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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.
In our latest poll, we want to know, are you going to buy an NVIDIA Fermi GeForce GTX 400 Series video card? Let us know! Please go here to vote!
CES 2010 - CoolIT were showing off its second concept PC at CES this year with the XO2 fully water-cooled concept design.
This system was one of the more impressive things we saw this year here in Las Vegas. In the size of a case that resembles a small home theater system, CoolIT's CEO told us that it was the most overclocked system that they had on display at their booth.
The XO2 implements a full water cooled design that cools all the main components of the system and allows high performance in a smaller form factor than usual. The system is also completely silent, which is something that many consumers enjoy. Watch our video below as Geoff Lyon tells us all about it.
Also at the end of the video we get a short introduction to an impressive AVADirect system that was also on display that makes use of CoolIT cooling technology.
Keep in mind that CoolIT doesn't actually sell this system, but it's a good design to have on display to let system builders and other folks know what is possible.
In its final issue for the year, online based computer magazine "The Overclocker" has just come online for your reading pleasure.
Some highlights of the coverage throughout Issue 8 include the following :-
- We look at Gigabyte and Asus' revolutionary love OC contests
- We interview, world number one overclocker, AndreYang
- We find out about the folk at overclockers.com and, erm, Poland.
- Our benching team review some of the greatest recent hardware... including MARS vs 5970 vs GTX 295!
And that's far from all of it. So if you're looking to get a bit of extra reading in over the quiet xssy break, look no further and catch up on all the latest happenings in the enthusiast PC/overclocking realm with Issue 8 of The Overclocker.
EXCLUSIVE - Last Friday we visited the ASUS headquarters here in Taipei and got a look at some of their upcoming products.
Our fourth and final preview from the ASUS visit was a look at the upcoming Maximus III Extreme motherboard based on the Intel P55 Express chipset.
The exciting part of this preview was not so much the motherboard itself, but one of the key selling point features that it includes. You may or may not have heard about it, but ROG (Republic of Gamers) Connect is an interesting inclusion to the Extreme model that allows overclocking and BIOS adjustments on-the-fly from another system.
ROG Connect uses a special provided USB cable that runs from a specific ROG Connect USB port on the I/O panel of the motherboard and hooks up to another computer running Windows. ASUS, of course, had an Eee PC netbook running the ROG Connect "RC Tweak It" application and it operated just fine.
In the video we uploaded below, one of the product managers at ASUS started running 3DMark Vantage and then proceeded to mildly overclock the CPU via the Eee PC netbook. As you'll see, you can also do other things such as monitor real-time current and voltages.
Very interesting indeed. This is probably going to bring up an issue for Futuremark as far as I can see, as since ROG Connect overclocks on the fly and separate from the system running the benchmark, cheating could possibly occur. ASUS also intends to showcase its ROG Connect Bluetooth (RCB) at CES next month, which allows the same type of operation except on certain mobile phones over a Bluetooth connection.