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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.
Intel's Core i7 920, Nehalem microarchitecture derived, 2.66 GHz offering will apparently easily overclock to 4 GHz with air cooling, according to this article from Fudzilla.
We've been hearing a great deal about Nehalem's overclocking potential recently, yet sources are now indicating that whilst overclocking potential will be there, a good motherboard solution will, of course, be required to take advantage of that same untapped potential.
As expected, the Core i7 965 Extreme Edition will likely take the top spot, yet these early reports are an impressive indicator of what we can expect from Intel's Core 2 successor.
GIGABYTE has just sent out a press release talking about its Open Overclocking Championship or GO OC for short.
The massive event promises to be the biggest overclocking event ever bringing famous overclockers from countries including Australia, China, France, Germany, Greece, HK, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Middle East, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, USA and Vietnam. Yep, 23 countries in all and the contestants from each country will be flown to Taiwan expenses paid to compete in the GO OC final on September 25th at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Taipei.
All of the regional qualifiers are now well underway to decide who gets their name on the list for the big event in September. There will be two competition events during the GO OC event, one is "Battle for the Best P45 OC", and the other is "Free Style Contest". The winner will not only gain the title of worldwide overclocking champion, but will also receive more than US$ 5,000 value prize including a cash reward and products provided by GO OC venders. As top overclockers know, first class hardware is the key to achieving a successful record-breaking overclock. That is why GIGABYTE is proud to have industry-leading hardware vendors to sponsor this year's GO OC including Intel, ATI, Corsair and Western Digital.
Full details on the GO OC event can be found over at the press release, right here. We'll be at the event covering it - stay tuned for more next month!
Slobodan Simic from Fudzilla had a chance to catch up with Zotac at the Games Convention recently and instead of just hearing about the latest GeForce graphics cards to come out from the company, they got word of a new product which Zotac is currently working on.
Have you ever wanted to easily overclock your graphics card while playing a game? Maybe it isn't running very smoothly and upping the clock speeds could fix it. The fancy yellow Nitro overclocking device might just be for you and it should be on store shelves sometime in early November. Apparently it will cost $99 in the USA and 89 in Europe.
Zotac's Nitro Hardware OC controller claims easy overclocking with the push of a button and it seems like it will do just that. The report over at Fudzilla claims that you will be not only able to overclock the GPU core clock speed but also memory and shader clock speeds. It will also display current clock speeds, temperatures and fan speeds.
The report did not mention how the OC device connects to your system but we would assume that it is connected via USB and interfaces via some software installed on your PC. The device will be sold separately but later on may be bundled with upcoming high-end Zotac graphics cards.
I can't wait to get my hands on one of these little puppies for review but the question remains; will it work with cards from other manufacturers?
Leadtek has today announced the launch of its WinFast PX9600 GSO Extreme 384MB graphics card which comes factory overclocked as well as with its own exclusive S-FANPIPE cooling setup.
Its core clock speed comes set at 600MHz while and memory clock pumps away hard at 1800MHz DDR. A standard clocked and default GeForce 9600 GSO from NVIDIA gets a core clock speed of 550MHz and memory clock speed of 1600MHz DDR - so, as you can see, the folks over at Leadtek have managed to push the card quite far over stock settings.
Leadtek Research Inc., known globally for extreme visual graphics technology development takes pride in announcing the the launch of a new premium Graphic card--WinFast® PX9600 GSO Extreme. Based on the high quality NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO core chip, PX9600 GSO is equipped with 384MB and 96 Stream Processing Units, and makes over-clocking performance easy. The Leadtek exclusive S-FANPIPE fansink design is also applied to PX9600 GSO. This innovative cooling system can effectively conduct GPU heat through an S-shape copper heat pipe to the fan for a dramatic cool down effect that creates a stable temperature for the graphic card to deliver a superior visual performance.
Leadtek WinFast® PX9600 GSO Extreme has adopted 65nm technology and is powered by NVIDIA's GeForce 9600 GSO graphics processing unit. With 384GMB of GDDR3 on a 192-bit memory bus design, the GPU and memory clock can run at the amazing speed of 600MHz and 1800MHz respectively. Furthermore, PX9600 GSO Extreme has 96 Stream Processing Units, which combine with the new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture to create the fastest 3D graphic processing speed. To offer users an even better and more convenient experience using a graphic card, PX9600 GSO Extreme not only supports Microsoft Windows Vista and Direct®X 10 with full Shader Model 4.0, but also fully supports the existing PCI Express 1.0 motherboards.
Among the many products MSI showed at its ECOlution press conference in Taipei today was its upcoming GeForce N9600GT Diamond graphics card.
It's a rather special product in that MSI said that it has crammed all its current and future VGA technologies onto this one product. It will get 2GB of GDDR3 memory as well HDMI, DisplayPort, dual DVI and optical audio output. Is that enough for you people?
It will also get Dr.MOS power saving technology that monitors in real-time via hardware controller to properly adjust fan speeds and whatever else - we are yet to confirm what that is all about exactly.
The star of the show is the red button on the back of the card. After you push that button, the card will automatically destruct in five seconds overclock the graphics core and memory clock speeds as well as increase voltage.
When asked what would happen if the button was pushed when two of these cards were in SLI dual graphics mode, we were told that the technology is still being polished and it is unable to be overclocked in SLI at the moment but it is something MSI plans to have working very soon.
MSI couldn't tell us just how far the card gets overclocked as it is still fine tuning things before Computex next week. MSI did say that it will be ready for the show and show goers will be able to push the button and get all the thrills of this simple form of overclocking. When asked when consumers would see this product on store shelves, we were told by the end of June and while an RRP hasn't be set yet, we were told that it will easily sell for under $300 USD and closer to the $250 USD mark.
We can't wait to get our hands on one for a full review to see what it is capable of.
Some of you may be thinking it be wise to hold out for P45 motherboards to start flooding the market before making the splash with a new platform upgrade; whether it be because of the extensive features spotted across several pre-release P45 boards on the web recently, or in the hopes that it will drive prices down on boards running older chipsets (P35/X38).
However, our friends at bit-tech have acquired some rather interesting information relating to the overclocking characteristics of the P45 chipset which will likely frustrate many enthusiasts out there, depending on what sort of results they're expecting from the new boards.
After spending time today talking in depth to a couple of MSI's P45 engineers and considerably more to Tony Leach from OCZ Technology, who spends a lot of time QAing BIOSes for companies like Asus, DFI and MSI, it looks like overclocking is going to become an increasingly more complicated art with the release of Intel's P45 chipset, as it mirrors many of the tweaks the current high-end X48 chipset offers.
If you want to buy and overclock on an Intel P45 board, Leach believes that you must learn how to use:
* GTL Reference Voltages
* CPU VTT and its relation to GTLs
* Clock Skews
* CPU PLL Voltages
This is because we've reached such a stage with the front side bus that the frequencies are getting easily out of sync. You can't just throw voltage at things any more - that will only get you so far.
You can find the full article here, it's a highly interesting read!
A non-reknowned overclocker going by the name of kris has submitted a validated CPU-Z result of an Athlon 64 X2 5000+ overclocked monstrously to 4851 MHz, which is nothing short of incredible from one of these chips given their tendancy to play up with cold bug issues and the like under extreme cooling.
Though there isn't any actual definitive proof as to the authenticity of this CPU-Z screeny, Nordic Hardware took it upon themselves to contact CPU-ID and get their take on it, of which they seem to believe is genuine.
Get the full story on it here.
According to the submission he used Abit AN-M2HD, based on the NVIDIA GeForce 7050 chipset, to reach this frequency. The AN-M2HD is a good board for overclocking, but we've never seen results like this with it. At the same time, he did not specify an e-mail for anyone to contact him, which makes it even more fishy.
Leadtek have announced today an 8400 GS with a difference. In stock form they're certainly pretty dull both in performance and features, however Leadtek's new WinFast PX8400 GS TDH Extreme offers up to another 30% in performance due to the superior cooling solution and higher than stock clock speeds of 500MHz core, 1000MHz 256MB GDDR2 and 1200MHz shader clock.
For full details on it, grab this announcement.
Taipei, Taiwan, September 12th, 2007-- Leadtek Research Inc., known globally for extreme visual graphics technology development, takes pride in announcing the launch of a new entry-level graphics card, WinFast® PX8400 GS TDH Extreme. This new card with low profile form factor and Rifle bearing fan design not only keeps longer life but also lower noise in any small scale entertainment devices. Its exclusive air-flow system drastically cools both GPU and components to render another 30% higher performance in visual experience.
Based on new 80nm technology and powered by NVIDIA® GeForce® 8400 GS graphics processing units, the WinFast PX8400 GS TDH Silent comes with 256MB DDR2 in video memory and a GPU/ Shader clock memory of 500/1200 MHz. And as one of the standards nowadays, it is built for "Windows Vista", guaranteeing 3D acceleration for the general graphical user interface with high-end results. Besides, it provides Microsoft® DirectX® 10 with full Shader Model 4.0 support to deliver unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects.