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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.
Using a rather exotic cooling setup, the Aussie boys from overclocking group Team Australia managed to hit 5.1GHz out of an Intel E6700 processor live at show during WCG Australia 2007.
Apparently later on they managed to hit 5.2GHz but we were not around to verify it, so we will just have to take their word for it.
They did it using a GIGABYTE P35-DS3P motherboard with settings of 511.5MHz FSB x 10 which actually puts them at 5115MHz. That is quite an impressive result considering it is a mid-range board but it is still not enough to beat our own record of 5.44GHz during Computex Taipei 2007. Keep in mind, we were using an E6850 processor and GIGABYTE's most high-end DQ6 P35 motherboard with settings of 605MHz FSB x 9.
They even had some sexy girls on hand to assist if anything went wrong - we were told they attempted overclocking but failed miserably yet young men continued admiring them even still... what has this world come to?
I think we got the message loud and clear that GIGABYTE is serious about overclocking now, don't you think?
DFI has a rep for making quality and good overclocking motherboards, and it certainly shows here. A DFI engineer has gotten stuck into DFI's P35-T2R board to see how far he could push it with a Core 2 Duo E6850 processor cooled by a cascade compressor.
After tinkering for a while he found an incredibly high sweet spot on the FSB of 660MHz, he then took the opportunity to do a SuperPi 1MB pass at 660x6, with the result being just 12.719 seconds. Following this, another lad took a shot at ramping it up even higher, managing to get a verified CPU-Z screeny of it operating with an FSB of 672.5MHz.
This achievement would suggest that an FSB of over 600MHz should be easily doable with air cooling on this kickarse board.
Asus has released the EN8500GT TOP/HTP/256M which is overclocked by 37% straight out of the box. This means that the GPU is running at 600MHz in favour of the default 450MHz core speed. It comes with 256MB of GDDR3 memory at 700MHz, 1,400MHz effectivley.
The card has a DVI, D-Sub and TV-out connector and Asus has fitted an improved cooler to handle the increased GPU speed and Asus claims it runs 18 degrees C cooler than the reference cooler. A copy of Race the WTCC is also supplied in the box.
Taipei, Taiwan, July 4, 2007 - ASUS - leading provider of high-performance graphics solutions, today introduced the ASUS EN8500GT TOP/HTP/256M. Featuring astonishing overclocking performances and a unique fansink design, the EN8500GT TOP will be released with the ASUS exclusive official World Touring Car Championship game - RACE THE WTCC.
MSI has launched a new overclockable notebook today, the Turbobook GX600 Extreme Edition. It has MSI's Turbo Drive Engine Technology that with a simple press of a button when the notebook is attached to a wall socket and the CPU and system bus will be overclocked by up to 20%. MSI also claims that it takes a mere 40 seconds to boot up the GX600 when in Turbo mode. The GX600 is based on the Intel PM965 chipset and will be offered with a range of Core 2 Duo processor options.
The graphics chipset comes from Nvidia and is an 8600M GT with 512MB of graphics memory. The system will also have 2GB of RAM, although this can be expanded to 4GB. A wide range of hard drives will be offered from 80 to 250GB. The optical drive will either be a Super Multi DVD or an HD DVD drive. Sadly the 15.4-inch display is limited to 1,280x800 resolution which feels a little bit too low on a powerful notebook like this.
Other features include HDMI, a 1.3Mega pixel web camera, numeric keypad, highlighted W, A, S, D keys and 802.11 N wireless networking. All in all the GX600 has a lot going for it, but we're going to have to wait and see how expensive it is before we can draw any kind of conclusions.