Monday, June 30, 2014

Sofos1990 smashes the memory frequency world record once more with GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 board

Yes, that's right. Sofos1990 has beaten an already insane memory frequency world record with a frequency of 2310.1 (DDR3-4620).

GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 motherboard was the board of choice once again. Kingston HyperX MFR ICs were the memories used.

For all those doubting Thomases, the result was validated at HWBOT.ORG

Here is also a video with an oscilloscope verifying a DDR3-4560 frequency


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Anandtech reviews the GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force

Ian Cutress from Anandtech took the new GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force for a spin and gave it a very detailed review. A must read!

Check it out here!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Only a Few Days Left for the Caption Contest

Yes it’s finally Friday and this crazy week is drawing to an end! 

Make sure you have your submissions in for the caption contest. We already have over 100 submissions!!
You have until 12pm on Sunday, June 30th (Eastern Daylight Time) to make put in your best caption in the comment section of the FB post. Cool material on the line with an Z97X-UD5H motherboard!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Another devilishly good looking custom PC from Computer Lounge NZ, check it out!

The guys over at Computer Lounge, New Zealand, make some sweet custom made liquid cooled PCs. This time they used the GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force motherboard and it looks stunning. Give them some love on their FB page!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lab501 reflects on overclocking at Computex 2014, good read!

Intel-021A mate of mine from Romania, Monstru, runs a famous tech website called Lab501 and loves his oveclocking. He’s paid Taipei a visit this year during Computex 2014 and felt compelled to write about all the overclocking events during and after the show. He noticed a lot of changes with this special hobby in the last 5 years. Monstru is no stranger to overclocking, nor is his team mate Matose who was the GOOC 2010 world wide champion. These guys are my old school OC mates and did a stellar job covering all the craziness. Monstru also speculated what we might see in the future, more professional OC scene, bigger and better things to come. Jump over to Lab501 to read more about it. We overclock and drink beer (&arm wrestle too!)


Monday, June 23, 2014


To celebrate its new custom made skin on the Catzilla 720P benchmark, GIGABYTE is inviting the overclocking community to participate in GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC Contest. Open to all HWBOT members from June 23rd 2014 until July 21st 2014, GIGABYTE invites all Overclockers to suit up for one epic cat fight using any hardware platform on a 9 Series GIGABYTE motherboard.
Contest PrizesZ97X_UD5H_Rev11
· Air/Water cooling stage:
Winner gets $500 in cash and a GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H
· LN2 cooling stage:
Winner gets $500 in cash and a GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2
· Lucky draw (To be held on June 27th, July 4th, July 11th and July 18th)
Winner gets a GIGABYTE T-Shirt


For complete contest rules, scoring and more details, please visit the contest page hosted on

Also, don’t miss out Catzilla’s summer sale on the Catzilla Advanced benchmark, you have until July 1st!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Impressive Case Modding by Jan Hendrik VanToorn

I am always amazed by the professionalism and talent of case modders. Take a look at this brilliant pc rig made by Jan Hendrik VanToorn featuring a G1. Sniper Z97 gaming motherboard. It won the award of the "First rig battle competition" contest ! Really nice work!10372757_648419571910884_5127316044531571600_n                      10374944_10203884748460153_187774283959092270_n 10487012_759251514126757_100716219_n10489203_759251500793425_78337363_n


More pictures and information here:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

GIGABYTE shows off OC lab and Z97 development in co-op with world’s best OCers

Hey guys, we’ve just released a video from April’s bench session in which TeamAU guys (dinos22, youngpro and SniperOz), Vivi, Steponz, sofos1990 and Hicookie helped break all the legacy 3D world records on the new Z97X-SOC Force motherboards. Check it out!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Caption contest, win a Z97X-UD5H motherboard!!!

We have a lot of fun at Computex and one image really stood out from our GIGABYTE day at G.Skill booth so we decided to give away a motherboard for the best image caption. Check out the contest on our facebook page asap!


Friday, June 13, 2014

The Desktop PC is Dead…Not!

Everyone’s been talking about it. With the rise in popularity and efficiency of the handheld devices, many are choosing to move their computing needs towards the notebook / Smartphone / Tablet market. Such a trend  should mean the death of the desktop computer in the very near future.

Well it seems that the future of desktops is not so grim after all. Intel said Thursday afternoon that it now expects to achieve $13.7 billion in second quarter revenue — plus or minus $300 million — up from its original guidance of $13 billion plus or minus $500 million. The company said it expects the midpoint of its gross margin to increase 1%, to 64%, driven by higher PC unit volume.

Directly impacting those numbers is the giant hardware refresh that is taking place in so many businesses. Windows XP is now an obsolete platform that is lacking the technical support which companies need to rely on. What if your employees computer are affected by the latest bug running around and that your company’s data is at risk? No one can afford that kind of threat. So if you are going to change the operating system amongst your enterprise, why not at the same time refresh the hardware that’s been running it for so many years. After all, it's a very justifiable investment that will result in better performance and longer lasting equipment, all for the benefit of the company.

This change is meaning big bucks for Intel and the desktop industry! Intel revised its full-year forecast, saying that the higher business PC unit volume has led it to expect “some revenue growth for the year,” compared to the previously flat outlook. Full-year gross margin is now projected to fall in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, which Intel said is driven by “expected improvements in unit cost and volume.

The desktop PC’s life is far from being over, and the future looks good!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Take a tour at the GIGABYTE Factory

Colin takes us on a tour of GIGABYTE’s factory located in Nanping, Taiwan. Find out the details about the Black Edition motherboards and what process they go through before being boxed! 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force LN2 board can break memory frequency records with all major brands easily

The new GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force LN2 is the new memory overclocking board that easily put a stamp on last week’s Computex competitions based on memory frequency benching from GIGABYTE record breaking press conference to Intel “Unleash the beast” competition and Kingston’s HyperX OC Takeover competition.

One thing that may not be apparent to many is besides having decent RAM, you also need the right motherboard. Not only that but we can push all memory vendors to some sky high frequencies and we broke frequency world records with all the RAM in quick pretesting.

Here is sofos1990 showing off RAM from Corsair, G.Skill and Kingston all doing DDR3-4500+ at HWBOT forum.


Trophies from Team GIGABYTE and TeamAU picking up first and second places and breaking memory frequency world records on both setups running GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force LN2. We will release an extreme small amount of retail boards. Make sure you contact your favourite store for stock availability.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

GIGABYTE team posts the first score at HyperX competition, new WR

Gigabyte overclocking team has posted the first score at Kingston HyperX overclocking competition with a new world record memory frequency of DDR3-4565 (2282.8MHz).

Second place is TeamAU at DDR3-4534 (2267MHz), also a world record.

The scores were done on the new GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 motherboard and Kingston HX29C12T2K2/8X memory.

Watch it live at

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 launched with a memory frequency world record at DDR3-4501

GIGABYTE put on a show on first day of Computex 2014 with the launch of our 9 series products and a new edition of the SOC Force (-LN2) designed for extreme memory overclocking. We even broke the memory frequency world record live on stage setting the new mark at 4501.6MHz.