Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tweak Town’s Intel Core i7 5960X OC Guide

Because overclocking is not something that comes naturally to everyone, getting a little help is always appreciated. Steven Bassiri over at Tweak Town was nice enough to put together an OC guide of the new Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Edition on X99 platform. The best bit about is that it was made on a GIGABYTE X99-SOC FORCE motherboard :)

So there you have it, a well explained way to adjust your BIOS settings in order to get more juice out of that CPU’s 8 cores!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

GIGABYTE Target OC: Show us your Overclocking Skills


Only a couple of weeks after the end of the GIGABYTE Z97 Pentium AE Challenge, GIGABYTE has the honor to launch a new overclocking competition with the GIGABYTE TARGET OC. This time around, instead of asking the OC community to break records and reach for the ultimate limits, we selected a few benchmarks with some specific scores that participants will have to try to match perfectly. Some precise system tweaking will be in order!

Overclocking is not only about pushing the limits of your hardware, it is also about mastering the skills needed to tweak all aspects of your system to achieve the performance that you want. In this challenge we will also give you an opportunity to showcase your overclocking and downclocking skills. With TARGET OC, GIGABYTE decided to have some fun with selection of the target scores and chose some epic world records back in the day as well as some super bad scores to see how well you can tune your system to the level of performance of old time greats and super bad overclocks of today. By trying to hit every scores set, we are hoping the participants will have fun trying to search the perfect setting for the perfect score.

Contest Stages
  • Target score: 159 marks
  • We challenge you to match the worst Pentium G3258 XTU score on HWBOT (link)
  • Submission will be open for 2 hours open on Sunday, October 19th at 2pm (UTC+08:00)
  • Target score: 2967.55 pps
  • We challenge you to match the worst Pentium G3258 HWBOT Prime score on HWBOT (link)
  • Submission will be open for 2 hours open on Sunday, October 26th at 2pm (UTC+08:00)
  • Target score: 30257 marks
  • We challenge you to match an epic world record from 2007 set by a legendary US overclocker OPPAINTER (link)
  • Submission will be open for 2 hours open on Sunday, November 2nd at 2pm (UTC+08:00)
  • Target score: 20min27sec570ms
  • We challenge you to match an epic world record from 2006 set by a legendary US overclocker bachus_anonym (link)
  • Submission will be open for 2 hours open on Sunday, November 9th at 2pm (UTC+08:00)
  • Target score: 1938 marks
  • We challenge you to match a 2000th ranked score on HWBOT in Catzilla 720p (link)
  • Submission will be open for 2 hours open on Sunday, November 16th at 2pm (UTC+08:00)

A lot is on the line too! The winner of each stage will be rewarded a nice $400 USD. But that’s not all, in an effort to have everyone from different level of overclocking join, we’ve included 5 awesome lucky draw prizes, including two X99-SOC FORCE, a Z97N-Gaming 5, a Z97N-Gaming WIFI and a Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2!! All you have to do is submit your score in at least 4 out of the 5 stages and you will be automatically entered to win.




 X99-SOC_Force   For all the rules and details, visit:

Monday, October 6, 2014

GIGABYTE Z97 - Pentium AE Beat the Heat Challenge Winners


Last week was the end of the  GIGABYTE Z97 - Pentium AE Beat the Heat Challenge, an overclocking competition organized by GIGABYTE and hosted on After verification of all submissions, we are happy to announce the winners!

This challenge was divided into 5 stages and invited the overclocking community to push the limits of the recently launched Intel Pentium AE processor on any GIGABYTE Z97 series motherboard.

Here are the winners:

Stage Benchmark Winner Prize
Stage 1 XTU nvidiaforever2 USD $500 for 1st place
Stage 2
Stage 3
Stage 4
Stage 5
SuperPI 32M
Memory Clock
CPU Frequency
1: DFORDOG (78 pts)
2: Yin92 (69 pts)
3: ZeR0_Dan (46 pts)

1st: USD $1,000 + Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2

2nd: USD $500

3rd: Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 motherboard

Lucky Draw #1   Hotrod717 G-Powerboard kit
Lucky Draw #2   Nelson G-Powerboard kit
Lucky Draw #3   Bullshooter G-Powerboard kit
Lucky Draw #4   Stubass G-Powerboard kit
Lucky Draw #5   Joe90br G-Powerboard kit

Also worth of mention is DFORDOG Global First  Place score on the HWBOT Prime 2xCPU


And DINOS22 SuperPi 32M Hardware First Place!


Congratulations to all winners and thanks to all participants for joining this challenge!

See you soon at the next comp!!

X99 Features: Up To Date Connectivity

One thing that you need to look at very closely before buying a new motherboard for your next PC DIY project is the onboard available connectivity. Having the latest connectivity such as SATA Express, M.2 or event Thunderbolt™ support means that you will not be left behind in terms of fast transfer speed or upgrades with the latest technology.

Next Generation SATA Express Connector

GIGABYTE X99 series motherboards feature an onboard SATA Express connector which provides performance far superior to that of current SATA technologies. SATA Express features data transfer rates of up to 10Gb/s, considerably higher than SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s), which won’t bottleneck faster NAND flash technologies in cutting edge SSDs. SATA Express combines the benefits of PCI-Express and SATA to provide much higher bandwidth, allowing SATA Express based drives to perform at similar speeds as PCI-Express based drives.

Dual M.2 Technology with Onboard WIFI and Bluetooth 4.0

GIGABYTE X99 motherboards with Dual M.2 technology provides users PCI-Express connectivity for SSD devices and onboard 11AC WIFI + Bluetooth 4.0. Delivering up to 10 Gb/s data transfer speeds, M.2 offers considerably faster storage performance than current mSATA and even SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s) storage devices. GIGABYTE’s stacked design optimizes the PCB real-estate usage, allowing more components to be efficiently added without compromising any space.

Turbo M.2 Technology

GIGABYTES X99 SOC motherboards feature a Turbo M.2 socket to provide compact connectivity for SSD devices. Thanks to the unique design from the X99 chipset, 4 PCIe (Gen.2) lanes can be allocated to the M.2 socket, unlocking up to 20 Gb/s of bandwidth.

Thunderbolt™ Ready

GIGABYTE X99 brings the expandability needed to make your system the ultimate one with an onboard pin header to accommodate the addition of a GIGABYTE Thunderbolt™ add-in card. The Thunderbolt™ controller can provide bandwidth of up to 20 Gb/s, compared to a max of 10 Gb/s on previous generation designs. This allows for incredible data transfer speeds when using high performance storage devices, while also supporting daisy-chaining of up to 12 devices and triple digital display support.

Here is a quick presentation video on the available connectivity mentioned above for the GIGABYTE X99 series motherboards.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


With every new line up of motherboards from GIGABYTE, an OC Guide is made to help the users push the stock limits of their systems. X99 series is no exception to this rule. Coming straight from the OC Lab, here is the GIGABYTE X99-OC Guide made by the famous Soffos1990.




OC PCIe Switch:

Allows the user to disable individual PCI-E slots. This is especially useful for PCIe diagnostic when it is difficult to remove the PCIe cards with cooling apparatus installed on. Also, you will notice that there are 4 LED lights, one for each PCI-E slot. If the PCIe card installed in the slot is working without a problem, then the LEDs stays on.


OC Ignition:

Provides power to DIMMs slots, PCIe slots and peripheral devices even when the system is off. This feature is a GIGABYTE exclusive and provides many hidden benefits to users. First of all you can test not only the PSU to make sure it properly works, but also any voltage modifications on your graphics cards, water cooling systems, case mods and fans (Virtually anything that requires the board or PSU to provide power to can be engaged). It is especially useful during cold bug situations when you need a fan to run 24/7 to keep condensation at bay. It also can be used to provide continuous power to the PCIe/PCI based RAM cards that lose memory when they are powered off.


Windows 10, who’s downloading it today?

Soooooooooo, Windows 10 is out in beta. Microsoft is providing downloads (tech preview).

I’m about to install it on a test machine to see what it’s all about.

Download link for ISOs is here.

Check out the video about it all!

Who’s excited? Open-mouthed smile

Thursday, September 25, 2014

X99 Features: AMP-UP Audio Technology

GIGABYTE X99 motherboards are equipped with the GIGABYTE exclusive AMP-UP Audio Technology, which provides the industry’s highest level of onboard audio features and technologies. With GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio, gamers and audiophiles are able to experience crisp, ultra realistic sound effects while gaming, and the richest possible sound experience when listening to their favorite music and movies.
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High end Audio Capacitors and Sound Core 3D

Watch the following video where Colin introduces these many AMP-UP audio features:

- Audio guard light path

- Direct audio route design

- Independent Right and Left Audio Channel PCB Layers

- Creative® Sound Core3D™ Quad-Core Audio Processor  or Realtek ALC1150
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OP-AMP and Gain Boost

- High End Audio Capacitors

- Gain boot switch


- Gold plating on the audio jacks
- USB DAC-UP ports

- SBX Pro Studio

Have you got your X99 board yet, ready for some gaming action this weekend?

I built a new gaming rig to have some fun this weekend and thought I’d share my excitement and see who else is up for some gaming on the weekend.

Have a look at this awesome download speed with Telstra 100Mbps cable internet and GIGABYTE X99 SOC Force Intel Gigabit LAN downloading at a constant 13.6MB/s!!!

Time to fire up some GRID Autosport Smile

2 with 13.6

Btw, loving this Ambient LED feature. Looks awesome in a dark room.



Friday, September 19, 2014

GIGABYTE X99 Series PCI Express Design

Picture1If you are looking for the best graphics performance possible, it is very likely that your PC DIY rig features a 2-way, 3 –way or even 4-way SLI or Crossfire configuration. Did you know that X99 PCIe design offered a total of 320Gb/s bandwidth for your multi graphics card configuration? GIGABYTE X99 motherboards feature a unique PCI Express design that utilizes 100% of all 40 lanes from the CPU when in a 4-Way or 3-Way graphics configuration. Standard designs limit all 4 main PCIe lanes to x8(64Gb/s) bandwidth, but thanks to the onboard external clock generator combined with the direct connection of one of the x16 lanes to the CPU (switchless design), GIGABYTE X99 motherboards can unlock the full bandwidth available and provide the best graphics bandwidth possible to the user.



Here is an introduction video of the PCIe design available on GIGABYTE X99 series motherboards.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GIGABYTE Knocks Down Multiple World Records with X99

Even though the GIGABYTE X99 series motherboards were launched only a couple of weeks ago, GIGABYTE star overclockers HiCookie and Sofos1990 did not lose any time to outperform themselves on the X99-SOC FORCE and X99-SOC FORCE LN2. At the time of writing, the two of them lined up a total of 5 World Records on the new Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition platform. Additionally, CL3P20 also manage to push the limits of Intel’s Core i7 5820K by breaking the XTU World Record, bringing the count to 6 WR on GIGABYTE X99 motherboards!! Looks like GIGABYTE’s X99 series is going strong, stay tuned for more records.