Trace Hagan, our COD dog loving man on the ground at the Intel Developer Forum has been running around like a mad man today capturing as much content as he could, with one of the bigger events not associated with, but close to IDF is the OC Main Event sponsored by Intel, ASUS and Corsair.
The first video we have is of Charles Wirth, a blogger/overclocker from XtremeSystems. Worth overclocked his Core i7 4960X on ASUS' X79-based Rampage IV Black Edition. He has it running at 5.75GHz running Cinebench with a world-record overclock. Some nice work there, using LN2 as always.
This next video is a tease of the amount of liquid nitrogen (LN2) that the overclockers at the OC Main Event are going through. The tanks are just gigantic, and if you put them all together it would probably be enough to stop the T-1000 for a few minutes. Hasta La Vista, baby.
Earlier today, GIGABYTE announced that professional overclocker Hi Cookie had managed to break several world records using their the Z87X-OC motherboard. The records were broken using an Intel Core i5-4670K processor.
Hi Cookie managed to push the processor further than anyone had before and managed to secure the i5-4670K world records for 1024M, wPrime 32M, SuperPi 32M, SuperPi 1M, PiFast, and overall CPU frequency, with the final overclock hitting 6.9GHz on a liquid nitrogen setup. TweakTown would like to congratulate our friend on his accomplishments and cannot wait to see what records he will smash in the future.
Every PC in use today has a small piece of hardware built into the chipset that is known as a real-time-clock. This is a piece of hardware that keeps accurate track of time even when the PC is turned off. This little piece of hardware is used by all benchmarking programs to keep an accurate track of time to determine how well a system performs. Unfortunately, Microsoft decided to change things up in the way their software accesses the real-time-clock in Windows 8, and as a result, popular benchmarking results website HWBot has made the decision to ban the operating system from their results.
The issues arise when users attempt to change their clock frequencies in software and not at boot time. By changing the CPU-based clock frequency , the software algorithms that Windows 8 employs to keep track of time are massively skewed, which greatly hinders Windows 8's ability to keep accurate time. YouTube user Massman89 has posted a video that demonstrates this by underclocking the BLCK from 130 MHz to 122MHz. In the video, Windows 8 loses track of time by 18 seconds over a five minute period. If you increase the clock rate by 6 percent, Windows 8 internally gains 18 seconds.
These extra 18 seconds per five minutes means that a benchmark that is set to run for five minutes will actually run for five minutes and 18 seconds, giving the benchmark an extra 18 seconds to render 6 percent more frames or complete 6 percent more floating-point calculations. This skews the benchmark score by around 6 percent. While some may see this as an easily fixable issue, HWBot is taking things quite seriously and has decided to ban Windows 8 results altogether.
Today, G.Skill announced that its RAM has once again broken the world record in overclocking. Professional Overclocker "YoungPro" from Team AU set a new record for DDR3 memory at 4400MHz using G.Skill's Trident X RAM.
YoungPro used a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4770K and an ASUS Maximus 6 Impact motherboard alongside an ample amount of LN2 to take a factory spec 4GB stick of G.Skill's Triden X DDR3 3000MHz C12 up to the world record with an overclock of 4400MHz CL13. Validations can be found at Source #1 and #2 below.
EVGA has listed their EPower Board 2.0 on their website, which is a separate VRM board that is designed purely to provide certain parts of your PC with extra power. These parts include video cards, motherboard or any other part that requires high-current low-voltage power.
The EVGA EPower board is designed to operate with one voltage output: VCORE output - Voltage adjustment range of 800mV to 2000mV. Current source up to 400A.
EVGA list a "Recommended Toolkit", which is detailed below:
- AWG12 or AWG10 Copper Wire with Insulation
- 60W or 80W Soldering Iron
- Digital Multimeter for Resistance and Voltage Checks
- EVGA EVBot with 680 Classified Firmware
- 80 or 120mm +12V DC FAN with 3-pin header for VRM Cooling
- Flux and Solder for Wire Joints
ASRock and their right-hand man, Nick Shih, has reached the crazy heights of 6.95GHz on Intel's Core i7 4770K CPU using ASRock's Z87M OC Formula motherboard. He reached an exact clock speed of 6947.57MHz, which has slammed him into top position at HWBOT, again.
ASRock's Z87M OC Formula is a seriously slick piece of kit, and I can't wait to get a 4770K and one of these bad boys into my labs for some multi-GPU, multi-monitor testing. Nick, keep up the good work!!
G.Skill became the big winner during the 2013 Computex show held in Taipei Taiwan with a massive six world records being shattered during a live overclocking event held by the company. Each rig that broke the record was using G.Skill extreme performance DDR3 memory modules and was overclocked by the best professional overclockers in the world.
In all six world records were broken including: Memory Frequency, PI Fast, Super Pi 32M, 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme, 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark 05. Other participating hardware was provided by ASUS, Intel, GIGABYTE and EVGA.
Computex Taipei 2013 - While hanging out with Corsair a fair bit yesterday afternoon at the OC Main Event hosted by Intel and Themselves, we decided to head over to the Grand Hyatt Suite to see if they had anything else they could show us. Walking into see a cloud of LN2 greet us we headed over to Jake to see what exactly was going on.
Using an ASUS ROG Haswell motherboard we got a chance to check out the upcoming 3200MHz DDR C11 kit coming from Corsair under the Vengeance Pro label. On display at 3201.8MHz DDR the CL 11-14-14-36-2T kit from Corsair will indeed be for users who are looking for the most extreme out of the box performance.
Over the weekend, ASRock announced that it has broken the world record by pushing a DDR3 memory module to an astounding 4095MHz. The record was broken by Nick Shih along with his friend John Lam from HKEPC using ASRock's Z87M OC Formula motherboard. The memory used to break the record was a single 4GB stick of Team Group Xtreem-LV-2666 DDR3 RAM.
ASRock's next gen OC Formula Series inherits lots of its predecessor's features, including the Power Kit, Connector Kit, Cooling Kit, and now it also surpasses its predecessor by owning the new Monitor Kit and 8 Series exclusive technologies, code named A-Style. Packed with Home Cloud, Purity Sound, HDMI-In, tons of Nick Shih's secret overclocking profiles and a whole lot more, overclockers will find the new OC Formula Series motherboards their best choice for pushing extremes.
G.Skill will team up with Intel, ASUS, EVGA, GIGABYTE and MSI to host the G.Skill Official OC World Record Stage event at Computex Taipei 2013 early next month. The event will be held at the Nangang exhibition center at booth IO118.
G.Skill along with a team of overclockers from around the world will take the latest G.Skill extreme performance DDR3 memory to levels never seen before and promises to "break numerous world records" in the process. The finest overclockers from Australia, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States will be present to help G.Skill claim the "world's fastest memory manufacturer" title once again.
For those who aren't in Taipei for the biggest overclocking event this year, G.SKILL will be featuring a live stream video for worldwide audiences via G.SKILL website and Hwbot.org during Computex week. Hwbot.org will also be setting up a specific G.SKILL page for the professional overclockers to update their live benchmark results during event. (Source #2)
Earlier today we were invited to the GIGABYTE headquarters here in Taipei, Taiwan to get a look at the motherboard maker's brand new pride and joy. No, for once we're not talking about a new motherboard... we're talking about a new lab.
Staff at GIGABYTE had been pushing senior staff at the Taiwanese company to sign off on a new "OC Lab" for its employees to spend their days overclocking and tweaking new GIGABYTE motherboards and video cards. HiCookie, a famous Taiwanese overclocker, joined GIGABYTE some years ago now and I can indeed confirm each time I visited him, he was slowly taking over cubical by cubical, with all of his overclocking hardware and gear. He and others at the company needed such a new place to be free and overclock, till they can overclock no more.
Eventually the bosses at GIGABYTE signed off on the overclocking lab, known simply as the "OC Lab". GIGABYTE invited some local press and overclockers there earlier today, where we christened it with a couple of drinks. It will be the new home for HiCookie when he moves into the OC Lab next week - he would have been in there by now if it were not for IDF Beijing, which he just returned from.
For everyone outside of New Jersey, today is officially Halloween which means you can expect a kid or two to come knocking on your door looking for candy. It's also a time where pumpkin carvers around the world can finally show off their skills, although after seeing this pumpkin, I think pumpkin carving for this Halloween is officially over.
Instead of going with a Gangnam Style pumpkin, Nathan Pryor decided to make his pumpkin a little more interactive as he was able to fit 128 LEDs into it as well as tweaked the stem into a working joystick so visitors could play Tetris. Not only does it play Tetris, but the pumpkin even keeps track of the player's score and shows what the current high score is.
The biggest extreme overclocking event this year was held in motherboard capital of Taipei, Taiwan. Sixteen teams representing fourteen countries competed in the fifth Master Overclocking Arena (MOA) held by MSI. Held at the NTU Sports Center in Taipei on the 28th September 2012, this year's MOA event coincided with Typhoon Jelawat, but luckily the extreme weather caused no problems with the competition.
The MOA 2012 Worldwide Grand Final had a strict contest schedule to ensure the event was smooth flowing and on time. After the short opening ceremony where the overclockers were introduced, hardware was randomly selected by pulling out a number from the box that corresponded to a set of motherboards, video cards, processors and RAM.
After all the teams drew their hardware, the contestants were given 90 minutes of preparation time. This time was spent building the machine and installing the heavy CPU pots to contain the icy cold liquid nitrogen (LN2). During this time, testing was also done on the CPU to find its highest clock...
Gigabyte has been doing a bit of tweaking with their new FM2 boards designed for use with the second-generation AMD APUs. Gigabyte is bragging about the new board's overclocking capabilities, as the board features dual clock generators and many other cool overclocking tools.
They're also pushing the ease of use that is Gigabyte Easy Tune 6, the software overclocking produced by Gigabyte for use with their motherboards. The entire system was overclocked to an impressive 5.2GHz on LN2, while running with a Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 motherboard, 2x2GB DDR 2662 MHz RAM.
The FSB was set to 124.8MHz and the GPU was overclocked to 1591 MHz. Let's all take a moment and give some congratulations to Gigabyte, as this overclock is a pretty impressive feat. It looks like the new AM2 APUs will be quite overclockable when they get their final release sometime in October.
If you'll remember back to our pre-Computex coverage, we explained how there would be a panel of overclocking experts at GSKILL's booth. Those overclockers weren't just there to look good and answer questions; they were actually overclocking and attempting for some world records. During Computex 2012, they managed 5 new world records.
Super Pi 32M - 4mins 44.734sec
With the astonishing G.SKILL memory speed of DDR3 2646MHz CL5-9-7-18 1T, the two legendary overclockers, Fredyama-san and Shamino have both achieved the super fast Super Pi 32M score at 4mins 44.734sec with ASUS Maximus V Formula motherboard and Intel Core i7 3770K CPU.
Memory Bandwidth - Read Speed: 32,339 MB/s
With the amazing G.SKILL TridentX memory speed of DDR3 2900MHz CL10 1T and sophisticated sub-timing adjustment, extreme overclocker, Hiwa Pouri, set a new memory bandwidth world record at 32,339 MB/s read-speed, with ASUS Maximus V Formula motherboard and Intel Core i7 3770K CPU.
3DMark 11- 31299
With G.SKILL RipjawsZ ultra fast DDR3 memory running at 2468MHz CL10, the world's best 3DMark overclockers, Kingpin and Duck-san, broke the 3DMark 11 world record with an incredible score of 31299. This monster machine consists of EVGA X79 EVGA CLASSIFIED motherboard, 4x EVGA CLASSIFIED GTX680 graphic cards, EVGA NEX CLASSIFIED 1500W PSU and Intel 3930K Core i7 CPU.
The first issue for 2012 of The Overclocker is now out, Issue 18, and available for your pleasure to read through. Issue 18 covers which X79-based board you should buy, Leeghoofd dons his investigative hat and takes a look at ASUS' Crosshair V inefficiency, and they also take a seat with Andrew "DrWeez" Roberts for a one-on-one.
This is jut scratching the surface of what Issue 18 has to offer. Review-wise, we have reviews of GeIL's EVO TWO PC3-19200 Quad-Channel RAM, Patriot's Pyro SE 240GB SSD, ASUS' Radeon HD 7970, GIGABYTE's G1.Assassin2, and G.Skills' RipJaws Z 2400MHz CL9 RAM.
Also covered, is a review of Skyrim, Cooler Master's Cosmos II, ASUS' VG278 monitor and both the Vengeance K90 and M90 from Corsair.
Check out The Overclocker Issue 18, here.
Issue 17 of TheOverclocker online magazine has just gone live for your reading pleasure, which if you haven't heard of it before, happens to be the world's first (and best!) online overclocking magazine that is dedicated to all things overclocking and PC enthusiast specific.
The latest edition includes a QnA with world renowned overclocking veteran, GiorgioPrimo and a good look at the latest top dog processors from AMD and Intel in the FX-8150 and Core i7 3960X, respectively. Further to that is a run with the mighty MARS II dual-GPU graphics card from ASUS, a solid look at Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and much, much more!
Click here to catch all the action of Issue 17 of TheOverclocker folks.
BlizzCon 2011 - Our final video from the ASUS booth at BlizzCon 2011 is from the overclocking workshop area. Members of Team ROG were on hand to tell us what about they were doing at the show.
Travis from Team ROG told us about the two ASUS systems that we setup and ready to get some LN2 cooling based overclocking treatment. One system was running an Intel 2500k processor while the other was running a faster 2600k CPU based system. The 2500k was running at around 5.7GHz and it was also running three-way SLI with GTX 570's along with Corsair Dominator memory running at 2200MHz with it all running on an ASUS Maximus IV Extreme (Z68) motherboard.
The 2600k system used the same parts except the video card was an ASUS MATRIX GTX 580 Platinum video card. It was hooked up using a PCI Express extension cable which allowed for easier LN2 based cooling with the Kingpin Cooling Tek 9 Fatboy coolers. It will get the GPU temperature down to around -190 degrees Celsius and run at around 1500MHz.
Neo of The OverClocker online magazine has just given us the heads up that issue 16 is now online for your reading pleasure.
The highlights of this month's issue include a day spent with world renowned overclocking champion, KINGP!N, a trip to EVGA headquarters to see what's going on behind the scenes there of late, and some words shared from Massman regarding the situation with famous overclocker Chew who recently chose to exit the overclocking community.
Pro also gives arguably the best GTX 580 on the market the full going over, MSI's GTX 580 Lightning, and there's a 4-way SSD shootout to help you make the wonderful jump from mechanical to solid storage.
Click here to catch all the excitement in the OverClocker's latest issue.
Futuremark have partnered with MSI once again to kick off their infamous Lords of Overclocking competition for 2011, the largest of its type and acting as a qualifying event for the prestigious MSI MOA 2011 competition in Taipei. The event will see well known overclockers from far and wide across the globe using 3DMark 11 together with an MSI branded graphics card to compete for the title of "Lord of Overclocking" for their region.
The contest will run for 4 weeks, commencing July 4 until August 1st and prizes will be awarded to the top weekly winners in each region (Europe, Asia, Africa and America) as well as prizes going to additional winners chosen at random from all qualifying entries each week. And what a prize pool it is, from the latest top-end graphics cards to motherboards, cases, power supplies and more.
The world's best overclocking online magazine, The Overclocker has Issue 15 hitting the tubes right now. It features reviews of the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 Super Overclock and Portal 2. Various interviews and articles are inside and if you haven't taken a read of the back issues yet, I highly suggest you do so. The Overclocker is some seriously slick work and has a bunch of great people attached to it. Enjoy!
Check it out here.