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What do you get when you mix a golden P4 sample with a fully volt-modded Asus P5B and a vat of liquid nitrogen? Yup, you guessed it! Some SERIOUS overclocking. And we mean SERIOUS. A couple of fellow Italianos recently broke the 8GHz barrier and have the evidence posted up in the XtremeSystem's forum. "Yesterday we and our dear friend qballe tested again our golden p4 631, with a fullmod P5B; the results are simply awesome! Here's the setup: P$ 631 alien, Asus p5b dlx full mod, 2 x 1Gbyte Cellshock (1 giga Adata for max screen), Ali PC P&C 1kw. Thx to everyone that believed in us and to our friend Marco for the fantastic day. Insane."... Read more...
What if you could rig it so that competing with your flagship product was against the law? Under 1998's Digital Millennium Copyright Act, breaking an anti-copying system is illegal, even if you're breaking it for a legal reason. For example, it's against the law to compete head-on with the iPod by making a device that plays Apple's proprietary music, or by making an iPod add-on that plays your own proprietary music. Nice deal for Apple. gets the same deal, courtesy of something called "Information Rights Management," a use-restriction system for Office files, such as Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and Excel spreadsheets.... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their sources have learned NVIDIA will not allow any board vendors to offer a factory overclocked version of the new GeForce 8800 series GPU's. For vendors such as BFG, XFX, and Gainward which have used factory overclocking to help differentiate them from other card vendors this is certainly less than stellar news. Fortunately for the consumer, the standard Coolbits registry hack will still function and allow them to overclock their cards as soon as they get them home. EVEN the water-cooled G80 cannot be overclocked. It has to be clocked at Nvidia's reference speeds as Nvidia is already pushing the... Read more...
If all you needed was a spreadsheet and Word, all computers would have an inch of dust on them and would have yellowed to the color of smoker's teeth. But computer gamers were never satisfied. They demanded ever more powerful GPUs to run their games. And now a funny thing has happened: GPUs are more powerful than CPUs. At the SuperComputing 2006 conference next week in Tampa, Florida, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will release benchmark tests showing how specialized graphics processing units, or GPUs, developed for the games industry over the past few years compare with all-purpose central processing... Read more...
Fuad over at the Inquirer is digging around again and seems to have uncovered something of interest for those of you looking forward to NV's next gen DX10 product that is rumored, we-can-neither-confirm-nor-deny, to be around the corner soon. "NVIDIA told all of its partners that it simply won't allow the overclocking of G80 cards. It doesn't want another Geforce 7900 GT overclocking fiasco that caused a too high return rate for the cards." Not surprising really but doubtful perhaps.  You can characterize these chips all you want and put elaborate HSF solutions on them to mitigate heat but at the end of the day, you have no idea of knowing what it's going to do to the real... Read more...
Corsair Launches Nautilus GPU Water Cooling Blocks -- Tailored for the NVIDIA GeForce 7800, 7900 GT/GTX, and 7950GT Video Cards, the new Nautilus GPU blocks provide extreme cooling performance -- Fremont, CA (October 11, 2006) - Corsair Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, took its acclaimed water cooling product line to a new level today with the release of the Nautilus GPU water blocks supporting the latest NVIDIA GeForce based graphics cards in both single and dual SLI configurations. The Corsair Nautilus GPU water blocks are the perfect accessory for the Corsair Nautilus500 external liquid cooling system, and other third party liquid cooling solutions... Read more...
Sonic Solutions (duplicating software) and Macrovision (encryption) announced Monday their partnership to offer retailers and movie studios the technology to download films and sell DVDs on demand, freeing up warehouses and shelf space. The software could also be beneficial to movie studios. Only 25% of titles in studio vaults are made available on DVD because three-quarters of the films wouldn't attract enough buyers, Sherf said. "The vast library of content has not been released because of the cost involved," he said. "Studios have to produce DVDs by the millions, and it's impossible to do that for every film."... Read more...
Microsoft has just publicly stated that the company will be offering a software upgrade later this year that will "unlock" the ability to output game and movie content at 1080p. The whole topic of 1080p and how necessary it would be for this generation of consoles has been an interesting topic the last year or two. As many will remember, Microsoft initially dismissed 1080p and downplayed the Playstation 3's full support of the resolution. However as we can see within an old E3 report by Anand, Microsoft and ATI have always had the ability to support 1080p with the XBox 360 hardware. In fact, the Xenos GPU within the XBox 360 can actually support 1080p (1920x1080) with 4x AA... Read more...
HKEPC has uncovered an interesting discovery with the launch of NVIDIA's latest Forceware 91.47 drivers. Apparently, the latest drivers have unlocked Transparency Anti-Aliasing within the GeForce6 family of GPU's. Originally noted as an exclusive feature of the GeForce7 family of GPU's, the team at HKEPC have found Transparency Anti-Aliasing as a functional option for the GeForce 6800 GS, GeForce 6600 GT, and even the GeForce 6200TC. Although the presence of this feature won't likely force anyone to choose a GeForce6 GPU over a new GeForce7 GPU, it certainly is a nice free gift for those who have already purchased a GeForce6 GPU.... Read more...
Digging around for a good movie on a rainy weekend, like we've been having up here in the Northeast recently, can be a challenge for sure.  Team Ars thinks brick and mortar movie rentals are going the way of the dino and we'd have to agree.  Netflicks sent me an application in the mail recently... Think I'll check that out fo-sho because Comcast's OnDemand selection is pretty dang weak... Video stores are outdated and video-on-demand has a lot of growing up to do. I brought a list of 70 movies to two local stores and started checking titles off. It was a somewhat eclectic mix of Orbiting HQ favorites, quality anime, Oscar winners of various kinds, and a few international... Read more...
Madshrimps have posted a short over-clocking guide for the X1900 series of cards. The article goes over the different software tools, cooling, basic and advanced over-clocking options. The guide should be useful for anyone starting out in over-clocking. You currently own an x1900 series video card but you are now itching to compete and get the maximum out of your card. Some would wonder at this fact simply because this is arguably the fastest GPU available (when this guide was written). But we all want the most out of our investments and this is one way of doing it. But it does come with a risk.... Read more...
MadShrimps has posted a brief article which outlines a budget-oriented mission to overclock two different Intel CPU's well beyond 4GHz. Both the moderately priced Pentium D 805 and the Celeron D 356 were placed in an ASUS P5LD2 motherboard and cooled by a Thermaltake Sonic Tower heatsink. Seeing 4GHz in the rear-view mirror using standard air-cooling is certainly an accomplishment. The fact that it was done for such little money is nothing short of impressive. The price of this CPU (Pentium D 805) is extremely low which makes it a winner as a budget CPU, even when not considering overclocking, a Dual Core CPU at this price is the best thing Intel has done up until now this... Read more...
PC Perspective has finally solved a longstanding issue regarding lockup issues for some GeForce 7900 GTX owners. Apparently, yields for G71 are not quite as high as some graphics card vendors originally thought as the random lockups have been attributed to overly optimistic factory overclocks on frequencies. In theory, it is a bit surprising to have some blatant issues such as this somehow get by the QA departments in several major graphics card vendors. I surely hope that all of NVIDIA's and ATI's AIC partners take a good, hard look at this situation and remedy their QA testing methods so this doesn't happen again. Sending bad product out to thousands of gamers is an easy... Read more...
This is not your average overclock, that's for sure. The folks over at Madshrimps managed to get the chip running at 3650MHz, and a little beyond. The setup isn't practical for any kind of long term use, but it's cool to see how far you can push some of these newer chips. "At -190°C you might be surprised how high you can overclock a CPU, with a few liters of Liquid Nitrogen to spare we poured it over a Pentium M 780 to see how high it would soar. Of course we don't want to destroy our hardware so we'll show you how to prevent condensation to save your hardware from failure"... Read more...
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