The Issue over an Overclocking Socket One of the biggest features that extreme overclockers will notice with the X99-SOC Champion is the use of a different socket, similar to the OC Socket used by their biggest competitors. Using the regular LGA2011-3 mountings, this socket contains 2083 pins rather than the standard 2011 and offers several new options for adjusting specific voltages in the BIOS, bypassing the FIVR.
hese extra pins are enabled via a DIP Switch onboard, but their relevance is only really towards the liquid nitrogen users. There is also the issue that a form of the OC Socket is in the patent pending stage by ASUS, and we are not sure if GIGABYTE’s version infringes on it. Given how rare it is to patent a design in the motherboard industry (compared to the smartphone space, for example), I wonder how aggressively this would be pursued. http://www.anandtech.com/show/8804/gigabyte-x99-soc-champion-motherboard-review-low-cost-x99-overclocking