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G.SKILL has announced that it will be hosting the 2014 G.SKILL OC World Cup overclocking contest. Winner of the contest will receive $10,000 in cash, one of the largest single cash prizes in competitive overclocking History. The G.SKILL OC World Cup will take place during the 2014 Computex trade-show held in Taipei Taiwan.
To qualify for the event, online qualifiers will be held at HWBOT between March 24th and and April 27th which will include 3 Benchmarks including highest memory frequency, SuperPi 32M, and 3DMark Fire Strike. This will determine the top six online qualifiers to compete in the live finals at Computex 2014. "OC World Cup 2014 will be a great opportunity for extreme overclockers to showcase their skills to the world and a chance to take home the largest single cash prize in OC history, so overclockers better step up their game for a shot to win USD $10,000!" commented by Frank Hung - Product Marketing at G.SKILL
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.