Gigabyte declares X79 clock speed record

Gigabyte has announced some record speeds on Intel’s i7 3930K processor, becoming the first to reach a multiplier of 57x.

Gigabyte will be happy to win back its reputation after YouTube footage showed its X79 motherboards burning out, before a BIOS change was issued.

Now the mobo manufacturer is eager to show how it has been able to hit record CPU speeds, with the help of renowned overclocker Hicookie.

Using the recently released F7 BIOS, and armed with a load of liquid nitrogen for cooling, Gigabyte hoped to “erase any scepticism regarding the performance and overclocking capabilities”.

According to a statement made by the firm, rather than promptly bursting into flames, clock speeds of 5.6GHz were reached on the i7 processor, using a 57x CPU multiplier configuration.   Using the GA-X79-UD3 motherboard record scores were managed for Super Pi 1M and 32M and PiFast benchmarks.

The X79-UD3, designed for mainstream enthusiast users with i7 chips is based on a 3-way Digital Engine, and features 4-way SLI and Crossfire X graphics, PCIe Gen 3.0 support and 4 channel DDR3 memory. The firm noted that F7 BIOS updates are available for its entire X79 series of motherboards too.