Smaller size systems don't signal the end of overclocking
We still find full tower system sexy as ever, but there's a definite trend right now toward small form factor (SFF) rigs. Valve is partially responsible for the movement as it finds ways to encourage PC gamers to play in the living room via Big Picture Mode and Steam Machines, both of which are proving popular. Wondering what impact this trend will have on overclocking? No doubt trying to overclock in tightly packed systems becomes a bigger challenge due to higher temps, but it's not impossible -- just ask the folks at G.Skill who overclocked a set of Ripjaws SO-DIMM memory to DDR3-2600 speeds.
G.Skill overclocked the memory kit inside of ASRock's latest M8 barebones system. The Ripjaws kit consisted of two 4GB modules of 2133MHz RAM with a CAS latency of 11 and 1.35V. To reach the 2600MHz mark, G.Skill had to relax the timings a tad to 12-14-14-35, up from 11-11-11-36.
"As high end desktops slowly evolve itself into small form factor, G.Skill spared no time expanding its best-in-class quality & overclocking legacy from desktop memory to SO-DIMM memory, by overclocking its 'Ripjaws' 2133MHz C11 8GB (4GBx2) 1.35V memory kit to a whopping 2600MHz under dual channel operation on ASRock M8!," G.Skill said.
SO-DIMM kits have traditionally been used in laptops, though they're also found in some SFF systems. The F3-2133C11D-8GRSL kit G.Skill used is its highest performing SO-DIMM available