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Most people probably have graphics card performance in mind when firing up 3DMark, a popular benchmark for helping to determine how good a system or GPU might be at playing games. The benchmark tests are actually more nuanced than that, and with the latest update, UL Benchmarks has added dedicated CPU benchmarks to the mix. You can still fire up benchmarks like Geekbench and Cinebench to test your CPU, but now 3DMark will offer up some detailed processor metrics as well. This comes courtesy of a brand new 3DMark CPU Profile section. Rather than produce a single CPU score, as the 3DMark benchmark of old had done, the updated version shows how your CPU scales and changes as applications tap into... Read more...
We already know from our Radeon RX 6900 XT review that AMD's flagship graphics card is a fast performer in its own right. It does not quite take the performance crown from NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3090, but it is still a beastly GPU. And hey, if you have a supply of liquid nitrogen that's freezing a hole in your pocket, you might be able to push one all the way to 3.3GHz, as an overclocking team from Greece has done. Team OGS took apart AMD's flagship card, then slapped it into an ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero motherboard alongside a Ryzen 9 5950X processor and 16GB of G.Skill DDR4 memory running at 3,800MHz. That is one heck of a powerful foundation even at stock settings. Instead of running... Read more...
Gigabyte is tickled pink that one of its high-end motherboards was used to set an overclocking record with Intel's flagship Core i9-11900K processor based on Rocket Lake. Liquid nitrogen should take a bow as well, because it took frigid temperatures to allow Intel's flagship CPU to hit an insanely high 7,314MHz, which then broke a couple of benchmark records. The Core i9-11900K just recently made its retail debut, alongside the Core i7-11600K. Underneath the heat-spreader of the higher-end part is a monolithic, 8-core/16-thread design manufactured on Intel's 14nm++ process. At stock settings, it features a 3.5GHz base clock and up to a 5.3GHz turbo frequency, with a rated 125W TDP. That's all... Read more...
There is overclocking, and then there is extreme overclocking, the latter of which requires equally extreme cooling solutions. The go-to method of choice for record overclock attempts is liquid nitrogen, otherwise known as LN2. And it was LN2 that a pair of overclocking enthusiasts in India employed to bring an Intel Core i9-11900K processor all the way to 6,500MHz (or 6.5GHz). The 11th Gen Core i9-11900K is the flagship processor within Intel's brand-spanking-new Rocket Lake-S desktop lineup. It sports an 8-core/16-thread configuration with a 3.5GHz base clock and up to a 4.8GHz all-core and 5.3GHz single-core turbo frequency, both via Thermal Velocity Boost. Incidentally, the all-core frequency... Read more...
Overclocking a CPU used to be a pretty simple process: change a bus speed or a multiplier, set an appropriate voltage, and voila: your Celeron 300A was running at 450 MHz, or your 600 MHz Duron was knocking on the 1 GHz barrier. These days with the advent of dynamic boost speeds and optimized frequency and voltage curves, processors intelligently push themselves up close to the limit straight out of the box. Setting a multiplier, even if it's higher than the base clock, might actually result in lower performance than stock speeds under certain conditions. The CPUs that likely have the most headroom, those a ways down the chain in Intel's lineup, for example, have locked multipliers and offer... Read more...
If you are a performance enthusiast, trying to squeeze every drop of juice out of GPUs through overclocking can be vital to the key to the best experience. ASUS’ GPU Tweak software allows these enthusiasts to control and monitor their graphics solution thoroughly. The software is now getting an update with new features and UI to make an “extremely intuitive and capable utility.” According to ASUS, over the past two years, they have been working with PC enthusiasts of all types to “define the next chapter in the GPU Tweak saga.” This time has been spent collecting feedback on the software to create the best possible experience throughout. They claim that at the forefront... Read more...
You might be having a difficult time finding a Ryzen 5000 series processor in stock (and priced according to the MSRP), but when you do manage to get your hands on one (if you are in the market for a Zen 3 chip, that is), there will be an updated third-party utility waiting for you to help get the most out of your chip. I'm talking about ClockTuner for Ryzen (CTR), which has just been updated to version 2.0. CTR is a relatively new utility developed by Yuri Bubliy (@1usmus on Twitter), the same person responsible for the popular DRAM calculator for Ryzen utility. It offers finer grain control over certain Ryzen CPUs, to enable potentially higher overclocks and better overall performance. And... Read more...
At long last, the Ryzen 5000 series has arrived, and as expected, it "sets a new performance bar," as Marco notes in his review of the Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 9 5900X. Check it out for all of the delightful details, complete with a bevy of actual (read: not leaked!) benchmark results. As for overclocking, we saw some modest results, but someone was able to crank the Ryzen 9 5950X all the way to 6GHz across all 16 cores. That is nothing short of spectacular. To recap the specs, the Ryzen 9 5950X is AMD's new flagship consumer desktop processor, with 16 cores and 32 threads. Out of the box, it has a 3.4GHz base clock and 4.9GHz max boost clock, along with 8MB of L2 cache and 64MB of L3 cache, and... Read more...
The Kingpin line of GPUs from EVGA is generally regarded as beastly and over the top. Following the launch of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX Ampere line of cards, this generation will be no different. The GeForce RTX 3090 is getting the Kingpin treatment from EVGA, and holy smokes, it is certainly shaping up to be a beast. Vince Lucido, better known as the man behind Kingpin Cooling, has been working with EVGA on the Kingpin line of cards since the GeForce 780 Ti era. The Kingpin line of cards typically come decked out with robust cooling solutions, superior power phase design, and higher clock speeds than other cards. The GeForce RTX 3090, while already beastly based on reviews such as our own, can... Read more...
It's been almost a week since Intel formally introduced its 10th generation Core processors for the desktop (Comet Lake-S), and later this month, the launch will be accompanied by reviews and actual retail availability. In the meantime, we still have to rely on leaks to catches glimpses of what Comet Lake-S will be capable of when it lands. As it pertains to that, Intel's flagship Core i9-10900K has (supposedly) been shown running at 5.4GHz. This comes by way of a screenshot posted to China's Baidu forum, and unfortunately, the post has since been deleted. However, Twitter user G2 OldSKol managed to save a copy and upload it to Twitter. The image shows the chip running at 5.4GHz (via CPU-Z) and... Read more...
AMD is claiming multi-core superiority in the high-end desktop (HEDT) space with its newly minted Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, a monster of a CPU with 64 cores and 128 threads clocked at 2.9GHz to 4.3GHz. What's the fun in sticking with stock settings, though? Overclockers have begun experimenting with the new chip, and there is a game of leapfrog taking place. In addition, some benchmark records are being set. First, let's talk clockspeed. For a short while, an overclocker who goes by "TSAIK" set the CPU frequency on the Threadripper 3990X by cranking it to 5,548.7MHz (55.5x multiplier), with an MSI Creator TRX40 motherboard. It would not last long, however, because an overclocker who goes by "SAFEDISK"... Read more...
One of the beastliest mainstream desktop processors you can buy right now is AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X. Calling it a 'mainstream' part is strictly a technicality, because with 12 cores and 24 threads at its disposable, the Ryzen 9 3900X is one heck of a multi-threaded workhorse. As if the sheer number of cores and threads was not enough, however, an overclocker saw fit to douse the part in liquid nitrogen and crank the clock to 5.62GHz, en route to setting a wPrime world record. Let's talk about the Ryzen 9 3900X for a moment. It's based on AMD's latest generation Zen 2 architecture, and is built on a 7-nanometer manufacturing process. At stock settings, it has a 3.8GHz base clock and 4.6GHz boost... Read more...
AMD is ending 2019 with a mad dash to the finish, having just recently launched its Radeon RX 5500 XT in 8GB and 4GB flavors for 1080p gaming, and dished out a major overhaul to its Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition driver package for 2020. Now it's up to users to have fun with it all. To that end, there is a new overclocking tool available. Before we get to that, let's talk about the Radeon RX 5500 XT. It's the newest addition to AMD's 7-nanometer Navi lineup and it boasts 1,408 stream processors, 22 compute unites, 32 ROPs, and a 128-bit memory bus. Reference Game and Boost frequencies are set at 1,717MHz and 1,845MHz, respectively. In our testing, Marco found that AMD's own Auto Overclocking... Read more...
If you are lucky when it comes to overclocking, you will hit the silicon lottery and end up with a CPU that can race past its stock speeds without breaking a sweat. Appropriately enough, a vendor called Silicon Lottery takes the guess work out of the equation by pre-testing CPUs and then guaranteeing certain overclocked settings. As it applies to AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X, the best chips are guaranteed to run at 4.15GHz on all 16 cores. The Ryzen 9 3950X is AMD's flagship desktop processor in the mainstream category. That is a more of a technicality, though—there's hardly anything 'mainstream' about a slice of silicon with 16 cores and 32 threads. It's based on AMD's latest generation Zen 2 CPU... Read more...
Gigabyte has made available a beta BIOS update for its X570 Aorus Master motherboard, and with it comes new support for per-CCD overclocking on AMD's Ryzen 3000 series processors. While we have not tested this ourselves, the firmware update should make it easier to achieve higher and more stable overclocked frequencies in some instances. This is a desirable feature because of the way AMD's latest generation Ryzen processors are designed. Depending on the specific model, a Ryzen 3000 series CPU can have one or two core chiplet dies (CCDs). In turn, each of those dies has two CPU complex or core complex (CCX) clusters. To give an example, the Ryzen 9 3950X has two CCDs, each with two CCX clusters.... Read more...
An online retailer is selling cherry picked Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition processors that have been pre-tested to hit certain overclocked frequencies. The highest clocked one is guaranteed to run stable at 5.2GHz with certain settings in the BIOS (1.325V being one of them), and is also the priciest at $1,199.99, which is more than double Intel's recommended customer price (RCP) of $513. The Core i9-9900KS Special Edition processor is already a cherry picked part, as it is basically a binned Core i9-9900K that Intel has validated to run at higher frequencies, including up to a 5.0GHz all-core boost clock. Intel also raised the TDP to 127W (from 95W), but otherwise, the specs are the same—both... Read more...
The Raspberry Pi 4 is one of the cheapest single-board computers around, and thanks to its substantial performance boost over its predecessors, it also represents a good bang for the buck if you're interested in learning Linux, or just want to kick back and play some of your favorite retro games in Lakka. The good news is, the latest version of the Raspberry Pi Foundation's Linux distribution, Raspbian Buster, comes with a new firmware revision for the tiny system which removes the previously imposed 2 GHz clock speed limit and loosens restrictions on voltage boosts, so of course we had to take it for a spin and run some tests.  Preparing The Raspberry Pi 4 For OC Action If you're interested... Read more...
It will be exciting to see what kind of custom designs and factory overclocks AMD's hardware partners come up with, as it pertains to Navi. Those will start trickling into retail around the middle of August. In the meantime, a video has surfaced of a reference Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card being modded and overclocked to 2.2GHz. At stock speeds, the Radeon RX 5700 XT has a 1,605MHz base clock and 1,905MHz boost clock, to go along with a new metric AMD has started using, which is a 1,755MHz game clock. As we explained in our review of Navi, AMD's claim is that the actual GPU clock will likely fall somewhere between the game clock and max boost clock during real-world gaming sessions. In our... Read more...
In a new video posted to YouTube, AMD senior marketing manager Robert Hallock breaks down a technology that is headed to third-generation Ryzen processors. It is called Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO), and if that sounds like a familiar term, it is because it made a debut with AMD's second-generation Threadripper processors last year. The arrival of PBO on Ryzen 3000 series CPUs is not a surprise—AMD already revealed as much during its E3 livestream last month. However, since PBO has been limited to second-gen Threadripper CPUs up to this point, you may have missed what it is all about. Here is Hallock's explainer... There is also an older blog post on the subject. In short, PBO will give... Read more...
G.Skill is very much involved in the overclocking community, and often pushes the limits with PC memory kits that offer enthusiasts breakneck speeds. It's not just about cranking out high-end RAM kits, though—G.Skill today announced that it is ponying up $25,000 in cash for this year's annual overclocking event at Computex. There are actually multiple events that will be taking place. The first is the 8th annual OC World Record Stage. For those follow the overclocking scene, this is one of the largest events in the extreme OCing community. This year's event will see 15 professional overclockers from around the world attempt to break as many benchmark records as they can. "This event will... Read more...
Yes A lot of gamers were hoping that Nintendo would be rolling out some new Switch hardware at E3 2019 as rumors had suggested. Sadly, Nintendo has now confirmed that there will be no new hardware at that event. However, something else interesting about the Switch has surfaced recently that allows gamers to get more performance out of the existing Switch hardware. With the Switch being a hybrid system, game designers have to design games around docked and undocked performance modes. Inside the Switch is an NVIDIA Tegra processor that changes its clock speed depending on if the Switch is in docked or undocked mode. Hackers have found a way to gain access to change the clock speed of the Tegra... Read more...
Today we are going to take a look at Gigabyte’s Z390 Designare motherboard, one of the company's more recent Socket 1151-based boards for Intel's 8th and 9th Generation Coffee Lake-based processors. This board has a lean and mean look about it, even menacing in a way, with its mostly black aesthetic with silver highlights scattered about. Its VRM heatsink even carries a yin-yang motif, with the black sink at the top and silver to the left of the CPU socket.   This color palette provides a clean, sharp look with its M.2 slot sharing the same light and dark offset and the PCH sink providing a final accent. The board carries a bevy of features targeted at creative professionals.... Read more...
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