GIGABYTE GA-X58A-OC Overclocking Features Preview
According to GIGABYTE, each PCI Express x16 slot has independent power input, which can potentially improve single graphics card overclocking performance.
Typically, PCI Express x16 slot power is drawn directly from the 24-pin ATX motherboard connector. The GA-X58A-OC has two additional PCI Express power inputs via SATA power connectors to feed more power to the PCI Express x16 slots when running multiple graphics cards in AMD CrossFireX or NVIDIA SLI.
If you are wondering about the electricial configuration, the first PCI Express x16 slot is x16 electrically, the second x8, the third x16 and the last x8.
As mentioned earlier, the whole board uses POSCAP, allowing overclockers to quickly and easily insulate surrounding areas for a session of LN2.
The IOH and ICH heatsinks have built-in orange LED lighting to complement the board's color scheme.
There are a total of seven 4-pin fan headers. Each fan header can be controlled individually through the BIOS.
The dual BIOS feature allows overclockers to toggle between the two BIOS chips for different purposes. Users can save different settings for each BIOS and even compare BIOS versions. Each BIOS also allows saving up to eight profiles, making it a total of 16 profiles on the GA-X58A-OC.
And last but not least, we leave you with a photo of the GA-X58A-OC's rear I/O panel. There are legacy PS/2 ports for both keyboard and mouse (something we prefer too), a Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and three audio connectors for up to 5.1-channel surround.
If you have missed our GIGABYTE G1-Killer Assassin gaming motherboard preview in early February, do check it out here!