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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
The folks from OC Tools have posted a comprehensive review of Chaintech's nForce2 dual channel DDR based motherboard for the Athlon processor.
So without further ado, let us take you to our first nForce2 experience with Chaintech as the driver. Can they deliver what we have been expecting for a long time from nVidia? Can Chaintech continue the magic they did from their APOGEE with ZENITH? Will the nForce 2 with all its new technology finally capture our hearts? Or is it just gonna be the same old story once more? Well, we will find out soon.More information @ OC Tools
Scott over at Club Overclocker went and checked out what happens within the Crucial barracks in Idaho, for an exclusive media tour, earlier this year. Having been on several factory tours in the past, I know how much great fun they are and equally as good to write about to give you guys an idea of what goes on within computer companies today. This is defiantly an article you should take a look at.
Earlier this year, I took a tour of the Micron plant just outside of Boise Idaho. The tour was awesome and I learned a lot about what goes on there. The only problem was I wasn't allowed to take my camera in or report on what I saw. It was a great tour, but not what I had in mind as it didn't benefit the site or our readers in any way. When I returned from my vacation this summer, the first thing I did was set up a tour with Crucial Technology, a division of Micron. Crucial handles all the memory sales to the general public so I thought it would be kinda cool to see what they do. This time I have a camera pass! For the first time, Crucial Technology opens their doors to us overclockers so we can see what goes on behind the scenes!More information at Club Overclocker
Techware Labs has just posted a review of the amazing watercooled case from Overclockers Hideout.
The Nitro system is OCH's (Overclockers Hideout) latest addition to their line of watercooled cases and is one of the nicest looking. The entire system is enclosed in the Cooler Master ATC210 Case with blue front door and side window. It offers a watercooling solution in a mid sized tower which would look nice in any environment. Of course being watercooled the entire system is very silent thanks to the Enermax adjustable fan on the radiator.More information at Techware Labs
I'm just speechless; I so have to mount a HSF to the top of our flat!!?
Laugh over at BBspot
At Planet Savage they have just posted a GeForce4 Ti 4200 overclocking article.
This article takes a look at a 128MB GeForce4 Ti 4200 and experiments with some clock speed settings to find out which plays a bigger role in the GF4 Ti 4200's overall performance. The question comes up again: Fill Rate or Memory Bandwidth? Which should I overclock more, the core or the memory?More information at Planet Savage
Overclocker Cafe have posted a review of the impressive looking new Thermaltake Xaser II Plus aluminum case. It's based on the same case as a handful of others, personally I like the look of this case.
More information at Overclocker Cafe
Overclocker Cafe pipped us at the post on this one... We were shooting for an exclusive of the new Volcano 9 cooler from Thermaltake except they managed to get their review out a couple days before us - Our review will be up before much longer!
The base of the Volcano 9 measures 10mm thick. As we noted above, in the center of the base is a circular copper insert. Copper has a higher thermal capacity than aluminum but it doesn't dissipate the heat as quickly as aluminum does. That is why you see so many performance oriented heatsinks being a mix of copper and aluminum in their construction. The copper insert was smooth and flush to our eye and finger. We placed it onto a piece of stained glass to check for any imperfections. None were found.More information at Overclocker Cafe.
I have finally returned home from my adventures in Taiwan and Singapore for this years Computex computer expo, but now it's back to work and to start I'll give you guys some news. AMDmb have an article discussing the overclocking ability of the new AMD Thoroughbred processors. The article gives a good indication of what we can expect in terms of overclockability from the new line of 0.13 processors from AMD.
Based on the other results I have seen on the Athlon XP 2200+ processor, I surely have to admit that my results are atypical from what you should expect if you got your hands on a first run processor, or if the retail processors that reach the market are the same as the ones reviewer's received. You could find yourself with a processor that overclocks only 25 MHz, like the folks at Anandtech, or you could get one that overclocks to about 2 GHz, like the one at HardOCP. It is even possible that you get one that can go beyond the 2.1 GHz that I reached in this article.More information at AMDmb