PC cooling mob "Scythe" are about to kick off their worldwide "Overclock to the Max!" contest, of which anyone across the globe who's purchased a Scythe CPU Cooler can participate in.
For full details on prizes, how the contest will be run, and what you need to do to be involved, head over to this section of Scythe's website.
Anyone who has bought the Scythe CPU Cooler can enter the online "Overclock to the Max!" contest, which starts August 15th 2006 (GMT 0:00). This is a worldwide event, so it's not about where you live but how much do you love to overclock your system. There are 2 categories which you can choose to enter(Participating in both categories is not permitted):
* Air Cooling Category - In this category, you are allowed to cool the processor with air only by using Scythe CPU Cooler. No special gas, fluid, or other materials are allowed to use.
* Extreme Cooling Category - In this category, you have no limit!!! You can use gas, dry ice, or anything you want (but please be careful to handle such material and do it on your own risk!) to cool the processor.
Total 3 winners from Europe, USA and Asia plus 1 Worldwide Overclocker and 1 winner from the extreme cooling will be selected on October 2nd 2006. Click here to enter or learn everything you need about the contest.
Sourced via TGDaily, Dell have just updated their flagship "XPS 700" system to now sport an overclocked Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor. This is one VERY hardc0re machine!
Grapevine (TX) - On the day Intel announces its next generation of Conroe desktop processors - which is expected within days - Dell Computer will upgrade its top-of-the-line XPS 700 desktop computer model to offer not only an overclocked Core 2 Extreme CPU, but also the option of two Nvidia GeForce 7900 GTX cards in SLI mode. These will apparently replace the Pentium Extreme processor and GeForce 7900 GS options currently available, and will be in addition to the Aegia PhysX accelerator already offered.
Concluding the first-ever national DIY Overclocking Contest in Beijing, China (sponsored by ATI), DFI have issued out an announcement in pride of the fact that both the first and third place winners were respectively running DFI LANParty UT CFX3200-DR and DFI RS482 Infinity mATX motherboards.
For the full scoop, grab DFI's announcement here.
(Beijing, China - April 26, 2006) - DFI (TSE2397), a world leader of motherboards and maker of the award-winning LANParty series, today announces 2 super DFI fans whom gained the first and third place in the first-ever China national DIY /overclocking tournament using DFI's motherboard (organized by ATI Technologies Inc at Beijing University) Out of hundreds of contestant, only 36 contestants from all over China were chosen to join the championship. Various combination of hardware along with BIOS setting tweaks and cooling solutions such as dry ice and water were used to push the rigs to the maximum. But DFI's motherboard was the undisputed champion with a first and third place finish.
No commentation needed here, other than a big congrats to two very talented young overclockers.
Start by focuing on the CPU-Z shot below for a better look, then once you've regained consciousness, head over to the XtremeSystems forum where all the details reside on this HUGE accomplishment.
If you've been holding out for BFG's mighty Geforce 6800 GT OC's in a PCI-e flavour, you'll be glad to know they've officially introduced them today, in turn allowing allowing you to go SLI with these kickarse 'stock' overclocked cards. Full details on the latest offering over at BFGTech's website.
Lake Forest, IL - ( December 20 , 2004 )-BFG Technologies®, Inc., a leading U.S.-based supplier of award-winning 3D graphics cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG GeForce™ 6800 GT OC™ PCI-E. This 3D graphics cards is based on the award-winning NVIDIA® GeForce 6 Series of Graphics Processing Units (GPU), and features the much anticipated PCI Express™ bus and NVIDIA® SLI™ technologies.
Hexus have been clued into the fact that Intel may or may not be releasing their own overclocking software for Windows which allows users to adjust options like FSB, fan speeds and boot screen logos.
This is certainly a big step in the right direction for us enthusiasts as it shows Intel is starting to support overclocking more openly since they have rarely ever officially supported it.
Intel are about to launch a new application which will enable the enthusiast to make changes to their Intel desktop board from within Windows. This of course is not necessarily good news for everyone, but if you have an Intel D875PBZ, or D865PERL mainboard you are in luck. You will be able to make some interesting changes from within this attractive and easy to use GUI. It will carry the following feature set:More information @ Hexus
1 - Easy to use, attractive GUI.
2 - Performance altering speeds, for example memory, FSB etc.
3 - Stress Test, this will put a load on the CPU to see if the system is stable (Testing cooling etc).
4 - Set the fan speed and the speed up thresholds.
5 - Put a logo custom logo on the boot screen. (Saves using the current Splash.exe).
Last weekend Nvidia used a LAN party in Austin (Texas) to demonstrate a new overclocking utility for its Nforce2 Ultra 400 chipset. As the program has yet to be finalised, there's no news on when NVoverclock will be available, or how it will eventually be distributed.
More information @ AMDZone
PC modifications just become cooler and cooler each day, and if you have a fish fetish (I think I got that right... ) - you'll appreciate this even more.
Dean over at Overclocker Cafe has posted a review of Lian Li's newest product, the aquarium side panel. Once upon a time I would have said this was taking things too far, but nothing in the PC modification business surprises me these days.
More information @ Overclocker Cafe
Owners of ATI Radeon 9500 PRO's have been hitting a brick wall when trying to overclock their cards, which lead some to believe that ATI locked the clock speeds of the card so as not to repeat what occured to NVIDIA; manufacturers launching high-speed Ti 4200 equipped cards which could be overclocked to insanely high-speeds, thus destroying the market for their Ti 4400. ASE Labs has written an article detailing how they were able to overclock their Radeon 9500 PRO as well as detailing the steps taken in the procedure.
More Information @ ASE Labs
While playing around with some new hardware, Mike "Darthtanion" Wright discovered that he could multiplier overclock his Athlon Thoroughbred 1800+ processor with an Epox 8K9A2 motherboard (VIA KT400) without having done any bridge modifications to the factory locked processor.
What does this mean? Well, we can only assume EPoX has purposely allowed us enthusiasts to bypass the locking protection in the processor itself, through the motherboard, and hopefully all future motherboards from the Taiwanese manufacturer.
If you've had similar success with EPoX or other boards, feel free to add your comments by clicking the link below.
More information in our AMD Forum
DigiTimes Taiwan are reporting that Intel is planning to offer limited overclocking functions on its own-brand motherboards for the upcoming Canterwood and Springdale platforms, a slight change from the chipmaker's previous firm policy against overclocking.
According to sources, to enhance its competitiveness in the clone market, Intel has decided to allow users to adjust voltage and memory module transmission frequency on its own-brand Canterwood and Springdale boards, which are expected to be launched in the second quarter of 2003.More information @ DigiTimes
The folks from OC Tools have posted a comprehensive review of Chaintech's nForce2 dual channel DDR based motherboard for the Athlon processor.
So without further ado, let us take you to our first nForce2 experience with Chaintech as the driver. Can they deliver what we have been expecting for a long time from nVidia? Can Chaintech continue the magic they did from their APOGEE with ZENITH? Will the nForce 2 with all its new technology finally capture our hearts? Or is it just gonna be the same old story once more? Well, we will find out soon.More information @ OC Tools
Scott over at Club Overclocker went and checked out what happens within the Crucial barracks in Idaho, for an exclusive media tour, earlier this year. Having been on several factory tours in the past, I know how much great fun they are and equally as good to write about to give you guys an idea of what goes on within computer companies today. This is defiantly an article you should take a look at.
Earlier this year, I took a tour of the Micron plant just outside of Boise Idaho. The tour was awesome and I learned a lot about what goes on there. The only problem was I wasn't allowed to take my camera in or report on what I saw. It was a great tour, but not what I had in mind as it didn't benefit the site or our readers in any way. When I returned from my vacation this summer, the first thing I did was set up a tour with Crucial Technology, a division of Micron. Crucial handles all the memory sales to the general public so I thought it would be kinda cool to see what they do. This time I have a camera pass! For the first time, Crucial Technology opens their doors to us overclockers so we can see what goes on behind the scenes!More information at Club Overclocker
Techware Labs has just posted a review of the amazing watercooled case from Overclockers Hideout.
The Nitro system is OCH's (Overclockers Hideout) latest addition to their line of watercooled cases and is one of the nicest looking. The entire system is enclosed in the Cooler Master ATC210 Case with blue front door and side window. It offers a watercooling solution in a mid sized tower which would look nice in any environment. Of course being watercooled the entire system is very silent thanks to the Enermax adjustable fan on the radiator.More information at Techware Labs
I'm just speechless; I so have to mount a HSF to the top of our flat!!?
Laugh over at BBspot
At Planet Savage they have just posted a GeForce4 Ti 4200 overclocking article.
This article takes a look at a 128MB GeForce4 Ti 4200 and experiments with some clock speed settings to find out which plays a bigger role in the GF4 Ti 4200's overall performance. The question comes up again: Fill Rate or Memory Bandwidth? Which should I overclock more, the core or the memory?More information at Planet Savage
Overclocker Cafe have posted a review of the impressive looking new Thermaltake Xaser II Plus aluminum case. It's based on the same case as a handful of others, personally I like the look of this case.
More information at Overclocker Cafe
Overclocker Cafe pipped us at the post on this one... We were shooting for an exclusive of the new Volcano 9 cooler from Thermaltake except they managed to get their review out a couple days before us - Our review will be up before much longer!
The base of the Volcano 9 measures 10mm thick. As we noted above, in the center of the base is a circular copper insert. Copper has a higher thermal capacity than aluminum but it doesn't dissipate the heat as quickly as aluminum does. That is why you see so many performance oriented heatsinks being a mix of copper and aluminum in their construction. The copper insert was smooth and flush to our eye and finger. We placed it onto a piece of stained glass to check for any imperfections. None were found.More information at Overclocker Cafe.
I have finally returned home from my adventures in Taiwan and Singapore for this years Computex computer expo, but now it's back to work and to start I'll give you guys some news. AMDmb have an article discussing the overclocking ability of the new AMD Thoroughbred processors. The article gives a good indication of what we can expect in terms of overclockability from the new line of 0.13 processors from AMD.
Based on the other results I have seen on the Athlon XP 2200+ processor, I surely have to admit that my results are atypical from what you should expect if you got your hands on a first run processor, or if the retail processors that reach the market are the same as the ones reviewer's received. You could find yourself with a processor that overclocks only 25 MHz, like the folks at Anandtech, or you could get one that overclocks to about 2 GHz, like the one at HardOCP. It is even possible that you get one that can go beyond the 2.1 GHz that I reached in this article.More information at AMDmb
Agg from OCAU has written an article which explains how to use the famous Coolbits registry patch to overclock your nVidia based graphics card. I get this question a fair bit, if you want some guidance, follow this link.
Club Overclocker has 2 HSF reviews up for your pleasure with the first one being the Swiftech MCX478 which is really the MXC462 with some extra screw on's, then it's onto the CrazyPC Dr. Thermal Extreme which is basically a Dr. Thermal V77L with a HUGE 68CFM Delta fan attached.