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GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Force Motherboard Digital PWM and Cooling Deep Dive - GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Force

GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Force Motherboard Digital PWM and Cooling Deep Dive

We investigate the GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Force's digital PWM and cooling setup. We discovered some interesting results with a thermal imaging camera. (TPE:2376)

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 1:19 am



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The GA-Z87X-OC Force is GIGABYTE's latest badass overclocking flagship motherboard. As the flagship model, the OC Force packs nearly every bell and whistle offered for overclocking and goes far beyond what we expect to find on a traditional motherboard. Shawn will have a full review of the GA-Z87X-OC Force soon and will cover all of the features in detail.


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We're focusing at the area around the CPU socket today, the massive heat sink specifically and the new International Rectifier IR3550 PWMs under it. As you can see, the GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-OC Force looks a lot different in this area than most of the other motherboards on the market. The heat sink is massive and it also doubles as a liquid cooling block for extreme overclocking.


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Here we see the same area without the heat sink. There are nine PWMs on one side and an additional seven running across the top.


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GIGABYTE calls this OC Cool and in the lower right side of the image above we see the liquid cooling tubing to the processor and the PWM cooler before going back to the pump.

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