Check out the Z87X-UD3H here.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Check out the Z87X-UD3H here.
This week saw the conclusion of our latest HWBOT OC contest, the ‘GIGABYTE Feel the Force’ contest. Based on the Intel Z87 platform we teamed up with Corsair to award the contest winners with some pretty tasty prizes including a GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Force motherboard, some CORSAIR Force Series SSDs and Corsair Graphite Series chassis.
After a month of failry intense competition, Vivi from South Africa came out on top with Overclockers Hero and laoshu1919 of Mainland china taking 2nd and 3rd places respectfully.
You can check out the contest conclusion at hWBOT.org
Info about the GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Force can be found here.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Our buddy Tiny ‘Tom’ Logan managed to get his hands on our new socket 1150 gaming motherboard, the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87. Of course Tom being Tom, the first things he did was shoot a quick ‘First look’ video. As ever Tom goes through the main features, of which there are many, including our signature AMP-UP audio which includes an upgradable OP-AMP, gain switches, a Creative Sound Core3D audio processor and more.
Just to generally sum up Tom’s feelings about the board, he is totally impressed with the overall spec of the board and the more high-end features that you’re getting for your money. In a nut shell, it’s ‘wicked’ value!
Introductory OC3D.TV article.
More info about the GIGABYTE G1. Sniper Z87
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Our man Colin was in the US recently and took time to visit Newegg, specifically to chat about our new line of BRIX compact PC kits. In case you missed it, the GIGABYTE BRIX is an ultra compact kit that provides you with a small, and I mean literally ‘in the palm of your hand’ small, chassis containing a custom motherboard with a choice of 4th gen Intel Core CPUs. We provide a WiFi/Bluetooth Mini-PCIe module too so all you need to add is some SO-DIMM DRR3 modules, and mSATA SSD for your OS and bingo, you have a very small, very cool looking PC that actually has plenty of performance punch.
GIGABYTE BRIX: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/list.aspx?s=47&ck=104
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
HWBOT Country Cup looking to be the most popular OC contest ever organised, how is your country fairing?
HWBOT is in its 5th edition of the famous Country Cup competition where overclockers from nations worldwide compete to give their country the best chance of walking away with the highest honours. HWBOT is saying they are expecting submission numbers to surpass the most popular Country Cup 2011 competition considerably this year.
Being an Australian I can tell you we love our sports and do pretty well against the big guns despite being a relatively small nation (size of population). Overclocking is just like any other “sport”, it has its stats and ranking systems that immediately give you an idea how well (or badly) you stack up against others.
How about you jump over to the competition first and check it out. Here is the web page you need to go to.
Countdown timer gives you an indication how long a time there is left. Currently we’re looking just over a month to go. The leaderboard is tightly stacked and some of the countries are there that always do well and then there are a few surprises. Australia is one of those countries that has not faired too well in the past finishing well down the ladder in 30+ spots. Well, this year things are different. Boys from OCAU HWBOT team and Team Australia Extreme OC team are joining forces and looking for a strong finish.
Americans have also not been as active in this comp in the past but this year they are looking very strong. The usual suspects of Germany and Indonesia are in top 5. We are yet to see some of the previous champions including Romanian, Greek and Polish teams step up their game. I have no doubt the leaderboard will take many twists and turns yet, best to keep an eye on the latest submissions and team movements daily. I love checking out people’s OC rig setup pics that are compulsory in result submissions. I’ll put up a couple of cool shots here!
GIGABYTE is the proud sponsor of Country Cup competition and is offering some nice prizes for the winners as are other companies including G.Skill, Intel and Cooler Master.
Thumbs up to all and have fun.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Earlier this week we asked all our Facebook fans and followers to try and guess which quote from the original Star Wars movie we had hidden in an envelope… a big thanks to the hundreds of you that took part, but before we announce the winner, let’s open said envelope and reveal the quote:
Winning Quote: Han Solo - “It’s the ship that made the kessel run in less than twelve parsecs”
As I mentioned in the comments on Facebook, it is kind of (hmm…very loosely) related to overclocking and benchmarking… if you consider the kessel run to be benchmark of course. According to Wookieepedia:
“The Kessel Run was one of the most heavily used smuggling routes in the Galactic Empire. Han Solo claimed that his Millennium Falcon "made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs". A parsec is a unit of distance, not time. Solo was not referring directly to his ship's speed when he made this claim. Instead, he was referring to the shorter route he was able to travel by skirting the nearby Maw black hole cluster, thus making the run in under the standard distance. By moving closer to the black holes, Solo managed to cut the distance down to about 11.5 parsecs. The smuggler BoShek actually beat Solo's record in his ship, Infinity, but without cargo to weigh him down. A few months later, Han Solo beat both his own and BoShek's records in a run he made with Luke Skywalker.”
Three people correctly guessed the quote:
- Luie Arellano
- Jesse Que
- Sergio Nergal
Well done guys. Each person was designated a number from one to three (same as above), and using a random number generator at random.org, the number 2 was chosen. Congratulations to Jessie Que in Australia who will shortly be the proud owner of a GIGABYTE Z87X-OC motherboard - a Millennium Falcon in motherboard form you might say… ;)
Thanks once again folks for all who took part…
Check out the ‘Feel the Force’ Overclocking contest at HWBOT.org
Learn more about the GIGABYTE Z87X-OC motherboard here.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Here’s a fun little competition which we’re running for two days on our Facebook page to promote our ‘Feel the Force’ OC contest on HWBOT.org. Seeing as the OC contest is inspired by the classic Sci-fi movie Star Wars, we thought we’d have a bit of fun along those lines. Think you know you’re Star Wars quotes? Try this…
Earlier today, we picked out our favorite quote from the movie Star Wars. We wrote it down and put it in the sealed envelope pictured below. The idea is that you simply go to our Facebook page, and leave your ‘Star Wars’ quote in the comments below the image of the envelope. Note: The quote is taken from the original 1977 Star Wars - Episode IV Movie.
If you can correctly guess the quote from the movie, you will win a GIGABYTE Z87X-OC motherboard. If more than one person guesses correctly, then we will select a winner at random.
Good luck, and ‘May the Force be With You’…
The winner will be drawn at random from all correct guesses.
Winner and correct quote will be revealed at 12pm, Thursday 21st November 2103 (Taiwan Time).
Note: The quote we selected is from the original Star Wars (Episode IV) movie.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GIGABYTEmotherboards
‘Feel the Force’ OC Contest on HWBOT.org: http://hwbot.org/competition/gbt_feelforce/
GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Motherboard: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4514#ov
Friday, November 15, 2013
It looks like our buddies in Sydney Australia, PC Authority have gone and called their local LN2 delivery people in preparation for an awesome OC sesh at their Headquarters in Sydney. If I know John Gillooly and co, I’m sure they’d like to invite you all, but as it stands there will be two sub-zero setups (one controlled by our very own Dino), prizes pizza, beer and more for some very lucky winners to enjoy.
How do you win? Easy, just tell them in 25 words or less exactly why you feel you are deserving of the honor. Simple, no? Follow the link below… ;)
Thursday, November 14, 2013
We launched our latest audio technology, ‘AMP-UP Audio’ earlier this year at Computex 2013. One of the main features which differentiated us from the competition was the addition of an upgradable onboard operational amplifier or OP-Amp. OP-Amps are commonly found in high-end audio gear, and produce a much louder more amplified sound and a way superior audio experience generally. The OP-Amp itself is mounted on a socket which means that end-users can physically switch it out and also try different OP-Amps available on the market. Each OP-Amp offers distinct aural properties but generally speaking they make the audio clearer, punchier and more life-like.
Because the quality of front panel audio cables tend to vary from chassis to chassis, Op-Amp audio is available from the back panel audio jack only. Having said that, some users may feel that the back panel is not the most convenient in terms of access. Our buddy Janus saw this as an opportunity for another of his ‘mod jobs’. The mission this time was to make a custom front panel includes a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a front audio output for headphones, plus a USB DAC-UP port (i.e. a specialized port that is design for noise-free DAC connectivity).
Here an image of all the components and tools which Janus used for his mod job. The board used for the build was a GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X. The blue cable is used for the USB DAC-UP port, but if your motherboard doesn’t support this feature, it can be used as a regular USB 3 port.
Ok, let's see how he made the actual front panel...
After selecting his chassis, Janus realized he was only going to get one shot at modding his 3.5 inch front panel, so plenty of time and preparation went into making sure he got it right.
He used Photoshop to draw a 1:1 design layout for the placement of USB 3.0 and USB DAC ports and the all important audio jack. This template made it much easier to then cut the necessary holes.
After several hours work, the panel looks pretty professional.
He was then able to screw the USB 3.0 cable onto the back of the panel.
Then he added the external USB cable for the USB DAC. Here Janus added a copper riser, similar to what you would use to mount the motherboard to your chassis.
After adding the USB ports, next came the 3.5mm audio jack. Here you can also see the front panel mounted inside the chassis.
Here you can see how the cables were routed from the rear panel back through the chassis. This way the noise-free USB DAC is preserved so the end user has the choice of adding either a USB DAC or the onboard audio of the OP-AMP direct through the audio jack.
For more info about GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio, click here.
Details about the GIGABYTE G1. Sniper A88X motherboard used in this project can be found here.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
HWBOT.ORG is running a competition this month called GIGABYTE 'Feel the Force' Z87 OC Contest. A lot of international overclockers have entered so far and we’ve come across some impressive overclocks on memory, CPU frequency and base clock frequency.
Scheele from China has reached an impressive 7GHz with 4770K in first stage.
Dinos22 from Australia is running his memory on air to a whopping DDR3-3711(1855.5MHz)
Vivi from South Africa has reached a monster base clock frequency so far at 204.5MHz
There are 17 days to go. Keep an eye out on all the action at HWBOT.ORG