IT’S NOT EASY to differentiate yourself as a motherboard manufacturer these days when it comes to hardware features, as very few things are exclusive to one manufacturer, bar possibly power regulation design and a few other little features. This means that we’ve started to see a lot more in-house software features, some of them rather good, while others have proven to be less useful. Today, Gigabyte announced two new software features for overclockers, Cloud OC and Hotkey OC.
Cloud OC allows you to remotely overclock your PC and no, this isn’t a joke. The idea is that you can use any device with a web browser to connect to your PC remotely and get access via a UI to various overclocking settings, temperature readouts and even the option to restart the system remotely, although you won’t be able to power it on from standby. The UI of the Cloud OC interface has been designed to work well on both small devices and larger handheld tablets as well as netbook and notebooks. Yes, it will work on an Ipad.
Another advantage on offer is the fact that Cloud OC allows you to manipulate your system settings while benchmarking. You can also monitor the system while you’re benchmarking, something that hasn’t been possible to the same degree in the past. This should be a dream come true for many overclockers out there, although it’s of course limited to Gigabyte motherboards.
Hotkey OC is a supplementary feature in many ways, as it allows you to quickly change between various pre-set overclocking profiles. The settings are configured using Gigabyte’s EasyTune 6 software and you pick your own key combination that allows you to swap between up to four different profiles. Again, this can be done on the fly while the system is running benchmarks.
This is also handy for home users that want some additional performance out of their system for example when playing games or doing some serious video encoding work. It’s then easy to swap back to the default settings when you’re done. You can also use this to under clock your system for when you want it to run quieter and use less power.
Both utilities are available from Gigabyte’s website as of now, although we don’t have a list of the supported motherboards on hand, but most of Gigabyte’s recent Intel socket 1366 and 1156 boards are supported, but AMD chipset boards aren’t currently supported.S|A
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