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Asus has a habit of making very overclock friendly products. It is just their thing and I suppose they simply cannot help themselves.
Recently at the Futuremark sponsored OverclocKing competition Asus got a chance to show off what their present and future products can do. Futuremark picked Asus as the recommended product for the competitors and the Asus Striker II Extreme seemed to steal the show with some very impressive numbers.
Read the Press Release here.
As the recommended competition hardware for the Futuremark® OverclocKing 2008, a smorgasbord of ASUS motherboards were used throughout the competition. Amongst them, the ASUS Striker II Extreme managed to post performance scores close to the latest range of motherboards from ASUS that support the newest Intel® Core i7 Extreme processor. The ASUS Striker II Extreme went on to lead a field that included the ASUS P5Q PRO, ASUS Rampage Formula, ASUS P5Q, and the ASUS P5Q Deluxe. This not only demonstrated the superior overclocking potential of all current ASUS motherboards, but also provided a glimpse of the limitless possibilities and extreme performance that future ASUS hardware can provide to end-users.
AMD's upcoming 45nm Deneb core offerings may be promising overclockers, or so it seems.
This report from Fudzilla suggests that good old air cooling could net results of up to 4 GHz, whilst those with more exotic cooling, could attain substantially more.
With rumours that the cream of the Deneb crop will ship with an unlocked multiplier, we may find AMD winning its way back into the hearts of CPU enthusiasts everywhere.
ZOTAC is now offering a neat overclocking / graphics tuning facility for owners of its GeForce 8, 9 and 200 series graphics cards, but there's no reason why the tool won't work for cards from other manufacturers as well.
Dubbed FireStorm, this makes for a very simplistic means to adjust GPU core, shader and memory clocks as well as the fan speed of the card. It also offers GPU temperature monitoring and can be run in either XP or Vista.
You can pull down the 188.8.131.52 build from the Downloads section on ZOTAC's website.
ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based graphics cards and motherboards, today unleashes an overclocking storm with the new ZOTAC FireStorm software-overclocking application. The new free ZOTAC FireStorm application enables owners of ZOTAC GeForce 8, 9 and GTX series graphics cards to easily overclock their products. "Graphics card overclocking is becoming mainstream. With the new ZOTAC FireStorm application, users can easily overclock their ZOTAC graphics cards without downloading third-party applications or worry about compatibility with third party applications," said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International.
Break out your Shield and Gladius. MSI is taking you forward (back) to the days of the Roman Coliseum. Well not really but they are having the first Master Overclocking Arena from November 8th to the 11th 2008.
This modern day gladiatorial competition will feature 13 teams with 24 contestants each. They will fight as MSI puts it gTo write a new page for the history of overclocking.h
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wMaster Overclocking Arenaxis the overclocking equivalent to the Coliseum of Ancient Rome. The name harkens back to the gladiatorial events of old, while beautifully mixing the most-modern technology. The contestants are the world's young heroes of their field, and will painstakingly use a variety of methods to push their computer components to new heights and scale to the top of the overclocking world. The Master Overclocking Arena is the compilation of overclocking events from the four major regions of the world.
For those of you a bit lost in the way of Nehalem overclocking, you're certainly not alone. The new architecture does away with the old but easily understood FSB in favour of a much more advanced arrangement that involves several multipliers and frequencies for the Bclock, QuickPath Interconnect (or QPI) and Uncore as well as memory dividers and it can be somewhat daunting to know what's going on with them all and in which situations they are influenced by each other.
For this reason, a Robert Hallock of Icrontic comes to the rescue with the Nehalem Overclocking Calculator; a god send for many trying to get their head around it all.
Armed with the new QuickPath Interconnect, the Core i7 has a whole suite of multipliers and frequencies that make overclocking more complicated than ever. But at Icrontic, you should know we like to make technology easy. That's why we're proud to both announce and release NehalemCalc v1.0 to help enthusiasts keep track of this intricate numbers game.
Should you be so lucky as to have Core i7 coming your way, get yourself prepped up with this little tool and you should be seeing some nice overclocking results in no time.
Another exclusive picture of EVGA's, upcoming, Intel X58 Tylersburg powered motherboard solution, comes courtesy of this report from Fudzilla.
EVGA's offering comes with bells and whistles, as can be expected, from EVGA's E-LEET tuning utilities, to an onboard debug screen that even displays the current CPU temperature.
Interestingly, Peter Tan (a.k.a Shamino), one of the world's best overclockers, now works for EVGA and has had input into the this offering. This could be a major draw in the overclocking stakes and it will be interesting to see how EVGA's offering stacks up against the competition.
Calling all overclockers!
Futuremark have wound up this year's Overclocking Competition which begun a few days ago and runs through till Oct 28th. This should be the perfect excuse for many of you to squeeze the absolute maximum from your systems in an effort to reign supreme with the highest 3DMark Vantage score.
The incentive? some very mean prizes. There's a chance to pick up ASUS' beautiful gaming notebook, the Republic of Gamers series G71, with second and third place holders scoring ROG G70 and G50 notebooks respectively.
The ORB will store all of the competitors' submissions and feature the top (P) Performance setting scores for 3DMark Vantage. It also will provide overclockers with discussion forums, advice on overclocking VGA cards and motherboards as well as tips from an overclocking professional on how to maximize one's hardware. A Benchmark Ticker will scroll live as benchmarks are being submitted for all to see.
No doubt competition will be fierce, what with many of the best overclockers out there making use of LN2 cooling and other extremities to send the ORB to new heights. But if you're up for the challenge and feel like getting involved for a bit of fun, head over to the official competition website and go over the rules/checklist before hopefully heading into Vantage to push out some jaw dropping scores.
With AMDs Deneb line of processors not far away, early reports are beginning to trickle in that it's going to be quite the turn-a-round chip for AMD, as will Shanghai. Though nothing is confirmed as yet, Nordic Hardware relays some promising characteristics of the new chips besides the die-shrink, including their overclockability and 15 to 20% faster clock per clock speeds when compared to the disaster that was Barcelona.
while back we reported on a recent interview with AMD General Manager of AMD's Server and Workstation chip business, Pat Patla, where he claimed that Shanghai is much more than a mere die-shrink and that it is 20% faster than Barcelona clock per clock. We've been told by a second source that 20% may be a bit much, but that there is an IPC boost to expect, but closer to 15% than 20. In either case it's just a nice boost. This is applies for Deneb as well we've been told.
Gigabyte has unleashed its GTX 260 OC SKU, powered by NVIDIA's GTX 260 Core 216 GPU, today.
It appears that the company is aiming to differentiate this 216 stream processor part, from its 192 stream processor predecessor, by using the 'OC' moniker and, invariably, we did suspect that such confusion would occur thanks to NVIDIA's troublesome naming scheme for its GTX 260 refresh.
Despite the 'OC' moniker then, there is no mention of the part shipping with any form of factory overclock and hence, the quoted 5 to 10% performance boost over previous GeForce GTX 260 SKUs, comes solely from the additional 24 stream processors that the GTX 260 Core 216 has been endowed with.
Gigabyte's offering ships with the expected 896 MB of GDDR3 memory and the usual slew of features to be expected on a card of this calibre.
Availability and pricing information was not forthcoming, at the time of going to press.
Intel may be out on a mission to impress enthusiasts, if this report from Expreview is to be believed.
Whilst there were a number of concerns regarding the state of play when it comes to overclocking upcoming Core i7 offerings, the first was banished yesterday.
Now, Intel has decided to unlock memory ratio adjustments on Core i7 920 (2.66 GHz) and 940 (2.93 GHz) SKUs too, thus opening the memory playing field for all and sundry.
In relative terms, this means that users will be able to push for higher memory frequencies, change memory multipliers and even, adjust the speed of Intel's QPI technology.
It is claimed however, that 'overclocking' the QPI speed will only realise small performance benefits, yet the adoption of what is effectively an unlocked memory controller, will give enthusiasts that little more freedom to experiment and attain the best that the Nehalem platform has to offer.