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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.
No commentation needed here, other than a big congrats to two very talented young overclockers.
Start by focuing on the CPU-Z shot below for a better look, then once you've regained consciousness, head over to the XtremeSystems forum where all the details reside on this HUGE accomplishment.
If you've been holding out for BFG's mighty Geforce 6800 GT OC's in a PCI-e flavour, you'll be glad to know they've officially introduced them today, in turn allowing allowing you to go SLI with these kickarse 'stock' overclocked cards. Full details on the latest offering over at BFGTech's website.
Lake Forest, IL - ( December 20 , 2004 )-BFG Technologies®, Inc., a leading U.S.-based supplier of award-winning 3D graphics cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG GeForce 6800 GT OC PCI-E. This 3D graphics cards is based on the award-winning NVIDIA® GeForce 6 Series of Graphics Processing Units (GPU), and features the much anticipated PCI Express bus and NVIDIA® SLI technologies.
Hexus have been clued into the fact that Intel may or may not be releasing their own overclocking software for Windows which allows users to adjust options like FSB, fan speeds and boot screen logos.
This is certainly a big step in the right direction for us enthusiasts as it shows Intel is starting to support overclocking more openly since they have rarely ever officially supported it.
Intel are about to launch a new application which will enable the enthusiast to make changes to their Intel desktop board from within Windows. This of course is not necessarily good news for everyone, but if you have an Intel D875PBZ, or D865PERL mainboard you are in luck. You will be able to make some interesting changes from within this attractive and easy to use GUI. It will carry the following feature set:More information @ Hexus
1 - Easy to use, attractive GUI.
2 - Performance altering speeds, for example memory, FSB etc.
3 - Stress Test, this will put a load on the CPU to see if the system is stable (Testing cooling etc).
4 - Set the fan speed and the speed up thresholds.
5 - Put a logo custom logo on the boot screen. (Saves using the current Splash.exe).
Last weekend Nvidia used a LAN party in Austin (Texas) to demonstrate a new overclocking utility for its Nforce2 Ultra 400 chipset. As the program has yet to be finalised, there's no news on when NVoverclock will be available, or how it will eventually be distributed.
More information @ AMDZone
PC modifications just become cooler and cooler each day, and if you have a fish fetish (I think I got that right... ) - you'll appreciate this even more.
Dean over at Overclocker Cafe has posted a review of Lian Li's newest product, the aquarium side panel. Once upon a time I would have said this was taking things too far, but nothing in the PC modification business surprises me these days.
More information @ Overclocker Cafe
Owners of ATI Radeon 9500 PRO's have been hitting a brick wall when trying to overclock their cards, which lead some to believe that ATI locked the clock speeds of the card so as not to repeat what occured to NVIDIA; manufacturers launching high-speed Ti 4200 equipped cards which could be overclocked to insanely high-speeds, thus destroying the market for their Ti 4400. ASE Labs has written an article detailing how they were able to overclock their Radeon 9500 PRO as well as detailing the steps taken in the procedure.
More Information @ ASE Labs
While playing around with some new hardware, Mike "Darthtanion" Wright discovered that he could multiplier overclock his Athlon Thoroughbred 1800+ processor with an Epox 8K9A2 motherboard (VIA KT400) without having done any bridge modifications to the factory locked processor.
What does this mean? Well, we can only assume EPoX has purposely allowed us enthusiasts to bypass the locking protection in the processor itself, through the motherboard, and hopefully all future motherboards from the Taiwanese manufacturer.
If you've had similar success with EPoX or other boards, feel free to add your comments by clicking the link below.
More information in our AMD Forum
DigiTimes Taiwan are reporting that Intel is planning to offer limited overclocking functions on its own-brand motherboards for the upcoming Canterwood and Springdale platforms, a slight change from the chipmaker's previous firm policy against overclocking.
According to sources, to enhance its competitiveness in the clone market, Intel has decided to allow users to adjust voltage and memory module transmission frequency on its own-brand Canterwood and Springdale boards, which are expected to be launched in the second quarter of 2003.More information @ DigiTimes