Overclocking World Records Set @ Gigabyte CES 2016 Booth

CES 2016: Overclocking via liquid nitrogen can appear like a very daunting process requiring vast amounts of technical knowledge and first-hand experience. While this is certainly true to reach the top scores, there’s always an entry into this area via demonstration videos and helpful tutorials. During CES 2016, Professional overclockers Hicookie and Boris_sdk streamed their world record attempts and provided a great insight into the process. If you’re interested in seeing the footage, it’s available via the Twitch Archive.

The duo successfully overclocked a Core i3 6100 to just over 6.2GHz using BCLK adjustments on a Gigabyte Z170X-SOC Force LN2. This resulted in 4 new global records in Wprime 32M (6.224sec), Wprime 1024M (3min 19.24sec), HWBOT Prime (5442.34 pps) and GPUPI for CPU 1B (8min 34sec 889m).

Asus Maximus VIII Extreme Overclocking Review

Introduction


The Maximus VIII Extreme is the new top of the line socket 1151 board from Asus that just begs to be paired with a 6600K or 6700K for some overclocking goodness. The board was built for overclocking from the ground up and it should be fairly capable in extreme overclocking too. We are going to put it through its paces and see just how fun and powerful this board can be when pushing 6700Ks to the extreme, but first, let’s take a look at the features that will help us achieve the overclocks we desire.

Now we see the Maximus VIII Extreme without the heat-sink in all its black on black glory, the color scheme really looks beautiful. The board is built from the ground up for overclocking and has really gone a bit overboard with the features. The board will take dual 8-pin connectors for power along with the standard 24pin.

Onboard buttons for power, reset, safe boot, MemOK, and a POST led display. There are toggles for disabling DIMM channels as well as toggles for LN2 mode and Slow Mode for extreme overclocking. There are also voltage read points for various different board voltages.

Here we have the dual BIOS chips that are thankfully socketed instead of soldered. Why is that important you may wonder well it is much easier to replace one of these socketed chips by yourself than having to send the whole board into the company for RMA.

The inclusion of the combo PS2 mouse and keyboard is always a welcome sight as it simplifies things and will also reduce the load on the CPU over USB based options while you are overclocking.

For the CPU, the board is using an 8-phase fully digital VRM controlled by ASP1405 (IR based). Mosfets are Infineon BSG0812 (dual N-MOSFET with high + low side in the same package) capable of delivering 50A each. As for the iGPU, it is the same components again, but scaled down to a 4-phase design. DRAM has a dual-phase design with the digital ASP1103 controller.

Dinos22 Achieves Impressive New X99 OC World Record

Extreme overclocking is something that is reserved for just a few, but those who can and do this are highly passioned and most certainly very good at what they do. Records are being set and records are being broken all the time, but today a new world record was set for the X99 category as Dinos22, or Dino for ease, achieved an impressive 6000 MHz clock speed.

The new record was set by a GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion board that once again proved as the best overclocking mother around as Dino took his Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E CPU to this impressive 6GHz speed. This was obviously achieved by using liquid nitrogen (LN2) and the CPU was running at -5 degrees Celcius during load.

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Dino is now ranked first out of 603 in the WR, ranked first for the for the Intel i7-5970X CPU, and also ranked first for global eight-core CPUs, once again nailing down the fact that he’s a world-class overclocker.

Dino himself had this to say about the new record: “Country Cup bench with Australia OC team (TeamAU and HWBOT OC team). GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champ is back in da house.”

ASUS Announces 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980 Ti

ASUS celebrates 20 years in the graphics card market with a new premium and limited edition Gold Edition GTX 980Ti. ASUS new graphics card doesn’t just sport a fancy golden design, it is also one of the fastest GTX 980Ti graphics cards and comes with advanced features for overclockers.

The new ASUS Gold Edition GTX 980Ti is up to 21.6% faster than reference models in 3D Mark 11 Extreme and provides up to 22.1% faster gaming performance in Grand Theft Auto V. The cooler on the 20th-anniversary card is the well-known DirectCU II with patented wing-blade 0dB fans – a cooler that has proven itself again and again.

ASUS added a golden backplate to match the overall design and add some extra durability to the card. The backplate also helps with overall cooling of the card, making it even better. We can also spot the power connections on the picture below and see that it requires two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. The LED field on the side of the card will show the load level by changing shade through four highly visible color gradients to provide a real-time visual guide to performance.

ASUS’ 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980Ti comes with 6GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 7200MHz on its 384-bit memory bus. The GPU features 2816 CUDA cores and runs at a base clock speed of 1266 with a boost up to 1367.

 

ASUS built the card with their acclaimed Digi+ voltage-regulation modules (VRMs) with 14-phase Super Alloy Power II components, long-life capacitors, concrete-core chokes, and hardened MOSFETs. These are all things that will ensure that you have the best graphics card for a long time.

Connection-wise, you get one dual-link DVI-I port, three DisplayPort 2.0, and one HDMI 2.0 port and the card is able to drive a digital resolution of up to 5120 x 3200 pixels at 60Hz.

There are several extra features for overclockers, such as memory defroster. This clever technology quickly defrosts the graphics card’s memory during sub-zero overclocking to ensure a sustained stability. The card also features an LN2 jumper to unlock even more overvolting options for the professional overclockers.

There isn’t anything to worry about when you mess up your settings on this card as it features a Safe Mode. The default BIOS settings are instantly flashed back at the push of a button, allowing users to overclock with the complete confidence that they can undo their changes at any time.

The new ASUS 20th Anniversary Gold Edition GTX 980TI will be available in late November, but ASUS did not reveal the pricing at this time. It is a limited edition card, so expect the price to reflect that.

Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC Champion Sub-Zero Overclocking Review

Introduction


The GA-X99-SOC Champion is Gigabyte’s overclocking-centric motherboard for the X99 chipset and is the choice of many professional overclockers and benchmarkers around the world. The board has an OC Socket much like the one that Asus’s Rampage V Extreme had when it came out, that allowed for high uncore/cache overclocks. This board with the OC Socket will allow you to achieve much higher uncore/cache speeds than you would get with a “normal” board. This feature will allow the user to really be able to gain some traction with their benchmarks and memory bandwidth. I found in testing that this will make a huge difference in your results, as we all should know, that will be the result of higher uncore/cache. The board handles sub-zero overclocking amazingly and it should, because it was built for it. If you are wanting to put your 2011-v3 CPU under extreme cooling, then this definitely looks like the board to get.

Here we see the GA-X99-SOC Champion without the heat-sink in all its glory, the color scheme or orange and black is retained of the now classic SOC line. The board is built from the ground up for overclocking and has so many features that we will see that accommodates this for the user. The board requires an additional 4 pin (half an 8 pin) in addition to an 8 pin for power along with the standard 24pin.

Onboard buttons for power, reset, and clearing CMOS as well as a POST LED display help you quickly manipulate and diagnose issues. There is a bank of voltage read points for watching your board voltages with a multi-meter as well as toggle switches for the dual-bios feature that will make sure that you are still good to go in case you mess one up. There is also a slow mode switch on there that is useful when running close to the edge since the newer CPU-Z editions have a tendency to crash the system, with a flip of the switch you go down to the lowest frequency available and will be able to take your screenshots without issue.

Here we have the switch that activates the OC Socket. In the bios it will open up a new set of voltages for the user to tune the cache/uncore with after the switch is moved to the 2nd position. Next to it are three additional voltage read points.

One thing that is a great addition to overclocking boards is the inclusion of the PS2 mouse and keyboard ports. It really simplifies things and will also reduce the load on the CPU over USB based options while you are overclocking.

MSI Z170 XPOWER is Now in Stock From Major UK Retailers

MSI’s traditional colour scheme for the overclocking range has been yellow and black for some time. However, the company’s research shows that very few people opted for this theme and resulted in lower than expected sales. Furthermore, it’s quite difficult to find components which match the striking yellow colour scheme. For example, the only RAM which comes to mind is Avexir Core series and Crucial Ballistix Tactical. Subsequently, MSI decided to alter the latest Z170 XPOWER motherboard to a stunning silver PCB with black highlights.

The Z170 XPOWER faced a substantial delay to retail channels but is finally in stock at Overclockers UK, SCAN and Dabs. Additional stock will arrive next week to other retailers such as Amazon, eBuyer, Novatech and more! The Z170 XPOWER is a phenomenal motherboard featuring a 16-phase digital voltage regulator module, supreme titanium chokes and a raft of other high-end features. I’m particularity fond of the OC dashboard which allows you to make BLCK changes through manual buttons.

In terms of pricing, the Z170 XPOWER retails for £229.99 and features a 3-year warranty. This is a substantial investment but offers incredibly high-end overclocking functionality and utilizes one of the best looking motherboard PCB’s on the market.

Gigabyte Z97X-SOC (LGA 1150) Sub-Zero Overclocking Review

Introduction


The Z97X- SOC motherboard is Gigabyte’s affordable overclocking-centric Z97 motherboard that is not quite as tricked out as its big brother Z97X-SOC Force. That bigger brother is  geared toward quad-SLI setups with its PLX chip and it also has twice as many phases for the CPU. But with half as many phases just how strong can the Z97X-SOC be? As  I found out in testing this board is no slouch and will hold its own as well as any other under sub-zero even while having the lower phase count. It definitely proved it is more than capable of pushing the limits of the 4790K ES that I had paired it with and was only held back by not being able to go colder than -60C.

The board is designed and built from the ground up for overclocking and features a plethora of overclocking features both physically on the board and features via software and in the BIOS. The board itself features a socket that is 15μ gold plated which is five times the thickness of normal plating. The PCB that the motherboard is built out of is made of high quality 2oz copper PCB that helps it handle high power loads. The Z97X-SOC is one of the results of the evolution of the X58A-OC that started using the hardware controls for increasing the BCLK and Multi ratios. What we get here with the Z97X-SOC is a few generations of refinement and learning by the Gigabyte OC R&D team. It looks like it should be quite capable of overclocking today and I will be taking a look at this with some sub-zero tests and seeing just how useful these features are.

Here you can see the ATX form factor Gigabyte Z97X-SOC in all its glory ( with VRM heatsink removed). The color scheme is something that has been retained from the original X58A-OC board and has been made to stand out from the competition, as well as giving the Gigabyte Overclocking series their own color scheme. As far as overclocking competitions go, you’ll definitely notice when one of these boards is on the bench which adds to the branding for Gigabyte.

A close up of the VRM with the heatsink removed for your viewing pleasure. The overall layout is clean and simple which is ideal for those wanting to take this to the extreme under sub-zero conditions. You’ll also notice the power connectors around the board, with a 4-pin ATX, ATX 12V 2×4 for extra CPU power delivery and a further 6-pin connector below the CPU socket to provide extra auxiliary power to the PCI-Express lanes.

A close up of the OC Touch, OC Ignition, and other hardware-based overclocking features. There are also voltage read points as well as power and reset buttons. These buttons allow you to overclock “on-the-fly” which means that you can fine-tune your overclock while benchmarking without the need for restarting the system and entering the BIOS to tweak your overclock. The voltage points are a vital aspect for anyone overclocking, especially those looking to enter the sub-zero realm of cooling. Other switches and buttons include the ability to disable certain features, such as relevant PCI-Express lanes that are unneeded.

Two front facing USB ports are a bencher’s friend when you don’t have to reach all the way to the back to save those screenshots and scores for uploading for validation.

A view of the dual BIOS chips on the motherboard which allow you to fall back on the other if a problem arises with the BIOS you’ve have been using. It is a nice feature that means you are less likely to need to RMA your board or have a dead board. This can be vitally important if you’re participating in a competition where time is of the essence.

Intel Skylake i7-6700K Manages 6.5GHz on Liquid Nitrogen

The synthetic benchmarks of Intel’s highly anticipated 14nm Skylake microarchitecture have started to emerge and the results are fairly promising. More specifically, the i7-6700K is approximately 3% faster at stock in 3DMARK 11 with only a 200MHz clock deficit verses the i7-4970K. This translates to a 8% IPC improvement which is fairly expected given Intel’s performance increases in the past. When combined with a dedicated GPU, the performance increase doubles from 3% to 6% based on an IPC increase of 11%.

In terms of overclocking headroom, the i7-6700K is a beast and managed to reach 5.2GHz alongside a fairly modest air cooler at 1.35v. The full performance of this chip is starting to be unveiled after an overclocking enthusiast entitled, “PLG” achieved 6.5GHz with a voltage of 2.032v using liquid nitrogen. Additionally, PLG opted for the MSI Gaming Z170 motherboard and overclocked a single DDR4 memory module to a staggering 4287MHz.

Interestingly, Skylake dissipates heat in a much more efficient manner but it’s important to reiterate that liquid nitrogen has yielded huge clock boosts in the past. A number of professional overclockers have attained 6.50GHz and even 7.GHz speeds using Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge CPUs. This means we shouldn’t realistically expect a clock speed this high. Furthermore, it’s uncertain how this will alter the framerate in modern games. Usually, synthetic benchmarks are an interesting tool but rarely translate to dramatic changes in real world scenarios.

Thank you MyGaming.co.za for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of VideoCardz.

Nvidia GTX 980 Overclocked to 2.2 GHz!

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 9xx range of graphics cards have launched with great success, they offered incredible out-of-the-box performance that has been impressing gamers around the world, but for some, that’s not enough. The overclocking potential of the new cards have been begging to be pushed to the limits and now Swedish overclocker Elmor has taken his Asus GTX 980 Strix to set some new records.

Elmor pushed his Asus GTX 980 Strix to its limits using the Asus Rampage V Extreme motherboard, an Intel Core i7-5960X processor, 16GB of G.Skill DDR4 and a Cooler Master V1200 PSU; and let’s not forget that he also used a generous helping of LN2 to push those GPU temperatures a long way into the minus.

The Asus GTX 980 hit an incredible 2208 MHz with an effective memory speed of 8.4 Ghz. At the same time, Elmor also pushed the Intel Core i7-5960X to an equally impressive 5.586 Ghz. With those two running at such extreme clocks, Elmor was able to set a new single GPU world record for 3DMark’s Fire Strike Extreme @ 9,568; that’s almost double what I scored with a pair of overclocked Radeon R9 280X’s.

Naturally you won’t be getting this kind of performance at home, but it’s great to see how far the hardware can really go. It’s also a nice indication of the kind of performance we can expect from graphics cards in the not too distant future; if you haven’t got any LN2, you’ll just have to wait for the next, or the next-next generations of graphics cards and processors.

Thank you Chiphell for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Chiphell.

Introducing, the New MSI X99S XPOWER AC

MSIRawZ has been busy tonight, visiting different forums around the web and presenting us with an image of the newest X99 offering. The MSI X99S XPOWER AC is a beautiful black and yellow motherboard based around the new X99 chipset.

With 8 memory sockets for four channelDDR4 support, you won’t run out of free RAM any time soon. The board also features five PCI Express Gen3 x16 slots and one PCIe x1 slot. It looks like it has 12x SATA ports and  2x USB2.0 and 1 USB3.0 header. Below the bottom PCIe slot there seems to be a molex connector, quite possible to supply extra power to all the PCI Express lanes.

This is a clear overclocking board, that “likes LN2 with several new overclocking features”, but what those features might be is up to anyones guess. The frosty look also clearly indicate ice cold operations.

Will this be the new king for the overclockers? We’ll find out when it hits the market. RawZ finishes his very small post with the words “What do you want more?”  Until then, you might be interested in our recent review of the MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC motherboard.

Thank you Overclock3D for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of MSIRawZ.

 

 

EVGA and Kingpin Take the GTX 780 Ti To A Staggering 2GHz

EVGA have announced that their professional overclockers Vince “K|NGP|N” Lucido working with Illya “Tin” Tsemenko have set a new benchmark and frequency record. The pair of pro-overclockers managed an impressive 2025MHz frequency on the GTX 780 Ti core clock as well as a 3DMark FireStrike Extreme score of 8793, for comparison a reference GTX 780 Ti on our GPU test system manages about 4900 points. The rest of the system consisted of a 5.6GHz six-core Core i7 4960X CPU on an EVGA X79 Dark Motherboard with an EVGA power supply, 16GB of quad channel G.Skill 2400MHz memory was also used.

The 3DMark entry page for the world record can be seen here. The page appears to reveal a GPU clock speed of 1530MHz not 2025MHz so we are not sure what is causing that discrepancy.

 

Source: EVGA PR

Images courtesy of EVGA

Intel Core i7 4790K Reaches 7GHz With 1.79 Volts On ASRock Z97 OC Formula

The Core i7 4790K has already surpassed the 7 GHz barrier reaching an impressive 7003.38 MHz under some exotic LN2 cooling, that’s despite the new chip being out for less than a month. The feat is similar to what we’ve already seen with the Core i7 4770K except lower volts were needed. That said a smoking hot 1.792 volts were required to bump the “Devil’s Canyon” Core i7 4790K up to the 7GHz target. The feat was achieved by ASRock’s Nick Shih and unsurprisingly he was using the new ASRock Z97 OC Formula motherboard to reach the target. The rest of the system was fairly basic with 4GB of RAM and 32 bit Windows 7.

In related news just last week John Lam achieved an impressive 7181.23MHz on the Core i7 4770K using Intel’s Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU). He was also using the ASRock Z97 OC Formula motherboard so it certainly seems as if it is a very strong board for overclocking.

Source: ASRock, Via: TechPowerUp

Image courtesy of HWBot

Upgraded R9 290X LIGHTNING Revealed By MSI

MSI have just revealed their latest graphics card, and while we are already familiar with their epic LIGHTNING range, their latest one has been tweaked to offer even faster performance! There are dozens of improvements that have been implemented to the MSI 290X LIGHTNING already that make it one of the most powerful single GPU’s on the market today, such as a 2 x 8-pin and 1 x 6-pin power connectors that ensure the card always has a minimum of 450W available to it for high-end overclocking. With serious power comes serious responsibility, for powerful cooling. The TriFrozr cooler has been optimized to offer class-loading cooling performance, and since we know how toasty the 290X hardware can get, it’s certainly a welcome upgrade.

Optimized memory has been implemented to improve overclocking performance, and as part of the MSI OC series, the card has been given their official stamp of approval for extreme overclocking, handy if you have a passion for applying lots of LN2 cooling to your expensive new hardware then you can take advantage of a special LN2 BIOS on the card, no need for special modifications to push the card to its limits.

“Equipped with Military Class 4 components, the R9 290X LIGHTNING is built to withstand the toughest conditions, like sub-zero freezing or the high temperatures that occur when exorbitant amounts of power are used to crush world records. Because only the best components can provide the continued support of multiple world-record attempts.” said MSI in a recent release.

This card was already an absolute beast in terms of performance, and with a few little tweaks and improvements, it is now better than ever! While you may not want to chill it to sub-zero temperatures, this is still one of the greatest enthusiast level gaming graphics cards, should be pretty decent at crypto-currency mining too.

Thank you MSI for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of MSI.

Pro Overclocker 8Pack Gives Overclocking Demo At The O2 Arena

Pro Overclocker 8Pack Gives Overclocking Demo At The O2 Arena


Amongst the global community of computer enthusiasts, there are many that dream of having a system that was faster but without having to pay high amounts of money in some cases to get just that. Fortunately for many people, the process of overclocking their systems comes straight to mind and with ease they are able to unlock some extra free performance from their existing components by a process of tweaking setting mainly in the system BIOS.

For a large majority of users however, the idea of doing just that or the thought of playing around in the systems BIOS without the knowledge of what to do is what holds them back and even with many online guides for overclocking available, sadly there’s not too many chances where some of these users get the change to get a workshop based look in to overclocking 101.

This week at the o2 arena in London, Students from all over the world have honed in on the area for a week long technology festival where they can get together with other like minded people and interact in the world’s biggest electronic entertainment event.

Campus Party is an annual week long, 24-hours-a-day technology festival where thousands of “Campuseros” (hackers, developers, gamers and technophiles), equipped with laptops, camp on-site and immerse themselves in a truly unique environment.

Recognized as the biggest electronic entertainment event in the world, Campus Party unites the brightest young minds in technology and science under the idea that “the Internet is not a network of computers, it’s a network of people.”

The festival features over 500 hours of talks, debates, workshops, competitions and hackathons related to science, innovation, digital entertainment and creativity. Additionally, hundreds of hours of ad-hoc events are planned by participants and continue throughout the night.

The overclocking workshop was undertaken by a group of of enthusiasts wh0 included Ian Cutress, the UK’s #1 enthusiast overclocker, Kenny ‘K404’ and finally Overclockers UK’s very own Ian ‘8Pack’ Parry. As part of the 101, the workshop was split into two parts with the first part relating to the fundamentals of overclocking – ie what it is, why we do it, what we need and most importantly how we do it and then a demo of overclocking a Haswell i7 4670k from its stock speed as far it will go in the Intel shipped stock cooler to demonstrate the need for superior cooling.

Asus were keen to pick up on the event and were kind enough to provide the kit for two overclocking setups using a Maximus VI Extreme, 8GB Patriot Black Mamba 2133Mhz memory, Intel i7 4760k and a GTX 760 Direct CUII. Power supply wise, at the heart of it was an Antec 1200W and Corsair AX1200i making sure that the power was clean and stable.

In the second session of the evening, the focus moved more towards extreme cooling and benching for world records. With 160l of fresh LN2 at the ready, the crowd quickly drew in to get a glimpse of what it takes to break a world record.

In the foreground 8Pack can be seen keeping both parts of his setup – which includes a 4770k running at 6.5GHz and a MSI GTX780 Lightning – running well below -100c in order to push for a new 3DMark05 record.

Retail i7 4770K Reaches 7068MHz With MSI Z87 XPower

While people have complained that the new Haswell processors just aren’t good overclockers, the “Overclocking Knights” have taken a retail sample of the Core i7 4770K to beyond 7GHz, 7068.52MHz to be exact. All previous leading results had been set by engineering samples of Intel CPUs that are “cherry picked” to ensure their highest overclockability. The motherboard used was MSI’s Z87 XPower while the RAM used was a simple 2GB module from ADATA kept at a modest DDR3-820MHz. Cooling was quite obviously done with LN2 and no the voltage read out in the CPU-Z validation is not accurate!

Despite its impressiveness this record still falls short of the current number one of 7084.32MHz set by coolice. You can check out the current rankings here.

Image courtesy of MSI (CanardPC)

Gigabyte Z87X-OC (Z87) Motherboard Review

Gigabyte have a large stack of motherboards launching for Z87, and at the top of that stack is the overclocking based motherboards including the Z87X-FORCE and the Z87X-OC which have some fundamental differences. The Force is aimed at pro overclockers who will constantly be pushing hardware to its limits while using extreme cooling methods including LN2.

The Z87X-OC that we have today, while it can do that, is aimed at multiple markets, allowing average users the facility to use it while pro overclockers can dabble at the same time, and vice versa. With that in mind, as it is an overclocking based motherboard, we find it utilises that funky orange colour scheme that made their X58OC and Z77X-UP7 boards famous.

Starting things off, we will be taking a look at what’s on offer inside the box, before moving onto the design and features of the board. Once that’s out of the way, we can take a look at the BIOS and what extra features overclockers get the chance to work with, before we unleash our own overclocking skill to see how far we can push things. Once we have our maximum stable overclock, we will have the chance to see how performance compares against stock results on this board among other Z87 based products. So lets get straight into it, shall we?

The box has an extreme style to it, which has changed for the whole Z87 range. Inside we find the typical user guides including multi-lingual guidebook, driver installation CD, rear I/O panel shield plate, single CrossFire and SLI bridges, casebadge sticker, four SATA data cables (2 right-angled), and V-check cable. Also inside is something quite new, which is the OC brace which assists with supporting your graphics cards when benchmarking as most pro-overclockers use a test bench or simply the box that the board comes in.

Galaxy GTX 780 HOF Edition Graphics Card Reaches 1894MHz Core and 7.4GHz memory

Nvidia’s GTX 780 has been out for a few weeks now and already extreme overclocker Mr.Wong from HKEPC has been pushing this GPU to its upper limits. Using Galaxy’s Hall of Fame Edition, a totally custom designed GTX 780, he was able to achieve a massive core clock frequency of 1894MHz on the core with 7.4GHz on the memory. Unfortunately this wasn’t actually benchmark stable and most of the benchmarks were done at lower frequencies of 1698MHz to 1855MHz.  Cooling was provided by LN2 and the voltage was at a huge 1.55 volts. An Intel Core i7 3960X at 5.4GHz provided the CPU grunt to help reach post some massive scores. All the results can be seen below with their relevant core clock speeds and validation links:

Some very impressive results indeed and if you are interested in seeing any more about this overclocking session then be sure to visit HKEPC and check it all out.

Images courtesy of HKEPC

G.Skill Bag Six Overclocking World Records From Computex OC Event

G.Skill were certainly very busy at Computex and at the Computex OC event they bagged six new world records. You can see the details of all the new overclocking World Records below:

Memory Frequency- DDR3 4283.2MHz

  • Overclockers: Hiwa, Christian Ney & Young Pro
  • Memory: G.SKILL TridentX
  • Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI IMPACT
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k

PI Fast -9.78 sec

  • Overclockers: Fredyama, Shamino & Young Pro
  • Memory: G.SKILL Trident at DDR3 2632MHz CL5-9-7-18 1T
  • Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI Extreme
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k

Super Pi 32M – 4mins 36.672sec

  • Overclockers: Fredyama, Shamino, 8pack, Young Pro
  • Memory: G.SKILL TridentX at DDR3 3032MHz CL9-12-12-21 1T
  • Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI Extreme
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme – 20089

  • Overclockers: K|NGP|N
  • Memory: G.SKILL TridentX
  • Motherboard: EVGA X79 DARK
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 3930k
  • VGA: EVGA GTX Titan X4

3DMark Fire Strike – 31125

  • Overclockers: K|NGP|N
  • Memory: G.SKILL TridentX
  • Motherboard: EVGA X79 DARK
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 3930k
  • VGA: EVGA GTX Titan X4

3DMark 05 – 70106 

  • Overclockers: HiCookie, Dinos22 & Young Pro
  • Memory: G.SKILL PI
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87X OC
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k
  • VGA: Gigabyte GTX Titan X2

A pretty impressive haul from G.Skill and it is nice to see the World Records were done with a wide range of motherboard vendors, even if Nvidia totally dominates the GPU and Intel the CPU parts.

What are your thoughts on this haul of records that G.Skill assisted getting?

More details and event photos here.

Image courtesy of G.Skill

EK Announces Its First Ever LN2 Evaporation Cooler, For Memory Modules

EK may be better known for its water blocks and water cooling gear, but today it is doing something a little bit difference. EK is introducing the EK-SF3D Triple Point EVO, not that most catchy name in the world but this EK’s first ever LN2 evaporation cooler.

The EK-SF3D Triple Point EVO allows for extreme overclockers to overclock up to four memory modules using the provided module adapters (it seems only 2 are provided, additional modules can be purchased if needed). This allows you to put your RAM under LN2 and go for some serious records. It will be compatible with virtually any RAM module of the DDR-SDRAM era.

EK partnered up with Petri “SF3D” Korhonen to design this product, he is a Finnish “legendary” overclocker. In true EK style the product is made of electrolytic grade nickel plated copper and POM high quality acetal. EK claims their new LN2 Evaporation cooler can prevent unwanted condensation formation and even out temperature fluctuations.

Key features:

  • High performance evaporation cooler for competitive overclockers
  • Modern, unique design with copper core allows for easy temperature regulation
  • Built-in temperature probe slot in a each Module Adapter for precise control
  • Compatible with both Liquid Nitrogen LN2 as well as Dry Ice CO2(s)
  • Includes premium thermal grease

Included:

  • EK-SF3D Triple Point EVO series evaporation cooler
  • EK-SF3D Triple Point EVO Module Adapter (2 pcs)
  • Gelid GC-Extreme 1.5g thermal grease
  • Mounting screws
  • Allen key 2mm

The EK-SF3D Triple Point EVO is already available to purchase at €75 including VAT. EK is reportedly preparing a CPU LN2 cooling unit too, the EK-SF3D Inflection Point EVO, which is to be available by the end of the week.

Source: PR

KINGPIN Makes a New World Record With GeForce GTX Titan in Quad SLI

Legendary overclocker/LN2 pot maker Vince Lucido AKA KINGPIN raised everyone’s eyes by setting a world record with new Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan in a Quad SLI configuration.

Via LN2 overclocking, KINGPIN was able to bench it with 1750MHz core clock and 1707MHz Memory clock using a single GTX Titan, thus achieving a score of P20990 in 3DMark 11 Performance preset and 7046 in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme preset.

Then Kingpin loaded up another EVGA GTX Titan card with several volt-mods being done, this helped him achieve the score of 11394 IN 3DMark’s Fire Strike Extreme preset.

The system configuration that he used to make this possible are as follows:

  • EVGA X79 DARK + 3930K
  • NVIDIA GTX TITAN
  • GSKILL TRIDENT X
  • EVGA NEX 1500W
  • F1 GEMINI and TEK FAT LN2 units

At the time of writing, KINGPIN holds #1 ranking for Quad SLI of the GTX Titan for 3DMark 11 Performance preset, 3DMark Vantage Performance ,3DMark’s Fire Strike Extreme and 3DMark’s Fire Strike. Whereas for a single card, KINGPIN holds #1 ranking in Unigine Heaven Xtreme preset, 3DMark performance preset, 3DMark 03, 3DMark Vantage Performance preset, 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark Extreme preset.

This itself shows the overclocking and multi-GPU potential that the new GTX Titan has which should encourage a lot of overclockers to grab this card. For those who don’t know, GTX Titan is based on Nvidia’s GK110 GPU core with 6GB of memory, a 384 bit memory bus, core clock on stock set at 837 MHz with a memory clock at 1502MHz while the card is priced around $1,000 USD. The core/memory clock that Kingpin achieved is significantly higher, although he had to cool the Intel 3930K, 2x GTX Titan cards and G Skill’s Trident X memory kits in LN2 to achieve these scores on 3DMark, 3DMark 03, Vantage and 11 followed by Unigine’s Heaven benchmark.

As of now, in the single GeForce GTX Titan leaderboards, so far Kingpin an hokiealimnus are the ones who have submitted their results with overclocking records, but since KINGPIN has put up a target for enthusiasts to reach, it will be interesting to see how many overclockers participate, making or breaking records using this gem of a graphics card.

 Source: Kingpin Cooling