Wednesday, March 2nd 2011

Gigabyte Officially Intros X58A-OC Motherboard

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 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!”

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-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.

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.

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43 Comments on Gigabyte Officially Intros X58A-OC Motherboard

#1
InnocentCriminal
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Love the theme to this board & the unessential bloat removed.

Yummy.
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#2
hanzi
Loving the color scheme! Very fresh looking. Red/Black and Blue/Black are a bit of a norm already.
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#3
tkpenalty
awesome idea. I just hope they make a lower end version of this though.
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#4
Nothgrin
Are you serious? PS/2 ports??? No one even uses that anymore... Everything else looks like what all other OC motherboards have nothing special here but the design of the MB itself.
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#5
InnocentCriminal
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by: Nothgrin
Are you serious? PS/2 ports??? No one even uses that anymore... Everything else looks like what all other OC motherboards have nothing special here but the design of the MB itself.
Actually a lot of extreme OC'ers prefer to use PS/2 as opposed to USB as less can go wrong, hence why they are present.
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#6
TheLostSwede
by: Nothgrin
Are you serious? PS/2 ports??? No one even uses that anymore... Everything else looks like what all other OC motherboards have nothing special here but the design of the MB itself.
You're not a competitive overclocker are you? ;)
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#7
InnocentCriminal
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by: TheLostSwede
You're not a competitive overclocker are you? ;)
Given the opportunity and I would be. Even though this board is aimed at the extreme OC'ers it doesn't mean that it doesn't appeal to other enthusiast target audiences.

Bit-Tech have done a preview on the board 'ere. It explains why a lot of the bloat that we find in other high-ends m/boards have been removed.
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#8
Dave65
How would this compare to Sandy Bridge?
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#10
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
by: Nothgrin
Are you serious? PS/2 ports??? No one even uses that anymore... Everything else looks like what all other OC motherboards have nothing special here but the design of the MB itself.
heh fail.

I still have a ps/2 keyboard and mouse and I use it quite often. USB tends to lag on startup from what i've see while ps/2 doesn't have this issue making it an idea choice when trying to get into the bios.

Good color scheme also, but what are the atx4p1 and atx4p4 connectors to the left/right of the sata?


also any word on pricing?
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#11
Breathless
I hope those caps aren't really "POS" ;) :)
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#12
InnocentCriminal
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by: Bit-Tech Staff
It's also worth noting that the OC-PEG system is only there to provide extra power to your PCI-E sockets for three or four-way GPU configurations, and it won't power any of the hard drives that you hook up to the six SATA ports. This means that you won't have to fish out the Molex connectors from your PSU and try to navigate them all the way around your LN2 pots, making for a neater setup.
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char[] rager
by: btarunr

POScap
I giggled like a little girl when I first read that.
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#14
Salsoolo
by: InnocentCriminal
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Bit-Tech have done a preview on the board 'ere. It explains why a lot of the bloat that we find in other high-ends m/boards have been removed.
yeah i dont think its meant to go inside a case. its for benching!
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InnocentCriminal
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by: Salsoolo
yeah i dont think its meant to go inside a case. its for benching!
Even though it can, you're right, it's designed for those who don't use cases but use LN2 and test-beds.
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btarunr
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by: freaksavior
Good color scheme also, but what are the atx4p1 and atx4p4 connectors to the left/right of the sata?
SATA power connectors, for auxiliary power input. I could be wrong.
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#17
Chewers
Dunno - probably im wrong - but i think there is several boards in markets which already can compete this particular motherboard. 2x600W to CPU?:banghead: I can bet - Asus Rampage 3 Extreme / Evga x58 Classified3 / Evga x58 Classified 4way sli can do pretty much the same or even better.
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InnocentCriminal
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by: Chewers
Dunno - probably im wrong - but i think there is several boards in markets which already can compete this particular motherboard. 2x600W to CPU?:banghead: I can bet - Asus Rampage 3 Extreme / Evga x58 Classified3 / Evga x58 Classified 4way sli can do pretty much the same or even better.
They can but they'll retail for a lot less money apparently...

by: Bit-Tech
Gigabyte is still committed to the LGA1366 socket this year, and as the most famous extreme overclockers usually get their CPUs for free, you can expect plenty of Core i7-990Xs to fill the CPU socket. However, despite the high aspirations, the price will apparently be akin to the price of Gigabyte's current X58A-UD5, which is definitely affordable.
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#19
Play3r
by: btarunr
SATA power connectors, for auxiliary power input. I could be wrong.
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.


would it not be for this?
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#20
Delta6326
Sexy much?! I love the colors and the coolers just loke great. this could go into a Half life mod case
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#21
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
by: Play3r
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.


would it not be for this?
by: btarunr
SATA power connectors, for auxiliary power input. I could be wrong.
by: InnocentCriminal
http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2011/02/gigabyte-x58a-oc-preview/oc-pegs.png
That's awesome! pretty good idea I think.
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#22
fusionblu
I find it a bit strange that people like the new colour scheme as I don't believe there is a good variety of RAM and Graphics Cards that would match the colour scheme where with the same green and black used for the G1 series motherboards there would be a good variety to choose from.

If there is one unique noticable feature on this motherboard that I like it would be that the motherboard it features a TechPowerUp power button; you can see that for yourself if you look below the RAM slots and see that it is the exact same colour too. :D
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InnocentCriminal
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by: fusionblu
I find it a bit strange that people like the new colour scheme as I don't believe there is a good variety of RAM and Graphics Cards that would match the colour scheme where with the same green and black used for the G1 series motherboards there would be a good variety to choose from.

If there is one unique noticable feature on this motherboard that I like it would be that the motherboard it features a TechPowerUp power button; you can see that for yourself if you look below the RAM slots and see that it is the exact same colour too. :D
Press it and it launches the TPU site.
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#24
erixx
hahha


And Audio-out is so UN-professional overclocker... Onboard speaker is the way to go Gigabyte!

Mein Gott, is this a niche product.
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#25
boogerlad
awesome! No crappy heatsinks with lollercoasters!
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