Gigabyte India organised their annual overclocking event and power user meet called the Gigabyte OC Blast 2015 on December 19, 2015 at the Mirador in Andheri, Mumbai. Coolermaster was also present as a partner at the event. Check out the pictures from the event at the bottom.
The Gigabyte OC Blast 2015 began with a formal introduction of the attendees and this was followed by a presentation on Gigabyte’s latest Z170 series motherboards. Gigabyte’s innovations specific to overclockers’ needs were highlighted and explained. This was followed by a feedback session where Gigabyte and Coolermaster took feedback from the power users regarding their expectations from the products and asked for suggestions for improvements if any.
A recurring praise that was heard was for Gigabyte’s support infrastructure, a fruition of their drive to set up their own service centres all over the country. An interesting trend Gigabyte pointed out was that the Indian market was once again investing in desktops for personal use despite also using laptops for work on the go. Seems the power of a desktop can’t quite be matched by portable devices and ‘lifestyle’ products as some in the industry want to believe.
After lunch, the Overclocking part began in earnest at the Gigabyte OC Blast 2015. An i5-6600K was overclocked with Liquid Nitrogen to 5.8GHz and was benchmarked with Cinebench CPU Benchmark and HWBOT Prime. A Kingpin pot was used for cooling with G.Skill 3400MHz DDR4 2x8GB Kit mounted on a Gigabyte Z170 SOC Force motherboard with a Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX950 powering the graphics. There were also Gigabyte motherboards showcased for Intel’s new Skylake chips. A demo machine was also set up to showcase Gigabyte’s Z170 Gaming G1 motherboard, Coolermaster Master Case 5, Coolermaster Nepton 240M Liquid Cooler, Coolermaster V1000 PSU, Coolermaster Octane Keyboard and Mouse, though the GPUs were a pair of older Gigabyte GTX 780 Tis.
An overclocking contest was held later for the power users gathered at the event with liquid cooling using the Nepton 240M. Three runs were allowed with the HWBOT prime benchmark score being judged. Tweaking was limited to just the Core and Uncore multipliers and the Core Voltage. There were Six participants for the contest with the winner getting a Z170 Gaming G1 motherboard and the runner up getting a H170 Gaming G5 motherboard from Gigabyte. All in all, the Gigabyte OC Blast 2015 was quite a blast to attend. Until next time, iLL out.