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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 184.108.40.2065, 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.