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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.