Gigabyte Unleashes GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2 Motherboard – Hi Cookie Sets DDR3 Memory 4.5 GHz Frequency Record At Computex

Gigabyte Unleashes GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2 Motherboard – Hi Cookie Sets DDR3 Memory 4.5 GHz Frequency Record At Computex

Aside from the G-Power OC module, Gigabyte made two additional
announcements over at Computex 2014. The company has unveiled their
latest GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard and also set the memory ram
frequency world record with the help of renowned overclocker, Hi Cookie.

Gigabyte Unleashes GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2 Motherboard

Gigabyte’s GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard is aimed towards
overclockers, not enthusiasts, not gamers but true overclockers who only
want to achieve the fastest frequency records on their machines. The
GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2 is similar to the GA-Z97X-SOC Force motherboard we
reviewed last
month but as i mentioned, its not built for the casual audience nor the
gaming community. You ask why? The motherboard doesn’t come with any
cooler mounting holes which means its only built for the meanest
clockers out there who want nothing but LN2 cooling rigged on their PCs
24/7. That’s the kind of product only the extreme PC community would
want to have in their hands and I am glad that we are finally looking at
some extreme products after such a long time.

LAB501 has
managed to obtain some pictures from Gigabyte’s Computex booth over in
Taipei 101 in Taiwan. The guys have some detailed shots of the board to
give a technical overview of the product itself.
The Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force is the top of the
line overclocking motherboard built with the Z97 chipset and will
feature the new and improved design scheme powered with a 8 Phase VRM
powered by an 8-Pin plus 4-Pin connector configuration. The V-Check
Point 2 and several OC switches can be found right next to the DDR3
DIMMs. Surprisingly, there are only two DDR3 DIMM slots on the board
which means its also geared towards achieving some high memory
overclocks and is more optimized towards that scheme.
Expansion slots include four PCI-e 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x8/x8), a
single PCI-e 3.0 x1 slot and two PCI slots. The board has 4 SATA 6 GB/s
ports and two SATA Express ports. Another 6-Pin power connector located
near the top most PCI-e slot provides additional power and stability to
the PCIe expansion slots while using multiple graphics cards.
The motherboard features a nice Orange and black color scheme which
looks great. The Killer E2200 LAN chip is also featured on the board for
seamless online experience. The SOC name is derived from Gigabyte’s
Super Overclock series products which include their top of the
line graphics cards powered by their WindForce coolers. The same DNA of
the SOC products has been infused in Gigabyte’s Z97 OC
series motherboards to deliver the best performance to enthusiasts.

I/O includes the same four USB 3.0 (Blue colored) alongwith four USB
2.0 ports (Black colored). There’s HDMI, VGA, DVI-D and a full length
Display connector providing display connectivity using Intel’s
integrated graphics. An SPDIF port, PS/2 port and a Killer E2200 powered
LAN port can also be found along with the 6 channel audio jack that is
powered by the ALC 1150 audiophile codec. The original GA-Z97X-SOC Force
retails at $209.99 US so we can expect a slightly optimized pricing for
the LN2 product around $200 US.

Hi Cookie Sets DDR3 Memory 4.5 GHz Frequency Record At Computex

Aside from the motherboard launch, renowned overclocker Hi-Cookie has
managed to break a new world record by setting the highest memory
frequency of 4.5 GHz on Gigabyte’s GA-Z97X-SOC Force motherboard. Using
Kingston memory sticks, Hi Cookie was able to achieve 2250.8 MHz DRAM
frequency on each of the sticks which equate to a 4.5 GHz memory clock
speed (Who needs DDR4?). You can check out a screenshot of the CPU-Z
panel below:

Gigabyte Memory Frequency World Record 4.5 GHz Computex 2014Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2

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