Items tagged with Overclocking

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...
Earlier this month, AMD officially released its second-generation Ryzen processors, which are based on a refined 12nm Zen+ architecture. Professional overclocker der8auer has already shown us that the processors have some huge overclocking potential, and he attempted to further exploit this good fortune by delidding a Ryzen 5 2600. As is typically the case when der8auer puts processors on the operating table, he coaxed the processor's heat spreader up to a temperature of around 180 degrees, after which he was able to pop the lid off. A temperature range of 170 to 180 degrees is where Indium melts, which is the solder that AMD uses on its processors. Once he was able to scrape off the Indium... Read more...
AMD Ryzen CPU fans who aren’t in the market for the higher-end processors will be happy to hear that another set of benchmarks has leaked pointing to the overclocking prowess of the upcoming AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU, which was accomplished using a high-end X370 mainboard. The user doing all the overclocking is a Discord user who goes by the name "Mow" and has provided CPU-Z and other images to prove his overclocking claims. The Ryzen 2600 was overclocked to maximum of 4.05 GHz and had DDR4 RAM running at 3,466 MHz. A link to Geekbench results for the chip also shows the same overclocking results and gave a single-core CPU score of 5,025 and a multi-core score of 23,972. We have seen the... Read more...
For whatever reason, NVIDIA does not want its hardware partners overclocking the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti at the factory. This is probably to prevent closing the performance gap between (and cannibalizing sales of) it and the GeForce GTX 1080, though interestingly enough, NVIDIA said it designed the 1070 Ti with overclocking in mind. The only caveat is you have to do it yourself, and Gigabyte is making it easy with its new AORUS GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card. Out of the box, the AORUS GeForce GTX 1070 Ti sticks to reference clocks, as all 1070 Ti cards do, with a 1,607MHz base clock and 1,683MHz boost clock. However, using the company's AORUS Graphics Engine software, owners flip the switch from... Read more...
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