Monday, December 19, 2016

Gaming in VR has finally gone wireless.

Rivvr has developed a device that uses proprietary technology to send the raw HDMI signal from both headsets over the air to a PC, at a speed of somewhere between 40 to 80 mbps. TechCrunch had a chance to take an early look at the current prototype, which adds around 300 grams of additional weight to the headset and it turns out, streaming the HDMI signal over the air works quite well. There is some tracking latency present, which has apparently been brought down to as low as 11ms, which the report claims is low enough to not feel hindered in games like Fruit Ninja VR or Tilt Brush. However, some signal issues came in to play occasionally which still need to be worked out.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

LAB501 has created a GIGABYTE 30th anniversary edition build aply named "GIGABYTE G30" and it's a beauty.
Check out pics of the build below.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Backblaze reports their HD failure rates

Backblaze, a cloud backup provider with 67,642 drives in operation (as of Q3 2016) has reported their HD failure rates. The data they present could be useful for consumers looking to purchase a new hard disk drive.

Monday, November 7, 2016

TeamAU breaks world frequency record for Intel Core i7 6950X live at PAX Australia 2016

TeamAU was able to break a world frequency record while on stage at PAX Australia 2016! They were using a GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion, built especially for extreme overclocking and setting world records. With the Intel Core i7 6950X they were able to achieve a staggering 5.74Ghz validation.

Friday, November 4, 2016

TEAM AU Breaks 3DMARK2001 SE World Record Using GIGABYTE Z170X-SOC Force LN2

Team AU today broke the world 3DMARK 2001 SE just ahead of PAX AU with a GIGABYTE Z179X-SOC Force LN2 and an Intel Core i7 6700K OCed to a staggering 6.7GHz! For details click here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

GIGABYTE Enables Support for Intel® Next-Gen CPUs

GIGABYTE Enables Support for Intel® Next-Gen CPUs
GIGABYTE’s 100 Series Motherboards Compatible with a BIOS Update

Taipei, Taiwan, October 28
th, 2016 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is proud to announce support for Intel’s next-generation LGA 1151 socket processors. Compatibility for the entire line-up of Z170, H170, B150 and H110 series motherboards are available with a simple BIOS update.

Another alternative for users, if using a flagship motherboard such as the Z170X-Gaming G1 would be to flash their BIOS with Q-Flash Plus, allowing users to do so without the need to have the CPU or memory installed. These BIOS updates can be downloaded from the GIGABYTE website for users to flash on to their 100 series motherboards.

With multiple ways to update a GIGABYTE Motherboard users can rest at ease knowing that this update can be completed with little to no effort. One popular method for users to flash the BIOS would be to leverage the world renowned Q-Flash, this feature directly in the BIOS allows users to flash the firmware from a USB drive after they’ve downloaded the most updated BIOS into the flash drive.

GIGABYTE engineers have tested and validated all GIGABYTE 100 series motherboards to ensure users will have optimal performance and compatibility for the latest Intel® Core™ Processors.
For BIOS update information please visit the GIGABYTE Website or see the table below.
GA-Z170X-Gaming 7GA-Z170XP-SLIGA-Z170X-Ultra GamingGA-Z170X-Gaming 3
GA-Z170X-Gaming 5GA-Z170-HD3PGA-Z170MX-Gaming 5GA-Z170N-WiFi
GA-Z170M-D3HGA-H170-D3HGA-Z170X-Gaming 6GA-Z170X-UD3 Ultra
GA-Z170X-UD3GA-Z170-D3HGA-Z170-HD3GA-Z170N-Gaming 5
GA-Z170-Gaming K3GA-Z170X-UD5GA-H170-Gaming 3GA-H170-D3H
GA-B150M-D3HGA-B150-HD3PGA-B150N Phoenix-WiFiGA-B150M-DS3P
GA-H110M-S2HPGA-H110NGA-H110M-Gaming 3GA-H110TN-M

To learn more about GIGABYTE:

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Barrier to entry for PC VR lowering thanks to new rendering tech

The near high-end requirements for PC VR solutions might be coming to an end with new rendering technologies.

Oculus uses “Asynchronous Timewarp” (ATW) and the recently announced “Asynchronous Spacewarp” (ASW)  in order to improve VR rendering performance. So confident in its rendering techniques that Oculus released the following minimum PC spec guidelines:

Video Card: NVIDIA: GTX 1050 Ti / GTX 960 or greater | AMD: RX 470 / R9 390 / R9 290 or greater
CPU: Intel i3-6100 / AMD FX 4350 or greater
Memory: 8GB RAM
Video Output: free HDMI 1.3 output
USB Ports: 1x USB 3.0 port plus 2x USB 2.0 ports
OS: Windows 10 64 bit
Premade PCs that meet the above guidelines can be bought for a mere $500 USD.

Valve has released a similar solution for the Vive. With continual improvements to VR hardware and VR rendering techniques, such as foveated rendering which is currently under development, it's likely we'll see mainstream adoption of VR sooner rather than later.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

PSVR to Introduce VR Experience to Millions

With PSVR recently launched, one ponders whether its popularity will be a boom to VR on the PC, or will limit its development much like how many PC games today are optimized for consoles with limitations such as 30 fps caps, low-resolution textures, clunky GUIs, lack of dedicated servers, etc.

PSVR will likely be a step in the right direction. Sure, it lacks room-scale tracking but with the support of AAA developers and the allure of the (potentially) large PSVR market it's almost assured that the image of VR will catapult from 3D TV-levels of gimmicky to a must-have experience. In the near future as developers sharpen their VR game making skills we will be bombarded with amazing gameplay from PSVR, Oculus Rift with Touch, and HTC Vive and the allure will be all too strong to resist.

Monday, October 10, 2016

What SMART Stats Tell Us About Hard Drives

Backblaze has crunched the numbers to see what percentage of hard drives report SMART errors before they fail. The conclusion was:

Operational drives with one or more of our five SMART stats greater than zero – 4.2%

Failed drives with one or more of our five SMART stats greater than zero – 76.7%

So the moral of the story is that if your hard drive is reporting any SMART errors at all, it would be wise to replace it.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Samsung plans to slash SSD prices to (current) HDD levels by 2020

Samsung plans to slash SSD prices to (current) HDD levels by 2020. At the moment, 1 TB HDD drives are about 4 cents per GB, If Samsung is correct, by 2020 consumers will be able to purchase a 512GB SSD for about $40 USD. At that price point it's likely that SSD adoption will greatly speed up, even on low end builds.

To take advantage of the coming inexpensive SSD revolution make sure that your motherboard has PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 connectors. Flash drives that take advantage of the PCIe interface along with NVMe data protocols offer significant performance advantages over traditional SATA SSDs.

Many GIGABYTE motherboards offer support for the M.2 interface and NVMe. To be exact 141 GIGABYTE motherboards have one or more M.2 slots and all motherboards released after including the Z97 series (released in 2014) support NVMe.

Monday, September 26, 2016

What is game optimization really? Durante talks to game developers to explain the details.

In this PC Gamer article, Durante and Croteam's Dean Sekulic shine some light on what optimization really is, and why some games that you may have thought were poorly optimized were simply attempting to push the envelope in terms of graphics fidelity.

Durante concludes:

In a similar vein, consider the idea that additional high-end graphics settings, even if they are not fully usable at the time of a release, are never a bad thing compared to not having those settings available in the first place. Their presence doesn't make a game unoptimized. I’ve always believed that coming back to a high-end game many years later and seeing it in even more splendor is one of the many major perks of the PC platform, and it would be sad to see this diminished due to shortsighted judgments about optimization.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Rivet Networks releases new Killer E2500

Select GIGABYTE motherboards will soon have the Killer E2500. The unedited press release is below:

Austin, TX - (September 15, 2016) - Rivet Networks, makers of the award winning line of high-performance Killer™ networking products for desktop and notebook PCs, is excited to announce the availability of their new Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller, which can be found on gaming motherboards from industry leaders MSI and GIGABYTE.
The Killer E2500 delivers powerful networking technology to gamers and performance users, including significant new enhancements to its Advanced Stream Detect 2.0 Technology and the all new Killer Control Center. In addition to detecting and optimally prioritizing your games, video, and voice applications with Advanced Stream Detect 2.0 Technology, the Killer E2500 also detects and manages 500+ of the top global websites. Combined with the all-new Killer Control Center, the E2500 gives users full control of all aspects of their system’s networking performance. Killer Control Center has been built from the ground up to smartly display networking information and allow users to control:
  • The priority of each application and popular website
  • The bandwidth used by each application and popular website
  • The Killer interface that each application is going over 
  • The total bandwidth being used by system. 
The Killer Control Center is automatically set up to give the user an incredible out of box experience, but users can easily adjust each setting to create the perfect customized experience.
The E2500 delivers the fastest real-time experience for gamers and performance users. The Killer E2500’s Lag and Latency Reduction Technology accelerates your most important network traffic, such as your game data, and makes sure that your most critical packets never wait behind less important traffic. The E2500 improves latency, reduces jitter, and virtually eliminates video freezes by prioritizing your critical network traffic so that you will enjoy your gaming, web surfing, and streaming video experiences more than ever before.
In combination with a Killer Wireless-AC adapter, the E2500 provides unprecedented network speed and intelligence via Killer DoubleShot™ Pro, which allows both Killer network controllers to work together simultaneously. This ensures the highest priority traffic will always be put on the fastest and most reliable link while standard traffic is sent over the other.
“GIGABYTE is excited to partner with Rivet Networks on the implementation of the Killer E2500. With this new high-performance Ethernet controller, gamers will have even more control of their network bandwidth when using a GIGABYTE Motherboard,” said Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “This feature gives gamers who use GIGABYTE Motherboards considerable advantages in online gaming that other gamers do not have.”
“Thanks to our long partnership and great dedication to delivering the best online gaming experience, we are proud to join forces with Rivet Networks to be the first to implement their latest game networking solution on MSI GAMING products. The Z170A GAMING M6 motherboard and Aegis Ti truly benefit from the new Killer E2500 game networking controller and are able to give gamers the competitive edge they are looking for. Combining MSI’s technical ingenuity to deliver the best gaming features with Killer’s unique solution, allows us to present gamers around the world the best experience when it comes to speed, sound and stability,” said Ted Hung – MSI Motherboard, Desktops Sales & Marketing Director.
“The Killer E2500 is packed with new cutting edge technology to give users the fastest and most enjoyable online experience,” said Michael Cubbage, CEO at Rivet Networks. “MSI and GIGABYTE demand the very best in network performance and the E2500 delivers.”  
The E2500 chipset will be first found on select Motherboards MSI and GIGABYTE. The E2500 will be widely available by the end of 2016. For more information about the E2500, please .
If you would like to arrange an interview, or an online demo, or have questions for the Rivet Networks leadership team, email us at .
About Rivet Networks
Rivet Networks is a technology and products company that has focused on creating the best possible networking experience. Rivet offers a mix of hardware, software, and cloud-based technologies to deliver solutions that are both powerful and intuitive. Through their Killer™ line of networking products, Rivet Networks offers unprecedented speed, intelligence, and control for gamers and performance users alike. For more information about their Killer brand of technologies, please visit . 

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Playstation 4 Pro Appeal

According to Guardian, the Playstation 4 Pro was created to appeal to gamers who would otherwise "migrate to PC" solely for the improved graphics. There are many reasons for gamers to choose PCs over consoles besides improved graphics, such as: speedier updates, more games (including MOBAs, MMOs, RTSs and simulators), better communities, more game sales, modding support, customizable/upgradeable hardware and having a device that can service multiple purposes, not just as a gaming unit.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Raising The Bar for Core i3 Performance

GIGABYTE has done it again with the newest benchmark from ZEROPLUSZERO on Intel's XTU. GIGABYTE ranked first, with 743 marks, with the Core i3-6320 reigning over all other submissions using motherboards from other manufactures.

This proves that GIGABYTE has been able to maintain a solid platform for overclocking not only on the i7 and i5's but also on the mainstream i3 processors as well.

Below you can see the submission from ZEROPLUSZERO and the board that he used. HWBot Submission.

Stay tuned for more overclocking updates from GIGABYTE.

Friday, September 2, 2016

HTC Vive wireless VR prototype in the works to be shown this fall

According to Shack News, a joint venture between Valve and Quark VR are attempting to free Vive headsets from their wires. They state that their wireless prototype will be unveiled sometime this fall. Perhaps this move toward wireless will accelerate the adoption of VR as "tech hurdles" are gradually overcome.

For those looking to build a rig for VR, GIGABYTE Motherboards has you covered with NVMe support via M.2 or U.2 for speedy load times and our anchored stainless steel shielding on our full-length PCI Express slots keep the slots safe under the load of heavy high-end video cards, especially if you find yourself transporting your system often.

Note the single-piece stainless steel shielding on the full-length PCI Express slots

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

GIGABYTE dominates the Leaderboards for 3DMark2001

GIGABYTE continues to dominate the leaderboards with a Single GPU World Record and three global firsts. With the newly added score from GIGABYTE's in-house overclocker Sofos on a Dual GPU setup, GIGABYTE continues to hold the records for this benchmark.

All these benchmarks were performed on the Z170X-SOC Force LN2 showing the world the exceptional performance GIGABYTE is able to create from this overclocking board. Below are the following scores and you can find more overclocking information for GIGABYTE on the HWBot site.

Click Here for more details!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

GIGABYTE shows some skill at Ho Chi Minh with a Global First on WPrime - 32M.

At one of GIGABYTE's events this week attendees had time to admire various GIGABYTE systems and see an overclocking show where GIGABYTE's in-house Overclocker, Sofos, demoed overclocking. Not only did he show these guests what overclocking was all about, he did so while still being able to obtain a Global First.

For more details on this Global First, please Click Here.

Check out some a few pictures from the event below.

Stay tuned for more updates from GIGABYTE.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A New Era Begins - GIGABYTE takes the HWBot PRIME Global First (4-Core CPUs)

The records continue to accumulate, GIGABYTE has broken another record this week with HWBot Prime. GIGABYTE has ranked #1 by having the top score for a 4-Core CPU, an Intel Core i7-6700K Processor, overclocked on a GIGABYTE Z170X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard.

Accompanying the world renowned record breaking motherboard in this bench there is also a Corsair AX1500i PSU as well as Galax DDR4's.

For more information regarding this record please click here.

Be sure to check out and Like the GIGABYTE Facebook Page for contests and promotions.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

GIGABYTE Scores Another Global First on 3DMark03

This week GIGABYTE's very own in-house overclocker, Sofos, broke a new Global First surpassing the old record by approximately 3K points. This Global First was done by using only a single Galax GTX980 TI Card, as well as memory modules from Galax.

GIGABYTE continues to hold the 3DMark03 World Record with Dual Graphics Cards, as well as SuperPi - 32M and PiFast, all achieved within the past few months.

Be sure to check out and Like the GIGABYTE Facebook Page for contests and promotions, and Stay tuned for more updates from GIGABYTE.

Monday, June 27, 2016

GIGABYTE Achieves Another 2x World Records and Multiple Global Firsts

Even after Computex the GIGABYTE Team has still been hard at work pushing the limits of the GIGABYTE Motherboards.

This week GIGABYTE posts another 5 records, below you can see the breakdown and performance of GIGABYTE's Z170 Motherboard.

GIGABYTE's Newest World Records:

GIGABYTE's Global Firsts:

WPrime 32M

Be sure to check HWBot and GIGABYTE's Facebook page for more contests & competitions to win awesome GIGABYTE Prizes.

Friday, June 3, 2016

GIGABYTE takes down 2x World Records and 4x Global First scores at G.SKILL Computex 2016 OC show

GIGABYTE attended G.Skill's Computex 2016 overclocking show on Friday with 6 records (2x World Records and 4x Global Firsts).

The overclocking crew used GIGABYTE Z170X SOC Force LN2 and X99 Champion motherboards and G.Skill Trident Z memory. The world records in particular were also powered by the new Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics cards!

Well done guys!!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion 6950X Broadwell-E Overclocking Guide

GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion OC Guide (Broadwell E Update)
by dinos22 & sofos1990

1.       SINGLE BIOS mode: make sure you turn it ON (position 2). This switch will disable Dual bios mode in case it triggers a bios switch or update due to OC fail.

2.       This CPU_Mode switch is ONLY required for 5960X (Haswell-E) and it is not required for Broadwell-E (6950X). We suggest that you leave it in DEFAULT position (position 1)

3.       POWER DRAW: Our testing has shown that Broadwell-E draws less power than Haswell-E, despite the fact it has a higher amount of cores. This is welcome news as some PSUs were having problems with OCP shutdown as power draw exceeded the Amp draw limit on 12V rail. This may still be happening on PSUs of lesser quality or with aggressive OCP spec. We recommend discussing with peers what PSUs to use for extreme OC.

4.       CB (Cold Bug) & CBB (Cold Boot Bug) changes: From our experience testing 6950X CPUs, we've seen very similar behaviour with CB and CBB overall. CB is generally between -95C and -110C. CBB is more CPU specific and can sometimes be same as CB but mostly ranges around -90C.

Some tips: Find your CB and CBB first and test it a few times. Once you have a rough idea, it will make it a lot smoother to bench your CPU. Here are some post LED codes to watch out for:
·        Post Code "bF": When you restart and you see post code "bF", switch off PSU and let all power drain from board before switching PSU back on, start again. Most times it will boot straight back up and you are ready to go. However, you may see post code 91!
·        Post Code "91": Switch PSU off if you see this post code, let power drain from board (you will see power LED light turn off on board so there is no residual power in the board), switch PSU back on and hit start and go. Sometimes you may need to go warmer than your regular CBB (i.e from -90C to -80C) to avoid post code 91.
·        Post Code "BLANK": This is generally CBB (no post code showing at all). Just turn off PSU, warm up below CBB temp (try -80C) and turn on.

This is simply a guide and may not be the case with your CPU so it is advisable to test the limits of your chips specifically.

5.       Voltage Changes, Limits and Frequencies: We are going to talk about 4 categories, core voltage, uncore voltage, memory voltage and voltage limits
·        Core Voltage: Air cooling 4GHz, you are looking at around 1.2vcore. We tested up to 1.35vcore with benchmarks such as XTU and found CPUs were mainly running below throttling temperature and frequency of up to 4.4GHz.

LN2 cooling we find that it's best to start with 1.5v at -60C and go colder. Most CPUs will like 1.55vcore with -80 to -110C. Some chips will scale higher with 1.6v-1.7v but majority we tested stop scaling up to 1.6vcore. Majority of CPUs did 5GHz, great CPUs did 5.2GHz and special chips will go beyond 5.3GHz with Cinebench R15. This may change with new retail batches.

VRIN is another voltage you need to use (up to 2V on air and generally 2.2v LN2). 2.6v can kill CPUs so be careful.

PLL TRIM is the last one to look out for. Use +15. Improves OC performance and stability.

LLC (load line calibration), set to Extreme (refer to screenshot below for full settings).

·        Uncore Voltage: This voltage has changed compared to Haswell-E. There are two voltages that affect uncore/cache frequency. One is "VRING" and other is "VccU Offset".

Air testing showed that uncore will scale to 3.75GHz roughly using up to 1.40VRING and +0.25 VccU Offset. You don't really need high VccU offset for air or LN2, +0.25 is generally enough for majority of CPUs.

LN2 testing showed that uncore will scale to 4.6GHz roughly using a mix of voltage and correct temperature. In terms of voltage, we could see uncore scaling up to 1.6VRING and we use +0.25 VccU Offset. You can try higher voltages and see if it helps with your CPU. Temperature is very important with uncore. You must be cold enough to boot at very high uncore clocks (-80C or colder). We recommend booting at lower uncore and using GTL to clock up core and uncore frequency in OS.

Post Code tips: If you see the post code looping after restart and board suddenly shuts down, that usually means the uncore is too high for that boot which will either need colder temp or bios reset and reloading profile. You may see postcodes such as "b0", "bF", "b2" but it might be others as well.

·        Memory Voltage: We will specifically refer to B-die based memory ICs here as they have shown to be best for extreme OC. There are two different volts (VSA & memory volts) you need to use to clock memory well as well as memory voltage training.

VSA voltage is generally recommended in +0.25 to +0.35v.

Memory voltage we generally use 1.6v for 3000MHz 12-12-12-28. For 3400MHz and higher, we use 1.7-1.75v. CPU must be cold (use -80C or higher). 

·        Voltage Limits: CPUs did not really scale past 1.7vcore. Uncore voltage did not really scale past 1.6v on most CPUs. Memory voltage we suggest keeping below 1.8.  Offset voltage and VSA are not needed any higher than previously shown. These are extreme limits and you must find out what your CPU and memory like. If you use too high a volts, you will probably lose max MHz frequency. Best to find the ideal volts for your hardware!              

6.       Post Code LED tips: Please check point 4. & 5. for some tips. We will also provide some additional info for various memory related post code troubleshooting below:
·        Post Code "61": Overtightening CPU pot can cause this post code. This can also be pure memory frequency or vdimm limitation. If a RAM slot is wet, it can also show 61.
·        Post Code "50":  System not detecting memory correctly due to dirt in dimm slot or not inserted properly. Tight timings limitation can also show this code.
·        Post Code "91": Uncore too high, CPU too cold
·        Post Code "8A": 1T unstable, too high VTT termination volts, RTL incorrect
·        Post Code "bF": memory wet

7.       CPU temperature, paste, correct mount and stability: Make sure you have a stable mount when you are overclocking. You will find that once you start to push high frequency and volts that your paste may not work correctly and can become unstable and previously stable frequency. Best way to OC is to use a staggered approach where you start with 4.5GHz profile, 4.8, 5 , 5.2 with specific volts and temp ranges. If you crash at any stage, you probably "lost your mount". Essentially your paste snapped and is not conducting heat properly between CPU HS and CPU pot. One way you can detect this is via a delta probe (keep one temperature probe on HS and second on CPU pot). Quick way to fix this is to turn off system and cool down to -25C and then quickly bring back temps down to cold and start. 90% if the time, you will be able to clock high again but may not be able to get max clocks until full paste remount (full CPU pot warm up, paste replacement etc)

.       B-die memory screenshots


9.       GIGABYTE Tweak Launcher (GTL):
10.   BIOS: You don’t need a special bios for extreme overclocking. Download the latest bios from here

Haswell-E (5960X, 5930K, 5820K) OC Guide

11.   Voltages for Uncore (make sure CPU_Mode switch is turned to ENABLE (position 2)
In the CPU Advanced Voltages  when you have switched to the OC mode you will see some extra voltages. VL1 to VL6.

You only have to change VL4, VL5 and VL6 as below.

The voltage you have to change to get higher uncore is mostly the VL6. Almost all the CPUs can do 1.45V, most of the CPUs can do 1.5V but some CPUs can do even higher Voltage. There are few CPUs that boot with lower than 1.45V though. If the CPU can do high VL6 then probably it can do and high Uncore but not all the times. It depends on the CPU. In the OS through GTL all you have to do is to raise the VRING to 1.45V-1.5V in able to get high Uncore.
12.   RTLs.
You can change the RTLs but not manually only changing the IOLs manually.
IOLs to 1 will bring the RTLs all the way down to what the board is capable of until now.
You need to change the IOLs at every channel. Set the option at manual mode and change the  primary and secondary timings only for channel A and then change the IOLs to each channel manually.

13.   Use both 8pin and 4pin cables for CPU Power otherwise with heavy load the system maybe will be shutting down.

14.   You don’t need extremely high VSA and VDIMM. VSA between +0.25-0.35V should be enough to drive the mems high. +0.25-+0.3V should max your mems on most cases. VDIMM 1.55-1.65V is ok. I was able to do even C11 with 1.6V.

15.   Few times you will see codes like 72, 74, 50, 51, 60, 8A. Try to press the reset button few times. There’re times that doing it it passes the training. Especially when you change the RTLs and you get 8A try it for sure. It doesn’t happen on latest bios so often.

16.   X99 MemTweak, GTL

Highest bootable VL6 cannot be overridden through software. Same value that your CPU won’t boot from bios if you set it through software it will shut down.

17.   Please be careful! The VLs can affect your CPU cold bug so make sure that when you change you don’t hit the cold bug earlier than before. If you have this problem try higher or lower VL3 (usually higher helps). If VL3 doesn’t fix your problem then try the same for VL6.
Also, different bclk affects the cold bug too, so try this as well. Almost all the CPUs are ok with 127.5 bclk and PCI3.

18.   Make sure that you’re using proper insulation around the memories area and also put some paper towel around the PCH cooler. The way that worked best for us was a layer of plastidip, then a layer of Vaseline and  paper towel.

19.   Always save a profile before you save and exit cause most of the times the only way to go back is the CMOS button.

20.   For memory voltage we used up to 1.9V on single sided dimms on LN2 without a problem. But it doesn’t mean that all the dimms can handle it so be careful in case you don’t want to degrade or kill your memories. Dino was benching with 1.8V without any issue.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Which VR Headset is Right For You?

Virtual Reality is here. Both the Oculus and HTC Vive are available for pre-orders, and support from game manufacturers is only increasing.

But which headset is right for you?

That's a very tough question. Both headsets have their strengths, but they also have their respective weaknesses too. They aren't identical products. 

Over at Ars Technica Kyle Orland has a in-depth comparison of the two headsets which looks at everything from comfort to controllers to software support.

Head on over to Ars to check out his comparison. Then let us know on our Facebook page which headset you prefer.

Here's a Guide to GIGABYTE's 3D OSD

Any PC enthusiast knows that information is critically important. Not knowing how your PC is performing is like being blind: without knowing the game's FPS, CPU speed, temperature, RAM speed, etc you don't know if your components are performing at their best.

Thankfully GIGABYTE has a solution: 3D OSD.

3D OSD allows the user to see key information about their system. This information is overlaid on their screen, above whatever program is running in the background. For instance, the user can see if their CPU and GPU temperature spikes when running a demanding game -- a sign that the coolers inside the system aren't working properly.

If you'd like a hands-on look at how 3D OSD works, check out the video below:

Thursday, March 31, 2016

It's Time for Some PC Spring Cleaning

Have you checked inside your PC recently?

You probably might want to.

Unless you keep exceptional care and regularly clean its interior, in all likelihood the inside is going to be a dusty mess!

Well we here at GIGABYTE want to make your PC clean again.

If you've been on our Facebook page recently you'll notice we're running a Spring Cleaning contest. And we're giving away TWO Z170X-Gaming 6 motherboards!

Here's how to enter...

1) Make sure you LIKE the GIGABYTE Motherboards Facebook page

2) Upload your photo to Instagram with the hashtag #pcspringclean

3) Head on over to the contest page and fill out the form and provide a link to the photo on Instagram

4) VOTE for your favorite photo!

Contest closes May 16

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Win a Trip to Taipei With GIGABYTE

GIGABYTE wants to send you to Computex 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan!

In collaboration with our partners at Modders-inc and sponsors Intel, Nvidia, Enermax, Kingston, Corsair and Ekwb, we've launched a case mod competition to celebrate our 30th anniversary and the winner gets an all-expenses paid trip to Computex 2016 this June.

The rules are simple: sign up for an account at Modders-inc, and post an introduction in the GIGABYTE 30th Anniversary Worklog thread. You'll need to post frequent worklog updates in that thread as you complete your build. Remember, you need to have either a GIGABYTE 30th anniversary theme or use the specific GIGABYTE Blue. Full contest details are available on our website here. 

Hope to see you in Taipei!