What do you get when you give an overclocker freedom to design a new OC board?

Finally!

Cookie’s been busy and I hear he’s expecting a new bun out of the oven or did they say a board of some kind?!? She is matte black (hmm or white?!?) with orange stripes and some unusual looking features.

Wait, where’s the rest of the I/O panel? Some of you know this board as the new “orange OC board” but in fact her real name is X58A-OC. I can’t wait to show you more of this board that’s designed by overclockers for overclockers. Stay tuned!


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says:

this is the shit right here!

Romania Monstru says:

Dude....no 4WAY on that board afaik....si...wassup with 4 boards?

K404 says:

I would have ditched the sound and added 4 more USB ports. I usually have 5 USB devices on the go for benching, sometimes 6.


If it's a benchers board, it will have 2 or 3 1" high grounded tubes for us to put the ground probes of DMMs ;)

TaPaKaH says:

I hope this doesn't cost an arm and a leg and they don't start crippling their low/mid-end boards on the overclocking front to make everyone buy "the OC version" (like Intel did) ...

United States G H Z says:

how many PCIe lanes lol?

Belgium Massman says:

Sam OCX said: I hope this doesn't cost an arm and a leg and they don't start crippling their low/mid-end boards on the overclocking front to make everyone buy "the OC version" (like Intel did) ...


I certainly hope overclockers will put their critical mind aside, see what is happening here and understand the consequences of deeply negative comments.

It's been ages overclockers have tried to convince major mainboard manufacturers to build a real overclockers board with, for instance, a dumbed down I/O. For the first time, one of those manufacturers is taking a jump into the unknown and producing a board mainly targetted at the overclocking community. I know I come across all markting-y, but it seems to me that if this board is a big succes, GBT will continue this line of boards and other manufacturers might join in and bring their own variants. If turns out none of the responses are even near to positive, GBT might drop out and no other company will bother to put R&D into this.

Romania Monstru says:

Actually this is not the first time ( a certain ABIT model comes to my mind now...), but this is a GREAT step for Gigabyte, and I really wnt to see how this baby turns out. A true overclocking dedicated board is what we have asked for years, this could be the first out of a great family.

United States Splave says:

OC board is nice idea...but imo a great chip is a great chip regardless of if its in a R3E, e762, X-Powah, or UD7/UD9 or other flagship board

Belgium Massman says:

Monstru said: Actually this is not the first time ( a certain ABIT model comes to my mind now...), but this is a GREAT step for Gigabyte, and I really wnt to see how this baby turns out. A true overclocking dedicated board is what we have asked for years, this could be the first out of a great family.


What ABIT mainboard was that?

Romania Monstru says:

ABIT KX7 333 I think...

TaPaKaH says:

Massman said: I certainly hope overclockers will put their critical mind aside, see what is happening here and understand the consequences of deeply negative comments.

It's been ages overclockers have tried to convince major mainboard manufacturers to build a real overclockers board with, for instance, a dumbed down I/O. For the first time, one of those manufacturers is taking a jump into the unknown and producing a board mainly targetted at the overclocking community. I know I come across all markting-y, but it seems to me that if this board is a big succes, GBT will continue this line of boards and other manufacturers might join in and bring their own variants. If turns out none of the responses are even near to positive, GBT might drop out and no other company will bother to put R&D into this.
I have nothing negative against the actual idea but in the modern world of marketing anything with a label "designed for gamers / overclockers" gets massively overpriced and therefore uninteresting for the actual gamers/overclockers with any brain activity whatsoever.
I really hope this is going to be priced somewhere in the UD3/UD5-zone rather than UD9.

Australia Dinos22 says:

hey Sam i hear ya ;)

Norway knopflerbruce says:

Well, less IO stuff = cheaper board. Maybe it won't be "cheap", but still less than if it had a shitload of USB ports etc.

Christian Ney says:

withou audio without lan only 2-3 usb, no ieee...
Cool

Australia Dinos22 says:

guys we still have to sell these boards which is why we have to put things like USB3 on there and 6 ram slots and audio etc

they are however at an absolute BASIC level as we dont want to cost to rise for no reason, hearing me Sam

we put money in parts which are necessary for good OC and left some basic options for ppl that buy this board for their normal PC :)

Belgium Massman says:

What's the price estimate?

Australia Dinos22 says:

lots i cannot say yet, all in good time and also there will be a few of you testing these so hopefully you can give ppl the answers to any question they have in terms of spec and functionality

we will announce those at launch

unknown Hollywood says:

Nice goin there! I asked myself a couple of times why all these "designed for OC" boards got that useless stuff coming with it....

United States xxbassplayerxx says:

Any specific time frame for launch?

Sweden ME4ME says:

I like the idea of a board designed for overclocking, but really .. it doesn't make any sense to do it anytime soon. Its no use to launch even more X58 boards while SandyBridge pretty much dominates on most levels... Sales-whise i think this board, together with the G1 series will be hard to sell

Austria oanvoanc says:

finally we dont have to bother with the stupid "gamer" boards.... :D

we are not gaming (at least its not the main reason we buy motherboards i think), we are overclocking :)
gamers dont need these overloaded bios, but we do, hehe.

i really hope, these special overclocking boards (i assume, soon there will be out more than just one) make sense (much space around the socket, better performance and useful bios settings... e.g. an ln2 mode which really does, what it should do)

India thebanik says:

dinos22 said: guys we still have to sell these boards which is why we have to put things like USB3 on there and 6 ram slots and audio etc

they are however at an absolute BASIC level as we dont want to cost to rise for no reason, hearing me Sam

we put money in parts which are necessary for good OC and left some basic options for ppl that buy this board for their normal PC :)


Now that sounds a fantastic idea. Just 2 variants of Overclocking line. One with normal two x16 lanes and maybe another with nf200 because not every overclocker would be benching 4 GPUs.

Germany BenchBros says:

Nice move GB!!!! I remember the MSI event in Taipei at the beginning of 2010, where many good overclockers from all around the world had the chance to present their dream motherboard... but now GB will start with the first step in this "fantastic" direction... the whole OC community have the chance to bring such decisions and products to great success. Thanks a lot GB!!! Andi from BenchBros :)

United States steponz says:

Very nice GB... Can't wait to see one and oc the hell out of it....

I can't wait to get one......

Australia T_M says:

EP45T-Extreme was a step in this direction too, but failed on reducing I/O

kikicoco1334 says:

wondering how well will this board really oc lol

Belgium leeghoofd says:

Is it hand signatured by Dino, James And T_M ?

United States steponz says:

If dinos is on it.. I don't want it.... lol... j/k

K404 says:

If the heatsinks on the G-1 are shaped like magazines, maybe on this board they will be shaped like man-kinis?

Belgium Massman says:

Last I heard GBT signed a deal with Disney. No idea why, though ...

TaPaKaH says:

Massman said: Last I heard GBT signed a deal with Disney. No idea why, though ...
may be Jason / MickeyMouse will be promoting their boards? :D

Australia Dinos22 says:

LMAO where is James he would get that post massman hahahaha

United States Bobnova says:

I'd love to see a line of motherboards aimed directly at OCing. I don't use many of the snazzy gaming/etc features on my R3E at all, and would much rather have paid $100 less and not had usb3, not had 4786.42 sound, not had sata6, and so on. I share the concern that the entry level boards may be intentionally crippled, especially given the huge capabilities of the gigabyte H55 boards, having a $100 board that out bclk'd a $500 board was wonderful. That said, gigabyte hasn't done it yet and I don't think they will. Intel on the other hand swears by it now with SB :( It's a tough market, as I would guess that the market for motherboards with tons of features for OCing and tons of stuff for gaming/feeling cool is much larger then the market for mobos aimed directly at extreme overclocking. I personally would definitely buy an extreme OC board if it were cheaper then the OC/Gaming/FeelingCool board and/or did better in extreme OCing. I think most of us here would. More USB ports would be nice (though not 100% needed), I would very nearly be at capacity with only four. Mouse+KB+thumbdrive is my standard operation.

United States NatalieG1987 says:

wow! lots of graphics card in one boad.

Brazil hotnikQ says:

LOL Orange Motherboard Like this? http://images.devshed.com/dh/stories/Foxconn_NF4SK8AA/motherboard.jpg

Belgium Massman says:


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