If you view the art of overclocking as a necessary step in the PC building process, then Gigabyte's new X58A-OC motherboard might be just the slab of silicon you've been waiting for. Gigabyte's pitching it as the "world's first overclocking motherboard," a bit of stretch when you think back to boards that have come before it, particularly in DFI's heyday, though we're more apt to believe the X58A-OC was "designed from the ground up for extreme overclockers." There are some neat features here, some of which we've never seen on a motherboard before.
There's a new version of MSI's Afterburner graphics card overclocking software available for download, version 2.1.0. New to this version is support for the latest Nvidia GeForce 500 and AMD Radeon HD 6000 series of videocards, as well as a new "Predator" in-game video capture function. Why it's called Predator is anyone's guess, but nomenclature aside, you can now use MSI's overclocking utility to capture awesome game sequences and upload them to YouTube.
When your only competition is yourself, what do you do when you have to introduce your latest and greatest CPU? Commit fratricide against your own chips? If you have the muscle and war chest of Intel, then yes.
It’s the first time Intel will integrate a graphics core into all of its CPUs. And perhaps in its most controversial move, Intel will also finally put a nail in the coffin of overclocking for average folks. To find out whether overclocking is really dead, how fast Sandy Bridge is, and whether graphics are now suddenly important, read on. Oh, and there's a video after the jump as well.
Corsair's new Vengeance high-performance DDR3 memory kits don't just look mean, they purportedly back up their aggressive styling with plenty of overclocking potential. According to Corsair, the Vengeance line consists of "carefully selected RAMS to enable excellent overclocking results," whether you're sporting an AMD or Intel processor inside.
"Customers have been asking for outstanding memory with a lower price tag, and we have been listening," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "I believe that our users will love both the exciting new look and the overclocking results they are able to achieve with our new Vengeance memory."
Vengeance kits come in a variety of high tech flavors, including single, dual, and triple-channel kits ranging from 4GB to 16GB in capacity.
It takes a little bit of luck, the right components, and a whole lot of liquid nitrogen to set new CPU overclocking records, and all three played a factor in pushing an AMD Phenom II X4 975 processor to 7.134GHz.
There have been faster overclocks before, but this is the highest anyone has ever taken an AMD chip. And while it required LN2 cooling, keep in mind that the stock frequency is 3.6GHz. For those of you who still aren't impressed, consider that there's never been a higher overclock on anything other than old Celeron and Pentium 4 processors.
The overclock was performed on an Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard. With LN2 in place, the Brazilian team was able to crank up the voltage to 1.788V and the multiplier from 18 to 31.5.
How do you an overclock an Intel Core i7 980X processor to 4.6GHz with an idle temperature below zero degrees Celsius? Most people don't, but boutique system builder Digital Storm does with its new Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System.
"The R&D conducted on this liquid chilled system has been the most labor intensive, but rewarding initiatives ever attempted by our engineers," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "With constant innovation happening in the hardware space, the demands on our engineers to design systems that optimize these components are unyielding. The Hailstorm gaming computer with the new Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System fully maximizes the potential for each component like no other system we've ever built."
The Sub-Zero is made up of a series of TEC peltier coolers working in tandem with other liquid cooling components. Freezing liquid is delivered to the CPU, making ultra chilly temperatures (and high overclocks) possible.
As always, you have to pay to play, and a base configuration for rigs utilizing the new cooling solution start at $3,900.
With so many smartphones now sporting 1GHz processors, we were a little surprised to find out T-Mobile's G2 smartphone would ship at 'just' 800MHz. This led us to believe it would have some overclocking headroom tucked inside, and boy does it ever.
XDA forum member "coolbho3000" dropped an overclocking kernel module into the wild that allows adventurous G2 owners to push their smartphone's MSM7x30 processor to new heights. Keeping in mind that overclocking smartphones is risky business and you could very well brick your device, coolbho3000 managed to push his G2 all the way to 1.42GHz.
"Benchmark scores are very, very high, and the improved CPU performance is in line with what you'd expect from such a high clock frequency," coolbho3000 said. "All of this is possible without permanent root (and the ability to flash kernels) because we are using a kernel module and not flashing an actual kernel."
Full instructions can be found here, though allow us to reiterate this is not for the faint of heart. If you kill your device trying to overclock it, you're on your own.
Motorola late last week kicked out an update for its Milestone XT720 smartphone that adds a couple of cool features. First, it bumps the device's CPU up from 550MHz to 720MHz, so it should seem a little snappier as a result. Secondly, the other-the-air (OTA) update adds DLNA support.
According to Motorola Europe's Facebook page, the update only applies to users living in the U.K. or Germany. For those that do, the software update is available now.
"We have also produced a top 5 tips and tricks video to maximize the camera functionality of the device," Motorola Europe announced.
Those of you into the whole competitive overclocking scene may already be familiar with "Mat," or Matthias Zronek, whose most recent accomplishments include breaking not one, but two DDR3 frequency records.
He bested the previous records using Corsair Dominator GT GTX6 sticks, which he goosed to 3078.2MHz with latencies set to CL8-11-8-31, 1T and 3059.4MHz with slightly tighter timings of CL7-11-8-31, 1T.
"I've worked with the Corsair Dominator GT memory for quite some time now, and can easily say that these are great memory modules, dedicated to world-record overclocking," stated Matthias Zronek. What surprised me most is the potential of the Dominator GT GTX6. Even at 3000MHz and higher frequencies, at CL7, there is still headroom for lots of optimization."
Nice plug, but fair enough. As for the other core components, Mat used a Gigabyte P55A-UD7 motherboard and Intel Core i7 870 processor.
Starcraft fans take note - EVGA's latest update to its Precision overclocking utility -- version 1.9.6 -- comes with a Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty on-screen display profile for Logitech G-series keyboard LCDs.
For those of you who aren't into Starcraft, there's still plenty of goodies baked this latest version. Some of the features include:
Independent or Synchronous control for fan and clock settings in a multi-GPU system
Allows up to 10 profiles, and ability to assign hotkeys to these profiles to allow in-game
Ability to view temperatures in the system tray
Core/Shader Clock Link/Unlink capability
Logitech keyboard LCD display support
Save screenshots from your favorite games
Version 1.9.6 also includes a few fixes which, along with the rest of the features, you can check out here.