GRAPHICS CARD MAKER Gigabyte has managed to put a dual BIOS on its Nvidia GTX480 board.
The card is the first in the firm's Super Overclock (SOC) series and Gigabyte claims that it is the fastest GTX480 based board out there. It wouldn't disclose what the clock speeds will be but did say the board should tip up by the middle of October.
The trick Gigabyte has managed to pull with the GTX480 SOC is to present two BIOSes aimed at the serious overclocker. One profile dubbed LN2, a reference to the use of liquid nitrogen in 'record' overclocking attempts, allows core voltages of up to 1.6V.
To switch between BIOSes, Gigabyte has placed a button on the bottom right corner of the board. It's not the most accessible location, but it's a whole lot better than having to flash the BIOS every time. Gigabyte also told The INQUIRER that it will be providing BIOS updates for the board in the future for both profiles.
Apparently the firm will stipulate that the LN2 BIOS can only be used when liquid nitrogen cooling is being used, though quite how the firm will be able to tell when punters send in their fried cards is anyone's guess. Maybe scorch marks and melted fibreglass will give the game away.
The second BIOS is a fully unlocked mode, giving overclockers free rein over all settings.
Gigabyte is trying hard to stand out from other Nvidia graphics board partners such as Asustek and MSI by going into serious overclocking territory. A representative told The INQUIRER that the company wants to focus on the high-end market with boards such as its GTX470 SOC and GTX480 SOC to boost its profits.
Although Gigabyte wouldn't confirm pricing it did say to expect the GTX480 SOC to sell for at least £240. Canisters of liquid nitrogen are not included. µ
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