Gigabyte introduces its Z97 overclocking series motherboards ( GA-Z97X-SOC Force and GA-Z97X-SOC):
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards launched earlier this month their new 9 series motherboards based on the Intel® Z97/H97 chipsets with support for 4th and 5th generation Intel® Core™ processors. Out of this new series, GIGABYTE is now proud to present the Super Overclocking (SOC) models with the Z97X-SOC Force and Z97X-SOC motherboards.
“With the 9 series overclocking boards, we tried to innovate in ways that let the users intuitively get the maximum performance out of their hardware,” commented Hicookie, Chief Overclocking Evangelist, GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “I can’t wait for the overclocking community to start benching these boards and see what other records can be broken.”
GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force and Z97X-SOC
The GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force and Z97X-SOC are there to stand as a new example as to what is possible when pushing the limits of motherboard design to achieve the highest level of performance. Without compromising on features, these boards provide users of any skill the tools they need to achieve their own personal overclocking best.
Breaking New World Records
Already set to be a leader, GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards have made a clear statement that they are the weapon of choice when it comes to performance. With a benching session in the GIGABYTE OC Lab shortly before launch, HiCookie, Dinos22, Sofos1990, SniperOZ, YoungPro, Vivi and Steponz have managed to set the overclocking bar high by taking out a total of 9 World Records with the new Z97X-SOC Force.
Exclusive GIGABYTE Overclocking Features
GIGABYTE OC Touch includes a range of hardware overclocking buttons directly on the motherboard, making overclocking on the fly extremely fast and easy. The design philosophy behind OC Touch is simple; to help enthusiasts and overclockers not only get the most performance from their hardware, but also the absolute most enjoyable OC experience.
OC Ignition maintains power to the motherboard and connected components while the system is shut down. This means that system fans will continue to provide airflow in cold bug situations, while i-ram drive users will not lose installed data. OC Ignition also allows users to pre-test water cooling setups, and allows case mod demonstrations without having to turn on the PC.
OC DIMM and OC PCIe Switch
Manually turn on or off each channel of installed memory DIMMs, allowing users to effortlessly disable memory DIMMs from the system without the hassle of physically removing. Overclockers can manually turn on or off each installed PCIe lane of the motherboard, allowing users to disable individual graphics cards without physically removing. This is especially useful when overclocking on LN2 and water cooled systems.
OC Brace allows extreme overclockers and system testers to safely install up to four graphics cards in an open case or test bed without risking PCIe slot damage or preventing cards not showing up in the OS due to poor contact with PCIe slot. OC Brace is a simple and elegant way to give robust installation support to full sized graphics cards in extreme multi-GPU configurations.
Premium Graphics Support
GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards feature optimized support for AMD CrossFire™ in 4 way configuration plus support for Nvidia SLI technology in 2-way setups. This extreme design allows a more optimized multiple-card overclocking experience where the first 3 slots have the data bandwidth available from trace paths direct from the CPU and the fourth slot taking PCIe lanes from the Intel® Z97 PCH.
OC PEG adds auxiliary power to the PCIe slots of your motherboard, improving system stability in extreme configurations. This is especially useful in power-hungry 4-way graphics configurations.
http://www.gigabyte.com/fileupload/features/2/overview/3261.jpgOC Connect positions two USB connectors on the near side of the motherboard facing the overclocker. This makes it easier to save data, flash the BIOS or install software in open bench testing platforms whether for extreme overclocking or simply pretesting the PC before final component installation inside a case scenarios where accessing the rear panel I/O can be an inconvenience.
Premium GIGABYTE Features
SATA Express Connector
GIGABYTE overclocking motherboards feature an onboard SATA Express connector which provides performance far superior to that of current SATA technologies. SATA Express features data transfer rates of up to 10Gb/s, considerably higher than SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s), which won’t bottleneck faster NAND flash technologies in cutting edge SSDs. SATA Express combines the benefits of PCI-Express and SATA to provide much higher bandwidth, allowing SATA Express based drives to perform at similar speeds as PCI-Express based drives.
Realtek ALC 1150 115dB SNR HD Audio
Improving the audio quality from past generations, GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards feature the ALC1150, a high-performance multi-channel High Definition Audio Codec that delivers an exceptional audio listening experience with up to 115dB SNR, ensuring users get the best possible audio quality from their PC.
The ALC1150 provides ten DAC channels that simultaneously support 7.1-channel sound playback, plus 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo outputs. Two stereo ADCs are integrated and can support a microphone array with Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Beam Forming (BF), and Noise Suppression (NS) technologies. The ALC1150 incorporates Realtek proprietary converter technology to achieve Front differential output 115dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback (DAC) quality and 104dB SNR recording (ADC) quality.
Build-in Rear Audio Amplifier
Also onboard is a high-capacity amplifier which is able to drive 600? loads, giving audiophiles a fuller range of dynamic sound with crisper details and less distortion when using high quality professional headphones.
NO LAG, JUST FRAG!
GIGABYTE has also included the Killer™ E2200 from Qualcomm Atheros, a high-performance, adaptive gigabit Ethernet controller that offers better online gaming and online media performance compared to standard solutions. The Killer™ E2200 features Advanced Stream Detect technology, which identifies and prioritizes all network traffic to ensure important applications that require high-speed connectivity are prioritized over less important traffic.
All IR® Digital CPU Power Design
GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards use an all-digital CPU power design from International Rectifier® which include both digital PWM Controller and industry-leading PowIRstage™ controllers. These 100% digital controllers offer incredible precision in delivering power to the motherboard’s most power-hungry and energy-sensitive components, allowing enthusiasts to get the absolute maximum performance from their next generation Intel® Core™ processors.
GIGABYTE OPT Fan Support
Many of today's 3rd party water cooling systems require CPU fan power support for both the cooling fan and the water pump. GIGABYTE 9 Series overclocking motherboards feature OPT fan support, an additional CPU fan pin header that can be used to connect a water pump and configured for continuous full speed operation. The OPT Fan is also useful for high performance coolers employing two fans.
10K Durable Black™ Soild Caps
GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards integrate the absolute best quality solid state capacitors that are rated to perform at maximum efficiency for a guaranteed minimum of 10K hours. Not only do they provide ultra-low ESR no matter how high the CPU loading, they also come in customized jet black from Nippon Chemi-Con and Nichicon.
(15?) Gold Plated CPU Socket Design
GIGABYTE OC motherboards come equipped with a gold plated CPU socket, which means that enthusiasts can enjoy absolute reliability and longevity for the CPU socket overtime, without having any concerns about corroded pins and bad contacts.
GIGABYTE App Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
GIGABYTE APP Center gives you easy access to wealth of GIGABYTE apps that help you get the most from your GIGABYTE motherboard. Using a simple, unified user interface, GIGABYTE APP Center allows you to launch all GIGABYTE apps installed on your system.
GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ with Dashboard Mode
GIGABYTE's UEFI DualBIOS™ has a redesigned user interface that offers users the chance to take control of their BIOS environment like never before.
• Take control of how your BIOS looks and feels with a fully customizable UI
• Adjust overclocking and performance settings in real-time
• Smooth mouse control and shortcuts for fast navigation<