Items tagged with Overclocking

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...
Yes folks, there is a such thing as 'professional' overclocking, which may sound like an empty profession on the surface but actually plays an important role. That role is mainly marketing, as companies sponsor and endorse certain overclockers, in hopes of showcasing their products. If you were to take a peak into pro overclocking world right now, you would see a new world record for Port Royal, a ray tracing benchmark that UL Benchmarks recently added to 3DMark. At present, the record currently belongs to none other than Vince Lucido, otherwise known as Kingpin (or "K|NGP|N"), a nickname he derived from his skateboarding days (among other things, a kingpin is a component of the trucks on a skateboard).... Read more...
EVGA showed off a new motherboard at CES simply called the Z390 Dark. This board was designed with an emphasis on performance and overclocking, and it was recently used by Finland Overclocker Juhani Luumi to set a new 8-core CPU world record on Cinebench. True to its name, the Z390 Dark motherboard is predominantly black, but the board is accented in gold. Thermal performance of the board was a key focus of this boards design, and EVGA placed large heatsinks over the Z390 chipset and the power regulation circuitry. There are a total of 17 digital VRM power phases on the board, all but one of which are devoted to the CPU to ensure a stable flow of power. The board has several overclocking features... Read more...
After weeks (or even months) of build-up, Intel has today launched its 9th-gen Core series, led by the eight-core, sixteen-thread Core i9-9900K. We took an in-depth look at Intel's latest hotness earlier, finding that overall, Intel's new mainstream top dog offers the strongest single-threaded performance going, as well as great multi-threaded performance. On the topic of performance, it doesn't matter just how fast a new processor is, because it's never going to be fast enough for overclockers who want to achieve jaw-dropping benchmark scores. At Intel's launch event for the 9th-gen Core series a couple of weeks ago, the company had professional overclockers Joe “Steponz” Stepongzi... Read more...
Much of the attention over Intel's recently launched 9th generation Core lineup has been paid to the Core i9-9900K, the flagship CPU in the new mainstream lineup, and Intel's first 8-core/16-thread part. However, there are two other 9th gen chips: Core i7-9700K and Core i5-9600K. Review embargoes exist for all three, though benchmarks have leaked out showing how the Core i5-9600K performs at stock settings, and when overclocked to 5.2GHz. Like the two other 9th gen parts, the Core i5-9600K is built on a refined 14nm++ manufacturing process. It's the lone 6-core part in the new lineup and lacks Hyper Threading support. It has a 3.7GHz base clock and 4.6GHz boost clock, and 9MB of L3 cache. Perhaps... Read more...
Intel's attempts to mitigate side-channel vulnerabilities in practically every processor released in the past decade has not come without consequences. There was the whole random reboot issue that affected Haswell and Broadwell CPUs (it was later resolved), and now there are reports of a recent Windows 10 update is wreaking havoc on some overclocked settings. The issue appears to be specific to Broadwell-E processors, and relates to Microsoft's KB4100347 update. That patch deals with Spectre Variant 2, and is based on Intel's microcode update for Broadwell-E and various Skylake products. "I just got around to installing a handful of updates from the past week on my computer, and upon rebooting... Read more...
The embargoes have lifted on sharing performance metrics for NVIDIA's GeForce RTX cards, and if you haven't done so already, be sure to check our in-depth review of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 (we also have a deep dive on Turing, if you're interested). One thing we didn't cover, however, is extreme overclocking—the Walmart clerk looked at us funny when we asked which aisle we could find liquid nitrogen. Someone else did, though, and set a new 3DMark world record in the process. His name is Vince Lucido, though you might know him better as Kingpin (or K|NGP|N). For anyone is not familiar, Kingpin is an extreme overclocker who built his first PC in 2001, and began overclocking in 2003.... Read more...
It looks like users are having some fun with apparent engineering samples of Intel's upcoming 9th generation Core i7-9700K processor. We've spotted a handful of leaks already, the latest of which purportedly shows the 8-core chip being overclocked to 5.5GHz in current generation Z370 Express chipset motherboard. Before we get to the overclock, let's cover what we know (or think we know) about the forthcoming CPU. The Core i7-9700K is one of a handful of processors billed as 9th generation parts built on a 14 nanometer++ manufacturing process, also known as Coffee Lake Refresh. It has 8 cores and 8 threads (no Hyper Threading support, in other words) clocked at 3.6GHz, and can boost up to 4.6GHz... Read more...
AMD has not yet launched its upcoming Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X, which will flesh out the company's second-generation Ryzen family. However, both chips have been spotted and detailed in numerous leaks and benchmarking runs. It's happened once again, with a Chinese-language website getting its hands on a pair of engineering samples and seeing how far things can go when cooling with liquid nitrogen. We will get to the overclocking details in a moment, but first let's go over the stock specs. Assuming these engineering samples are indicative of finalized silicon, here's how they stack up against AMD's other second-generation Ryzen CPUs: Ryzen 7 2700X: 8 cores / 16 threads, 3.7GHz to 4.3GHz,... Read more...
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