OCUK Releases Powerful Asteroid mITX Gaming System by 8Pack

When we here 8Pack, then we know that it is followed by something great and it is no different this time around. Overclockers UK introduced the new Asteroid Mini-ITX gaming system by 8Pack – an impressive and very powerful system. The all-new extreme mini PC is designed and built by Ian 8Pack Parry, one of the best-known overclockers in the world. The hardware has been handpicked and tuned for only the best experience.

The 8Pack Astroid isn’t just a powerful system, it is also a beautiful one with its black and red case. It is also built with hard-line tubing for the custom liquid cooling loop that gives it an even better over-all look. The PC is also supplied with a flight case as standard that has been manufactured for portability, allowing the user to also pack their peripherals with the PC.

So by now you’re probably curious what kind of hardware powers this tiny monster. At the heart, it has an Intel Core i7 6700K Skylake processor that has been overclocked to 4.7GHz and the base configuration comes with 8GB memory that has been overclocked to 3866MHz. The graphics part is covered by a Nvidia GTX 980Ti graphics card that also has been overclocked out of the box, in this case to 1450MHz or more. The operating system gets a 512GB solid state drive while there also is a 1TB SSD for files and your game collection. All this is powered by a 1000W 80Plus Titanium rated Super Flower power supply. Wow.

 

In every single 8Pack Asteroid gaming PC, there is always expert craftsmanship with cherry picked hardware and deep testing. With a setup like this, you won’t run into any bottlenecks and get maximum performance from the hardware without any compromise.

As with all Overclockers UK systems, you can also customize the specification away from the standard setup in order to get just the right match for your needs. While many might go for a memory upgrade, the rest is pretty much solid. So what will all this cost you, you might ask. It starts at £3989.99 which is a hefty sum, but it is also a hefty system.

Standard Specification:

  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980Ti overclocked (Option to upgrade to Titan X)
  • Memory: Team Group Xtreem 8GB 3866Mhz (Option to upgrade to 16GB 3733Mhz)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 6700K overclocked to 4.7+
  • Storage: Two Samsung 850 Evo Series Solid State Drives. 512GB for OS, and 1TB for games
  • PSU: 1000W Superflower PSU
  • Case: Custom Parvum 8Pack Edition case with built in water cooling reservoir
  • Fan controller: Aquaero 5
  • Flight Case included

While the price of almost £4000 might have put you off a little bit, we got to remember that we don’t just buy the hardware here – this is a little piece of art and it comes with unparalleled support. As a customer of this system, you ‘ll be given 8Packs mobile phone number to contact him if there were any issues or support queries – labour free for 5 years. That isn’t a service that you’ll find anywhere else.

Below you’ll find a lot more images of this beautiful built system and all its details, so have fun drooling and imagining how great it would look on your desk right now.

Overclocker Finds Unlock for BCLK on Any Intel Skylake CPU

Overclocking Intel CPUs is normally reserved to the more pricey K-series models but the overclocker Dhenzjhen seems to have broken that limitation and submitted 3 valid scores with an Intel Core i3 6320, overclocked to 4.6GHz. The Core i3 part should normally be completely locked down, but thanks to some clever motherboard modification the overclocker managed to get around that limitation.

The modification seen below is however not the one leading to this possibility, but rather a CPU Vcore readout point. The motherboard used was a SuperMicro H170 based motherboard and Dhenzjhen says the mother is ready to go as it is.

While it is fun to play around with a Core i3 and grab all the high scores for a while, the really good news is found in one of the replies to the records. According to the overclocker, this should be possible with any locked SKL chips no matter what stepping. “Q0s, R0s on i3/i5/i7s ES or retails, no problems.”

Below are the newly submitted scores that took the overclocking world by surprise yesterday. It will be interesting to see what other people will be able to do with other BLCK locked Skylake CPUs in the near future.

You can check out the official information pages for the three results too: Cinebench R11.5, Cinebench R15, and Geekbench3 Multi Core. To be continued …

Gigabyte Reveals New XTREME GAMING Series With a GTX 950 Card

Gigabyte revealed their brand new XTREME GAMING series with the announcement of the new GB-N950XTREME-2GD graphics card built around the Nvidia GTX 950 GPU. The new series is designed to deliver extreme gaming experience for dedicated enthusiasts with great overclocking performance and rock-solid durability.

The GB-N950XTREME-2GD comes with an impressive overclock. The base clock has been pumped up to 1203MHz from 1016MHz and the Boost clock has been pushed from 1190MHz to 1405MHz. The 2GB DDR5 memory has also been overclocked to 7GHz.

The card comes with one Dual-Link DVI-I, one HDMI and three DisplayPort connectors. It supports the latest DirectX 12 and only requires a single 8-pin power connector. The card promises some great performance and 4K gaming in 45 fps in Heroes of the Storm, 58 fps in Dota2 and 186 fps in League of Legends, an easy 65% or more improvement over the popular GTX 750Ti graphics card.

Gigabyte built the GB-N950XTREME-2GD with their WINDFORCE 2X cooling system with pure direct-touch copper heat pipes and the 3D-Active fans that only are powered up when needed. The built-in LED will show when the card is running,but the fans are parked as well as allowing you to set your colour of choice. The card also features a sturdy backplate to help with the cooling and increase the overall structural integrity of the card.

The GTX 950 XTREME GAMING graphics card would make a great card for the casual MOBA gamer and it is the first of many gamer-focused products that Gigabyte will be rolling out this year.

Colorful GeForce GTX 980 iGame Revealed

Colorful are preparing to launch their new flagship GeForce GTX 980 graphics card, the GTX 980 iGame. The company has quite a reputation for going completely over the top when it comes to their flagship graphics cards and the GTX 980 iGame is no exception.

The Colorful GTX 980 iGame comes equipped with a massive cooler and a monster sized VRM that makes any other GTX 980 series graphics card look small in comparison. The board ships with a non-reference PCB which was designed by Colorful, which features pure silver traces, a ridiculous 14-phase VRM that draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe inputs, server grade tantalum capacitors, DPAK MOSFETs, high-current solid-chokes that won’t whine while under load.

All that hardware is put to good use from some impressive overclocks which are set via the cards dual-BIOS. The first bios runs the card with a 1127 MHz core, 1216 MHz boost and 7 GHz memory clock. The second bios runs at 1178 Mhz core, 1279 MHz boost and 7.01 GHz memory. Each BIOS can be selected via a simple toggle push switch located on the card. The overclock might not sound like a huge leap given the over the top hardware on this card, but you can bet it’ll run cool and stable. Colorful have left plenty of headroom for enthusiasts to push the clocks even further and we don’t doubt for a minute that this card can do a whole lot more thanks to the coolers triple slot design, which is equipped with a compound aluminium fin-stack heatsink and three 100mm fans.

The card also features three DisplayPort 1.2 ports, a single HDMI 2.0, one dual-link DVI connector and a solid metal back-plate. No details on price, but expect this to be one of the fastest and most expensive GTX 980’s on the market.

If that wasn’t enough, iGame are promising an even faster GTX 980, the GTX 980 iGame Kudan which you can expect later this month along side their new GTX 970 iGame; we can’t wait!

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

KFA2 GTX 780 HOF OC+ 6GB Graphics Card Announced

KFA2 are easily one of my favourite GPU manufacturers, mostly because I’m a sucker for those white PCBs they use, as they really stand out from the crowd. Their Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 HOF (Hall of Fame) graphics card was and still is an incredible card, but they’ve taken it back to the drawing board and giving it an extra tweak to make it more competitive than ever before.

The new card, known as the GeForce GTX 780 HOF OC+, is still based around the exact same board design as the original, but the cards clock speeds have been given a slight bump from 1006 MHZ to 1019 MHz, both still a lot higher than the 863 MHz reference cards. GPU Boost is now 1071 MHz compared to the 1058 MHz of the original and 902 MHz of the reference.

Memory speeds have been kept steady at 6 GHz, but the card has now been bumped from just 3GB all the way up to 6GB over a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface.

The company has yet to reveal pricing, but we would expect it to be a small premium over the previous model given that they’ve doubled the memory.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

PNY GeForce GTX 780 Ti XLR8 Overclocked Edition Announced

PNY has released information on their GeForce GTX 780 Ti Overclocked edition, which comes with a massive 3-slot / 3 fan cooler. The board has a GK110 GPU holding 2880 active shader cores and a Base/Boost GPU clocks of 980/1046 MHz. You’ll spot the standard 3 GB of GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 7008 MHz, 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and dual-DVI, HDMI 1.4b and DisplayPort 1.2 outputs.

The tech specs for the GTX 780 Ti are superb, as the product has the full 15 Streaming clusters, thus having 2880 Shader Processing Units enabled. That’s 240 TMUs and 48 ROPs on a 384-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. NVIDIA in a nutshell having a 45 mm × 45 mm 2397-pin S-FCBGA GK110b GPU with 2880 shader/stream/CUDA processors.

Boost your gaming experience with a stunningly beautiful, quiet design. With NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 for maximum clock speeds, PhysX® and TXAA technologies for smooth, sharp graphics, and GeForce ShadowPlay to capture all your greatest gaming moments, you will experience the ultimate gameplay. Whether you’re playing on stunning 4K monitors at extreme settings, or multiple monitors at 25 x 16, the GTX 780 Ti provides the horsepower to drive all your next-gen gaming visual experiences.

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti Overclocked has a price tag of around $750 / €550 / £460. More details and feature overviews can be found on PNY’s official website here.

Thank you Club3D for providing us with this information.
Images courtesy of PNY

Overclockers UK ‘Ultima 460i Scimitar’ Watercooled Gaming System Review

Introduction


Our look at pre-built systems continues today as we take a step up and look at a fully water-cooled system from the guys over at Overclockers UK. We’ve had a look at a range of systems so far that use off the shelf components that most users would buy and fit themselves, however there is always the scope for more and when it comes to getting more out of your system, custom water cooling loops are the next step. Water cooling for the most part is an uncharted area for a large number of people due to the seemingly complex process that is involved and more so the worry of the system leaking and damaging other components in the build.

Overclockers UK are one of the UK’s biggest hardware retailers, both in their shop at their warehouse in Stoke-On-Trent and more so through their website at www.overclockers.co.uk where this system and much, much more can be found – sadly not including giraffes! Overclockers UK pride themselves in having a large knowledge in overclocking their shop built systems, as their name would suggest and this they pass on to their huge consumer base with their pre-built systems.

The Ultima 460i Scimitar is one of OcUK’s more recent system creations with a hearty amount of power from the latest generation of Intel processors and one of the most powerful graphics cards on the market courtesy of AMD. To top all this off, the system has been overclocked and fully water-cooled with a custom loop, which itself is made up of parts from the biggest names in the water cooling market.

  • Name: Ultima 460i Scimitar 
  • Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II
  • MB: Gigabyte Z87X-OC
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k @ 4.5GHz
  • RAM: 16GB Team Group Vulcan Orange 2133MHz (2x8GB)
  • SSD: 120GB Samsung 840
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
  • GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7990 6GB
  • PSU: Corsair TX850W V2
  • ODD: OcUK DVD-RW / Blu Ray Combo
  • Radiators: XSPC EX120 120mm, XSPC EX360 120mm, Hardware Labs Black Ice SR-1 240 120mm
  • CPU Block: XSPC Raystorm
  • GPU Block: EK Water Block EK-FC7990 SE – Acetal
  • Pump: XSPC D5 Vario
  • Reservoir: EK Res X3 250
  • Fittings: XSPC Black Chrome Rotary & Compression
  • Fluid: Mayhems Pastel Orange
  • Fans: 6x Noiseblocker Black Silent Pro PLPS 120mm
  • OS: Optional Windows 7 or 8
  • Warranty: Minimum 24 month Collect and return (36 month optional)
  • Price: £2,764.00 inc VAT

As system specifications go, this is by far the longest and most impressive list that I’ve seen to date, however that is not all, it is also the biggest and heaviest system that I’ve had to haul around the office.

After muscling this hefty system up the stairs (which I will add was inside another box with loads of protective foam and heavy-duty straps around the outside), we find that the original boxes for the motherboard and GPU are included along with all of the manuals and extras for all the system components.

Overclockers UK Unveil New Line Of 8Pack Inspired Systems

Early last month, Overclockers UK became home to a new breed of high-end systems that have taken the process of hand-picking components for sale-able systems to a whole new level. The ultra high-end systems have certainly rustled up the extreme performance community and whilst some regard them as having a steep price tag, it has to be considered that each system is painstakingly put together after each major component is hand-picked and binned based in its out of the box performance.

Following on from 8Pack’s launch of three ultra high-end systems, there has been a second line of systems in development that offer up the same essence of the ultra high-end systems, but with a lighter price point, that for many will make them more within reach of purchase. With inspiration coming from the essence of 8Pack’s dedication to quality and performance, the Infinity line consists of six systems with three water-cooled systems known as the Tesseract, Quasar and Eclipse.

The cheapest system of the three, the ‘Tesseract’ comes with a baseline price tag of £3071.99 (inc VAT) and is based around an overclocked 4770k and twin GTX780’s in SLI on a Gigabyte Z87X-OC with 8GB or RAM and housed in Corsair’s Carbide 540 High Flow Cube chassis. Taking a move up the performance ladder, the ‘Quasar’, like the Tesseract has an overclocked 4770k, but is built on an Asus Z87 Maximus VI Formula with 16GB of RAM and twin GTX Titan’s in SLI, this step up in performance will set you back just over £1000 extra.

At the top of the new range is the £4967.99 ‘Eclipse’. Built around a high performance 4930k overclocked CPU on an Asus Rampage IV Extreme motherboard, this system also comes with 16GB of 2133Mz RAM and twin GTX Titans, again all water-cooled and this time built into the huge Corsair Obsidian 900D chassis that has recently come to market.

All the systems come with a minimum of a 24 month return and collect warranty and are available to buy now at Overclockers.co.uk

Source: Overclockers UK Press Release

CyberpowerPC Infinity Achilles Pro System Review

Introduction


Over the last few months we’ve been broadening our scope of products we review and part of this as you will have noted is to do with full systems. So far we’ve had a look at the T-Rex 7990 gaming system from Dino PC and in notebook form, the Vortex IV X780 Gaming from the guys at PC Specialist. Following these two reviews, it seems that other system integrators want to get in on the action and get their latest and possibly greatest systems from across their ranges put through their paces. Cyberpower PC are the latest integrators to jump in on the action with one of their latest systems based around the new Corsair 540 chassis.

For some people, the name Cyberpower PC may seem a little familiar and for our American readers amongst you, this name may sound a little more familiar. Cyberpower PC is in fact a UK branch of Cyberpower Inc, one of the largest and most well know system integrators in the US. As a company, they have built up a strong reputation for customer service and an obsession for building systems that are strong, reliable and at a price point that does not break the bank – be it for a home user or a business.

The Infinity Achilles Pro system that I’m taking a look at today is built into one of the latest chassis to hit the market from Corsair – the Carbide Air 540 High Airflow Cube with a 4th Generation Haswell build residing inside built on a Gigabyte motherboard and NVIDIA graphics courtesy of MSI. Whilst we have this system in to review in the configuration below, the beauty of Cyberpower PC’s buying process is that you can configure each and every part of the system to cater it to your needs, be it the PSU, case, motherboard, cooling, storage and more.

This particular system is more of a mid range system over the top end systems that we have seen and typically look at, but this means we can get a better look at what you can get for sub £1000 these days. As you may note, there are a number of components that we have looked at before in the specification – they are highlighted below and you can have a read on our individual reviews of them accordingly.

For a mid-range system, this by all-means is no slouch in respect of the powerhouses that we have seen in the past, but the real question is just how well does it fair in respect? What does spending just over £1000 get you these days?

The system comes shipped as expected within the box to the Corsair Air 540, although with this being a review sample, we did not have all the extras packed in with the system that you would receive if you were to buy this from Cyberpower yourself.

The first thing that we not once taking the system out of the box is that the insides have been protected very well due to the use of a self expanding foam packaging that we are seeing more and more system integrators use these days. This packing is quick and simple to use and given that no two systems (of different specs) are the same, its expanding properties mean that it can cater for virtually any setup with ease.

Gainward GeForce GTX 770 Phantom OC 2GB Graphics Card Review

While the GTX 780 and 770 were both released recently, there has been more focus from brands on the 770 counterpart as it offers much better value for money when looking at a price vs performance argument than pretty much any other card on the market from both AMD or Nvidia, and with that we’ve had a lot more GTX 770’s come through our door, than we have 780.

As we start plowing through these cards, we also found a chance to start working with a brand that is fairly new to us, and perhaps doesn’t have the biggest presence in the UK market, unlike other key manufacturer’s and this is Gainward. Today we find their GTX 770 Phantom OC landing with us which is said to offer all of the benefits of a GTX 770 with an increased clock speed thanks to the overclock and their patented Phantom cooling solutions which provides extreme silence and extreme cooling with a unique design behind it too.

With a slightly higher price point than a reference GTX 770, we’re here to find out if the extra £30 is worth spending, and if the overclock really does help push performance while remaining cool and quiet at the same time. We will be comparing this directly to a reference GTX 770 among other key cards that are currently on the market.

Before we get straight into the performance though, there are a few things we need to look at which includes the packaging and what Gainward bundle in with the card, before we take a detailed look at the card itself and its Phantom cooling solution. Once we’ve covered the design aspect, then we can get down to the nitty gritty and look at the specs in comparison to a stock card, and then find out if the performance increase really makes a difference while focusing on the performance of the cooler as well.

Of course, in natural eTeknix fashion, we will see if the overclock can be pushed even further by manually increasing the clock speed and memory speeds on the card, but lets start by taking a look at what the GTX 770 Phantom comes in and exactly what’s included.

The box itself is nice and includes a panel that flaps open to reveal a first view of the card. There are a few spelling errors on the packaging and some words are split between two lines, but this is no real problem to be honest. Inside we find a quick install guide, driver installation CD, twin 6-pin PCI-Express to single 8-pin PCI-Express power adapter, DVI to VGA adapter and a welcome addition; a HDMI to DVI adapter.

PowerColor Radeon HD 7790 TurboDuo OC 1GB Graphics Card Review

There a whole heap of partners that work with AMD to manufacture graphics cards and with the release of the 7790, I’ve looked at a card from virtually every major player in the market. It’s very rare that this happens to be quite honest as I typically only see three or four cards at a time for each class of card but there’s nothing wrong in breaking the mould a little and overall getting one of the most extensive data sets for Bonaire going.

PowerColor is a partner that I’ve not worked before, but this is not to say that their product is not worth looking at. The then ATI partner, who are owned by TUL, have been producing cards since 1997 and in some respects are a little unheard of these days when compared to the big names such as Asus and Gigabyte to name a few and be-known to some have also produced cards from NVIDIA, although this was done under the Zogis brand name.

With the release of the 7790, like may other partners, we see more than one SKU appear on the market by the brand with two slightly different overclock variants in that. The TurboDuo that I’m going to look over today is the faster and in a way, the better of the two, with a better cooling option and also a higher clock speed out of the box, but the real question is how does it stack up when pitted against the armada of 7790’s that I’ve already seen and tested…

PowerColor have kept the bundle very simple, with a VGA to DVI adaptor, installation guide and a driver CD. I do note that the CD still displays the ATI branding for some reason, although a guess would be that the image that is printed on to the disc has not been updated in a long time. I’d also recommended going to the AMD website to download the latest drivers.

XFX Radeon HD 7790 Black Edition OC 1GB Graphics Card Review

There’s been a whole heap of 7790’s coming through my door recently and it doesn’t look like the flow is going to stop just yet. Never before have I had so many partners eager to get their products tested and reviewed for a particular launch, but as we know, Bonaire has stirred the entry level market right up and consequently every one wants a slice of the pie when it comes to sales. When it comes to the review side of things, what this means for both myself and you, the reader, is the I can give a better representation and judgement on how different cards perform and show their worth.

Next to come to the table with their version of the 7790 is XFX. After a little time of not seeing one of their cards with the Double Dissipation cooling system, Ghost thermal technology and in the case of the particular card that I’m looking at today, hand picked and binned components which mean that they have been selected for the Black Edition moniker that XFX pride themselves for as their top of the line range.

So what’s the advantage of chip binning I hear you ask; well only a few manufacturers sell cards that have hand picked and selected components, but these components that have been selected are in essence the cream of the crop and perform the best when tested, which for you the user means that when it comes to performance, they have just the little bit more to give. For the over clocker it means that there is potential for pushing it that little bit further as I will come on to later whilst consuming less power.

XFX tend to keep their bundles quite simple, but whilst this means that the box contains mostly paperwork, along with a Black Edition case badge, it also means the cost of having to include accessories that most users will keep in the box is eliminated, bringing the cost to the end user down at the same time.