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Futuremark has been known to hold contests on occasion. The last one I recall was where you could win a new display for posting the highest score on the 3DMark app. A new contest for 3DMark 11 is being held ahead of the launch of the software this week. The new contest is open until the launch of the software.
All you have to do to participate in the contest is hit the source link at the bottom of this post and make your guesses. The person who comes closest to the correct 3DMark 11 score for each of the three test systems at the specified settings will win the mainboard and video card from the system.
After a long break and a somewhat uncertain future, Neo of The Overclocker online magazine brings us good news. They're back and Issue 11 is now online for your reading pleasure folks.
Looking better than ever by design and layout, Issue 11 is also jam packed with all the latest in the overclocking community; including an exclusive head-to-head between two motherboard giants in the GIGABYTE X58A-UD9 and ASUS' Rampage III Extreme, a look at how the overclocking community is going in Malaysia with SUP3RFLY, reviews on ASUS' Crosshair IV Formula, WD Velociraptor 600GB HDD and much more.
Click here to catch all the action in the latest edition of The Overclocker.
Computer fans that like to trick out their case to look better or those who are into modding know that some lighting can really make the case pop. The catch is that many lighting systems like CCFLs and LEDs often come on bulky boards and have designs that can be hard to hide and integrate inside a cramped PC case.
NZXT has unveiled a new line of LED lighting accessories that come in five different colors called the Sleeved LED Kit. The kit has LEDs that are inside a black length of wire loom material like we typically see wrapped around the cables of a PSU. Those wire wraps hide the wires that power the LEDs and make the strips flexible and easier to install and hide. The strip has multiple LEDs in one length of the sleeve.
Nick of The Overclocker online magazine has just given us the heads up that issue 10 is now online for your reading pleasure.
In this month's issue The Overclocker tees up interviews with six of the most reknowned overclockers in the world, including K|ngp|n who has some exclusive details about changes in his point of focus into the foreseeable future. There are also separate interviews with Nickshih, Hiwa, Smoke, TinTin and slamms.
The Overclocker team also see what's happening in the world of overclocking in Russia and polish this month's edition off with some technological eye candy spotted at Computex earlier this month.
So, get your reading glasses on and check it out!
The GIGABYTE Tech Daily blog site has just posted up details on the results of its Go OC 2010 Pan Asia and African Regional Final event which took place last weekend.
This was the first regional final event to have taken place in Jakarta, Indonesia of which comprises top overclockings from 17 regions around pan Asia and Africa. The winners will now go on to represent their country and regions in the Go OC 2010 Global Final in Taipei later this year (September).
The Lords of Overclocking contest arranged by FutureMark and MSI is now underway, running from June 21st through July 18th. If you're benching with an MSI motherboard and reside in Europe, America or Asia, you are able to participate and try place yourself on top of the leaderboard with your overclocking prowess.
Should you be successful, you'll be invited to MSI's Master Overclocking Arena (MOA) in Taipei where the grand final of the world overclocking contest will take place. The two top winners from Europe, America and Asia will be invited to challenge each other on site.
We all knew it wouldn't be long before Intel's latest top dog processor, the hexa-core powered Core i7-980X would start to rise above all else in the benchmark realm.
Sure enough, the CPU-sucking SuperPi tool has been spun up faster than anything recorded before with one of these processors by world reknowned overclocker Jon "Elmor" Sandstrom. He dished up a world record 32M result of 5 mins and 41.48 seconds, quicker by 0.094 seconds than a previous record that was also achieved using this hexa-core monster of a processor.
The new world record result was accomplished thanks to a huge liquid nitrogen assisted overclock that allowed the CPU to operate at 6.431GHz for the test on GIGABYTEs yet to be released GA-X58A-UD9. This is a board we all want to know more about, but is tightly bounded by a media embargo for the time being.
Nick of The Overclocker online magazine has just given us the heads up that issue 9 is now online for your reading pleasure.
This month's issue is a Special Edition one which mostly comprises overclocking specific information from a scientific, academic perspective which will be particularly interesting to dedicated overclockers looking to learn more about the fundamentals.
So, get your reading glasses on and check it out!
Whilst entirely impractical on so many levels, Patriot went on a mission with a PC build to produce something they could sit on display during CeBIT and call it the "fastest system in the world".
That might be true as far as the storage sub-system goes, but the PC itself certainly doesn't appear to be anything unlike we've seen before. The system itself comprises a SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DTH-6F-O motherboard running dual Xeon W5590s along with 96GB of ECC DDR3-1333 memory.
But the real standout that Patriot claims to deliver the best performance in the world is the use of 40 256GB TorqX SSDs in conjunction with five LSI SAS PCI-E cards to produce a sustained rate of 155,000 IOPS/s.
Patriot gives an odd example of what this does for the end user; the ability to 'rip' a Blu-ray in just under 1 second. That might be true if moving the contents of a Blu-ray from one part of the SSD array to another, but correct me if i'm wrong; an optical blu-ray drive is the #1 bottleneck and sure as hell aint' fast enough to do it in under 1 second.
Patriot reckon you'll be forking out 60k for this setup. However, when you factor in that 40 256GB TorqX SSDs come to around 30k, it's hard to see where the other 30k has gone. In any case, this is clearly put together as an SSD attraction magnet and would never be a setup someone could justify for real world use.
In our most recent poll, we asked our readers if overclock their main computer.
We have had over 2,100 people vote on the poll and the numbers are in.
Among TweakTown readers and without too much surprise, 60% say that they overclock their main computer. 27% voted that they think their computer is fast enough and overclocking isn't required.
Somewhat surprising was that 4% of our readers voted that they didn't know what overclocking is and 9% say that they are still learning the art of free performance.
For the actual numbers, go here.
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