Overclocking-centric motherboards have been around for a few CPU generations now and they seem to be here to stay. The ‘overclocking’ motherboard trend got real traction when GIGABYTE launched the X58A-OC a couple of years ago and it became very popular among overclockers and enthusiasts despite that fact that the X58 chipset was reaching the end of its life but from sales point of view, it was really a hit. A major reason behind its low sales was that it was a strictly overclocking motherboard and it didn’t have much of the other (general) features. Later down the road, GIGABYTE tanked the ‘OC’ naming scheme but launched the Z77X-UP7 with the same overclocking DNA and the black/orange color scheme. This motherboard was an exact opposite of the X58A-OC. It was priced around $400 as compared to the $200 X58A-OC and in addition to the overclocking features, it had lots of other features as well. Basically, it was an overkill for any type of system. Once again, it surely made lots of records but it failed to achieve good sales.