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 …

Latest Sapphire TriXX Unlocks AMD Fury Voltage Control!

The AMD Fury cards have certainly been an interesting chapter for AMD this year, offering some unique innovations that are certain to change the future of the graphics cards market. What’s been holding these cards back, however, is their overclocking potential and slowly but surely, that trend is changing.

The latest release of Sapphire Trixx (v5.2.1.) has just been released, and that’s great news for Fury owners, as it unlocked the AMD Fury Voltage Control. This is a vital component in fine tuning overclocks and as reddit user Buildzoid says, these cards should be able to handle a bit of punishment. Of course, as with any overclocking and voltage tweaking, proceed with caution, especially on hardware so new and relatively untested in terms of overclocking.

“Ok here’s some basic data so you don’t blow up your cards. Max out the power slider. Even if the VRM for Vcore hits 125C you can shove 500W through it. Also it will throttle the card if it gets too hot. The IR 3567B running the default BIOS won’t let you blow the VRM. +100mV is safe across the board. +200mv is safe if you keep the core bellow 60C I would not expect clock scaling going past 150/175mV depending on you card. Yeah that’s basically the least “safe” looking overclocking advice you will ever read however the fact is that the Fury/Fury X PCBs are ridiculously over built.” – Buildzoid


Here’s what Sapphire had to say about the new software, which doesn’t only bring the voltage feature, but also some other cool features for a wide range of AMD cards.

Rev up the performance of your AMD Radeon or FURY based graphics card with the latest new-look version of SAPPHIRE TriXX. Change settings for the best performance of any compatible graphics card in different applications or games and save up to four sets and easily switch between them.

Enthusiasts can adjust fan speeds, core voltages and clock speeds to tune up performance to the max in your favourite games by overclocking, and save those settings for the next time you play the game. Safe recovery means you will never get stuck in settings you can’t change!

Not gaming today? Then save another set of changes with low fan speeds to run super quiet while you are watching a video – or revert to default settings for general purpose computing. Whatever you want to do – TriXX makes it easy.

TriXX not only monitors basic parameters such as fan speed and GPU temperature but also GPU load, voltages and memory performance. TriXX can also create a log file for future analysis, and you can save the current VGA BIOS.

Check back for updates – TriXX is regularly updated to provide support for new releases of graphics cards and GPU families as well as enhancements to the tool.

New features

New look and interface
Now supports over-volting on Radeon R300 series
Now supports HBM memory overclock on FURY cards
Now supports over-volt on FURY cards
Minimise TriXX to task bar

Main Features

Overclock your AMD RADEON or FURY based graphics card
GPU Core Clock
GPU Voltage
Video Card Memory Clock
Save your Favourite Settings with up to 4 Profiles.
Adjust your Graphic Card’s Fan Settings with Automatic, Fixed or Custom Fan Speeds
Information Tab with all you need to know about your Graphic Card including GPU, Interface, Memory, Driver Version, BIOS Version, Clocks, Shaders and more…
Multi-GPU support (CrossFireX)
Windows Sidebar Gadget option

If you’re ready to rock and get the most out of your AMD hardware, head on over to the official Sapphire site to download Trixx.

Pre-Orders and First Pricing for Skylake CPUs Now Available

Those who are waiting for the next generation Intel processors don’t have to wait that much longer as it looks like they will officially be launched sometime between August 6th and 9th. Although that date isn’t official, it seems to be a very reasonable one as the first shops have started to list the CPUs and allow you to pre-order them.

There aren’t any CPU specification on the site, instead there is the name, a price, and an order button. The i5-6600K (BX80662I56600K) is currently listed for €279.05 while the i7-6700K (BX80662I76700K) will set you back $401.59.

Those aren’t cheap prices, but we all know what to expect when shopping for Intel CPUs; you pay a premium to get a great CPU.

These Skylake chips are Intel’s first 14nm chips based ones and they will move the VRM off the CPU package and back on to the motherboard, likely reducing the heat given off the CPU package and improve the overclock-ability. DDR4 will also be standard but DDR3L may also be supported, but that will dependents on the new LGA 1151 motherboards and Z170 chipset for unlocked chips. Other notable additions are the new AVX512 instructions, Thunderbolt 3, 20 PCIE 3.0 lanes and L4 eDRAM cache. The CPUs run at 3.5/3.9Ghz and 4.0/4.2Ghz for the i5 and i7 respectively.

Intel Skylake K-Series Will Ship Without the Boxed Cooler

Intel has geared up and is almost ready with their latest desktop processors from the Skylake family and we know quite a bit about the processors already. The latest news on this front is for those who plan to buy one of the unlocked 14nm CPUs, namely the Core i5-6600K and Core i7-6700k, as they will be shipped without their own cooling solution.

Most enthusiasts and people who buy overclockable processors won’t be using the stock cooling solution anyway. While it isn’t bad, it’s just about enough for the processor. Third party aftermarket coolers are the solution and it is also what Intel recommends for these new Skylake processors.

Intel might be shipping these processors without a cooling solution and recommending a third-party cooler, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t offering one themselves, or actually two. There will be both an air cooler as well as an all-in-one liquid cooler, both with a TDW of 130W.

The new Skylake CPUs are expected to launch at the time of Gamescom 2015 according to DigiTimes, which starts on the 5th of August. Below is a chart of the expected lineup but it has to be noted that they’re also expected to support DDR3 memory and not just DDR4. Which you can use will depend on the motherboard you choose.

It is doubtful that the price reduction due to the boxed cooler will make up what you pay for a third-party solution or Intel’s own new coolers, but there will be savings and we can stop building forts with the stacks of unused Intel coolers.

Thank you WCCFtech for providing us with this information

New Upcoming Intel CPU Information Leaked

Sources have now confirmed to Chinese VR-Zone that Intel will only be launching two Broadwell desktop processors in Q2 2015. The new CPUs are based on the LGA1150 pin layout and will be compatible with the current Z97 motherboards. ASUS and ASRock have also recently announced that their current motherboards will be able to handle the new 14nm Broadwell processors with a BIOS update. The two new CPUs will be the Intel Core i7-5775C and Core i5-5675C.

It is unknown what the C stands for in the product names, but the processors are unlocked for overclocking like the previous K models were. Maybe a name change? maybe an error. Time will tell. The new i7 has four cores and eight threads running at a base frequency of 3.3GHz and with a turbo to 3.7GHz while the i5 has a base speed of 3.1GHz and a Turbo of 3.6GHz on its four cores, four threads base. The i7 comes with 6MB cache while the i5 only has 4MB and both are powered by the Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 iGPU.

Thanks to VR-Zone for providing us with this information

Unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Goes on Sale in US

Although the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been on sale since September, the new phones have always been connected to a carrier somehwhow in the US. Well not anymore, you can now buy the two phones unlocked in the US for the first time.

While getting them unlocked was the only way to get the phones from the Apple Online Store in many other countries like the UK for example, Americans have always had to purchase them connected to a carrier in some way. Practically every network offered the phones with a plan, and you could only visit T-Mobile to actually purchase the handset without a contract, but now they can be bought free of those pesky mobile network ties.

The 6 starts at $649 and the 6 Plus at $749 and can be purchased in-store or online at store.apple.com.

Source: The Verge


Locked Kaveri A10-7800 Launched, Features 512 GCN Cores and 65W TDP

AMD has reportedly launched its locked Kaveri APU, the A10-7800, having it show similar specs as the A10-7850K. The only noticeable difference between the latter is that the A10-7800 has its cores locked, having its main advantage seen in the 65W TDP, 30W less than the A10-7850K and A10-7700K.

The A10-7800 is based on the Kaveri architecture, featuring the series’ full shader count as well as the Radeon R7 series architecture, having full 512 GCN 2.0 core count. In terms of CPU performance, the A10-7800 features Steamroller cores divided into two blocks, having support for both AMD’s Mantle API as well as DirectX 11.2 and support for DDR3-1866 MHz. The APU is shown to be clocked at 3.5 GHz, boasting it to 3.9 GHz during Turbo, in addition to the 720 MHz clock GPU-wise.

Comparing with the A10-7850K, the A10-7800 appears to feature a 200 MHz boost on base clock and 100 MHz boost during Turbo, while having its locked cores compensate with the 30W TDP difference. Even so, the chip is a valuable piece for casual gaming, having AMD’s Mantle support to give it a kick as well. Aside from the latter, the price is said to be more attractive, having it set somewhere between $140 and $150.

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of WCCFTech

Samsung Sneakily Add Region Locking To “Unlocked” Galaxy Note 3 Handsets

Bright Side of News reports that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 has sneakily added in a region locking feature, this applies even if the handset is an “unlocked” version. This begs the question how can it be an unlocked handset if it is region locked? The report suggests that Galaxy Note 3 handsets sold in Europe are European models, and locked to European carriers only, while units sold in America are locked to the Americas and their carriers (North, South Central and the Caribbean).

After mounting evidence has surfaced it appears that this isn’t just a rumour or one-off occurrence but instead a new policy from Samsung.

British retailer Clove recently published an article explaining what the region lock meant for customers:

“We wish to make our UK & European customers aware of certain functionality limitations regarding SIM cards on the Note 3. If you travel internationally (outside Europe) and usually insert a local SIM card when in those countries, the Note 3 will NOT be able to use the local network. It will lose all mobile connectivity with the exception of emergency calls. For example, if you travel to the USA and insert a SIM card issued in the USA, you will not be able to use the Note 3 for any voice calls, text messages and mobile data connection. It will work via a WiFi connectivity only.”

If you thought this was just a problem for Galaxy Note 3 owners, then you’ll be in for a shock. The report further clarifies that Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note smartphones produced after July 2013 are all affected by this newly implemented region locking.

Samsung have yet to official confirm the region lock and the full details of it so we’ll have to wait and see what their response is on this one.

Prospective Samsung buyers beware.

Image courtesy of Bright Side of News (BSN)

AMD A10-6800k & A10-6700 ‘Richland’ APU Review

It’s been a busy time of year in the CPU market, with Haswell now on sale and making its stand as one mighty processor for its size, it’s time for AMD to release their update to the Trinity APU platform.

Whilst Intel’s new Z87 platform has seen a vast improvement in performance over Z77, it still has one major downside for some people and this relates to the cost. A new ground up platform means that users need to buy a new Z87 board in order to use the latest fourth generation processors and on the top end of the scale, this can equate to a large hole in the wallet. This is where AMD’s APU platform makes a strong stand against Intel. Whilst they have got their FX line of CPU’s that can perform virtually neck and neck with the 3rd Generation offerings from Intel, they do lack a built in GPU.

The APU or Accelerated Processing Unit is something that AMD have been proud of for a while now and the Trinity platform showed that with the inclusion of HD Radeon graphics into the same chip as a quad core CPU, it was able to give quite a substantial amount of power, especially for the price.

Richland is the next generation of APU’s to roll out of the AMD factories and even though AMD have made it clear that their HD Radeon 8xxx series of discrete GPUs will not be around until the early part of next year, back at the start of the year they did state that their 8000 series mobile graphics would be making appearance way before then within notebooks and within their APU’s

So what extra is there to be had over Trinity? Well over the last generation chips, AMD is promising a boost of 30-40% in performance and the biggest shouting point of all is the total cost of upgrading. Whereas Intel users need to buy both a chip and board in order to upgrade, the Richland APUs will all work on the current line of FM2 A85X motherboards with a simple BIOS update.

Other new features within Richland include the new HD Radeon 8000 series GPU cores, with up to 384 shaders, 8xAA and 16xAF support, DX11 support, DisplayPort 1.2 support and a clock speed of up to 844MHz. On top of this the A10 APUs will now also have native support DDR3-2133MHz memory speeds and the chips as a whole will offer more voltage and frequency levels for overclocking meaning that we should see some chips that are easier to work with when taking them to the next level in terms of speed.