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Gigabyte Claim World's First Overclocking Mobo

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"World's first overclocking motherboard" is a very bold claim by Gigabyte.

GIGABYTE is now claiming "world's first" with the upcoming launch of its X58A-OC, the first motherboard "designed by overclockers, for overclockers." At first glance the motherboard is reminiscent of Halloween sporting a spooky ornage and black theme. But the hardware behind the X58A-OC is far from frightening, featuring a design based on the Intel X58 chipset (Tylersburg) and supporting LGA 1366 socket CPUs like the Core i7 990X Extreme Edition.

"The GIGABYTE X58A-OC introduces some really exciting and unique overclocking technologies like the PWM frequency switcher, a full range of on-board hardware OC buttons, onboard SATA power connectors for stable multiple graphics configurations, and DualBIOS switcher that up until now have just been ideas discussed in private OC forums and messages," commented HiCookie, GIGABYTE In-house Overclocking Expert.

Overall the board's highlights include six DDR3 memory slots (two per channel), six-core twelve-thread CPU support, and "enough PCI Express Gen 2.0 bandwidth to support 4-way AMD CrossfireX and 3-way Nvidia SLI for the best graphics performance in the world." It also features a new VRM design called OC-VRM, which includes a combination of highly conductive POScaps, 50A rated MPFC (Max Power Ferrite Core) Chokes, and Driver-MOSFETs.

"OC-VRM also allows users to overclock the PWM frequency via an onboard switch, for real-time adjustment," the company said. "When the CPU needs maximum power, users can raise the PWM frequency in order to deliver more current through this unique POScap and MPFC Choke design. In addition, GIGABYTE has specially chosen unobtrusive components and carefully designed their layout to make it easier and quicker than ever for extreme overclockers to insulate their boards."

Other overclock-specific features include on-board OC-Touch buttons for manually raising and lowering the CPU ratio, changing BCLK settings, and changing BCLK stepping to either 1 MHz or 0.3 MHz. OC-PEG provides two on-board SATA power connectors for more stable PCIe power when using 3-way and 4-way graphics configurations. OC-Cool features a new LED lit thermal design and 7x 4-pin Smart Fan connectors for controlling system-wide temperatures. There's also OC-DualBIOS which offers an on-board BIOS switcher and LED indicator, allowing users to select one BIOS for normal use, and another one for overclocking.

Currently pricing and availability is unknown, so stay tuned.

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    darkguset , March 3, 2011 8:33 PM
    Foxconn had designed the first (if not, one of the first) motherboards with the help of Samino (PRO overclocker) for overclockers. Did Gigabyte miss the event? lol
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    Altheran , March 3, 2011 8:34 PM
    Sooo .... what were we doing before this board was conceived ??? 0_o
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    Ragnar-Kon , March 3, 2011 8:34 PM
    I'm skeptical.

    I guess only time will tell. Maybe Tom's can bake some cookies and send them to Gigabyte in exchange for a little more in-depth preview?
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    techguy911 , March 3, 2011 8:37 PM
    LoL first i think not my P8 p67 pro from asus i can view my computer stats via smart phone and overclock, adjust fans from across the room switches are obsolete.
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    banthracis , March 3, 2011 8:39 PM
    And the difference btwn HW OCing/changing profiles using buttons on the mobo and OCing/chanigng profiles in the BIOS is?
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    christop , March 3, 2011 9:13 PM
    That is a bold statement... umm Asus>>1
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    ab0tj , March 3, 2011 9:52 PM
    Abit BH6, anyone?
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    Anonymous , March 3, 2011 10:14 PM

    to hazard a guess, a reboot.....
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    tsnor , March 3, 2011 10:26 PM
    "...Overall the board's highlights include three DDR3 memory slots, ..."

    I count 6 ?
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    AMW1011 , March 3, 2011 10:43 PM
    DFI's been doing it exclusively for years...
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    mikem_90 , March 3, 2011 10:48 PM
    ab0tjAbit BH6, anyone?

    Hell, a lot of 486 MBs could be overclocked by fiddling with the settings. I remember overclocking my VESA bus.

    btw: I had the BH6 and the Celery 300a too. :D 

    I seem to recall people overclocking their Amigas and some crafty people overclocking older Commodore hardware.
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    thespin , March 3, 2011 10:51 PM
    DFI Lanparty NF4 Expert allowing saves of FOUR BIOS configs and a host of OC tweaks ??
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    krinkles619 , March 3, 2011 10:52 PM
    world's first my buttocks. my asus republic of gamers board does most of the things gigabyte claims it got first, and mine is a mATX board to boot!
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    sephirothmk , March 3, 2011 10:59 PM
    I bet some Asus midrange board will overclock better than this :D 
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    kilo_17 , March 3, 2011 11:28 PM
    Looks nice, but not a fan of the color scheme.
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    eklipz330 , March 3, 2011 11:41 PM
    darkgusetFoxconn had designed the first (if not, one of the first) motherboards with the help of Samino (PRO overclocker) for overclockers. Did Gigabyte miss the event? lol

    everytime i hear foxconn, i think about suicide

    those suicide really effed up their rep.
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    slothy89 , March 3, 2011 11:54 PM
    Price wise I'm guessing will be higher than their Killer series, ie $600+

    Secondly the advantage of this board over others is that all the basic features needed by consumers, but not Pro Overclockers have been removed. Note the minimal Backplate Connectors and lack of Legacy PCI or PICe x1 (yes I know there is one Legacy PCI..) Also theres about 6-7 Fan headers on the board.

    OK there are other "Overclocker" boards on the market, but this one is aimed purely at the Professional, Competitive OCers.

    Also Tom's, bit slow on the announcement.. Bit-Tech had this preview about 5 days ago.. Oh and they went into more detail.. And had a photo with the Heatsinks ON..
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    11796pcs , March 4, 2011 12:05 AM
    I bought my Asus M4A79T Deluxe because it said on Wikipedia that overclockers got a Phenom II 955 to 7.127 GHz with it :) 
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    snoogins , March 4, 2011 1:43 AM
    Don't really care too much about the news, but that is one sexy mobo!
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    pocketdrummer , March 4, 2011 2:45 AM
    It's a little late for that claim since I've been using overclocking boards for the last ~6 years....
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