Items tagged with Overclocking

It appears that Gigabyte didn’t want to wait for the next chipset release to try and make waves with a new motherboard. The company unveiled the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7, its new flagship board for extreme overclockers, which it said set the world record for overclocking with an Intel Core i7 CPU at a freakish 7.102GHz The Z77X-UP7 boasts a 32+3+2 power phase design and all-digital PWM along with Ultra Durable 5 components that are designed to take a beating yet remain stable and cool. Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Other notable features of the board include support for up to four-way graphics, a PCI-E x16... Read more...
If there's a universal truth among performance junkies, it's that records are meant to be broken. It doesn't matter if you're talking about the Olympics, racing the quarter-mile in a hotrod, or ripping through Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage benchmark at a breakneck pace, the latter of which overclocker J. Lin demonstrated using four HIS brand Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards.  J. Lin used a sophisticated LN2 cooling setup to chill the cards and overclock them to 1480/1910MHz, up from the stock clocks of 925/1375MHz. He was also aided by an Intel Core i7 3960X processor overclocked to 5.6GHz, 8GB... Read more...
Gigabyte is like proud parent about a new overclocking world record set by renowned OCer 'HiCookie,' one in which he used the company's Z77X-UD3H motherboard to achieve a fully validated 7.03GHz clockspeed on an Intel Core i7 3770K processor. As it stands, that's the highest clockspeed for an Ivy Bridge CPU, and it required a steady dose of liquid nitrogen to get there. HiCookie also broke a record for the highest memory speed on an Ivy Bridge platform, pushing his G.Skill Trident X DDR3-2800 memory kit populated in four DIMM slots to 3,280MHz using Gigabyte's GA-Z77X-UD5H motherboard. "These new... Read more...
Generally speaking, there are two kinds of overclockers in this world. The first type consists of users who want to squeeze a bit of extra performance out of their parts. Sometimes the increase in frequency is modest, and other times they'll intentionally buy a lower priced (and lower clocked) part and OC the difference. Either way, it's a free performance upgrade if nothing goes wrong. And then there are the insane folks at places like Kingpin Cooling, where LN2 flows freely and reference clockspeeds are, well, laughable. Consider the fact that well known overclocker Illya "TiN" Tsemenko just... Read more...
Back when you had to play with dip switches and before overclocking became vogue, the risk of damaging your processor was greater than it is today. There are so many safeguards built into the motherboard, BIOS, and processor itself that it's fairly difficult to nuke a CPU these days, though not impossible. Intel's 'Performance Tuning Protection Plan' offers overclockers some piece of mind in the form of a one-time replacement for fried chips, and now you can now select it as an optional upgrade on all new iBuyPower gaming systems. "Our customers often push their systems to the limits in an effort... Read more...
According to HWBot, the world record for memory overclocking has fallen again. Christian Ney, a Swiss overclocker, hit DDR3-3736MHz with a 4GB G.Skill RipjawZ DIMM. He used liquid nitrogen to keep the processor and memory cool, down to -197 degree C both at idle and under load. The screenshots of CPU-Z tell the tale. The memory was set to timings of 11 (CAS), 13 (RAS to CAS delay), 13 (RAS precharge), 36 (tRAS cycle time). Ney’s rig consisted of the aforementioned G.Skill memory as well as an AMD A8-3870K processor, Voodoo3 2000 PCI (Avenger) graphics card, Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H motherboard,... Read more...
On the one hand, it’s tempting to say, “We get it already, MSI, your military-class components help facilitate fantastic overclocking”, but on the other hand, it’s really fun to see just how far pro overclockers can push the envelope with MSI motherboards and Intel Sandy Bridge-E chips. According to a release from MSI, The answer as of right now is 5.83GHz, a feat accomplished by overclocker Turn&Burn using an MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) and an Intel Core i7-3930K processor. It’s the highest overclock currently achieved with a Sandy Bridge-E processor. Photo credit: HWbot... Read more...
Motherboard makers have long gone after the enthusiast crowd by implementing overclocking friendly features into their products, and these days companies get just as excited about benchmarking and OCing world records as end users do. Take MSI, for example, which is happy as can be that its X79A-GD65 (8D) was part of an overclocked system that set an official world record for the Physics portion of Futuremark's 3DMark 11 benchmark. Singapore overclocker "Spyboy48" broke the record during an overclocking contest sponsored by MSI, Kingston, Enermax, and Cougar. "The new record score, 19090, set with... Read more...
Intel today unveiled a pilot program that provides warranty protection to overclockers in the event they get a little bit overzealous with pushing the pedal to the metal. For a fee, Intel will provide a one-time replacement of certain processors that were damaged by overclocking and/or over-volting. It's completely optional and in addition to the original three-year standard warranty that already applies to Intel's retail boxed processors. Intel is pleased to announce the introduction of a new pilot plan targeted at the enthusiast community. The enthusiast community is a critical market segment... Read more...
Speaking of MSI, the company announced its X79 chipset-based MSI Big Bang-XPower II. Billed as a flagship motherboard, the Big Bang-XPower II features 8 DIMM slots that support a total of 128GB of system memory, 4-way SLI/CrossFire X (with PCI-E Gen 3 support), and a 22-phase PWM design. There are plenty of features for overclockers, including V-Check Points, Direct OC, Easy Button 3, and the ability to turn graphics card slots off or on. And of course, the board is loaded with military-class components. For Xtreme Only - MSI Big Bang-XPower II Featuring 22-phase PWM design and the support of 4-way... Read more...
The one-two combo of Intel’s X79 chipset and six-core Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition CPU is a potent one--especially, it seems, for overclockers. MSI reports that overclockers all over the world are juicing their Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition chips to 5GHz on X79-based MSI motherboards using air cooling alone. MSI singled out one source, Guru 3D, which specifically hit 5.2GHz with an MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) board. 5GHz is nothing to sniff at, especially considering that the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition has a stock clock of 3.3GHz (3.9GHz Turbo). MSI points to its Military-Class III components,... Read more...
Back in the days of old, overclocking used to require setting DIP switches and chanting prayers to the gods of clockspeed and stability. There was a good chance you could burn something up, and if you did, the motherboard vendor would simply shrug. And today? Some of them will still shrug with indifference if you kill your hardware by overclocking, but the culture has changed dramatically. Not only do motherboard makers routinely tout overclocking-friendly features, but they actively participate in OCing competitions and are quick to brag when their gear is used to set new world records. Today... Read more...
There are different levels of overclocking. On the bottom end, a person might choose to crank things up a few MHz for a modest performance boost without really taxing their cooling setup or complimentary components. A few levels up you have the folks who invest in high end cooling and cherry components to handle aggressive OCs, and at the extreme end of the spectrum there are the ones who attempt suicide runs simply for the thrill, or to set world records, stability be damned. A Japanese overclocker employed by Overclock Works attempted the latter, taking an AMD A8-3870K Black Edition processor... Read more...
Overclocking used to be a dark art reserved for a power users who didn't mind taking potentially catastrophic risks in order to squeeze a few more ounces of free performance out of their components. Things have changed dramatically in recent years, but lest anyone forget, overclocking can still be dangerous, even with all of the modern day safe guards. YouTube user "japan0827" found this out the unfortunate way when his overclocked system went up in smoke...literally (see video here). He was using a Gigabyte X79-UD3 motherboard and narrowed the culprit down to a faulty MOSFET that couldn't handle... Read more...
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