Tuesday, January 27, 2015

GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion breaks XTU world record and highest DDR4 memory frequency

HWBOT lit up today with some more scores from GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion coupled with DDR4 and 5960X CPU. First score was the highest DDR4 memory frequency done by hicookie. New DDR4 frequency top score was set with Corsair DDR4 memory and it stands at DDR4-4326 (2163.3MHz).

HWBOT score link: http://hwbot.org/submission/2745882_hicookie_memory_clock_ddr4_sdram_2163.3_mhz

It comes with a video validation showing oscilloscope measurements confirming the frequency.



The latest XTU world record was also broken by dinos22 on GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion motherboard. New world record XTU score is at 3039 points running 5920MHz CPU frequency on Intel 5960X CPU powered by a 1500W Corsair PSU.

HWBOT score link: http://hwbot.org/submission/2746285_dinos22_xtu_core_i7_5960x_3039_marks



Monday, January 19, 2015

Top 10 Best-Selling Games of 2014

As spotted on Forbes.com today, the NPD Group came out with the top 10 video games of 2014. Arguably, someone’s best game is entirely a subjective matter, looking at the sales number of each games is not a clear indicator that the game is awesome. But at least it gives us a good look at how well the main players such as Activision, Rockstar, Ubisoft and the likes are doing… So here is the USA’s Best Selling line-up for 2014.

  1. 68d6528ca261b598acd86e63d194291e94325942 (1)Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  2. Madden NFL 15 (Not available for PC… boooooo!)
  3. Destiny (Not available for PC… damn damn?)
  4. Minecraft
  5. Super Smash Bros (for 3DS and Wii U…)
  6. NBA 2K15
  7. Watch Dogs
  8. FIFA 15
  9. Call of Duty Ghosts

How about you, are you a COD fan? What were you favorite games for 2014? Which one do you think will make the list for 2015?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CES 2015 Coverage

Not all of us have the opportunity to go to the Consumer Electronic Show held every year in Las Vegas. But luckily for us, the internet is overloaded with coverage  giving us an insider look at what was presented during the show and teases us whit the future technology that is about to hit our (online) store shelves.

That is not different for GIGABYTE. The Neopolitan ballroom of the Caesars Palace where GIGABYTE was located received a lot of focus from the media. The show is not over and YouTube is now filled with coverage. Here are a few:

New Egg on GIGABYTE press event

New Egg on GIGABYTE at CES


Paul's Hardware (GIGABYTE  coverage starts at 3:38)

PC Perspective on the X99-SOC Champion

Pc Perspective on the BRIX

And a bonus cool video from The Verge

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Steam Daily Deal: 3DMARK 80% OFF

Congrats, you built yourself a gaming computer. As this provides you with hours of great high quality gaming fun, you jealous friend decided to do the same. Then follow that inevitable “My computer is better than yours”. Arguments flow, your CPU has more core, his system has more and faster memory, you have two graphics card in SLI, his system is overclocked…  stop it. There is only one way to settle this argument. If you want to measure all of that power that’s enclosed in this awesome mighty gaming rig of yours, 3D Mark is one of the best benchmark out there to give a go at it. And yes, as it is mentioned in the title of the post, it is at 80% off!!! But hurry up, at the moment of writing, only 40 hours were left to this deal…



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Wish you all some happy benching time!

Monday, January 5, 2015

GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion Debuts at CES 2015 with One More WR Under its Belt

Today, Jan. 5th 2015, GIGABYTE held it’s pre-CES Press Event in the Caesar’s Palace Neopolitan ballroom. One of the main focus of that event was the launch of a new overclocking board, the GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion.
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One of the main feature of the X99 SOC Champion is the SMT mounted DIMMs for improved signal quality and their location which is closer to the CPU socket. The DIMM’s shorter trace path enables the DDR4 memory to communicate faster with the CPU, enabling the overclockers to reach higher DDR4 memory frequencies. Additionally, the motherboard includes a CPU Mode Switch; this switch allows the overclockers to switch between CPU default socket mode and OC socket mode.
The Press Event was crown by a live overclocking demonstration held by GIGABYTE famous overclockers Dinos22, Sofos1990 and HiCookie. The skilled trio managed to impress the crowd with a 1 World Record, 3 Global First and 3 Hardware First on the X99-SOC Champion! Nice going guys! Here are the submissions:


3004 Marks on XTU with Intel Core i7 5960X


2317 Marks on XTU with Intel Core i7 5820K


84470 Marks on 3D Mark Vintage with x1 GPU

Ian from Anandtech already had a look at the X99-SOC Champion. Although he couldn’t test the board on its true intent, LN2 overclocking, Ian gave the Champion a good thorough testing. You can read the results and his opinion here:

Here are a few pictures of the event:
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