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Overclocking the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD9 + Core i7-980X with LN2 by Deanzo - Extreme LN2 Overclocking

Today we look at the new flagship motherboard from GIGABYTE, the GA-X58A-UD9. We want to see what limits it will push a Gulftown CPU to when frozen at minus 150 degrees celcius.

By: | Socket LGA 1366 in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 10, 2010 8:02 am
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Extreme LN2 Overclocking


Usually we would show a maximum CPU frequency here; unfortunately and for whatever reason my CPU Z dump files were corrupted and would not upload. Instead this is the maximum screen shot for Super Pi1M. For the record it would screen over 6.5GHz.




Overclocking the UD9 turned out to be very straight forward, almost as easy as cranking up the volts, cooling the CPU and watching it fly. For 6GHz, only vcore and cooling is needed; everything else on auto will suffice.


For testing I've focused on five competitive benchmarks; wPrime 32 and 1024, SuperPi 1M and 32M and PiFast, with the main goal of finding the maximum speed that this combo will run each of those benchmarks.


While the CPU plays a big part in determining that, without a motherboard that has the features that can handle the particular requirements of such speeds and power use, you're dead in the water if your aim is to bench above 6GHz with a Gulftown CPU. In fact, the wrong board can cost you 100's of MHz.


I've also added stock 4 and 5GHz runs as a comparison over the maximum frequencies achieved.


Important Editor Note: Our maximum overclocking result is the best result we managed in our limited time of testing the motherboard. Due to time constraints we weren't able to tweak the motherboard to the absolute maximum and find the highest possible frequencies, as this could take days to find properly. We do however spend at least a few hours overclocking every motherboard to try and find the highest possible overclock in that time frame. You may or may not be able to overclock higher if you spend more time tweaking, or as new BIOS updates are released. "Burn-in" time might also come into play if you believe in that.


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