Sunday, November 7th 2021

GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS Breaks Overclocking Records of Dual 8GHz on i9-12900K+DDR5

GIGABYTE Technology, one of the top global manufacturers of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions, announces today Z690 AORUS TACHYON motherboard with the latest 12th generation Intel Core i9 12900K processor and LN2 liquid nitrogen heat dissipation set the world-leading overclocking records of dual 8 GHz, which is 8000 MHz on i9-12900K CPU and 8300 MHz on DDR5 memories. GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS TACHYON motherboard designed by world-famous overclocker equips with plenty functions exclusively for extreme overclockers, which promise overclockers higher scores with easier operation, establishing GIGABYTE's leading role in overclocking on the Z690 motherboards.

"GIGABYTE demonstrate its determination of returning to the overclocking glory with the launch of the Z590 AORUS TACHYON motherboard, and the release of the Z690 AORUS TACHYON further verified the continuation of GIGABYTE's overclocking pedigree on motherboards." said Jackson Hsu, Director of the GIGABYTE Channel Solutions Product Development Division. "Z690 AORUS TACHYON proves GIGABYTE's strong R&D strength on LN2 overclocking by the world records it created. We will definitely use Z690 AORUS TACHYON to create better overclocking performance, and can't wait to see that overclockers around the world use this motherboard to break more world records.
GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS TACHYON is designed by well-known overclockers exclusively for overclocking demands with the consistency from previous generation as well as GIGABYTE's widely recognized endurance and stability, Z690 AORUS TACHYON adopts 15+1+2 direct phases power supply, which each of them can hold up to 105 amps with its Smart Power Stage design to provide comprehensive power management. The VRM area implements a full tantalum capacitor matrix with better transient response and less mechanical interference, which can improve the stability of power supply and overclocking. Furthermore, the latest Reactive Armor solution uses an integrated one-piece metal heat sink to provide larger heat dissipation range, while the multiple skived fins and grooved surface provide larger dissipation area than traditional design. The Shielded Memory Routing, SMD memory DIMMs, and comprehensive DDR5 memory overclocking BIOS setting enhance overclocking stability as well. Meanwhile, the built-in overclocking kit design on the motherboard provides shortcut keys, toggle switches and voltage detection functions that many overclockers use during overclocking adjustments, allowing overclockers to adjust settings more conveniently through these shortcut functions. Easily break the limit and achieve better overclocking results. The real test affirms the LN2 overclocking performance of i9-12900K CPU 8000 MHz and DDR5 memory 8300 MHz by GIGABYTE's world-class R&D capabilities.

Featuring up to 20+1+2 phases digital power VRM design with each phase holding up to 105 amps and an improved Fins-Array III heatsink design, GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS lineup is geared with the best power design and thermal management to unleash the extreme performance and optimized overclocking ability on the new generation multi-core K series Intel Core processors. The PCIe 5.0 PCBs, slots, and components are also implemented in GIGABYTE's Z690 AORUS motherboards for enhanced performance and stability. The exclusive SMD memory slots with metal shielding mask for anti- interference and the BIOS setting of DDR5 memory overclocking offer more stable signals to memory, which enable users to boost XMP and overclocking performance with stability. Select GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS motherboards offer feature-rich I/O with an integrated I/O shield as well as the newest Thermal Guard III design, Smart Fan 6 and much more. Performance, power management, thermals, audio, GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS motherboards check all the boxes for users seeking to take their computing firepower to the next level. For more Z690 AORUS information and overclocking performance, please visit this page.
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23 Comments on GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS Breaks Overclocking Records of Dual 8GHz on i9-12900K+DDR5

#3
Crackong
I thought der8auer called this out..?
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#4
Chaitanya
tabascosauzDidn't derbauer call Gigabyte out on this being fake?

12900K - Impressive Overclocking Potential.... but there is one Manufacturer Faking OC Results - YouTube
CPU-Z Dev Throws Cold Water On Gigabyte's 8 GHz World Record | Tom's Hardware (tomshardware.com)

That's not to say their mobos aren't impressive, but Gigabyte has been making a lot of questionable choices lately.
Funnily he forgot to call fellow overclocker:
videocardz.com/newz/hicookie-overclocks-intel-core-i9-12900k-to-8ghz-and-ddr5-memory-to-8300-mt-s?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=ET_wqCuX.Oz4620LklUmezNNARtzYIKch35DrGh_K4w-1636351781-0-gaNycGzNC1E
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#5
mak1skav
Isn't that what why call fake news?
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#6
Exyvia
tabascosauzDidn't derbauer call Gigabyte out on this being fake?

12900K - Impressive Overclocking Potential.... but there is one Manufacturer Faking OC Results - YouTube
CPU-Z Dev Throws Cold Water On Gigabyte's 8 GHz World Record | Tom's Hardware (tomshardware.com)

That's not to say their mobos aren't impressive, but Gigabyte has been making a lot of questionable choices lately.
While he called them out - it's actually not proven yet, as this one has passed the validation (the reason why it's still up) but they could have bypassed it through the bios. Meaning even more shady.

"Was the PLL lock bug back, this time on a way we can’t detect as it passes all internal checks? Seems legit. Technically, we can think about a way to trick the CPU if we have access to BIOS source code (some overclockers working with MB makers have them)."CPU-Z Developer.
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#7
asdkj1740
Bear in mind intel microcode rev0x13 is ued.
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#8
usiname
asdkj1740Bear in mind intel microcode rev0x13 is ued.
"HiCookie, Gigabyte's in-house overclocker, validated the 8 GHz overclock on November 3 utilizing CPU-Z 1.98, which already has the "FLL_OC_MODE" implementation. It seems to tick all the boxes, but the fact that the overclocker didn't submit the result to HWBot looks pretty suspicious. Even if the result looks legit, Doc TB can think of a way how you could bypass Intel's fix if you were to have access to the BIOS source code, which many overclockers that work with motherboard vendors do."
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#9
Julhes
the 8 GHz are made on 1 core.....
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#10
Turmania
Gigabyte has just entered my list of never to buy from along with evga and thermaltake.
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#11
b1k3rdude
WTF, not only is this yet another copied and pasted article, but its regurgitating bullshit information well after the fact. Remove this article now.
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#12
Testsubject01
b1k3rdudeWTF, not only is this yet another copied and pasted article, but its regurgitating bullshit information well after the fact. Remove this article now.
Yeah, don't get this either. It was all over different media outlets on the 4th November already. Why still green light and publish Gigabytes press release on the 8th?
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#13
[XC] Oj101
Slow down.

Gigabyte had an 8001.92 GHz CPU validation done on all cores with CPU-Z 1.96.8, and a 4004.1 MHz CL50 RAM validation done with CPU-Z 1.97.0 back in September. These were in the press kits sent out a couple weeks ago.

The validations (8000.00 MHz on a single core, and 4149.8 MHz CL52) in this article are done with CPU-Z 1.98.0 as required.

Yes, Roman called out Hicookie. Those validations were done and included in press materials long before the bug was known. It was too late to do anything about it other than ride out the inevitable shit storm. There were no ill-intentions at the time the validations were done. These new validations are 100% in line with the requirements.
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#14
lowrider_05
[XC] Oj101Slow down.

Gigabyte had an 8001.92 GHz CPU validation done on all cores with CPU-Z 1.96.8, and a 4004.1 MHz CL50 RAM validation done with CPU-Z 1.97.0 back in September. These were in the press kits sent out a couple weeks ago.

The validations (8000.00 MHz on a single core, and 4149.8 MHz CL52) in this article are done with CPU-Z 1.98.0 as required.

Yes, Roman called out Hicookie. Those validations were done and included in press materials long before the bug was known. It was too late to do anything about it other than ride out the inevitable shit storm. There were no ill-intentions at the time the validations were done. These new validations are 100% in line with the requirements.
According to Roman (der8uer) the PLL bug is the only way those results could have been achieved even with the 1.98 version of CPU-Z and its not on HWBOT:
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chispy
Completely fake , i still dont get it why hicoockie will do this as everyone in the industry including Intel , all motherboard vendors and ln2 extraordinaire overclockers top big boys at hwbot know it is impossible for alder lake to reach 8Ghz. It was tried with liqud Helium on the Asus headquarters by the very best of the best overclockers in the whole world max validation they could get was 7.3Ghz single core on a pre-binned golden chip from hundreds upon hundreds of chips they had available. Also it was tried on Intel headquarters overclocking lab and max they could get was 7.2Ghz single core and they did had a truck load of chips available , literally. Shame to Hicoockie and Gigabyte , this news is misleading.

By the way not a single score has been posted at hwbot by Gigabyte and or Hicoockie as they are in hot waters with everyone in the industry including Intel. That should really bring the red flags. cpuz 1.98 its not bullet proof they are still a couple of ways to cheat it.
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#16
skizzo
notice how they didn't mention they used a Gigabyte PSU to achieve this? :laugh:
seeing how these types of press releases are just an online ad....I can only imagine why they wouldn't want to include more of their components in these types of events (OC records to be clear..... I'm glancing over the debate whether it is valid or not)
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#17
chrcoluk
chispyCompletely fake , i still dont get it why hicoockie will do this as everyone in the industry including Intel , all motherboard vendors and ln2 extraordinaire overclockers top big boys at hwbot know it is impossible for alder lake to reach 8Ghz. It was tried with liqud Helium on the Asus headquarters by the very best of the best overclockers in the whole world max validation they could get was 7.3Ghz single core on a pre-binned golden chip from hundreds upon hundreds of chips they had available. Also it was tried on Intel headquarters overclocking lab and max they could get was 7.2Ghz single core and they did had a truck load of chips available , literally. Shame to Hicoockie and Gigabyte , this news is misleading.

By the way not a single score has been posted at hwbot by Gigabyte and or Hicoockie as they are in hot waters with everyone in the industry including Intel. That should really bring the red flags. cpuz 1.98 its not bullet proof they are still a couple of ways to cheat it.
Well if there is a supply shortage, the question will be why did they divert all these chips for overclock testing. :) I can understand board vendors getting a few samples to test their boards, but hundreds?
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#18
Testsubject01
The very same reason this mess was created in the first place, those headlines sell hardware.

Well until they hopefully don't, this really needs to stop.
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#19
Bones
There are a few things in play here.

First:
Being that Hicookie is a long time competitor at the bot, he knows the rules so I seriously doubt there was intention to fake anything considering the consequenses for such. If there was and if proven as such, he'll pay the price for it.

Second:
This is a brand new architecture so any defects/bugs and so on (Errata) is not uncommon to see and can affect things - Remember the errata with first gen AM2/AM2+ Phenom chips?
These issues take time to get sorted and now that it's come to light Intel is working to get these problems fixed - Or at least they should be.

Third:
It's possible, since this is a new architecture the board maker(s) have some work to do for getting things right too in the BIOS to properly monitor and report things. Most of that shoudn't be much of a problem since it all works in the same basic way but bear in mind this is an entirely new thing with a setup unlike anything that's been seen before from either AMD or Intel, that undoubtedly being a factor with it regardless.

Fourth:
It's really not Intel's fault Gigabyte chose to start crowing about it when they saw it before confirming things. That fault is squarely on Gigabyte because they "Jumped the gun" before making sure it was indeed 100% legit. The marketing/sales guys most likely went nuts when they saw it and it all went from there. Have to admit there may or may not have been some nudging from Intel but the ultimate decision to do it was still Gigabyte's, so there it is.

Give it time guys, the real stuff about it will come to light eventually.
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#20
Honda_tpu
Thanks for publishing. Gigabyte seem to have a DDR5 advantage with their Tachycon. What's the price of this z690 board?
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#21
xtreemchaos
Its just village politics with the village being superstar overclockers with the best of everything kit wise' its not for us mear mortals to consider is it :).
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#23
Redwoodz
As much as I'd love to feed the flames he is actually telling the truth. The reason I know..... this was 100% accidental
valid.x86.fr/werf15
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