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Gigabyte Unveils Z97X-SOC Force LN2 Motherboard

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.

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2 Motherboard

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.

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2 Motherboard

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.

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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.

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Source: Lab501 | News Archive

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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