Wednesday, February 25, 2015

VRWORLD: INTEL PUSHES PAST 10NM TO A POST-SILICON ERA!

Vrworld reported recently that Intel recently gave an update on their 10nm process and the push to 7nm. According to Vrworld, Intel is expecting to move to 7nm architecture by 2018. What this effectively means is that Intel will move to a new material as Intel’s current silicon etching techniques will be sufficient to bring it to 10nm method. All I can think of is bring on the MHz and more cores Open-mouthed smile.

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Case Mod: Terminator Velox Project

When a person applies himself, the result shows. This can certainly be said for Larry Anderson with his latest case mod featuring a GIGABYTE Z97X-Gaming G1 Wifi Black Edition which gave him the honors of wining the Best of Show Case Mod Contest at LANFest Sacramento Fall 2014.

With the added special touch from Larry, the finished system is simply spectacular! Impressive work!

You can learn all about the build log here : http://forums.evga.com/Terminator-Velox-Project-m2265355.aspx

Here are a few pictures for your pleasure!

Friday, February 20, 2015

GIGABYTE Z97X Gaming G1 Black selected as “Motherboard of the Year” by PC PowerPlay Magazine

GIGABYTE Z97X Gaming G1 Black has been selected as the “Motherboard of the Year” by PC PowerPlay Magazine in Australia. PC PowerPlay Magazine is the biggest gaming magazine in Australia and clearly rates our top spec Z97 Gaming board as the best of the best. Make sure you get one on your next upgrade! The magazine doesn’t have a definite pick on the CPU side so we’ll take the liberty of suggesting for a good match. We’d recommend the Intel 4690K or 4790K for high end or as a pure gamer even the Intel Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition is a killer performer in 3D!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

GIGABYTE Brix BXBT-2807 Compact PC Unboxing and Linux Installation

I came across a pretty hands on review of the Brix 2807 compact PC and thought it would be a an interesting one for you to check out. THe reviewer goes into a lot of detail, pulls the Brix PC apart to talk about what’s inside and installs Linux and does some video tests. Very informative!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Steponz from USA strikes again, takes out all major single GPU scores!

We recently wrote about Steponz, an overclocker from USA, passing 10K points in single card 3DMARK Fire Strike Extreme. He did not rest there and decided to attack all major single card 3D scores and took everything out in an emphatic fashion. The rig was powered with the GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion running a 5960X at 5.8GHz and a single GTX980 running 2260MHz, incredible stuff!

Congrats Joe!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Steponz first overclocker to reach 10,000+ points with 1x GPU in Fire Strike Extreme!

Last week has been very interesting at HWBOT, particularly from some of the amazing overclocks Steponz from USA put up. One that impressed me the most was the magic 10K barrier being broken in 3DMARK Fire Strike Extreme with a single graphics card.

The hardware used was GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion with 5960X clocked at 5.8GHz and 1x GTX980 graphics card running at 2250MHz core.

Congratulations and keep up the good work!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

How to insulate a motherboard for subzero cooling, guide inside!

Zeropluszero from Australia put up a guide on how to insulate a motherboard for subzero overclocking. Subzero overclocking refers to using copper pots or containers attached to CPU or memory or graphics cards and pouring liquid nitrogen or dry ice inside the container to cool the CPU/memory/GPU. Once you cool down the copper container, moisture in the air condensates and creates ice or water puddles depending on how humid your place of benching is. This means that the hardware requires some protection to ensure it does not short circuit and die.

Here are a couple of shots from the guide but for the real McCoy, jump over to HWBOT forum!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

OCAU overclocking competition with a twist, how low can you score in 3DMARK!

OCAU forum runs some interesting overclocking competitions from time to time and this one is no different. GIGABYTE sponsored the X99 SOC Champion for top spot which was fought over in a friendly OC showdown which ended up a 3 way tie for first place. This has not occurred in the past so moderators found a crafty little competition for the 3 contestants.

To make things more interesting the comp is now run as a crazy underclocking competition for the 3way tie places to be decided and competitors now have to score the lowest possible score in 3DMARK03 to win. This is after running a comp with a highly competitive month long comp which required purchasing a low end GPU and applying crazy modifications.

Current leader in the 3way tie showdown is Chilli-Man with a hilariously low score of 89 points in 3DMARK03 (btw world record held by TeamAU on GIGABYTE Z97 platform is over 300,000 points!).

You have to check out this OCAU competition at: http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=1151880

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Here are some interesting rig pics and crafty modifications LOL!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion breaks XTU world record and highest DDR4 memory frequency

HWBOT lit up today with some more scores from GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion coupled with DDR4 and 5960X CPU. First score was the highest DDR4 memory frequency done by hicookie. New DDR4 frequency top score was set with Corsair DDR4 memory and it stands at DDR4-4326 (2163.3MHz).

HWBOT score link: http://hwbot.org/submission/2745882_hicookie_memory_clock_ddr4_sdram_2163.3_mhz

It comes with a video validation showing oscilloscope measurements confirming the frequency.

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The latest XTU world record was also broken by dinos22 on GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion motherboard. New world record XTU score is at 3039 points running 5920MHz CPU frequency on Intel 5960X CPU powered by a 1500W Corsair PSU.

HWBOT score link: http://hwbot.org/submission/2746285_dinos22_xtu_core_i7_5960x_3039_marks

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Top 10 Best-Selling Games of 2014

As spotted on Forbes.com today, the NPD Group came out with the top 10 video games of 2014. Arguably, someone’s best game is entirely a subjective matter, looking at the sales number of each games is not a clear indicator that the game is awesome. But at least it gives us a good look at how well the main players such as Activision, Rockstar, Ubisoft and the likes are doing… So here is the USA’s Best Selling line-up for 2014.

  1. 68d6528ca261b598acd86e63d194291e94325942 (1)Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  2. Madden NFL 15 (Not available for PC… boooooo!)
  3. Destiny (Not available for PC… damn damn?)
  4. Minecraft
  5. Super Smash Bros (for 3DS and Wii U…)
  6. NBA 2K15
  7. Watch Dogs
  8. FIFA 15
  9. Call of Duty Ghosts

How about you, are you a COD fan? What were you favorite games for 2014? Which one do you think will make the list for 2015?