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 22.214.171.1245, 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.
Gigabyte has some new GPU technology coming out. This new tech will fall under the name of their Super Overclock line. The Super Overclock line will feature a number of improvements that will make these cards perform faster and more stable than any other.
The first new tech up at the plate is something called GPU Gauntlet Sorting. This is not looking for a glove but is actually a system to "cherry pick" GPUs to get the best performance out of each one.
Only GPUs they have gone through testing to see what the maximum OC they can take is they are then run through a series of benchmarks from FutureMark (3D Mark Vantage). The reason for this is to ensure they can operate under stress. Then GIGABYTE tests the GPUs switching power. This is to make sure that the board is able to provide clean and consistent power as needed.
All of this combines with Ultra Durable VGA 5 to make sure all of the components in the Super OverClock GPU are built not only to perform but to last.
The first product to carry this new name will be a SuperClocked GTX 260. These will be out early next month (September).
Issue 6 of The Overclocker is now available online for your reading pleasure. This month's issue is jam packed with goodies including the following:
1) We unveil overclocking's new super contest
2) We examine the fall-out from Gigabyte's World Championship Finals
3) We find out how to break the SuperPi World Record
4) We see a load of overclockers naked.
And much much more!
Head over here to catch all the action of The Overclocker folks.
After three hours of gruling competition work, the results came in at just ater 4:30PM Taipei local time.
With Super Pi and 3DMark Vantage runs throughout the day and all the scores tabulated from each of the regionals, it was time to announce the winners!
USA Team 1 Fugger and Vapor took out the crown for 2009 as the GO OC finalists; a well earned victory after breaking the 3DMark Vantage record for GTX 260 graphics cards in SLI.
We had Sweden come in second and China third with Australia making it into fourth place; well done guys!
GIGABYTE has commited to this event for 2010 so we'll look forward to seeing who shall come out on top next year.
Computex Taipei 2009: On the third day of the greatest IT show on earth, GIGABYTE has wasted no time in getting the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking championships finalised with six teams battling it out for the coverted prize as Ultimate overclockers.
Of the six teams battling it out we have two USA teams, one from china, one from belgium, one swedish and one Australian team striving to reign supreme.
First up from china we have x800Pro and Loc.
From Sweden we have Elmor and SF3D.
From Belgium we have pt1t and massman.
From USA1 we have Fugger and Vapor and Miahallen and Sno.lcn make up USA2.
And lastly we have our boys from Australia, Dinso22 and Deanzo. Here we have a shot of Australia posting their first score of the day and leading out in front, go boys.
A screenshot of their first results.
Stay tuned for a final result at the end of the night.
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GIGABYTE has announced that they are working on an overclocked GeForce GTX 260 graphics card.
The card will come clocked from the factory with a modest 660MHz core clock and 896MB of GDDR3 memory running at 2000MHz. GIGABYTE has incorporated their Ultra Durable VGA design into this card, giving it a blue PCB that will feature 2oz. of copper, Japanese solid caps, ferrite core chokes, and the low RDS MOSFET.
GIGABYTE has chosen to utilize the reference cooler, however the upgraded components should help lower temperatures while increasing the overclocking potentialof the card. Unfortunately there is no availability or pricing to go with the announcement.
ASUS has launched the Republic of Gamers OC station, a device that takes OCing to a whole new level of ease, accuracy and sophistication.
The bay-mounted device features a large 3-inch display that when used with ROG motherboards gives users access to on-the-fly overclocking parameters, fan speeds, system info, and more. The knob on the front of the device allows for the adjustments to be made instantly at any time, even in the middle of a benchmark or in the middle of a game.
The large 3-inch display makes it easy to read and the adjustable faceplate allows for the screen to be tiled upward 30° to ensure perfect viewability. The OC Station also has a user-friendly interface which makes navigating through the comprehensive functions an effortless affair.
The full press release is available here for your viewing.
ASUS, the world's leading producer and innovator of motherboards, today shed brilliant light on the dark art of overclocking with the introduction of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) OC Station. The OC Station is a pure hardware-based, bay-mounted device with a large 3-inch display that takes OCing to a whole new level of ease, accuracy and sophistication. When used in conjunction with ROG motherboards, the strikingly-designed OC Station grants users on-the-fly access to overclocking parameters, ROG-exclusive features, fan speeds, system information and even a photo slideshow function.
Asus has thrown a new product at the Enthusiast today called the ROG OC Station it is a bay mounted device that allows real-time hardware overclocking without the need to muck about in the BIOS.
Asus has been ahead of the game in the area of hardware OC since the downfall of ABIT and has taken the game to a new level with the OC Station. Users will have direct access to voltages, frequencies and timings right from a front panel.
Read more here.
With the OC Station, ASUS has stamped its authority on an area that has proven elusive to other PC component manufacturers-pure hardware-based overclocking. The OC Station provides users with quick access to system voltages and frequencies without having to enter the BIOS. Users can overclock their systems on-the-fly via a knob, even during busy benchmark runs or actual gameplay. The OC Station also interfaces seamlessly with the embedded iROG controller on ROG motherboards, enabling users to manage ROG-exclusive features such as CPU Level Up and ASUS EPU-6 Engine at a hardware level. This allows users to achieve performance boosts and perform energy consumption tweaks instantly.
The folks over at FiringSquad have teamed up with AMD, GIGABYTE, and OCZ to host the "Liquid Nitrogen Not Required" Overclocking contest.
Unlike most overclocking contests, this time around you aren't just shooting for the highest stable speed with the most intricit cooling solutions ever to be created. First you have to demonstrate your knowledge of overclocking before you can make it to the actual overclocking.
AMD wants you to write a "How to Overclock Guide," GIGABYTE wants to know "What is so cool about GIGABYTE's Ultra-Durable 3 technology," and finally OCZ wants to know just what is the "funniest damn thing you can think of doing with the OCZ name." Top five winners will be sent hardware and be given 10 days to build and tweak their systems and then have about 15 days to overclock the hell out of it.
FiringSquad has $2500 cash up for the top three contestants so those wanting to win should head over here. Just follow the directions and prove your worth to win some sweet swag.
Issue 5 of The Overclocker is now available for your reading pleasure. This month's issue is extra special with a bunch of new sections added including:
1) Benching with the stars: pro tells you how to score high in 3DMark 01
2) From the forums: we nose around Team OCX's home
3) Benched: overclockers test our new kit
Further to the above is full coverage on the recent GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship events and eVGA's input on what they did to make the X58 Classified the ultimate overclocking motherboard. The Overclocker also investigates live overclocking and how it might be considered the new Poker.
Head over here to catch all the action of The Overclocker folks.
When the ATI Radeon HD 4890 launched earlier this month, everyone knew that it would only be a matter of time before the 1GHz core clock speed was achieved in the overclocking community and it did come rather quickly. After all, a 150MHz increase isn't much these days given the vast array of air and water cooling products on the market.
Now overclockers are getting a little more in depth with the 4890 and starting to push it a little bit further with some of the more extreme forms of cooling, liquid nitrogen and dry ice. So far liquid nitrogen has enabled the card to be pushed to 1.13GHz with a modest voltage increase.
Dry ice has proven to be a little more effective, raising stable clock speeds to 1.2GHz with a voltage of 1.425V. ATI's Catalyst Control Center won't allow the GPU to go faster than 1GHz even, but VR-Zone has a very useful guide on just how to get the voltage a little higher in case you are thinking about giving it a shot.
The results are in from the Pan Asian and African GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC) 2009. The winners from the final held in Bangkok are Team Australia (and New Zealand).
The winners, Dinos22 from Australia and Deanzo from New Zealand, will go through to represent Pan Asia and Africa at the GO OC Global final at Computex this year. A new 3D Mark world record of 31,081 was set by the Australian team for 2 x GeForce GTX 260 VGA cards (using the GIGABYTE GV-N26OC-896H-B). Other components used include an Intel® Core™ i7 965 CPU, GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard and GV-N26OC-896H-B graphics, Kingston KHX16000D3K3/3GX memory and ENERMAX REVOLUTION85+ 1050W power supply.
Don't miss our coverage of the event!
Issue number four of "The Overclocker" online magazine has just hit the internet. I took a brief look thought the pages and in amongst the ads for high end enthusiast products there are quite a few good articles on,...you guessed it Overclocking.
This issue also has a contest inside for a GIGABYTE mainboard the GA-EX58-UD4P all you have to do to win this is predict the best 3DMark Score from the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Cahmpionship.
Read the full issue here.
GIGABYTE announced that the second annual GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC)is underway. Individual country qualifiers starterd March 3, and the final competition will be held in Taipei, Taiwan at the Taipei 101 skyscraper on June 3rd, 2009 during COMPUTEX.
GIGABYTE is hosting worldwide country qualifiers from February to March in countries including Australia, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA & Vietnam.
Winners from the country qualifier events will compete in the regional finals which will be in China, Czech Republic, Thailand and the USA in March and April. The winners of the regional events will then head to Taipei to compete against each other as well as last year's GO OC 2008 Best P45 Overclock and Free Style champions on June 3rd, allowing them to not only compete for title of world-wide overclocking champion, but also to take part in one of the world's largest IT tradeshows, COMPUTEX Taipei.
One of the contestants from Sweden, AKA ME4ME, has already set a new world record for maximum FSB of 714MHz using the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P and LN2.
"GIGABYTE is again glad to be able to bring the world's top overclockers together to showcase their skills and passion for overclocking excellence at this year's GO OC," commented Johnson Lin, CEO of GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. "GIGABYTE shares this commitment for excellence in every product we make, and we take special pride in designing high-end performance products that meet the special demands of the enthusiast power user.
The GO OC 2009 winner will not only gain the title of worldwide overclocking champion, but will also receive prizes valued well over US$ 5,000, including a cash reward and products provided by the GO OC sponsors. 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, NVIDIA, Kingston and ENERMAX.
Following the sucess of last years GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GOOC) event, it seems GIGABYTE are looking forward to getting another underway this year.
A qualifying event in Sydney, Australia will be hosted by the guys from The Overclocker magazine with other local websites including yours truly, Overclockers Australia and Whirlpool also doing their part to lift the overclocking profile in Australia. Here's the scoop :-
The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship is being held in Sydney and The Overclocker is hosting it. It is a great opportunity for all tech enthusiasts to meet up and food and Beer will be provided for FREE!
There will be air cooling and extreme cooling overclocking competitions plus a LAN gaming competition too. There are prizes galore for everyone! Anyone can turn up, but please tell us you're coming here: email@example.com
Yep, you heard it; free food and BEER!
While details are scarce at the moment, you can stay updated with preparations for the event at The Overclocker's Twitter page and although there's nothing of interested mentioned there yet, it's probably worth keeping an eye on on it to see when more info comes to light.