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Gigabyte Mobo Can Feed (or Fry) CPU With 1500W

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 45 comments

Ever feel like Captain Kirk, always asking for more power? This one's got the power.

Earlier this month, Gigabyte debuted its flagship motherboard, the X58-based UD9. At the time, the company talked up its "Unlocked Power" with its full 24 power phases, dual power switching, and 4-way graphics support for both SLI and CrossFireX – but at Computex, Gigabyte revealed a new feature of the board that it boasted was a secret up until today.

That feature is the ability to feed your CPU with up to 1,500W, which is a mighty big number for those who either want to fry processors or hit new records in extreme overclocking. Check out the video below.

GIGABYTE UD9 Delivers 1500W CPU Power

Gigabyte also detailed a couple new overclocking features, both of which make things more convenient than ever. The first feature is called HotKey OC, which allows the user to switch on the fly between different bus speeds, multipliers and voltages at the press of a button. This could be handy for changing between CPU and GPU limited applications, or times when you just want to dial down the power to save some green.

The final new feature demonstrated was Cloud OC, which is a bit of a misnomer. Some of the Gigabyte motherboards have a basic web server so that you can log in from another computer or mobile device, such as your smartphone, and you can tweak your overclocking settings externally. This will be useful when you're running a full-screen app and you don't want to quit just to change a few things to make them run better.

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    dogofwars , June 2, 2010 6:58 PM
    Holy Crap
  • 16 Hide
    tommysch , June 2, 2010 7:02 PM
    I want one.
  • 25 Hide
    borisof007 , June 2, 2010 7:03 PM
    dogofwarsHoly Crap

    What he said
  • 11 Hide
    Hellbound , June 2, 2010 7:09 PM
    Oh yeah, time to upgrade...
  • 26 Hide
    mianmian , June 2, 2010 7:09 PM
    GigaWatt mobo......
  • 6 Hide
    el_bastardo74 , June 2, 2010 7:14 PM
    just as awe inspiring as this beasts features and size, is the $699 price tag
  • 8 Hide
    pinkeyes , June 2, 2010 7:17 PM
    Impressive without a doubt.

    It's hard to hear what he's saying over the awful "techno" though.
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    nforce4max , June 2, 2010 7:21 PM
    Well looks like every one is going to start buying dual phase units that can supply 2kw on up.
  • 7 Hide
    Gin Fushicho , June 2, 2010 7:27 PM
    Everyone's going to try it at home, that's the point of the motherboard.
  • 11 Hide
    Pyroflea , June 2, 2010 7:28 PM
    "We need more power cap'n!"
  • 2 Hide
    hok , June 2, 2010 7:35 PM
    damn... should have waited before i bought the UD7..........
  • 2 Hide
    trnddwn33 , June 2, 2010 7:39 PM
    Board does everything under the sun. But for $700 bucks? Seems a little steep to me when comparable boards are selling for under $500.
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    Dirtman73 , June 2, 2010 7:41 PM
    Talk about overkill...
  • 8 Hide
    jonnyboyC , June 2, 2010 7:44 PM
    why would anyone who isn't going to be trying to do the most ridiculous overclock every need 1500 watts just for the cpu, liquid nitrogen might not be enough any more, maybe liquid hydrogen
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    ksampanna , June 2, 2010 7:48 PM
    Which processor did they use? How much OC did they achieve?
  • 20 Hide
    tokenz , June 2, 2010 7:49 PM
    If it hits 88 mph do I go back in time.
  • 14 Hide
    sirmorluk , June 2, 2010 8:00 PM
    Light speed, too slow?
    Yes, we're gonna have to go right to ludicrous speed.
    Sir, they've gone plaid.
  • 7 Hide
    ohim , June 2, 2010 8:14 PM
    And how much will you pay on electrical bill when you install 4 GTX 480 ? the same as Pentagon ?
  • 7 Hide
    bildo123 , June 2, 2010 8:36 PM
    ohimAnd how much will you pay on electrical bill when you install 4 GTX 480 ? the same as Pentagon ?


    He's crossing the beamz!11!! MAXIMUM POWER!!!! *spontaneous molecular distortion occurs*
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    brett1042002 , June 2, 2010 8:47 PM
    hokdamn... should have waited before i bought the UD7..........


    I say this every time I buy a new piece of hardware, lol.
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