Issue 3 of The Overclocker magazine is now out and covers all the latest on anything and everything to do with overclocking around the world.
Some of the top stories in this issue include a close look into Core i7 and its overclocking characteristics; is it being stamped as an overclocking dud? - There's also a full report on MSI's Overclocking Arena which took place on the 9th November, a Viewsonic competition with a 22" LCD up for grabs and more.
While we are a little late reporting on it, this past weekend in Taipei city, Kingston held its own local overclocking event in conjunction with contest sponsors GIGABYTE.
Taiwanese contestants were provided with new Ultra Durable 3 Intel P45 motherboards from GIGABYTE along with of course super fast HyperX memory from Kingston. Being a local event, it was a much smaller event than the GO OC and MSI's MOA, but that's a given considering those were worldwide events.
Of course, the entire event was MC'ed in Chinese, and we didn't get all the details. We do know though that the winner walked away with $12,000 NTD (roughly $360 USD), second prize got $8,000 NTD (roughly $240 USD) and third prize took $5,000 NTD (roughly $150 USD). Each also got to keep the hardware that they were given to compete with.
GIGABYTE were also showcasing a whole range of its latest products, including the final shipping revision board of its EX58-UD5 motherboard, with the final color design, including the sexy white and blue memory DIMM slots.
Pictured along side of it above is the cheaper and cut-down EX58-DS4.
Aussie based Youngpro from TEAM.AU got hold of an MSI Wind U100 netbook and presumably saw it as an insult with its Intel Atom processor running at a measly slow clock speed under the two gigahertz range.
He ripped the machine to bits, added an LN2 block cooler to it and with some LN2 and around minus 16 degrees Celsius later, the TEAM.AU overclocker managed to clock the poor little sucker N270 CPU all the way up to 2.4GHz, from its default clock speed of 1.6GHz.
Recently we spoke to one of the members from TEAM.AU at an MSI overclocking event where they said they would do this - and they did it. No hardware is safe from this onslaught of OC abuse and we like it.
Asus has a habit of making very overclock friendly products. It is just their thing and I suppose they simply cannot help themselves.
Recently at the Futuremark sponsored OverclocKing competition Asus got a chance to show off what their present and future products can do. Futuremark picked Asus as the recommended product for the competitors and the Asus Striker II Extreme seemed to steal the show with some very impressive numbers.
Read the Press Release here.
As the recommended competition hardware for the Futuremark® OverclocKing 2008, a smorgasbord of ASUS motherboards were used throughout the competition. Amongst them, the ASUS Striker II Extreme managed to post performance scores close to the latest range of motherboards from ASUS that support the newest Intel® Core i7 Extreme processor. The ASUS Striker II Extreme went on to lead a field that included the ASUS P5Q PRO, ASUS Rampage Formula, ASUS P5Q, and the ASUS P5Q Deluxe. This not only demonstrated the superior overclocking potential of all current ASUS motherboards, but also provided a glimpse of the limitless possibilities and extreme performance that future ASUS hardware can provide to end-users.
AMD's upcoming 45nm Deneb core offerings may be promising overclockers, or so it seems.
This report from Fudzilla suggests that good old air cooling could net results of up to 4 GHz, whilst those with more exotic cooling, could attain substantially more.
With rumours that the cream of the Deneb crop will ship with an unlocked multiplier, we may find AMD winning its way back into the hearts of CPU enthusiasts everywhere.
ZOTAC is now offering a neat overclocking / graphics tuning facility for owners of its GeForce 8, 9 and 200 series graphics cards, but there's no reason why the tool won't work for cards from other manufacturers as well.
Dubbed FireStorm, this makes for a very simplistic means to adjust GPU core, shader and memory clocks as well as the fan speed of the card. It also offers GPU temperature monitoring and can be run in either XP or Vista.
You can pull down the 188.8.131.52 build from the Downloads section on ZOTAC's website.
ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based graphics cards and motherboards, today unleashes an overclocking storm with the new ZOTAC FireStorm software-overclocking application. The new free ZOTAC FireStorm application enables owners of ZOTAC GeForce 8, 9 and GTX series graphics cards to easily overclock their products. "Graphics card overclocking is becoming mainstream. With the new ZOTAC FireStorm application, users can easily overclock their ZOTAC graphics cards without downloading third-party applications or worry about compatibility with third party applications," said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International.
Break out your Shield and Gladius. MSI is taking you forward (back) to the days of the Roman Coliseum. Well not really but they are having the first Master Overclocking Arena from November 8th to the 11th 2008.
This modern day gladiatorial competition will feature 13 teams with 24 contestants each. They will fight as MSI puts it gTo write a new page for the history of overclocking.h
Head on over here to read more
wMaster Overclocking Arenaxis the overclocking equivalent to the Coliseum of Ancient Rome. The name harkens back to the gladiatorial events of old, while beautifully mixing the most-modern technology. The contestants are the world's young heroes of their field, and will painstakingly use a variety of methods to push their computer components to new heights and scale to the top of the overclocking world. The Master Overclocking Arena is the compilation of overclocking events from the four major regions of the world.
For those of you a bit lost in the way of Nehalem overclocking, you're certainly not alone. The new architecture does away with the old but easily understood FSB in favour of a much more advanced arrangement that involves several multipliers and frequencies for the Bclock, QuickPath Interconnect (or QPI) and Uncore as well as memory dividers and it can be somewhat daunting to know what's going on with them all and in which situations they are influenced by each other.
For this reason, a Robert Hallock of Icrontic comes to the rescue with the Nehalem Overclocking Calculator; a god send for many trying to get their head around it all.
Armed with the new QuickPath Interconnect, the Core i7 has a whole suite of multipliers and frequencies that make overclocking more complicated than ever. But at Icrontic, you should know we like to make technology easy. That's why we're proud to both announce and release NehalemCalc v1.0 to help enthusiasts keep track of this intricate numbers game.
Should you be so lucky as to have Core i7 coming your way, get yourself prepped up with this little tool and you should be seeing some nice overclocking results in no time.
Another exclusive picture of EVGA's, upcoming, Intel X58 Tylersburg powered motherboard solution, comes courtesy of this report from Fudzilla.
EVGA's offering comes with bells and whistles, as can be expected, from EVGA's E-LEET tuning utilities, to an onboard debug screen that even displays the current CPU temperature.
Interestingly, Peter Tan (a.k.a Shamino), one of the world's best overclockers, now works for EVGA and has had input into the this offering. This could be a major draw in the overclocking stakes and it will be interesting to see how EVGA's offering stacks up against the competition.
Calling all overclockers!
Futuremark have wound up this year's Overclocking Competition which begun a few days ago and runs through till Oct 28th. This should be the perfect excuse for many of you to squeeze the absolute maximum from your systems in an effort to reign supreme with the highest 3DMark Vantage score.
The incentive? some very mean prizes. There's a chance to pick up ASUS' beautiful gaming notebook, the Republic of Gamers series G71, with second and third place holders scoring ROG G70 and G50 notebooks respectively.
The ORB will store all of the competitors' submissions and feature the top (P) Performance setting scores for 3DMark Vantage. It also will provide overclockers with discussion forums, advice on overclocking VGA cards and motherboards as well as tips from an overclocking professional on how to maximize one's hardware. A Benchmark Ticker will scroll live as benchmarks are being submitted for all to see.
No doubt competition will be fierce, what with many of the best overclockers out there making use of LN2 cooling and other extremities to send the ORB to new heights. But if you're up for the challenge and feel like getting involved for a bit of fun, head over to the official competition website and go over the rules/checklist before hopefully heading into Vantage to push out some jaw dropping scores.
With AMDs Deneb line of processors not far away, early reports are beginning to trickle in that it's going to be quite the turn-a-round chip for AMD, as will Shanghai. Though nothing is confirmed as yet, Nordic Hardware relays some promising characteristics of the new chips besides the die-shrink, including their overclockability and 15 to 20% faster clock per clock speeds when compared to the disaster that was Barcelona.
while back we reported on a recent interview with AMD General Manager of AMD's Server and Workstation chip business, Pat Patla, where he claimed that Shanghai is much more than a mere die-shrink and that it is 20% faster than Barcelona clock per clock. We've been told by a second source that 20% may be a bit much, but that there is an IPC boost to expect, but closer to 15% than 20. In either case it's just a nice boost. This is applies for Deneb as well we've been told.
Gigabyte has unleashed its GTX 260 OC SKU, powered by NVIDIA's GTX 260 Core 216 GPU, today.
It appears that the company is aiming to differentiate this 216 stream processor part, from its 192 stream processor predecessor, by using the 'OC' moniker and, invariably, we did suspect that such confusion would occur thanks to NVIDIA's troublesome naming scheme for its GTX 260 refresh.
Despite the 'OC' moniker then, there is no mention of the part shipping with any form of factory overclock and hence, the quoted 5 to 10% performance boost over previous GeForce GTX 260 SKUs, comes solely from the additional 24 stream processors that the GTX 260 Core 216 has been endowed with.
Gigabyte's offering ships with the expected 896 MB of GDDR3 memory and the usual slew of features to be expected on a card of this calibre.
Availability and pricing information was not forthcoming, at the time of going to press.
Intel may be out on a mission to impress enthusiasts, if this report from Expreview is to be believed.
Whilst there were a number of concerns regarding the state of play when it comes to overclocking upcoming Core i7 offerings, the first was banished yesterday.
Now, Intel has decided to unlock memory ratio adjustments on Core i7 920 (2.66 GHz) and 940 (2.93 GHz) SKUs too, thus opening the memory playing field for all and sundry.
In relative terms, this means that users will be able to push for higher memory frequencies, change memory multipliers and even, adjust the speed of Intel's QPI technology.
It is claimed however, that 'overclocking' the QPI speed will only realise small performance benefits, yet the adoption of what is effectively an unlocked memory controller, will give enthusiasts that little more freedom to experiment and attain the best that the Nehalem platform has to offer.
Intel's Core i7 920, Nehalem microarchitecture derived, 2.66 GHz offering will apparently easily overclock to 4 GHz with air cooling, according to this article from Fudzilla.
We've been hearing a great deal about Nehalem's overclocking potential recently, yet sources are now indicating that whilst overclocking potential will be there, a good motherboard solution will, of course, be required to take advantage of that same untapped potential.
As expected, the Core i7 965 Extreme Edition will likely take the top spot, yet these early reports are an impressive indicator of what we can expect from Intel's Core 2 successor.
GIGABYTE has just sent out a press release talking about its Open Overclocking Championship or GO OC for short.
The massive event promises to be the biggest overclocking event ever bringing famous overclockers from countries including Australia, China, France, Germany, Greece, HK, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Middle East, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, USA and Vietnam. Yep, 23 countries in all and the contestants from each country will be flown to Taiwan expenses paid to compete in the GO OC final on September 25th at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Taipei.
All of the regional qualifiers are now well underway to decide who gets their name on the list for the big event in September. There will be two competition events during the GO OC event, one is "Battle for the Best P45 OC", and the other is "Free Style Contest". The winner will not only gain the title of worldwide overclocking champion, but will also receive more than US$ 5,000 value prize including a cash reward and products provided by GO OC venders. As top overclockers know, first class hardware is the key to achieving a successful record-breaking overclock. That is why GIGABYTE is proud to have industry-leading hardware vendors to sponsor this year's GO OC including Intel, ATI, Corsair and Western Digital.
Full details on the GO OC event can be found over at the press release, right here. We'll be at the event covering it - stay tuned for more next month!
Slobodan Simic from Fudzilla had a chance to catch up with Zotac at the Games Convention recently and instead of just hearing about the latest GeForce graphics cards to come out from the company, they got word of a new product which Zotac is currently working on.
Have you ever wanted to easily overclock your graphics card while playing a game? Maybe it isn't running very smoothly and upping the clock speeds could fix it. The fancy yellow Nitro overclocking device might just be for you and it should be on store shelves sometime in early November. Apparently it will cost $99 in the USA and 89 in Europe.
Zotac's Nitro Hardware OC controller claims easy overclocking with the push of a button and it seems like it will do just that. The report over at Fudzilla claims that you will be not only able to overclock the GPU core clock speed but also memory and shader clock speeds. It will also display current clock speeds, temperatures and fan speeds.
The report did not mention how the OC device connects to your system but we would assume that it is connected via USB and interfaces via some software installed on your PC. The device will be sold separately but later on may be bundled with upcoming high-end Zotac graphics cards.
I can't wait to get my hands on one of these little puppies for review but the question remains; will it work with cards from other manufacturers?
Leadtek has today announced the launch of its WinFast PX9600 GSO Extreme 384MB graphics card which comes factory overclocked as well as with its own exclusive S-FANPIPE cooling setup.
Its core clock speed comes set at 600MHz while and memory clock pumps away hard at 1800MHz DDR. A standard clocked and default GeForce 9600 GSO from NVIDIA gets a core clock speed of 550MHz and memory clock speed of 1600MHz DDR - so, as you can see, the folks over at Leadtek have managed to push the card quite far over stock settings.
Leadtek Research Inc., known globally for extreme visual graphics technology development takes pride in announcing the the launch of a new premium Graphic card--WinFast® PX9600 GSO Extreme. Based on the high quality NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO core chip, PX9600 GSO is equipped with 384MB and 96 Stream Processing Units, and makes over-clocking performance easy. The Leadtek exclusive S-FANPIPE fansink design is also applied to PX9600 GSO. This innovative cooling system can effectively conduct GPU heat through an S-shape copper heat pipe to the fan for a dramatic cool down effect that creates a stable temperature for the graphic card to deliver a superior visual performance.
Leadtek WinFast® PX9600 GSO Extreme has adopted 65nm technology and is powered by NVIDIA's GeForce 9600 GSO graphics processing unit. With 384GMB of GDDR3 on a 192-bit memory bus design, the GPU and memory clock can run at the amazing speed of 600MHz and 1800MHz respectively. Furthermore, PX9600 GSO Extreme has 96 Stream Processing Units, which combine with the new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture to create the fastest 3D graphic processing speed. To offer users an even better and more convenient experience using a graphic card, PX9600 GSO Extreme not only supports Microsoft Windows Vista and Direct®X 10 with full Shader Model 4.0, but also fully supports the existing PCI Express 1.0 motherboards.
Among the many products MSI showed at its ECOlution press conference in Taipei today was its upcoming GeForce N9600GT Diamond graphics card.
It's a rather special product in that MSI said that it has crammed all its current and future VGA technologies onto this one product. It will get 2GB of GDDR3 memory as well HDMI, DisplayPort, dual DVI and optical audio output. Is that enough for you people?
It will also get Dr.MOS power saving technology that monitors in real-time via hardware controller to properly adjust fan speeds and whatever else - we are yet to confirm what that is all about exactly.
The star of the show is the red button on the back of the card. After you push that button, the card will automatically destruct in five seconds overclock the graphics core and memory clock speeds as well as increase voltage.
When asked what would happen if the button was pushed when two of these cards were in SLI dual graphics mode, we were told that the technology is still being polished and it is unable to be overclocked in SLI at the moment but it is something MSI plans to have working very soon.
MSI couldn't tell us just how far the card gets overclocked as it is still fine tuning things before Computex next week. MSI did say that it will be ready for the show and show goers will be able to push the button and get all the thrills of this simple form of overclocking. When asked when consumers would see this product on store shelves, we were told by the end of June and while an RRP hasn't be set yet, we were told that it will easily sell for under $300 USD and closer to the $250 USD mark.
We can't wait to get our hands on one for a full review to see what it is capable of.
Some of you may be thinking it be wise to hold out for P45 motherboards to start flooding the market before making the splash with a new platform upgrade; whether it be because of the extensive features spotted across several pre-release P45 boards on the web recently, or in the hopes that it will drive prices down on boards running older chipsets (P35/X38).
However, our friends at bit-tech have acquired some rather interesting information relating to the overclocking characteristics of the P45 chipset which will likely frustrate many enthusiasts out there, depending on what sort of results they're expecting from the new boards.
After spending time today talking in depth to a couple of MSI's P45 engineers and considerably more to Tony Leach from OCZ Technology, who spends a lot of time QAing BIOSes for companies like Asus, DFI and MSI, it looks like overclocking is going to become an increasingly more complicated art with the release of Intel's P45 chipset, as it mirrors many of the tweaks the current high-end X48 chipset offers.
If you want to buy and overclock on an Intel P45 board, Leach believes that you must learn how to use:
* GTL Reference Voltages
* CPU VTT and its relation to GTLs
* Clock Skews
* CPU PLL Voltages
This is because we've reached such a stage with the front side bus that the frequencies are getting easily out of sync. You can't just throw voltage at things any more - that will only get you so far.
You can find the full article here, it's a highly interesting read!
A non-reknowned overclocker going by the name of kris has submitted a validated CPU-Z result of an Athlon 64 X2 5000+ overclocked monstrously to 4851 MHz, which is nothing short of incredible from one of these chips given their tendancy to play up with cold bug issues and the like under extreme cooling.
Though there isn't any actual definitive proof as to the authenticity of this CPU-Z screeny, Nordic Hardware took it upon themselves to contact CPU-ID and get their take on it, of which they seem to believe is genuine.
Get the full story on it here.
According to the submission he used Abit AN-M2HD, based on the NVIDIA GeForce 7050 chipset, to reach this frequency. The AN-M2HD is a good board for overclocking, but we've never seen results like this with it. At the same time, he did not specify an e-mail for anyone to contact him, which makes it even more fishy.
Leadtek have announced today an 8400 GS with a difference. In stock form they're certainly pretty dull both in performance and features, however Leadtek's new WinFast PX8400 GS TDH Extreme offers up to another 30% in performance due to the superior cooling solution and higher than stock clock speeds of 500MHz core, 1000MHz 256MB GDDR2 and 1200MHz shader clock.
For full details on it, grab this announcement.
Taipei, Taiwan, September 12th, 2007-- Leadtek Research Inc., known globally for extreme visual graphics technology development, takes pride in announcing the launch of a new entry-level graphics card, WinFast® PX8400 GS TDH Extreme. This new card with low profile form factor and Rifle bearing fan design not only keeps longer life but also lower noise in any small scale entertainment devices. Its exclusive air-flow system drastically cools both GPU and components to render another 30% higher performance in visual experience.
Based on new 80nm technology and powered by NVIDIA® GeForce® 8400 GS graphics processing units, the WinFast PX8400 GS TDH Silent comes with 256MB DDR2 in video memory and a GPU/ Shader clock memory of 500/1200 MHz. And as one of the standards nowadays, it is built for "Windows Vista", guaranteeing 3D acceleration for the general graphical user interface with high-end results. Besides, it provides Microsoft® DirectX® 10 with full Shader Model 4.0 support to deliver unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects.