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Asus is certainly a popular maker of computer hardware and netbooks. MSI has perhaps the coolest mainboard for enthusiasts that is available called the Big Bang Fusion. This is the board that allows you to mix and match video card models and brands and still get all the performance from your machine.
MSI has announced that it is holding an overclocking contest and each week one winner will be chosen and given a new Big Bang mainboard. The competition is the MSI Xtreem Speeder P55 global online overclocking competition. The contest is being run with the overclocking site HWBOT.
The contest will run for four weeks starting on November 15 and finish on December 13. The competition is restricted to users with the MSI P55 mainboard and a regular retail Lynnfield CPU. That means none of those Engineering samples you might have lying around can be used. Benchmarks include accumulated scores of the CPU-Z, SuperPI 32M and Wprime 32M test suits.
GIGABYTE have fired up two new challenges lined for overclockers this month; the P55 Overclocking Challenge and 10K challenge.
With regard to the P55 Overclocking Challenge, as long as you have a P55 based setup with a Core i5 or i7 processor ready to be clocked through the roof, you can enter and compete for the overall "OverclocKing" title.
The top three overall 3DMark 06 scorers worldwide on a GIGABYTE P55 motherboard will be crowned OverclocKing, along with some pretty amazing hardware loot from GIGABYTE, Antec, Kingmax, GlacialTech and Enermax. There will also be a weekly lucky draw for contestants entered in the OverclocKing challenge, with winners receiving a GIGABYTE motherboard.
Further to that is the 10K Challenge in which anyone with an Intel chipset based motherboard can participate in. The aim is to be one of the first three people to get a 3DMark score of exactly 10,000 under any version of 3DMark. If you can pull that off successfully, you'll find yourself with a bunch of goodies from GIGABYTE, Antec, Kingmax, GlacialTech and Enermax.
If you manage to get exactly 10K but don't make the cut for the first three, it's still worth submitting your score to GIGABYTE as you'll then be placed into a lucky draw at the end of the comp to be in with a chance for one of GIGABYTE's latest motherboards.
For full details on both competitions, you can read up on the full announcement here.
If you'd like to head straight over to the official competition page to enter, click here.
MSI, together with HWBOT's support are hosting the Xtreme Speeder MSI P55 Online Overclocking Competition from November 15 through December 13 and MSI are being mighty generous with the prizes on offer.
MSI breaks the competition into three categories for overclockers to attempt domination in; these being CPU-Z, SuperPi 32M and Wprime 32M. The top three overall overclockers will walk away with USD 2000, 1500 and 1000 respectively, whilst the champion from each category will earn him/herself USD 1000 plus the chance to pick up another 500 if the world record is broken.
Further information about the competition and other prizes up for grabs can be found within the official PR here. The official competition page with further information and details on how to enter can be found here.
The team standings right now in F1OC - The Ultimate Overclocking Contest are shaping up very nicely for us Australians. For those of you that aren't aware, F1OC is a brand new contest that pits the world's best computer hardware and world's best overclockers against each other. You can get to all the latest information and event updates on the official website here.
Now for the good stuff :-
Yeeeeeah, fantastic going Australia. Keep up with the excellence!
Issue 7 of The Overclocker magazine is now available online for your reading pleasure. In usual fashion, this month's issue is jam packed with fresh goodies including the following:
1) Exclusive interview with world reknowned overclocker 'Elmor' of Overclockers Australia
2) Benching with the stars - dinos22 of OCAU breaks SuperPi 32M world record
3) MOA 2009 Coverage - MSI's World Championship Final
And much much more!
Head over here to catch all the action of The Overclocker - Issue 7 folks.
A press release from GIGABYTE today details a world record win at the F1 OC P55 challenge. The WR result was under SuperPi 32M using an Intel Core i7 870 CPU and GIGABYTE's GA-P55-UD6 motherboard. As a proud Australian, I'm happy to report this achievement was made by Team Australia. 13 teams from differing countries competed in the event, running from 1-30 September.
GIGABYTE are also happy to report that the Indonesian team were using GIGABYTE's GA-P55-UD6 as well and managed to come in third place.
Last night I was playing around with Intel's new Lynnfield and wanted to see what I might be able to get out of it. I was not looking to spend a ton of time but wanted to see what the fastest stable overclock on air I was able to get.
So I hooked up my trusty ASRock P55 Deluxe that we reviewed with the Lynnfield and dropped the Core i5 750 into it. I also had an 8GB kit of Corsair Memory that I was testing (expect a review of it shortly)so I dropped that in as well. To get things off the ground I went straight to the OC Tweaker page and hit the EZ OC settings. I selected 4200MHz and let the board set everything up. I rebooted and was off and running at 4.2GHz no problem.
Restarting the system I headed right back into the BIOS. From there I pushed the BClK up to 215 MHz and made sure Turbo was enabled for that 21x Multiplier. From there I was able to hit the login screen but after entering the password I got an immediate blue screen. It looked like 4.5GHz was out of the question. From there I started working backwards. I ended up with a very healthy 210 BLCK at a 21 Multiplier. The Corsair memory was humming along at 1686MHz with timings of 8-8-8-24 1T. At this speed some of my tests started crashing so I backed the memory off a slower 1264MHZ but I was able to drop the latency to 7.
From there I was able to put up a 32M SuperPi score that ranks w8th in the world for the Core i5 750 on the ASRock board. Not too terribly bad for spending around 20 minutes to see what this little chip could do.
In short the Core i5 750 is quite the impressive CPU, the removal of the extra memory channel and Hyper-Threading makes it very overclockable and a threat to AMD's low end CPUs. Up till now AMD has been able to hold price and overclockability over Intel's head. Well it looks like that is in danger of coming to an end.
Processor: Intel Core i5 750
Mainboard ASRock P55 Deluxe (P130 BIOS) (Supplied by ASRock)
Memory: 8GB Corsair Dominator GT CMD8GX3M4A1600C8 Ver 3.1(Supplied by Corsair)
Hard Disk: Kingston SSD Now M (Intel X25-M 80GB SSD) (Supplied by Kingston)
Graphics Card: Zotac GTX 285 AMP! Edition 1GB (flashed to stock BIOS) (Supplied by Zotac)
Cooling: Intel Supplied ThermalRight MUX-120 Cooler (Supplied by ThermalRight)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate RC-1
Drivers: Intel INF 184.108.40.2065, ForceWare 190.62
Yesterday we told you about AMD announcing their new hexa-core Thuban CPU on the day before IDF. Well, that news has been eclipsed with a single act. Overclocking master Shamino took an early engineering sample of Intel's six-core 32nm Gulftown and pushed it to an impressive 6.386GHz.
To reach this speed he needed some LN and 2.02 volts. The 6.386GHz OC is very nice but was not bench stable. To run 3DMark Vantage for a CPU score he had to drop back to 5.9GHz (still a nice overclock).
At this speed the new Gulftown was still able to completely smash the existing world record for CPU score with a staggering 51,177 not using any GPU based Physics. Now when you consider that the current record is only 32,328 you can see just how impressive this feat truly is.
AMD has a ton of work in front of them If this score and overclock are in any way representative of what we will see from Gulftown once the new 32nm CPU hit the stores in 2010.
GIGABYTE recently kicked off a new series of highly clocked graphics cards using a cherry-picking method for its GPUs and some other component enhancements to sustain much higher than typical overclocks, thus the series is appropriately dubbed "Super Overclock".
The first model to have been released in the series comprises a GTX 260 based offering which we have in our lab and will get our review of it online very soon.
Now a second card enters the Super overclock lineup which is based on the next model up from NVIDIA, the GTX 275.
The GV-N275SO-18I features a 2oz copper PCB, Japanese solid capacitors, ferrite core cokes and low RDS on MOSFET, it comes with a dual-slot cooler, 3-way SLI support, CUDA, PhysX, 240 Processing cores, a 448-bit memory interface and GPU, shader and memory clocks of 715 (633 MHz stock), 1550 (1404) and 2520 MHz (2268), respectively. The card also provides D-Sub, DVI and HDMI connectivity, and should become available in the next few weeks.
GIGABYTE is gearing up for a new contest. This one is all about GPU overclocking and ties in with their new Super Overclock Series of GPUs.
The contest will start on October 1st and will be names the "Beat me if you Dare" and will feature a $9,000 prize plus some pretty great hardware.
The competition will run a full three rounds and finish up on December 31st. Each round will be themed to make things interesting. Entrants will compete for the highest 3DMark Vantage Performance score as well as the highest frames per second mark in Resident Evil 5. As an added bonus a high score will be set by the GIGABYTE in house overclocking team, any contestant beats this preset score will be able to double their prize.
Each round will have a top prize of $1,500 ($3,000 if you beat the GB top score). Contestants may use any brand or type of GPU they like but must conform to other hardware specifications.
You will need to keep checking back on GIGABYTE's web page for more details as right now the Dragon Overclocking competition is still running. I imagine that after the 13th you will see a lot more information out about what you need to do to get involved.