Tuesday, November 27, 2012

GIGABYTE Attends AMD OC Event, Takes Records Home

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I’m proud to say that last week I took part my first ever live overclocking event. AMD invited us to the AMD Extreme OC Show in Taipei, an overclocking demonstration event to officially launch their new Piledriver and Trinity platforms. As a relatively novice overclocker, this was my first taste of a live OC event and I can honestly say that thoroughly enjoyed every moment.

Several other motherboard vendors were also in attendance. Although the OC teams were not officially representing their respective companies, touting names such as ‘OC Style’ and ‘Boundless OCer’. HiCookie, John Lam and myself (a.k.a. S.Dougal) used the moniker ‘The Killers’ in homage to the GIGABYTE G1.Killer gaming motherboard series.

AMD had made efforts to stress that the event was an OC demonstration, not a competition. However the presence of several motherboard vendors under one roof inevitably ensured plenty of good natured rivalry and a thoroughly competitive atmosphere. The idea was simple; each team had both AM3+ and FM2 platforms on the bench, tasked with pushing the clock speed as high as possible. In terms of motherboards we came equipped with GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4 and GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3 motherboards.

HiCookie and John, as you might expect, pulled out all their expertise and experience to achieve the absolute highest clocks possible, but I admit that even I was surprised when we walked away with no less than two AMD world records!

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Those records were officially announced yesterday in a press release which you can find on the GIGABYTE website here.

Here’s Cookie’s HWBOT.org submission for a 7.86GHz on the AMD 5800K APU:


Here’s the submission of 8.47GHz the AMD FX-8350 processor using a GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3 board.


Massman from HWBot.org has posted a full and detailed report on the event which you can read here.

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