Gigabyte's Windows 8 hardware unveiled

Gigabyte is known for manufacturing components and peripherals for PCs, most notably motherboards. But over the past few years, they’ve followed suit with Asus and MSI and developed complete solutions in the form of netbooks, tablets and smartphones. Now that Windows 8 is officially here, Gigabyte is showing off its hardware for the new OS.

The U2141 Hybrid







Intel Celeron Dual-Core 847 (1.1GHz)

Intel Core™ i3-3217U Processor (1.8GHz) or Intel Core™ i5-3317U Processor (1.7-2.6GHz)

Intel Core™ i5-3210M Processor (2.5GHz-3.1GHz)

Intel Core™ i7-3630QM Processor (2.4GHz-3.4GHz)


Intel HD Graphics

Intel HD Graphics 4000

Intel HD Graphics 4000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 2GB

Intel HD Graphics 4000


Up to 8GB DDR3

Up to 16GB DDR3

Up to 16GB DDR3

Up to 16GB DDR3


320/500GB HDD or 64/128/256GB SSD

500/750GB/1TB HDD + 24/32/64/128/256GB mSATA SSD or
64/128/256GB mSATA SSD or 64/128/256GB SSD or 500/750GB/1TB HDD

128G mSATA SSD or 128GB mSATA SSD + 750GB/1TB HDD (optional)
256GB SSD (optional)

128GB mSATA SSD or 24/32/64/128GB mSATA SSD + 750GB HDD or 256GB 2.5" 9.5mm SSD


10.1" Capacitive Multi-touch Panel 1366x768

11.6" Capacitive Multi-touch Panel 1366x768

11.6" Capacitive Multi-touch Panel 1366x768

15.6" Full HD 1920X1080


Windows 8 Pro

Windows 8 Pro

Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 Home and Pro

Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 Home and Pro

The P2542G Gaming Laptop

It’s a strong line-up, with a slightly different take offered on the tablet as it houses a Celeron instead of the (possibly) expected Atom processor. There is a P2742G model added to the line-up, sharing the same specification as the P2542G, but housing a 17” screen and an additional drive bay for another 2.5” HDD or SSD. Both gaming models are Blu-ray equipped.

The S1082 on the docking station

The S1082 comes with a docking station that adds an optical drive, better speakers, extended battery life and 3 additional USB ports.

With Lenovo, Asus, Acer and Samsung’s hardware all being covered by us, it’s nice to see more vendors jumping in with solid devices (on paper at least) that are Windows 8 capable and certified out of the box. It’s also quite nice to see that Windows 7 is still offered as an option on the gaming models and the U2442.

The U2442 Ultrabook

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but now that Windows 8 is in the wild, and the holiday season is fast approaching, we’re sure it won’t be too long before both are clarified by Gigabyte.

Source: PC World | Images courtesy of Gigabyte

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