GIGABYTE Z97-Pentium AE Beat the Heat Challenge

GIGABYTE today announced its latest overclocking contest hosted on HWBOT.org, the GIGABYTE Z97-Pentium AE Beat the Heat Challenge. The main focus will be centred on the latest GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards and the G3258 Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition CPU.

The challenge is open to all HWBOT.org overclockers and will be separated in 5 stages running various benchmarks on air/water cooling and LN2 cooling. A total of USD $2,000 in cash prizes and two GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC LN2 will be offered to the winners, as well as a lucky draw with 5 participants winning a GIGABYTE G-Powerboard kit.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pentium® brand, Intel delivered to the overclocking community an unlocked processor with great potential at a very fair price. To put this bad boy to the test, GIGABYTE is giving HWBOT’s community the opportunity to see if they can keep their cool under pressure and win big from August 24th until September 28th, 2014.

Contest Stages

  • Stage 1: XTU – Submission deadline: Sunday, September 7th
  • Stage 2: HWBOT Prime – Submission deadline: Sunday, September 7th
  • Stage 3: Super Pi 32M – Submission deadline: Sunday, September 14th
  • Stage 4: Memory Clock – Submission deadline: Sunday, September 21st
  • Stage 5: CPU Frequency clock – Submission deadline: Sunday, September 28th

Contest Rules

All submissions must be made using a GIGABYTE 9 series motherboard (except Z97 SOC FORCE LN2) and retail Intel® Pentium® G3258. All screenshot submissions must include the competition wallpaper including the benchmark score. All submissions must include a picture of the rig used, including competition background. Usual HWBOT submission and verification rules apply. Stage 1 is open to HWBOT Enthusiast, Rookie and Novice overclockers only using Air/Water cooling, LN2 not allowed. Stages 2 to 5 are open to all HWBOT overclockers. To remain qualified, the participants of Stage 2 to Stage 5 MUST submit a score before the deadline. For the lucky draw, the G-Powerboard kit version (Nvidia/AMD) will be sent randomly. Winners of Stage 1 and Stage 2 to 5 will be excluded from the Lucky draw.

Contest Prizes

  • Stage 1:
    1st place receives $500 USD
  • Stage 2 to 5:
    1st place receives $1,000 USD and a Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2
    2nd place receives $500 USD
    3rd place receives a Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 motherboard
  • Lucky draw (To be held at the end of the competition)
    Five randomly selected participants will receive a G-Powerboard kit, including a G-POWERBOARD, a Powerboard controller, cables and a copper sheet.

The GIGABYTE Z97-Pentium AE Beat the Heat Challenge will run from August 24th 2014 until September 28th 2014, midnight GMT/UTC (8AM 29/07 GMT+8).

For a complete list of contest rules, scoring and more details, please visit the contest page hosted on HWBOT.org.

Thank you GIGABYTE for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of GIGABYTE.

PC Specialist Vanquish 270X System Review

Introduction


Intel’s Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition CPU release has been very exciting for the PC market, the main reason is that you can now get high-end desktop performance for the price of an entry level system. This is because the bulk of applications and games are still largely dependent on the performance of 1-2 CPU cores, so with the potential to get around 4.5-4.8GHz on both its cores the Pentium G3258 can offer Core i7 4790K-like performance in one to two threaded applications. Today we are testing PC Specialist’s Vanquish 270X system which they have configured and built especially for us! This system features a Pentium G3258 CPU overclocked to a whopping 4.7GHz and that’s paired up with a Powercolor R9 270X 2GB graphics card and 8GB of RAM. All in all this means there is more than enough grunt in this system to drive all the latest gaming titles maxed out at full 1080p or even as high as 1440p depending on the game, as well as to do a wide variety of other productivity and home tasks. What’s even more impressive is that the components used are really cost effective, so this build comes in at just £579! PC Specialist have made very sensible component choices to keep the pricing in that sweet spot zone: they’ve opted for the unlocked Pentium, AMD’s R9 270X, an SSHD, Gigabyte’s entry level Z97 gaming series motherboard and Corsair’s affordable 230T chassis houses it all. Below you can see the full specifications of this build:

Specifications

  • Name: PC Specialist Vanquish 270X
  • Case: Corsair 230T with Red LEDs and Side Window
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 3
  • Processor: Intel Pentium G3258 “Anniversary Edition” Dual Core at up to 4.7GHz w/ OC
  • Processor Cooler: Titan Universal CPU Cooler with Arctic MX4 thermal paste
  • System Memory: 1 x 8GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX Beast 2133MHz
  • Main Boot Drive: Seagate 1TB Hybrid Solid State Hard Drive with 8GB SSD Cache
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Not included
  • Graphics card: Powercolor AMD R9 270X 2GB
  • Power Supply: Corsair VS 450W
  • Optical DriveSuper WriteMaster DVD RW
  • Wireless: Not included
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 3 Year Warranty (1 month collect & return, 1 year parts, 3 year labour)
  • Price: £579 (accurate at the time of writing)

Packaging & Accessories

PC Specialist’s Vanquish 270X system comes very well packaged with soft cell foam to absorb shock and vibration in transit as well as some protective plastic to prevent dust and scratches.

In terms of accessories you get PC Specialist’s welcome pack which has all the additional manuals and documentation that came with all the components in your system. There’s also a welcome guide written by PC Specialist that they advise you to read before using your new PC.

CPU-Z

Jumping into CPU-Z and we can see that as promised our Pentium G3258 (which CPU-Z is mistakenly reading as the Pentium G3420) is clocked at 4.7GHz using 1.35 volts. This core voltage is a little high for 24/7 operation, I maybe would have preferred to see 1.3 volts and a slightly lower clock speed.

The memory is just a single DIMM so we have to use single channel mode, that memory is clocked at 2133MHz.

GPU-Z

On the GPU side we have Powercolor’s R9 270X which comes clocked fairly high and has bags of overclocking headroom if you want to push things further.

Gigabyte and ASUSTek To Ship Over 6 Million Motherboards In Q3

2014 looks set to be a successful year for ASUS and Gigabyte according to industry sources. In the second quarter of this year Gigabyte and ASUS are expected to have shipped around 5.1 to 5.2 million of their own motherboards, by the third quarter that is set to rise to staggering six million units. The reason? Well apparently new demand is being driven by the PC DIY market after Intel’s new 9 Series chipset release and Devil’s Canyon Core i7 4790K processor. Devil’s Canyon and Z97 may be popular but the real star of the show is Intel’s Pentium G3258 “Anniversary Edition” unlocked and overclockable dual core processor. This processor is reported to already be driving significant demand for cheaper Intel motherboards based on the H97, H87, B85 and H81 chipsets. Motherboard vendors are optimistic that the G3258 will allow the markets to digest older inventories of H87, B85 and H81 motherboards so they can make way for newer Intel 9 series motherboards. Most motherboard vendors will reportedly achieve a 10-20% sequential growth in shipments in Q3 compared to Q2.

Source: Digitimes

Image #1 courtesy of Modlabs.net, image #2 courtesy of Intel

Intel Reveals Its $72 Unlocked Pentium: An AMD Killer?

Intel has been eternally criticised for not offering unlocked processors at lower price points. In the past this has lent a lifeline to AMD who have been able to keep a fairly strong grip on the low-mid range enthusiast CPU market by offering overclockable CPUs for low budgets. Now Intel is looking to claim that market back by offering up its newest unlocked Pentium processor: the Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition, or the Pentium G3258. With a 3.2GHz base speed the out of the box performance won’t be that great, but with overclocking there’s going to be potential to reach 4.2, 4.4GHz or maybe even 4.6/4.8/5GHz depending on how good each chip is. This all comes in at an impressive $72 MSRP.

At that $72 price point AMD offers its Athlon X4 750K Trinity FM2 CPU and I have a sneaky feeling the unlocked Pentium will perform broadly better as most applications still only take advantage of one or two threads – especially games. In most multi-threaded applications the AMD processor should pull ahead. However, we’ll have to wait and see what the reviews show and hopefully we’ll have a review of our own coming so stay tuned for that!

Source: Intel

Images courtesy of Intel