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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

GIGABYTE X99: All Digital Power Design

Picture1GIGABYTE X99 Ultra Durable™ series motherboards use an all digital CPU power design from International Rectifier® which includes both 4th Generation digital PWM Controllers and industry-leading 3rd Generation PowIRstage® controllers. These 100% digital controllers offer incredible precision in delivering power to the motherboard’s most powerhungry and energy-sensitive components, allowing enthusiasts to get the absolute maximum performance from their new Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition CPUs.

Here is an introduction from Colin of GIGABYTE X99 series power design.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GIGABYTE X99 New Function: QFlash Plus

On an healthy running system, you can easily update your BIOS using the @BIOS option found in the App Center. But in the unfortunate event that both your main BIOS and Backup BIOS becomes unavailable, or that you have a new CPU that requires a different BIOS, you will not be able to boot up your system to access the App Center. That is where QFlash Plus comes handy. Here are the steps to follow to flash your BIOS using QFlash Plus.

- Make sure your USB thumb drive is formatted in FAT32 and upload the BIOS you want to flash to it. You can find the latest BIOS version for your motherboard on GIGABYTE’s website :

- Rename that BIOS file to GIGABYTE.BIN

- Turn OFF your system and plug in your USB thumb drive in the white USB port located at the BACK I/O panel.

- Turn your system ON and wait for the BIOS to be flashed. This step may take a few minutes, do not reboot your system or remove the USB thumb drive during that process. An LED located next to the white USB port will blink showing that the new BIOS is being uploaded to your system. Once this LED is turned off, the process is complete.

- Turn off your system, remove the USB thumb drive and restart your system.


In the following video, Colin gives you a demonstration on how to use QFlash Plus on GIGABYTE X99 motherboards.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

X99-UD5 WIFI presentation video on Newegg

Leon from GIGABYTE made a stop at Newegg TV to give a thorough introduction of the features for the new X99-UD5 WIFI motherboard.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

GIGABYTE X99 New Function: Ambient LED

With the new X99 motherboards LED design, GIGABYTE is introducing Ambient LED. In the video bellow, Colin introduces this function made to help control how your GIGABYTE X99 motherboards LEDs react.