to 95%

IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs are more efficient, with peak efficiency up to 95%, during normal operation. Even at higher Current levels, IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs are able to maintain lower power losses. Lower power loss also means less heat as a byproduct.

  • Testing result for reference only. Results may differ according to system configuration. VIN=12V, VOUT=1.2V, ƒSW = 300kHz, L=210nH (0.2m?), VCC=6.8V, CIN=47uF x 4, COUT =470uF x3, 400LFM airflow, no heat sink, 25°C ambient temperature, and 8-layer PCB of 3.7” (L) x 2.6” (W).

Cooler Temperatures = Higher Overclocks

  • Testing result for reference only. Results may differ according to system configuration.
  • Up to 60° C lower temp. obtained using 4 phase IR3550 PowIRstage® with 2x Copper PCB vs. 4 phase D-Pak MOSFET @ 100A load 10 mins lab testing without heatsink.

High Efficiency = Low Power Loss = Less Heat = Longer Lifespan

  • IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs remain cooler than other MOSFET designs, allowing users to overclock to greater levels of performance. Each power component has a maximum thermal operational temperature, and once it is reached, adding more voltage will only result in a failed overclock. Since IR3550 PowIRstages® are able to operate at cooler temperatures at higher voltages than traditional designs, overclockers are able to have more headroom to increase voltages, resulting in higher potential overclocks.

High Capacity Ferrite Core Chokes and 2X Copper PCB

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 motherboards feature High Capacity Power Stages and Ferrite Core chokes rated up to 60A with GIGABYTE exclusive 2x Copper PCBs to provide the most stable power delivery.

GIGABYTE’s exclusive 2X Copper PCBs design provides sufficient power trace paths between components to handle greater than normal power loads and to remove heat from the critical CPU power delivery area. This is essential to ensure the motherboard is able to handle the increased power loading that is necessary when overclocking.

Quality Inside and Out

Even though several of the high quality components used in GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ motherboards are not visible from the outside including the amazingly efficient IR3550 PowIRstage ICs from International Rectifier and the copper inside of our 2X Copper PCB, rest assured that they are working hard to provide better efficiency, greater power savings, lower system temperatures, better overclocking performance and extended system longevity. That’s the GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ guarantee.

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