Enthusiast motherboard manufacturers aren't all over the place at IDF anymore, however. GIGABYTE is still present and came out in full force this year.
This year GIGABYTE threw an OC gathering at a nice Hotel right down the street from IDF to bring together all the well-known US based overclockers, and this was actually one of the main reasons I was at IDF this year. We all gathered around Hicookie, GIGABYTE's in-house house overclocker, to watch as he went after some records with his X99 SOC Force LN2 motherboard, which isn't released yet.
I was just messing around on LN2, and I managed to get this top frequency of 6111MHz. This is the highest 8-core/ 16 thread result on HWBot, the rest of the results are all 1core/1thread. The score is up on HWBot now, and I would bet within a day of this article, someone will post a higher score.
GIGABYTE also had a booth right in the conventional hall; they displayed their X99 lineup, as well as a select few Z97 motherboards.
This is the X99 SOC Force LN2, not to be confused with the X99 SOC Force; this motherboard only features four DIMMs for higher memory overclocking, and it features a development socket. The cooling on this motherboard might look pretty hefty, but those two heat sinks around the memory slots are actually only for cooling the CPU's VRM. GIGABYTE has said this motherboard will be produced in extremely limited quantities, much like the Z97X-SOC Force LN2.
There was a system featuring the X99 Gaming G1 with its new lighting schemes.
GIGABYTE was also showing off its BRIX line up. Above is the BRIX in a clear case to display the insides.
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