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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.