I figured I’d put up an upload of some handy sofware/drives/apps for benching the new Gigabyte Z97 platform on Windows XP and Win 7/8.
Here’s what’s uploaded, click on the link to download.
I wanted to congratulate all the competition winners from the recent Z97 OC comp on OCAU forum (Overclockers Australia). GIGABYTE sponsored the competition with all top 3 prizes being Z97X-SOC Force and a participation prize (Z87X-OC).
This competition was based on 3 tests:
The competition was not that straight forward. Contestants had to learn how to solder modifications on a really cheap graphics card (Nvidia GT610) and see if they can extract more MHz out of the GPU via mods and various cooling techniques. The modified card could be used on two different stages and it proved to be more than a handful. In the end, Robbo2 was the overall winner with the first place in Catzilla, while Newlife managed to snag the 3DMark01 round and bullants took the 8M superpi but has not contested the rest of the stages. GT610 GPUs operate at 810Mhz stock core and 600MHz memory. There guys were able to run them at 1400MHz core and over 900MHz memory for good measure!
Participation prize (Z87X-OC) went to a new Aussie rookie overclocker Paulie_AU who put a fantastic effort and is one of our future overclocking hopes with some great performances in HWBOT Rookie Rumble cups. Good luck Paulie on the next stage of that competition!
I’ll leave you with some memorable images from the competition itself which you can check out at OCAU forum.
Last year G.Skill put a crazy overclocking show for Computex crowds which was very popular, had lots of giveaways and records were broken left right and centre.
TeamAU is joining the show this year as well with youngpro representing G.Skill and dinos22 representing GIGABYTE on the stand. This year there is also a US$10,000 overclocking tournament happening on the stand as well, should be good fun. Here are a couple of videos from this year and last year’s show wrap up, check it out!
Hey guys, here is the extreme OC bios for Gigabyte Z97X-SOC Force motherboards we used in most of our recent benching.
Z97X-SOC Force X04 bios link: https://www.mediafire.com/?v23ea3jffju22er
I also got some requests recently for the Gigabyte X58A-UD9 GOOC bios, here it is as well!
X58A-UD9 GOOC bios link: https://www.mediafire.com/?ejcuuy9b64yi138
STAY FROSTY GENTS!
The guys over at Hardware Asylum have gone live with the latest podcast, #40. Computex is one of the main topics. Click on the image to go to the podcast:
A look ahead at Computex 2014
Computex is one of the largest technology trade shows in the world and happens to be Dennis's summertime destination. His trips to Computex started over 10 years ago and has been a great make new contacts and witness firsthand what new bits of computer hardware will be available for the Christmas shopping season. Over the years the Computex show has grown quite a bit, not only in size but with elaborate booths and cool overclocking demonstrations.
This year Dennis is looking forward to the GSKill OC World Cup which will likely replace the normal overclocking demonstrations at the GSKill booth. During the week there will likely be two on two overclocking competitions with the finals being held on the Friday of the show. An open qualifier was hosted on HWBot with the top 6 getting an open invite to the semi-finals and finals.
Back in 2009 Dennis hosted a small get together in Taiwan to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of NInjalane.com and as luck would have it, HWBOT is celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year after Computex By the looks of it they are planning a fun filled weekend of overclocking and general mayhem.
G.Skill OC World Cup 2014 Qualifier
During our December 2013 benching meet up we discussed what we needed to do to take our team to the next level. We set our focus on 3D benchmarks, with an ambitious goal of attempting to hold all the global 3D records simultaneously. The term global record is used to describe the biggest score ever produced in a benchmark. This could be with any combination of motherboard, CPU, memory and number of graphics cards.
We are very humbled and proud to say that while we haven't yet achieved this feat, we have been fortunate enough to take 9 out of 11 records, with 2nd place in both benchmarks we are missing. This has been a team effort, with everyone contributing their own skills to make these scores possible.
Thanks to Gigabyte, ASUS, Corsair, G.Skill, EK, EVGA and the countless others that have helped along the way, without your loyal support none of this would be possible.