Items tagged with Overclocking

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...
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...
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