Yet another week of Searching for GIGABYTE’s #1 Biggest Fan has gone by and the search has not yet come to an end. We have several awesome motherboards still waiting to give away, so make sure to keep pace with us and invite your friends to be a GIGABYTE Motherboard Fan. As for last week’s winner, congratulations to Steve Ng from the Lion City – Singapore. Congrats Steve, you have won a brand new GIGABYTE H55N-USB3 motherboard!
The question for Week 6 was: Which GIGABYTE motherboard you have used before for overclocking? What are your best techniques you've used for overclocking by "air-cooling", and what will be the new overclocking features that you will like to see next on GIGABYTE motherboards?
It was a tough call for us to decide the winner for this week, as you all have lots of brilliant ideas to cool off the CPU by “air-cooling”. We have received lots of great comments from you all, thanks everyone!
So, let's take a look at our winner Steve’s best techniques for overclocking.
I had the Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 for the past 2 years and it is still serving me very well - i meant OC'ed state.
That was the time when Intel X48 chipset was introduced and what caught me in the eye was the colourful GA-X48T-DQ6. Can you imagine having a motherboard with pink and lime green DDR-3 dual-channel? I DO!!
I bought the Intel C2Q9450 and packed it with 8GB (4x2GB) DDR-3 from OCZ. The fun began when I put everything together, considering every details, to be OverClocked!!
- Good Chassis with 500W 80PLUS PSU
- Arctic Silver 3 Heatsink-CPU Compound spread thinly and evenly on the C2Q
- Intel-branded Air-Cooler
- A handful of high-performance low-noise 80-mm FANs to suck in cool air and gush out the hot air
- Ensuring as little clutter as possible surrounding the board, CPU and RAM
The best part is the trial and error is pushing the system to the limit without breaking.... first OC the CPU, then Memory, then GPU... then again the same cycle... lots of experimenting for the best application performance.
It's like a delicate operation.... when it hang, my heart also missed a beat.... so exciting in achieving the extra MHz out of my investments.
When Win XP boots up nice and next comes the stress tests to ensure that it is stable and rock solid.... almost a weekend effort to achieve this incredible stun.
If I get a new Gigabyte Motherboard, I'll be spending another weekend doing what I once did 2+ years ago.
Oh yes, new features..... hmmm... I like the 2-oz Copper Board - much needed for stability, over-clocking, reliability, better power-efficiency, etc, and also software like Smart-6 which makes overclocking and testing much easier and convenient.
Go Gigabyte - You are the BEST !!!
We are sure that you will be spending several weekends enjoying this new H55N-UB3 motherboard, Steve.
If you did not win this week's H55N-USB3 or have just learned about our Search for GIGABYTE’s #1 Biggest Fan event don't worry, we still have a lot of boards to give away including 3 GIGABYTE X58 motherboards, as well as the grand prize of a trip to Taiwan for GO OC 2010. So, keep coming back each week for the win! Visit facebook.com/GIGABYTEmotherboards to enter!