GIGABYTE Joins Dual Core XTU ‘742 Club’

The current Global 1st Place for a dual-core CPU on the Intel XTU is 742 points. It was submitted by Aussie overclocker sskmercer back in February of this year. His weapon of choice was a Skylake Core i3 6320 which he cranked up to 4,015.21MHz, alongside a pair of B-die G.SKILL Ripjaws clocked at 1,920.5MHz. What is perhaps more remarkable, is that this score is now shared by over 60 overclockers, all of whom have equaled the 742 marks score. After some thorough head scratching it was noted that all of these scores used the ASRock Z170 OC Formula – a slightly odd outcome considering that we usually see a spread of several models and vendors.

Yesterday we got news that GIGABTE too has joined the XTU 742 club. Greek No.1 and current World No.3 Sofos1990 posted an XTU 742 score using a fabled GIGABYTE Z170X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard. He also used an Intel i3 6320 but opted for a set of Galax B-die DDR4. Despite being the 69th overclocker to hit this score, Sofos1990 earned himself a tidy 166.4 global points, plus 31.2 hardware points – all which has contributed to placing him in third place in the HWBOT rankings. Good going.

The exact nature of the secret sauce that helps hit the 742 points score remains a mystery, but I believe the answer lies somewhere in the motherboard’s BIOS. It will be interesting to see if GIGABYTE includes this recipe in future BIOS updates for other motherboards.

Check out the XTU 2x CPU ‘742 Points’ Hall of Fame of fame here, as well as the submission from Sofos1990 here.

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