Gigabyte’s overclocking motherboard to hit ME
Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC is being released by Golden Systems
IT product distributor, Golden Systems Middle East has announced the launch of a motherboard designed entirely for extreme overclockers, the Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC.
The new motherboard, to be released in the Middle East, has as overclocking specific performance design and has unique tweaking and insulating features.
"We are happy to launch the world's first Overclocking motherboard for our customers in the Middle East. Gigabyte invests a lot in innovating new technologies and the Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC is yet another example of the company's commitment to offering the latest and best technologies to its customers. We are confident our customers in the region will be thrilled with the design and overclocking features of the new Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC motherboard," says Iman Mozaffari, senior product manager, Golden Systems Middle East.
The motherboard is based on the Intel X58 chipset (Tylersburg) and supports LGA 1366 socket CPUs such as Intel's new top of the range Core i7 990X Extreme Edition CPU.
The Gigabyte X58A-OC takes advantage of performance benefits that the X58 platform has to offer including triple channel DDR3 memory support, 6 core 12 thread CPU support, and enough PCIe Gen 2.0 bandwidth to support 4-way CrossFireX and 3-way SLI for a strong graphics performance.
"The Gigabyte X58A-OC introduces some really exciting and unique overclocking technologies like the PWM frequency switcher, a full range of onboard 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," said HiCookie, Gigabyte In-house overclocking expert. "Tweaking features aside, we have also adopted high current components such as POScaps and MPFC [Max Power Ferrite Core] Chokes that allow overclockers to bench more reliably and with more power so they are able to smash more world records. As an avid overclocker myself, having the freedom to help design a board specifically for overclockers has been a dream come true, and I really hope that overclockers enjoy benching on this board as much as we enjoyed making it!"
Gigabyte worked closely with the overclocking community to make sure the X58A-OC has overclocking features enthusiasts need and cutting out the unnecessary features or those that can negatively impact performance.
According to Golden Systems, layout was a critical aspect of the design in terms of both components used and spacing of the components to make insulation, while maintaining the most efficient data pathways between the various components. Gigabyte is also introducing five new main overclocking features on the X58A-OC that help to push the performance envelope of the X58A-OC even further including OC-VRM, OC-Touch, OC-PEG, OC-Cool and OC-DualBIOS.
OC-VRM includes a combination of highly conductive POScaps, 50A rated MPFC (Max Power Ferrite Core) Chokes, and Driver-MOSFETs, which combined, are designed to deliver higher current to the CPU, with better efficiency and lower temperature.
OC-VRM also allows users to overclock the PWM frequency via an onboard switch, for real-time adjustment. 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.
OC-Touch is designed to enable overclockers to get the best performance from their system. With onboard OC-Touch buttons, users are able to manually raise and lower the CPU ratio, change BCLK settings, and even change BCLK stepping to either 1MHz or 0.3MHz. These changes can be made at any time whether in the BIOS, DOS, or Windows and in real-time without the need for rebooting, so that users can quickly fine-tune to find their CPU's maximum frequency.
The onboard 4G Ready button allows novice overclockers to reach 4GHz, while advanced users can use it to get to 4GHz before continuing with OC-Touch to quickly find their CPU's best margin. Onboard voltage measurement modules are also included to help users to conveniently monitor component voltages.
OC-PEG provides two onboard SATA power connectors for more stable PCIe power when using 3-way and 4-way graphics configurations. Each connector can get power from a different phase of the power supply, designed to help provide a better, more stable graphics overclock.
For 4-way CrossFireX, users must install OC-PEG to avoid over current in the 24pin ATX connector. The entire board also features POScaps, designed to help simplify the insulation process so overclockers can quickly reach subzero readiness.
OC-Cool features a new LED lit thermal design and 7x 4-pin Smart Fan connectors to allow overclockers to easily control system-wide temperature. The OC-Cool heatpipe maximises system convection to expel hot air out through the IO panel and optimises passive cooling. OC-Cool LED lighting on the North and South Bridges further adds to the X58A-OC's coolness.
OC-DualBIOS features an onboard BIOS switcher and LED indicator, allowing users to select one BIOS for normal use, and another one for overclocking. It can also act as a backup BIOS in case of BIOS failure during overclocking. With two BIOSes, users are able to save up to 16 different overclocking modes.