Overclocking is no longer the dark art it used to be, and with a little guidance, even your grandmother can push her system past its rated speed with relative ease. That doesn't mean there isn't some risk involved, and if you're truly worried about frying your processor with an aggressive overclock, then you're exactly the person Intel wants to about its "Performance Tuning Protection" plans.
Not all boutique system builders have the stomach to overclock, let alone selling a system that's been pushed to 5.7GHz. Not only is Origin PC boosting its top-tier factory overclock option on its Genesis desktop line, but it will be backed by lifetime 24/7 technical support for no additional cost, a change in support policy that applies to all Origin PC desktops and laptops.
Few computer-related acts bring the full Maximum PC ethos to bear as much as extreme overclocking. Damn the torpedoes; give ‘er MOAR POWER! and so on. Fridays are always slow news days, and the Friday between Christmas and New Year’s seems to be doubly so, so why not take advantage of the lull and shine on a spotlight on a pair of overclocking feats that showed up on the radar over the past couple of days?
Setting a world record is challenge in and of itself, especially ones as vigorously sought after by overclockers (and DRAM module makers) as system memory frequency. But to set a record during a live overclocking session? That adds a new element. Even still, a Romanian overclocking team -- Lab501, as they call themselves -- set not one, but three new world records using Kingston's HyperX 2544MHz (KHX2544C9D3TIFK2/GX) dual-channel memory kit.
EVGA this week rolled out a new version of its Precision overclocking software. Now in version 2.1.1, EVGA's Precision utility comes with an integrated GPU Voltage Tuner, and it's now capable of auto-detecting GeForce GTX 580 graphics cards. EVGA said it updated some spelling in Precision v2.1.1 and beefed up the on-screen display (OSD), too.
What crazy times we live in. Overclocking was once considered a dark art practiced by adventurous souls who ventured off largely on their own in pursuit of higher clockspeeds. And today? PC part manufacturers are increasingly happy to supply the necessary components to renowned overclockers in pursuit of new records, and then share in the glory. To wit, EVGA is ecstatic to announce that its parts were used to set a new 3DMark 11 Extreme world record.
MSI's been bitten by the overclocking bug and is hoping you have as well. The company's N560GTX-448 Twin Frozr III Power Edition graphics card is packed with almost as many overclocking amenities as it is syllables, including a Triple Overvoltagle architecture and 6+1 phase PWM design for greater stability when pushing clockspeeds beyond their rated specs.
Corsair can add another memory overclocking record to its belt, this latest one set using the company's Dominator GT CMGTX6 extreme-performance DDR3 RAM. Using a liberal amount of liquid nitrogen, Corsair employee and avid overclocker Jake "Planet" Crimmins cranked the frequency all the up to a mind numbing 1733.8MHz, which is equivalent to DDR3-3467.
We recently got our hands on three coolers marketed directly to overclockers, so we clocked our 2.8GHz Core i7-930 up to 3.9GHz and hit it with Intel’s internal stress-testing utility, which has been known to physically damage motherboards and fry CPUs if used improperly. We cranked up the utility until our Hyper 212 Plus (our favorite inexpensive cooler) could barely keep up without throttling, and used that as our baseline. Can any of these coolers beat the heat?
NZXT isn’t the only company branching into CPU coolers. EVGA—better known for videocards and motherboards—recently released its Superclock cooler, with five direct-contact copper heat pipes, one clear 12cm fan with red LEDs, and a sharp-looking black finish to its skyscraper-style copper cooling fin stack.
At $50, the Superclock is around the midpoint of CPU cooler prices, but can its performance live up to its name?