Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hardware Asylum podcast on evolution of overclocking motherboards

Yay, Hardware Asylum podcast is out. In case you guys have not heard of these guys before, make sure you visit their website. I would describe them as a down to earth tech website/podcast geared towards a novice and pro level overclocker or enthusiast alike. The podcast is easy to follow and dissects fairly complex topics and talks about interesting hardware, developments and competitions in this particular episode.

GIGABYTE has been the leading market innovator in the dedicated overclocking motherboards and it’s good to see someone put it into perspective (i.e. overclocking boards existed well before our first series but there was no dedicated product serious which focuses features specifically towards enthusiasts and overclocking until GIGABYTE started it all some 5-6 years ago).

Check out the podcast at the following link http://www.hardwareasylum.com/podcast/nli_podcast_47

Show Notes

Gigabyte Motherboard Evolution
Reviewing motherboards isn’t always the easiest and every reviewer tends to look at different aspects.  Some are super critical of fan controls while others may only look at feature differences between an entire group.  The reviews at Hardware Asylum often focus on features and what makes the board special.  Some are designed for overclocking while others may cater to the gamer.  One thing Dennis has noticed over the years is that motherboard designs change based on what users are doing in the marketplace. 

A perfect example of this evolution is the Gigabyte OC products dedicated to overclocking.  Of course overclocking isn’t the only thing you can use these motherboards for but, the marketing has been designed such that overclocking is first.

The rouges gallery contains every “mainstream” OC motherboard that Gigabyte has produced staring with the X58A-OC and ending with the X99 SOC Force.  In the podcast Dennis mentions a few unicorns with even more to offer.

Related Links:
Gigabyte X99 SOC Force Overclocking Motherboard Review
Gigabyte Z97X SOC Force Overclocking Motherboard Review
Gigabyte Z87X OC Overclocking Motherboard Review
Gigabyte Z77X UP7 Overclocking Motherboard Review
Gigabyte X79 UD7 OC Motherboard Preview
Gigabyte X58A-OC Overclocking Motherboard Review

A Change to Live Overclocking Competitions
There was an article published on Hardware Asylum that talked about how overclocking competitions needed to change if they were to grow into a full ocSport.  Some of the points in the article included removing “bin” from the equation and changing the structure to be more of a game that challenged the overclocker to get the best score possible within a limited set of constraints, submit a score and then do it again.

In this segment Dennis and Darren discuss the new competition format and how it can actually make competitions better for everyone from the manufacturers making the hardware to the overclockers dedicating their time to the hobby/sport and the media struggling to find interest in this niche.

Related Links:
Overclocking Competitions: About the Player not the Hardware

Episode 47 featured music:
Little People - Start Shootin' (
http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)
Dr. Nol - The Jumo Love Faction (
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dr_Nol/The_Juno_Love_Faction/01_Dr_Nol_-_Juno_Love_Faction)

 

Hardware Asylum have little experience and information on our upcoming X99 SOC Champion board just yet but let’s just say that it will be continuing the legacy X58A-OC started. Incidentally, TeamAU broke another world record with this board today, the 3DMARK11. Here is the score and what this board has been used to achieve so far. There is going to be a heck of a lot more to come, stay tuned!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

X99-SOC Champion – Let it Rain Records

Along with our in-house overclockers HiCookie, Sofos and Dino, we invited 4 of the world’s best overclockers to the GIGABYTE OC lab to test the new X99-SOC Champion motherboard and see if it really lives up to its Champion name.

The results are impressive; after 7 days of almost nonstop benching, the team of elite overclockers achieved a total of 9 World Records, 22 Global Firsts and 25 Hardware Firsts all using the X99-SOC Champion. On top of that, HiCookie also managed to reach the Highest DDR4 Memory Clock Worldwide Overall Ranking for X99 motherboards with a frequency of 4014.6 MHz (Quad Channel).

Here is the summary:
9 World Records (Also Global 1st and Hardware 1st)

  1. 3DMARK11 – Entry
  2. 3DMARK11 – Performance
  3. 3DMARK Vantage
  4. 3DMARK Fire Strike
  5. 3DMARK Fire Strike Extreme
  6. 3DMARK - CLOUD GATE
  7. 3DMARK - ICE STORM
  8. 3DMARK - ICE STORM EXTREME
  9. XTU
13 Global Firsts (Also Hardware 1st)

  1. 3DMARK11 – Performance 1xGPU
  2. 3DMARK11 – Performance 2x GPU
  3. 3DMARK11 – Performance 3XGPU
  4. 3DMARK Vantage 3XGPU
  5. 3DMARK Fire Strike 2xGPU
  6. 3DMARK Fire Strike 3xGPU
  7. 3DMARK Fire Strike Extreme 2xGPU
  8. 3DMARK Fire Strike Extreme 3xGPU
  9. 3DMARK - SKY DIVER 2xGPU
  10. 3DMARK - FIRE STRIKE ULTRA 2xGPU
  11. 3DMARK - ICE STORM 2xGPU
  12. CATZILLA - 720P 2xGPU
  13. CATZILLA – 1440P 2xGPU

2 Hardware 1sts

  1. DDR4 Memory Clock 4014.6 MHz
  2. SuperPI - 32M Core i7 5960X (5min 9sec 110ms)
1 Top X99 Reference Clock

  1. 182.49 MHz
X99-SOC Champion Achievements at GIGABYTE Secret OC, December 2014

3DMARK11 – Entryhttp://hwbot.org/submission/2693895
· World Record
· Global First Place (3xGPU)
· Hardware First Place (3x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK11 – Performancehttp://hwbot.org/submission/2692880
· Global First Place (1xGPU)
· Hardware First Place (1x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK11 – Performance
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693244
· Global First Place (2xGPU)
· Hardware First Place (2x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK11 – Performance
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693883
· Global First Place (3x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (3x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK11 – Performance
http://hwbot.org/submission/2691701
· World Record
· Global First Place (4x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (4x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK Vantage
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693871
· Global First Place (3x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (3x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK Vantage
http://hwbot.org/submission/2691694
· World Record
· Global First Place (4x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (4x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK Fire Strike
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693243
· Global First Place (2x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (2x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK Fire Strike
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693861
· Global First Place (3x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (3x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK Fire Strike
http://hwbot.org/submission/2692803
· World Record
· Global First Place (4x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (4x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK Fire Strike Extreme
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693099
· Global First Place (2x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (2x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK Fire Strike Extreme
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693863
· Global First Place (3x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (3x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK Fire Strike Extreme
http://hwbot.org/submission/2691696
· World Record
· Global First Place (4x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (4x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK - SKY DIVER
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693925
· Global First Place (2x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (2x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK - CLOUD GATE
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693252
· World Record
· Global First Place (2x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (2x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK - FIRE STRIKE ULTRA
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693101
· Global First Place (2x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (2x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK - ICE STORM
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693261
· Global First Place (2x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (2x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK - ICE STORM
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693899
· World Record
· Global First Place (3x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (3x GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK - ICE STORM EXTREME
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693278
· World Record
· Global First Place (2x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (2x GEFORCE GTX 980)
CATZILLA - 720P
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693939
· Global First Place (2x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (2x GEFORCE GTX 980)
CATZILLA – 1440P
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693937
· Global First Place (2x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (2x GEFORCE GTX 980)
XTU
http://hwbot.org/submission/2691705
· World Record
· Global First Place (8 Cores)
· Hardware First Place (Core i7 5960X)
Memory Clock – DDR4
http://hwbot.org/submission/2693948
· Hardware First Place (DDR4 SDRAM)
SuperPI - 32M
http://hwbot.org/submission/2691722
· Hardware First Place (Core i7 5960X)
REFERENCE CLOCK
http://hwbot.org/submission/2695651
· Hardware First Place (X99-SOC Champion)
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Z97X-SOC Force Achievements at GIGABYTE Secret OC, December 2014


3DMARK05http://hwbot.org/submission/2695712
· World Record
· Global First Place (1x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK06
http://hwbot.org/submission/2695711
· World Record
· Global First Place (1x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (GEFORCE GTX 980)
3DMARK06
http://hwbot.org/submission/2695093
· Global First Place (2x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (2x GEFORCE GTX 580)
PIFast
http://hwbot.org/submission/2678749
· World Record
· Global First Place
· Hardware First Place (Core i7 4770K)
Aquamark
http://hwbot.org/submission/2676834
· World Record
· Global First Place (1x GPU)
· Hardware First Place (GEFORCE GTX 980)
 

Monday, December 8, 2014

GIGABYTE Goodbye 2014 OC Challenge

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This is it guys, the last OC competition of 2014!  So get ready, tune your GIGBAYTE Z97 motherboards and run for the best performance. Here are the details for this challenge. You can also visit the competition page on HWBOT for all the rules and tracking of all scores.

http://oc-esports.io/#/round/gbt_goodbye2014_challenge

Contest Stages

Stage 1: XTU

  • Highest score wins
  • CPU Speed must be set at 4.5GHz (4497MHz to 4503MHz)
  • Must submit before midnight on Sunday, December 21st (following the UTC+08:00 time zone)

Stage 2: Highest CPUz

  • Highest score wins
  • Must submit before midnight on Sunday, December 28th (following the UTC+08:00 time zone)

Stage 3: Super Pi 32m

  • The target score is to be revealed on HWBOT on Monday, December 29th
  • Submission will be open for 24 hours on Sunday, January 4th 2015 (following the UTC+08:00 time zone).

 

Contest Prizes

Stage 1 ~ 3

Overall Challenge

  • 1st place: $1,000 USD
  • 2nd place: $600 USD
  • 3rd place: $400 USD

Lucky draw (To be held at the end of the competition)

  • 3 randomly selected participants will receive an X99M-Gaming 5 motherboard

$2,000 USD

X99M-Gaming 5

Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2

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The GIGABYTE Goodbye 2014 OC Challenge will run from December 5th 2014 until January 4th 2015, midnight (UTC+08:00).

Good luck to all!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Global BRIX Giveaway Winner

Earlier this year we posted a great story of how a BRIX Pro was used for the automation/remote control process of a trimaran, part of a sailing promo run by Vodafone NZ. (here)
After reviewing all submissions, we are happy to announce that Ryan Paul Hooper won! The winner takes home a GIGABYTE BXBR-1900 Brix PC , a 4GB DDR3L memory module and a Force LX 128GB SSD drive from Corsair. Congratulations Ryan and thanks to everyone for your participation!
You can review all other submissions here: https://www.facebook.com/GIGABYTE/posts/10152820275576948
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Project Addison, SlipperySkip’s Compact Gaming PC feat. GIGABYTE mobo and VGA

In terms of retro and most unique looking case mod, it’s hard to find more skilled than Jeffrey Stephenson’s hands. Also known as SlipperySkip, Jeffrey started a new project this year which featured a GIGABYTE Z97N-WIFI Mini-ITX motherboard and a Mini-ITX sized GeForce GTX 970 graphics card. With this kind of hardware, it was easy for him to achieve his project goal which was “to design and build a powerful as possible gaming rig into a small as possible enclosure”
This project was inspired by the Canadian radio design from the 1940s, the Addison Model 2
Here are the full specs of this unique build:
Intel Core i7-4770K CPU
Gigabyte Z97N-WiFi Mini-ITX Motherboard
Gigabyte GTX970 Video Card
HyperX Fury 8GB System Memory
HyperX 480GB SSD
Silverstone 450W Modular SFX Power Supply
All-In-One Generic 120mm water cooling system
You can see the full work log on Slippery Skip’s forum here: http://slipperyskip.com/forum/index.php?topic=7.30
To skip to the final picture of the project, here is Jeffrey Stephenson’s website: http://slipperyskip.com/page41.html
Nice work Jeffrey!

Monday, November 24, 2014

GIGABYTE TARGET OC Winners

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After reading all the comments on the HWBOT’s competition forum thread, it is easy to see that the GIGABYTE TARGET OC was a whole lot of fun! We have learned a great deal too from this challenge, this always help us organize better competitions in the future. BTW, we are brewing some ideas right now for our next challenge, so stay tune. But anyway, to close down the GIGABTYE Target OC, here is the list of winners. GIGABYTE would like to congratulate every winner and sends their special thanks to everyone who helped make this challenge a success!

Contest Stages Winners
Each of the following overclocker winners will be cashing in $400 USD!

Stage 1: XTU (Target score: 159 marks)
Winner: Christian Ney

Stage 2: HWBOT Prime (Target score: 2967.55 pps)
Winner: MarineOC

Stage 3: 3DMark05 (Target score: 30257 marks)
Winner: I.nfraR.ed

Stage 4: Super Pi 32M (Target score: 20min27sec570ms)
Winner: Gumanoid

Stage 5: Catzilla 720p (Target score: 1938 marks)
Winner: fgi

Lucky draw winners
Amongst all participants who participated in at least 4 of the 5 stages, HWBOT helped us to select five random lucky winners who will be walking away with some great GIGABYTE hardware!

- Lucky Draw #1: Moonman, wins a Z97N Gaming 5

- Lucky Draw #2: Fatboynotsoslim, wins a Z97N-WIFI

- Lucky Draw #3: Etoile, wins a Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2

- Lucky Draw #4: Fanta1ty, wins a X99-SOC FORCE

- Lucky Draw #5: Noliso, wins a X99-SOC FORCE

Winners will be contacted via e-mail.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

New Pifast and 3DMARK01 World Records by TeamAU

TeamAU has broken another couple of world records on GIGABYTE Z97X SOC Force board, 3DMARK01 and Pifast. 3DMARK01 was recently broken by overclockers from Lab501 on the same board.

PIFAST WORLD RECORD
TeamAU Link: http://www.teamau.net/2014/11/new-pifast-world-record-by-pro.html

3DMARK01 WORLD RECORD
TeamAU Link: http://www.teamau.net/2014/11/hot-off-press-new-3dmark01-world-record.html

The record was achieved with a set of Patriot PSC cooled with Liquid Nitrogen and a 4770K CPU. We powered the rig with the latest Corsair AX 1500W power supply and of course used EK heat spreaders on the memory.

Congratulations and may the (SOC) FORCE be with you! Open-mouthed smile
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