Gigabyte was showing off a motherboard made for extreme overclockers at Computex 2014 this week. The board is the GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2, which is much like the GA-Z97X-SOC Force that has been out for a while now, but the GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2 does not come with any cooler mounting holes. This means it is made for LN2 cooling.
You can tell that Gigabyte has made this board for the extreme enthusiast crowd. The board features an 8 phase VRM which is powered by an 8pin plus 4-pin connector. There are voltage check points and OC switches right next to the two DDR3 slots. As far as expansion slots go you have four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x8/x8/x8), a single PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slot and two PCI slots. For storage you have four SATA 6GB/s ports and two SATA Express ports. I/O on the board includes four USB 3.0, four USB 2.0, HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, SPDIF, PS/2, 6-channel audio, and Gigabit Ethernet.
To show off the power of this motherboard overclocker Hi-Cookie managed to break a new world record for memory by setting the memory frequency on this board to 4.5 GHz! The memory that was used was made by Kingston. Hi-Cookie was able to set the frequency of each stick to 2250.8 MHz which equates to 4.5 GHz! This really does show the true overclocking potential of the board.
The original GA-Z97X-SOC Force motherboard retails for around $209.99 so we expect this board to be around the same or just a little less expensive.
Feb 26, 2015 0