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Gigabyte Reunion Party

Computex does not end at night. It continues in the guise of dinner parties hosted by manufacturers for their vendors and the press. Gigabyte invited us to their Computex reunion party at The Tavern, "just across" from Taipei 101.

It's not all beer and riotous drinking, however. It's more of a chance for everyone to get to know each other on a more informal basis. Of course, it never hurts to do a little demo, which is what Gigabyte did. They actually set up two demos of their new Intel P45 Express (Eaglelake) motherboard, the Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6, at the party.

The first was set-up to demonstrate the motherboard's built-in TPM (Trusted Platform Module) capability. Powered by an Infineon TPM chip, it allows you to encrypt a partition with a key of up to 2048-bits in length. The key is stored in a USB flash drive which can be duplicated and even backed up in the BIOS.

The USB flash drive will then serve as a security dongle. The encrypted drive and its contents are accessible whenever the USB flash drive is inserted into any USB port in the system. Once you remove it, the encrypted drive and its contents instantly becomes inaccessible, and disappears from view. Very useful for the security-conscious and the occasional paranoid nut!

The second system was used to demonstrate the motherboard's Smart Backup solution. Gigabyte claims it is a hardware solution that greatly reduces the CPU utilization during backup operations. You can see just how low the CPU utilization is in the screenshot below.

The system at that time was running a restore operation. It seemed to utilize very little CPU time, in tiny little spurts. However, we have no idea how fast the motherboard was restoring the data from one hard drive to the other.




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