Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hardware Asylum podcast on evolution of overclocking motherboards

Yay, Hardware Asylum podcast is out. In case you guys have not heard of these guys before, make sure you visit their website. I would describe them as a down to earth tech website/podcast geared towards a novice and pro level overclocker or enthusiast alike. The podcast is easy to follow and dissects fairly complex topics and talks about interesting hardware, developments and competitions in this particular episode.

GIGABYTE has been the leading market innovator in the dedicated overclocking motherboards and it’s good to see someone put it into perspective (i.e. overclocking boards existed well before our first series but there was no dedicated product serious which focuses features specifically towards enthusiasts and overclocking until GIGABYTE started it all some 5-6 years ago).

Check out the podcast at the following link http://www.hardwareasylum.com/podcast/nli_podcast_47

Show Notes

Gigabyte Motherboard Evolution
Reviewing motherboards isn’t always the easiest and every reviewer tends to look at different aspects.  Some are super critical of fan controls while others may only look at feature differences between an entire group.  The reviews at Hardware Asylum often focus on features and what makes the board special.  Some are designed for overclocking while others may cater to the gamer.  One thing Dennis has noticed over the years is that motherboard designs change based on what users are doing in the marketplace. 

A perfect example of this evolution is the Gigabyte OC products dedicated to overclocking.  Of course overclocking isn’t the only thing you can use these motherboards for but, the marketing has been designed such that overclocking is first.

The rouges gallery contains every “mainstream” OC motherboard that Gigabyte has produced staring with the X58A-OC and ending with the X99 SOC Force.  In the podcast Dennis mentions a few unicorns with even more to offer.

Related Links:
Gigabyte X99 SOC Force Overclocking Motherboard Review
Gigabyte Z97X SOC Force Overclocking Motherboard Review
Gigabyte Z87X OC Overclocking Motherboard Review
Gigabyte Z77X UP7 Overclocking Motherboard Review
Gigabyte X79 UD7 OC Motherboard Preview
Gigabyte X58A-OC Overclocking Motherboard Review

A Change to Live Overclocking Competitions
There was an article published on Hardware Asylum that talked about how overclocking competitions needed to change if they were to grow into a full ocSport.  Some of the points in the article included removing “bin” from the equation and changing the structure to be more of a game that challenged the overclocker to get the best score possible within a limited set of constraints, submit a score and then do it again.

In this segment Dennis and Darren discuss the new competition format and how it can actually make competitions better for everyone from the manufacturers making the hardware to the overclockers dedicating their time to the hobby/sport and the media struggling to find interest in this niche.

Related Links:
Overclocking Competitions: About the Player not the Hardware

Episode 47 featured music:
Little People - Start Shootin' (
Dr. Nol - The Jumo Love Faction (


Hardware Asylum have little experience and information on our upcoming X99 SOC Champion board just yet but let’s just say that it will be continuing the legacy X58A-OC started. Incidentally, TeamAU broke another world record with this board today, the 3DMARK11. Here is the score and what this board has been used to achieve so far. There is going to be a heck of a lot more to come, stay tuned!



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