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    Default GIGABYTE Launches X58A-OC: Worlds First Overclocking Motherboard

    - GIGABYTE Launches X58A-OC: World’s First Overclocking Motherboard -

    -- Designed By Overclockers, For Overclockers --





    City of Industry, California, March 1st, 2011 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and other computing hardware solutions today announced the launch of the world’s first motherboard designed from the ground up for extreme overclockers, the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-OC. Its overclocking specific performance design that defines a whole new category of enthusiast focused motherboards that introduces never-seen-before tweaking and insulating features.

    “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,” commented 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!”




    OC-Touch

    OC-Touch enables overclockers to quickly and easily 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 automatically 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

    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, helping to provide a better, more stable graphics overclock. The independent power inputs for the PCIe slots helps to improve even single graphics card overclocking. For 4-way CrossFireX™, users must install OC-PEG to avoid over current in the 24pin ATX connector. The entire board also features POScaps, helping to simplify the insulation process so overclockers can quickly reach subzero readiness.




    OC-Cool

    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 maximizes system convection to expel hot air out through the IO panel and optimizes passive cooling. OC-Cool LED lighting on the North and South Bridges further adds to the X58A-OC’s coolness.


    Based on the Intel X58 chipset (Tylersburg) and supporting 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 all the 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 the best graphics performance in the world.


    Designed for Extreme Overclocking



    GIGABYTE has listened closely to the overclocking community to make sure the X58A-OC has all of the overclocking features enthusiasts have been asking for, without some of the features that are unnecessary while overclocking, or can negatively impact performance - similar to a stripped down sports car where the aircon, radio, passenger seats, etc… have been removed to reduce weight. Layout was a critical aspect of the design, not only in choice of components used, but also spacing of the components so that insulation of the board is as easy as possible, while still maintaining the most efficient data pathways between the various components. GIGABYTE is also introducing 5 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



    The GIGABYTE X58A-OC 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, which combined, are able 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. 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.


    OC-DualBIOS™



    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 profiles – a very useful feature when overclockers want to update to a new BIOS, but don’t want to lose their original settings.

    By being able to switch between 2 different BIOSes, OC-DualBIOS also allows users to test drive a new BIOS without having to update both BIOSes with the same update, helping to save time and unnecessary BIOS reflashes.




    To download high resolution pictures or learn more about the GIGBYTE X58A-OC motherboard and download the awesome wallpaper seen above, please visit the official GIGABYTE microsite or keep an eye on the GIGABYTE Tech Daily blog.

    Update 3/30/11

    Some pics of the final board revision have been posted!



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    Nice board! Didn't see a price, do you have an idea of the pricing?

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    TweakTown has a preview of board and they said around 280.00 USD
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    Default Re: GIGABYTE Launches X58A-OC: Worlds First Overclocking Motherboard

    Didn't see a preview of the board other then this thread. Have a link?
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    Default Re: GIGABYTE Launches X58A-OC: Worlds First Overclocking Motherboard

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    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    I've seen most of those on the X58A-OC. What I haven't seen is a price listing for the X58A-OC board. Judge-dredd stated a price of 280 bucks which seems extremely low for this board. That's the link I was asking about. Where the link that lists a price for the board?

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    Default Re: GIGABYTE Launches X58A-OC: Worlds First Overclocking Motherboard

    A google search using: X58A-OC price turned up several links that quote the $280 expected price.
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    It is a nice board indeed.

    Sorry to keep being negative every time a new product is released, but I am wondering one thing. Why are Gigabyte continuing to concentrate so hard on X58 boards? Sandy Bridge beats even a 6 core Gulftown into a bloody pulp in most cases, performance wise and overclocking would be no different.

    I'd like to see some P67 boards with this kind of OC consideration. It's the same with the Killer series just released being X58 based too. At the moment, the smart money should be going on Sandy Bridge, even with the current chipset flaw (which will be dealt with swiftly by all accounts).
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    If only Intel could release a 32nm 920,1366 chip,sandy bridge does beat a 6 core but from what I've seen the 6 core is at stock and sandy bridge is oc'd to the max plus you don't get any silly pci-e restriction on x58
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    Default Re: GIGABYTE Launches X58A-OC: Worlds First Overclocking Motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho101 View Post
    At the moment, the smart money should be going on Sandy Bridge
    The smart money should be put in short term saving accout and wait for AMD Bulldozer which should come out shortly.

    Jokes aside, the X58 is not targeted at those that are short of money. I can only imagine it's a pure business decision.

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