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If you're thinking of making the shift to Core 2 Duo (wise move :P) then you may want to hold up for a bit whilst NVIDIA's new nForce 680i boards get released / distributed, said launch date being Nov 8 (same day G80 / GeForce 8800 kicks off). The Inquirer believe it'll be a hell of an overclocker for both memory and CPU.
WE WANTED to know which is the best overclocking platform for Intel's Core 2 Duo and some people who are really into it said we should maybe wait for the Nforce 680i motherboards.
They should be the fastest for both memory and CPU overclocking and the boards should emerge in the following days.
DFI have spread the word via this press release that a well-known gamer from Taiwan has recently managed a very swish FSB/memory overclock of 1177MHz on DFI's INFINITY 975X/G motherboard, thanks to the release of a new and improved BIOS for it which effectively provides much better overclocking headroom.
Recently, a well-known gamer from Taiwan, Windwithme, amazed every gamer by announcing on a forum that he had integrated the Intel INFINITY 975X/G motherboard designed by DFI with the newest BIOS to successfully increase the DDR2 clock rate to a historical high.
Since Intel's highest performance 975X motherboard integrated ATI Crossfire Platform was first released, it has been closely watched by overclocking gamers and enthusiasts, and it has been favored by many Conroe users. When it hit the market, its sales saw record highs. However, DFI is dedicated to providing consumers with the perfect solution; an enhanced edition of the new BIOS was released not long ago. In fact, the INFINITY 975X/G motherboard is embedded with unimaginable potential for overclocking.
Looks like NVIDIA are putting a stop to overclocked G80 cards from partners, according to this report at the Inquirer. They've said their reasoning for this is because they dont want another GeForce 7900 GT overclocking fiasco which resulted in a high return rate for dead / dying cards.
NVIDIA told all of its partners that it simply won't allow the overclocking of G80 cards. It doesn't want another Geforce 7900 GT overclocking fiasco that caused a too high return rate for the cards.
Remember, Nvidia didn't allow anyone to overclock Geforce 7950 GX2 and they all worked at the same reference 500MHz clocks as this was what Nvidia guaranteed for these cards.
Daaaamn, these Core 2 Duo chips certainly love to overclock! NordicHardware have reported that a member of the XtremeSystems forums has managed to wow the crowds with a massive overclock using his Core 2 Duo E6300 chip, pushing it from its stock speed of 1.86GHz to 3.74GHz.
Doesnt seem like much? Well considering the fact that he accomplished it on AIR (with a ThermalTake Big Typhoon), a 100% overclock aint too shabby at all eh?
Intel has with its well tested 65nm manufacturing process managed to create a really efficient foundation for its Core 2 Duo processors and that the Core architecture has enormous overclocking potential is hardly news to anyone. But what the user Rol-Co at XtremeSystems has managed to do is truly worth mentioning. He has taken a regular Core 2 Duo E6300 processor, week 26, and pushed it from its stock speed at 1.86GHz to impressive 3.74GHz. An overclock at 100% which is impressive, but the fact that he has used a regular air cooler, ThermalTake Big Typhoon, is what really tops it all off. And to make it even more impressive is that the cooler is not even mounted.
GeCube have just released a new X1300XT based graphics card dubbed the RX1300XT Platinum Edition, this card a step ahead of other variants with its higher core/mem speeds of 550MHz/1.3GHz.
Full details here folks.
(Taipei, September 08, 2006)-- Info-Tek Corp. the manufacturer of the internationally renowned graphics card brand GeCube is set to take the graphics market by storm once more with the release of the GeCube RX1300XT Platinum Edition series of products. The series' excellent overclockability give this model an even higher Cost vs. Performance ratio, making them the only choice for overclockers seeking the thrill of ultimate performance.
NV partner Palit have just launched cards based on the new 7950GT/7900GS GPUs, with two seperate 7900GS ones available; one dubbed the "7900GS Sonic" as it comes overclocked out of the box.
More details in the PR here.
Palit Microsystems, Inc, the leading graphics card manufacturer, today introduces three new high-end graphics: GeForce 7950GT, 7900GS and OC edition: 7900GS Sonic. Coming after the superscalar GPU architecture of GeForce7900GT, NVIDIA® release another G71 based graphics cards, 7950GT and 7900GS which are designed for extreme HD gaming and with SLI technology, they can deliver the most graphics performance and ultra-realistic gaming experiences.
Palit 7950GT is clocked at core speed of 550MHz /Ram speed of 1.4 GHz and equipped with the fastest GDDR3 and 512MB/256bit of graphics memory. Palit 7950GT cranks up the graphics horsepower and delivers exceptionally smooth frame rates at widescreen resolutions up to 2560x1600.
Although Intel's quad-core Kentsfield processor isnt set to surface for a good while yet, some lucky lads over at the XtremeSystems forums have somehow managed to get their mits on engineering samples, and you guessed it.. overclocked them to all buggery! But this one takes the prize, a member by the name of "Stoolman" ramped his stock 2.66GHz quad-core chip right up to a blitzing speed of 4.9+ GHz.
Well I'm letting my Kentsfield go, due to the expenses of my hobby... So, before i let it out of my hands.. I had to have another go at it...
Using my new Asus P5W DLX LN2 and a 7950 GFX.
Kentsfield E6700 2,67GHz Quad
Asus P5W DH bios 801
G.Skill 8000GBHZ@ 3-3-3-4-2-A-D
OCZ Powerstream 600W sli
Club 3D Geforce 7950GX2@air with no mods
PC cooling mob "Scythe" are about to kick off their worldwide "Overclock to the Max!" contest, of which anyone across the globe who's purchased a Scythe CPU Cooler can participate in.
For full details on prizes, how the contest will be run, and what you need to do to be involved, head over to this section of Scythe's website.
Anyone who has bought the Scythe CPU Cooler can enter the online "Overclock to the Max!" contest, which starts August 15th 2006 (GMT 0:00). This is a worldwide event, so it's not about where you live but how much do you love to overclock your system. There are 2 categories which you can choose to enter(Participating in both categories is not permitted):
* Air Cooling Category - In this category, you are allowed to cool the processor with air only by using Scythe CPU Cooler. No special gas, fluid, or other materials are allowed to use.
* Extreme Cooling Category - In this category, you have no limit!!! You can use gas, dry ice, or anything you want (but please be careful to handle such material and do it on your own risk!) to cool the processor.
Total 3 winners from Europe, USA and Asia plus 1 Worldwide Overclocker and 1 winner from the extreme cooling will be selected on October 2nd 2006. Click here to enter or learn everything you need about the contest.
Sourced via TGDaily, Dell have just updated their flagship "XPS 700" system to now sport an overclocked Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor. This is one VERY hardc0re machine!
Grapevine (TX) - On the day Intel announces its next generation of Conroe desktop processors - which is expected within days - Dell Computer will upgrade its top-of-the-line XPS 700 desktop computer model to offer not only an overclocked Core 2 Extreme CPU, but also the option of two Nvidia GeForce 7900 GTX cards in SLI mode. These will apparently replace the Pentium Extreme processor and GeForce 7900 GS options currently available, and will be in addition to the Aegia PhysX accelerator already offered.
Concluding the first-ever national DIY Overclocking Contest in Beijing, China (sponsored by ATI), DFI have issued out an announcement in pride of the fact that both the first and third place winners were respectively running DFI LANParty UT CFX3200-DR and DFI RS482 Infinity mATX motherboards.
For the full scoop, grab DFI's announcement here.
(Beijing, China - April 26, 2006) - DFI (TSE2397), a world leader of motherboards and maker of the award-winning LANParty series, today announces 2 super DFI fans whom gained the first and third place in the first-ever China national DIY /overclocking tournament using DFI's motherboard (organized by ATI Technologies Inc at Beijing University) Out of hundreds of contestant, only 36 contestants from all over China were chosen to join the championship. Various combination of hardware along with BIOS setting tweaks and cooling solutions such as dry ice and water were used to push the rigs to the maximum. But DFI's motherboard was the undisputed champion with a first and third place finish.