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Gigabyte unveils "cloud" overclocking

In a bid to push inquisitive fiddlers as far away from the BIOS as possible, Taiwanese component maker Gigabyte has just unveiled a system that it says enables cloud-based overclocking.

Called Cloud OC, the technology enables you to interfere with your motherboard's settings via the Internet. The term "cloud" is stretching the definition to its breaking point here, as it's not really using any online processing power.

Instead, the system really just enables you to log on to Gigabyte's Cloud OC User Interface on the Internet, which in turn communicates with your motherboard.

Gigabyte has just demonstrated the system at Computex, with top overclocker Hicookie taking onlookers through the basics on an Apple iPad app. Donanimhaber (Google Translation) was in attendance, and the site has some shots of the app in action.

A close-up of the app (pictured) shows it filling the iPad screen, and offering controls to adjust the base clock and CPU multiplier, as well as the PCI-E and memory clock speeds. However, a further two tabs at the top of the screen suggest that there are plenty more options available.

The move follows Asus' recent announcement that it has an iPhone overclocking app in the works, which uses Bluetooth rather than an Internet connection.

Similarly, Asus' RoG RC system enables a standard Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to overclock a motherboard, and its RoG Connect technology enables overclockers to hook up an Eee PC netbook as a remote overclocking station.

Gigabyte has potentially got one up on Asus here, though, as it only requires an Internet-connected device with a browser for remote overclocking, rather than a specific piece of hardware.