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
yogurt_21
InnocentCriminal said:
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.
yup ps/2 keyboard especially and you don't need to be an extreme overclocker, just an overclocker.
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#2
{uZa}DOA
I really like the colors! I'm soo sick of black/blue black/red black/green.... This is refreshing.... I can see a Harley Davidson theme already...
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#3
TheGoat Eater
Edit - POScaps are Tantalum capacitors (the low profile cap banks by the chokes), the minimal form-factor and height of them make for easier insulating around thee socket. MSI's Big Bang series used them for CPU but used Solid State Japanese caps for other components / parts of the board. I was very happy to be surprised by this board looking like they are used all over.


tkpenalty said:
awesome idea. I just hope they make a lower end version of this though.
I don't think you understand that this isn't a platform of their products with tiers (such as the models in UD/Ultra Durable series) this is a niche product catering to the needs of Extreme Overclockers who can do without the extra bells and whistles that are on normal mainstream and enthusiast boards. With the removal of all this stuff there is also a lot less manufacturing cost (talking components) so savings is there as well. Honestly this board being a niche piece and likely not massive runs made is honestly a bit more than it possible could be (while at a great price).

Nothgrin said:
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.
Using USB isn't fun when you are benching and kill a keyboard. plus when you are spending more money open everything else and just flipping around BIOS a free or Goodwill class PS/2 KB will be just fine (and I prefer it - My eMachine black KB is my fav.)


InnocentCriminal said:
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.
yep - and the more you can shut down on the board the happier I am lol.

InnocentCriminal said:
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.
Its obvious its not meant for anything other than Extreme Overclocking just from layout and feature-set... Though I admit I tend to use my bench setups on my desk for long term daily use (lol) so I see where it might look ok. But if you buy this for a desktop board it will be a bad (foolish) buy.


Chewers said:
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.
Well Overclockers never had opportunities to get a board for the some purposed (and design) of extreme overclocking. So essentially this is Apple Pie and the other boards are Apples for Extreme Overclockers needs. Apples are fine but Apple Pie - damn good.


Delta6326 said:
Sexy much?! I love the colors and the coolers just loke great. this could go into a Half life mod case
maybe if it is used in a nice mod case it would be for aesthetics but would be definitely living a sad life never living up to its potential.

You may find one in a while living in my garage on a shelf with much happier life (lol)... maybe you can come visit him and take him for a walk :roll:


erixx said:
hahha


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

Mein Gott, is this a niche product.
Yes its a definite niche item, so I am wondering (purposely staying away from "worried" - lol just did) about how these will be sold as if a board like this is dumped on Newegg there are bound to be many, many, many returns/the like... :ohwell:
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#4
Assimilator
Anyone can churn out high-performance boards that feature in the hardware headlines and get rave reviews, but it doesn't matter one iota if said boards cost $700 and only a handful of people buy them. How is Gigabyte justifying the R&D costs for such a niche product? I can't believe the UD9 was profitable for them, and I doubt this board will be either... so what are they playing at?

I'd really like to know what their strategy is here, because there's no way they're going to beat ASUS - the ROG boards are expensive, but not insanely expensive or over-the-top like the UD9 and this one.
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#5
1freedude
Assimilator said:
Anyone can churn out high-performance boards that feature in the hardware headlines and get rave reviews, but it doesn't matter one iota if said boards cost $700 and only a handful of people buy them. How is Gigabyte justifying the R&D costs for such a niche product? I can't believe the UD9 was profitable for them, and I doubt this board will be either... so what are they playing at?

I'd really like to know what their strategy is here, because there's no way they're going to beat ASUS -
I'd imagine the most likely strategy includes marketing. "Johnny-hi-five just broke the record with a Gigabyte, i'm gonna get a gigabyte."

Toyota makes engines to race around circuits, and they use the r&d to get us better cars. Trickle down engineering.

I like Gigabyte, my first brand new board was the p35. it sits in my htpc now.

I wish this board a good race.
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#7
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Nothgrin said:
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.
PS/2 is left on the board because under extreme conditions when boards are frozen and overclocked it is not uncommon for them to "loose" there USB hubs thus with PS/2 ports left on the board there is still that option for extreme overclockers
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#8
caleb
Nothgrin said:
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.
I have an ownage ps/2 keyboard. I don't see any advantage over an USB one so why would I spent another $$ just to get a decent USB keyboard or use some lame adapter thats most likely buggy ? Not to mention the fact that it powers up my PC on key press..
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#9
Unregistered
I like PS2 keyboards better than the USB ones, because you can start your PC using the power button on the keyboard. No such thing exists on USB... ;):D
#10
Laurijan
Anyone noticed that it only has 2 usb ports and 1 optional usb connector onboard?

Edit: Sorry 4 ports - still kinda annoying
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#11
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
Laurijan said:
Anyone noticed that it only has 2 usb ports and 1 optional usb connector onboard?

Edit: Sorry 4 ports - still kinda annoying
It's not aimed at people that want to plug in loads of devices. The less, the better.
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#12
Velvet Wafer
erixx said:

Mein Gott
Do the Spanish suddenly speak german when cursing? :p
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#13
Laurijan
InnocentCriminal said:
It's not aimed at people that want to plug in loads of devices. The less, the better.
I dont get how not more USB-ports were installed because there are 8 SATA-ports which arent used all in benchmarking machines?
With adding more USB ports you would have a nice mobo for home use for example.
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#14
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
Laurijan said:
I dont get how not more USB-ports were installed because there are 8 SATA-ports which arent used all in benchmarking machines?
With adding more USB ports you would have a nice mobo for home use for example.
Gigabyte's own in-house OC'er HighCookie helped with the design of the mobo so blame him.

:P
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#15
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Velvet Wafer said:
Do the Spanish suddenly speak german when cursing? :p
German should be the official curse language. Everything in german sounds angry. That and finnish. :p

To the topic on hand, it'll be interesting to see what this board can do. Looking forward to reviews and world record attempts!
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#16
micropage7
Laurijan said:
I dont get how not more USB-ports were installed because there are 8 SATA-ports which arent used all in benchmarking machines?
With adding more USB ports you would have a nice mobo for home use for example.
yeah for port i guess more is better than less, its like better you have it but you dont use it than you need it but you dont have
i have 8 port, although i just use 4 of them
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#17
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
This is the most awesomest board I have ever seen. Sweet as all get out :)
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#18
Makaveli
Nice layout, but its alittle too flashy for me the neon orange is burning my eyes.
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