Team OCaholic set new PCMark 7 and PCMark Vantage world records during an overclocking event in Glattfelden, Switzerland, and the team did it with a bit of help from Samsung, which provided them with the coolest looking tree we've ever seen. Instead of branches and leaves, Samsung's tree consisted of a dozen SSD 840 Pro 256GB solid state drives (SSDs) and cable connectors tucked almost completely out of sight.
A sizeable chunk of the August issue of Maximum PC -- which is making its way to your mailbox, e-reader or local newsstand now -- consists of Gordon outlining our new benchmarking suite, as well as laying out some utilities home users (i.e., you) can use to make sure your PC is humming along nicely. Of course, before you can start testing, you need to be sure what you're running: that's where CPU-Z comes in. For more than two years, tinkerers have been turning to CPU-Z to validate their builds, and today, a new version hit the Web with support for the latest hardware and software.
The code monkeys at Beepa have been going bananas with updates to the company's Fraps real-time video capture and benchmarking utility, having rolled out four new versions of the popular app in the past month. Prior to this recent flurry of activity, it wasn't unusual for six months or more to pass without an update, the last of which was released on October 22, 2011 before kicking off a string of updates starting on April 26, 2012.
For the third time in less than a month, Beepa has released an update to its Fraps utility for real-time video capture and benchmarking. Beepa's been unusually active in updating its popular program, whereas prior to version 3.5.0, which was released on April 26, 2012, updates would typically roll out only every 6 months or so. Since then, Beepa has released builds 3.5.1 on May 18 and 3.5.2 earlier this week.
Few acts manifest the Maximum PC ethos as much as overclocking. Overclockers with something to prove have long been able to post their various benchmarking scores on HWBot to determine the king of the processor-pushing hill; now, that drive for MOAR can earn more than just bragging rights. Gigabyte just announced it has teamed up with HWBot for the "Gigabyte Spring Extreme Competition." Tinkerers with Gigabyte mobos and AMD processors are invited to try to push their systems to the (almost) breaking point, and the three people with the most prolific overclocking prowess will earn brand-spankin'-new Bulldozer-friendly mobos.
AIDA64, the benchmarking, system monitoring, and diagnostic software formerly known as Everest, has been updated to version 2.20 by FinalWire with new features and support for current and upcoming processors and GPUs. One of the new features is an OpenCL GPGPU stress test that's been added to the System Stability Test module, which also now includes optimized 64-bit benchmarks for Intel Atom "Cedarview" CPUs and upcoming Ivy Bridge processors.
While most of us were sitting around watching football and ringing in the New Year over the holiday weekend, our friends over at VR-Zone were getting their geek on by modding and benchmarking AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards. They started with a single HD 7970 board, of which they quickly modded with a special BIOS that allowed them to bump up the core voltage from 1.15V to 1.25V.
Car nuts race their rides to see who’s machine is the fastest. Fitness fanatics run marathons to test their physical limitations and endurance against that of their fellows. Geeks and gearheads? Our battles are fought and won on the basis of how capable our hardware is. While our desktops and laptops might be a thing of wonder to behold, carrying them around with us for the sake of collecting the accolades we deserve isn’t always convenient. Carrying around a smartphone or tablet, however, is. Benchmarking also provides the added benefit of telling you how well your phone manages the current version of your handset’s operating system and apps, as well as whether future OS upgrades will slow all that zippy mobile computing hotness to a bag of sluggish hardware fail. If you’re the owner of an Android handset, there’s a lot of options out there to see how hard your phone rocks. Here’s three of our favourite free benchmarking tools, along with the reasons why you should use them.
Every now and then you need to check the performance of your system. Maybe it seems to be running sluggishly. Perhaps you just got a new graphics card, or doubled your installed DRAM. So you want to run some quick performance tests to see if your system is indeed more sluggish than before, or faster with that upgrade.
What you want to do is run the appropriate benchmark. Join us as we dive into the world of quick and dirty benchmarking: testing your system as a quickly and efficiently as possible, all while keeping simple and on a budget.
Like rules and windows on an abandoned house, records are meant to be broken, and that's exactly what the rebels from G.Skill did at the Computex trade show in Taiwan. With the aid of lots of LN2, renowned overclockers Shamino, Fredyama, and Young Pro shattered the Super Pi 32M record at the G.Skill booth with a score of 5 minutes and 33.172 seconds, the fastest ever on an Intel LGA 1155 platform. The overclockers used G.Skill's DDR3-2400MHz Pi memory, which still had some frequency headroom left over once the Super Pi record was set.