US Air Force Broke the Maglev World Speed Record

The US Air Force’s 846th Test Squadron has had a lot of practice when it comes to both breaking records and magnetic levitation. As well as setting the initial record a number of years ago, they have already broken the world speed record for a vehicle operated using magnetic levitation, or “maglev”, twice this year. The record attempts saw the squadron accelerating their rocket-powered maglev sled to 513 mph and later 633 mph at the Holloman Air Force Base.

The vehicle that made the record attempts is a 2,000-pound rocket-powered sled that is kept aloft purely using maglev technology. It is levitated by super-conductive magnets cooled by liquid helium and then boosted up to the record-breaking speeds using a series of powerful rockets that provide acceleration of up to 923 feet per second. This is far from the only use of maglev technology, with more practical applications such as levitating trains already capable of reaching speeds of 370 mph, but the 846th’s levitating sled is a unique vehicle itself.

This isn’t the end of the record attempts either, with Shawn Morgenstern, the commander of the 846th Test Squadron stating that “what we plan to do after this test is refine the design of the sled itself.” “We want to look at some lighter materials and continue to see what kind of capability we can get out of this system in terms of the speeds that we’re capable of going” he said. How fast they will be able to make a rocket sled remains unknown, but it is exciting to see how these technologies continue to push the boundaries.

Overclockers Crank World-Record Speeds out of Skylake Core i7-6700K

Two renowned overclockers have pushed Intel’s Core i7-6700K CPU to its absolute limit, breaking the world record in the process. The German pair, Der8auer and Dancop, overclocked the retail Skylake processor to hit 7007.85MHz, using an ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Gene motherboard and 2x4GB G.Skill DDR4 RAM, TechFrag reports.

The validated data, submitted to CPU-Z, shows that the Germans raised the multiplier to 69x, using a base clock frequency of 101.56MHz, while the overclocking was achieved using only one of the CPU’s four cores enabled and an uncore frequency of 2438MHz.

The overclocking yielded 4.8GHz using air cooling, but, when they implemented -190oC cooling, managed to raise speeds up to 7007.85MHz.

The overclocking is a new world record, breaking the previous score of 6998.88MHz achieved by Chi-Kui Lam.

Processor (CPU)

CPU Name: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700K CPU @ 4.00GHz

Threading: 1 CPU – 1 Core – 1 Thread

Frequency: 7007.85 MHz (69 * 101.56 MHz) – Uncore: 2437.5 MHz

Multiplier: Current: 69 / Min: 8 / Max: 50

Architecture: Skylake / R0-Step (14 nm)

Cpuid / Ext.: 6.E.3 / 6.5E

IA Extensions: MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, EM64T, VT-x, AES, AVX, AVX2, FMA3, TSX

Caches: L1D : 32 KB / L2 : 256 KB / L3 : 8192 KB

Caches Assoc.: L1D : 8-way / L2 : 4-way / L3 : 16-way

Microcode: Rev. 0x0000023

TDP / Vcore: 95 Watts / 2.064 Volts

Type: Retail (Original Frequency : 4000 MHz)

Sub-15 Minute Fallout 3 Speedrun Sets New World Record

An intrepid speedrunner has managed to complete Fallout 3 in under 15 minutes, setting a new world record. YouTube user Rydou used a combination of quicksaving/quickoading to skip dialogues, clipping through walls to skip large swathes of map, and a further quickload quirk that allows walking speeds of 160% to beat Bethesda’s RPG in less than quarter of an hour.

Below the video, Rydou explains how to exploit the speedglitch:

“When you cripple your legs, your speed is set to 0, [and] then [brought] back to 60% of your normal speed. By quickloading just before getting crippled, you can confuse the game into giving you 60% without actually being put to 0 (because we don’t actually really get crippled). So you get a huge speedboost, and walk at 160% of your normal speed.

This speedboost can appear in two versions: One which is “breakable”, it will last as long as you don’t quickload again. The second one is “unbreakable”, you can quickload or load a game without losing it.

This time can still be improved, even if my raven rock was godly, my vault 87 was pretty awful, so I would like to get a sub 14:50. [At] the same time, I might try to get the sub 30 on FNV glitchless, and then get a decent time on FNV Any% because the run is now 2 min faster than it was.”

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.”

World Largest Arcade Machine is Taller Than an Elephant

Jason Camberis, a network engineer from Chicago, doesn’t do things in a small way! He’s gone and built the worlds largest arcade machine and it’s so large, it stands taller than an elephant! This monster of a machine is now officially the world’s largest arcade machine and has been verified by Guinness World Records and for so many reasons, I can’t see anyone bothering to try beat that record anytime soon. The last system to set this record was created in 2007 and let’s be honest, it’s already venturing on the edge of unplayable.

44-year old Camberis spent two years building the gargantuan arcade machine, which clocks in at a very impressive 14 feet and 5 inches, as well as 6 feet wide! This is no simple build though, as it’s built completely to scale, with giant joysticks, buttons and even a giant coin slot, albeit the slots are just for show, as he didn’t make giant quarters.

All the buttons and sticks are fully functional, so there’s nothing stopping you from playing the machine, assuming you can reach the controls. As you can see, it makes a fully grown man look like a small child. Of course, there’s also the fact that there are few people who own homes capable of housing such a large system; I still want one though!

Tesla Model S Does Record-Breaking 452.8 Miles On One Charge

Tesla’s premium electric sedan, the Model S P85D, has managed a world-record 452.8 (728.7 km) mile journey on a single battery charge. The feat was achieved in Denmark by Bjørn Nyland, a programmer with the University of Oslo, who affectionately nicknamed his Tesla Model S the “Millennium Falcon”.

Nyland, who is not affiliated with Tesla, decided to push his Model S as far as it would go. After charging the vehicle at a charging station in Rødekro, Denmark, he and his friend took turns driving the car at 25mph, avoiding any elevation, before returning to the charging station. The journey took the two men 18 hours and 40 minutes, with a total of 1 hours’ worth of stops.

Nyland posted video highlights (to be generous) of the journey, which ends with him and his friend looking rather delighted with their feat:

A self-confessed Tesla nut, Nylund has a number of Tesla test drive videos on his YouTube channel, including one of him driving 125mph for 39 miles down a German Autobahn.

The previous world record, according to Tesla, was 423.5 miles on one charge, achieved by David Metcalf and his son Adam in a Tesla Model S back in 2012.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Car and Driver.

Enter Now to Play The Largest Minesweeper Game Ever on 24 Monitors!

Cinemassive has decided to honour the 30th anniversary of Minesweeper with a once in a lifetime opportunity. This competition involves the largest Minesweeper game ever devised on 24 HD monitors and 10 entrants will battle it out until victory. If you want to become involved, simply complete the contact form on the website and cross your fingers! Obviously, demand will be extremely high and it’s uncertain how the selection process is conducted; I’d imagine people are selected at random in the interest of fairness.

The lucky few who are selected have a 12 hour limit to complete the game and avoid 38,799 mines! According to the project, you will be able to play “from the comfort of your home” which suggests some kind of streaming service to conduct the challenge. I’ve always been pretty hopeless at Minesweeper but found the game thoroughly addicting. It’s been an integral part of Windows for over a decade and a good way to pass the time in the office. The latest version on Windows 10 even features daily challenges. However, you are forced to sit through adverts to compete against others worldwide.

Do you think you’re up to the challenge? Perhaps, it’s time to get hone your skills in case you get selected and aim to be the number one Minesweeper player in the world!

Thank you Cinemassive for providing us with this information.

Intel Core i7-6700K ‘Skylake’ Almost Reaches Magical 7.0GHz

Chi-Kui Lam has set a world overclocking record for the i7-6700K, which came tantalizing close to the 7.0GHz mark and achieved a stable maximum figure of 6998.88MHz. As a professional overclocker, he managed this feat by increasing the core voltage from 1.2v to 1.888v using liquid nitrogen. Staggeringly, this was a core increase of 74.97 percent compared to the stock frequency with a multiplier of x 70.

Lam opted for the overclocking-focussed AsRock Z170 OC Formula which features a 17-phase voltage regulation and high-end capacitors designed for extreme benchmarking. Other equipment included a 1300W Power Supply and G.Skill Ripjaws 4 DDR4 memory. While the recorded frequency is very impressive, Lam had to disable 3 cores to maintain stability within the allotted temperature threshold. As a result, don’t expect to get anywhere near this with normal cooling apparatus with all cores enabled.

Skylake hasn’t been well-received by consumers and many feel the pricing is too close to the X99-based, 6-core 5820K. Perhaps the Skylake pricing will reduce over time but that would be a very optimistic prediction. Although, at least overclocks running up to 4.7 GHz are possible on enthusiast hardware without breaking the bank. I’ll be interested to see if the 7 GHZ barrier is broken on Skylake and how it benches compared to last generation CPUs.

Thank you Kitguru for providing us with this information.

Seasonic’s Platinum 1200 Watt Power Supply Assists In World Record

Seasonic Electronics Company was founded 40 years ago and prides itself on research and development with the aim of providing consumers with cutting edge technology. This is the case with the Platinum 1200 power supply which has assisted in the achievement of a new world record in conjunction with Dancop.

For those not familiar, Dancop is a German overclocking pro team who have achieved a new World Record within CPU and GPU benchmarks as well as finishing first place within numerous other benchmark categories at the global rankings.  These are overseen by HWBOT who are an organization that monitors professional competitive overclocking results.

So what makes this Power Supply exceptional? The Platinum 1200 version boasts among other features Dual Copper Bars which carry a higher current which is much more effective than the traditional copper strips. A No Negative Voltage Tolerance which implements an even stricter voltage regulation which entirely eliminates negative deviations, this is with the aim of keeping voltage 80% tighter than Intel specifications and 66 % tighter than top reviewers recommend. The icing on the cake is in the form of Seasonic’s 7 year warranty which provides the piece of mind to consumers.

Seasonic has also been awarded the European Hardware Awards for 2015, this prestigious award was for their Platinum Power Supply series.

 

8Pack and der8auer Smash 3 World Records at ROG OC Showdown 2015

8Pack isn’t known as one of the best overclockers in the world for no reason and he has just shown everyone why that is at the recent ASUS ROG OC  Showdown Area 2015 by not only winning the event but also breaking two world records himself while his partner in “crime” der8auer also cracked a record.

The records were created on the ASUS Rampage Extreme V motherboard with ASUS GeForce GTX Titan X in Triple & Quad-SLI configuration and using LN2 cooling:

  • Catzilla 1440P – 56747 by 8pack
  • Catzilla 720P – 94997 by der8auer
  • 3DMark11 Performance – 53396 by 8pack

Other partners for the event besides ASUS, were HyperX, Seasonic, and Dimastech supplying the hardware that was used.

8Pack’s normal home is at Overclockers UK where they also sell specialized and highly overclocked systems by just him, 8Pack. So if you got the taste for just the best, you can buy it directly. Those systems won’t come cheap though as the cheapest system starts at £4679.94 incl. VAT.

Poo Bus Sets Regular Service Bus Speed Record

While we haven’t found much use for human excrement, cow manure powers the fastest regular service bus yet. Called the “Bus Hound”, this British bus cracked the land speed record for a regular service bus, clocking in at 123.57km/h. Powered by compressed biomethane natural gas, the so-called biogas is derived from cow manure. This trait and the source of the natural gas lead to its Frisian cow style livery and carbon neutral operation. While there are many buses, even in my own neighborhood that runs on compressed natural gas, specifically using biomethane made from cow manure is rare.

In order to reach its top speed, the Reading Buses, the owners, had to make a number of modifications. The speed limiter normally set to about 56mph had to be removed and high-speed tires installed. it also likely involved some other minor tweaks to things like the suspension. Even with the modifications, chief engineer John Bickerton remarked that the bus “sounded like a Vulcan bomber—the aerodynamics aren’t designed for going 80mph”.

After the conclusion of the record-breaking run, the bus will have all of its tweaks removed, the speed limiter replaced and plain old regular tires installed. This is important as other buses records have used vehicles that are otherwise custom-built or heavily modified in order to set their records. This is why this speed record is not for the “fastest bus” but for the fastest regular service bus. Unfortunately, Guinness Word Records won’t be certifying this speed as they wouldn’t consider anything under 150mph. With cow poo powering the fastest bus, who knows if human poo can beat the 150mph barrier?

 

Girl Writes Giant Message in Desert for Her Astronaut Father

What do you do when you want to message a member of your family? You call them, text them, perhaps drop them a message on Facebook. This is of course quite simple and thanks to modern technology, it’s still possible to send your father any of those, even when he’s on the International Space Station, but it’s not as epic as what one 13-year-old girl did.

Stephanie, with a lot of help from car manufacturer Hyundai and their fleet of 13 sat-nav guided cars, decided to set a new world record. They wrote an enormous message in the sand of Nevada’s Delamar Dry Lake, so big, that it could be seen from the ISS, where Stephanie’s father was working.

The stunt was genuine, setting a new record for ‘The largest tire track image’ and was verified by Guinness World Records, oh and by her dad, who snapped a picture of it from space (see above).

This is pretty incredible and while the message was primarily done as a marketing campaign for Hyundai, we have to admit, it was a bloody good one and it’s certainly a lot bigger than the average billboard.

If you could write anything that big on the Earth, what would it be, and dare I ask, why? Let us know in the comments section below.

Donkey Kong’s Four Year World Record Broken

Anyone who’s even a little bit into video games knows about the clout surrounding Nintendo’s original Donkey Kong arcade. Top tier gamers have been battling to achieve and smash high scores since its release in early 1981. For nearly four years now Dr. Hank Chien has held the world record – but his reign as “Dr. Kong” has finally come to an end. Competitive gamer Robbie Lakeman has snagged the new high score, completing an enormous three-hour session that earned him a high score of 1,1,41,800 – totalling exactly 3,200 points higher than Dr. Chien’s record.

For decades now gamers have poured over Donkey Kong – amassing thousands of hours into perfecting the manoeuvres behind the pixel perfect game. It takes a combination of both extreme skill and luck to have any chance of making it into the top of the worldwide scoreboard – the 2007 documentary “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quaters” shows a behind the scenes look at the preparation, dedication and practice put in by world renowned players.

The new record holder Robbie Lakeman started his journey to the top just over two years ago, and has been streaming his years of attempts live on Twitch for all to see. A replay video link to the new record game can be found available here.

Image courtesy of The Archade Flyer Archive.

$750,250 Final Bid For World Largest Video Game Collection

Michael Thomasson set the world record for having the worlds largest video game collection, as he had amassed over 11,000 unique games over the years since 1998 when he started work for a video game resale website.

Just last week, Michael put his record breaking collection up for sale, which attracted over 50 bids, including a tech world celebrity in the form of Palmer Luckey who made two bids, although he didn’t win the listing. A bidding war quickly broke out that shot the listing past the $500,000 mark, as the listing shot up by more that $250,000 in just seven hours.

Michael is now sitting pretty on $720,250 for his collection, that works out at $68 per game. The collection is obviously huge, but its real magical feature is that all the games are original and every single on is still in their original packaging!

Michael has also included his Guinness World Record certificate along with the games, so who ever owns the games, also owns the rights to the official world record.

Personally I would rather start a collection from scratch than invest so heavily in one that was already done, as with most things in life, it is putting in the effort that makes something like this so rewarding.

Thank you The Wire for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of The Wire.

Man Breaks World Record By Building 50ft Optimus Prime From Balloons

While there are people in this world intent on breaking the record for the 100m sprint, highest sky dive, fastest time cycling across Europe and many other great achievements, John Reid was blowing up balloons. The New York based artist and magician wanted to break the world record for the biggest thing made out of balloons.

The task took John a staggering 42 hours, using 4302 balloons and the end result for his efforts was not only a new world record, but also a 50ft tall balloon rendition of Optimus Prime. He created the giant Autobot balloon display at the 2014 Salk Lake Comic Con in Utah.

“I hope that somebody else decides to try to take this art a little further and crush me. Trounce me. Wipe the floor with me.” said John.

Given the fun nickname of Poptimus Prime, the creation proved a big attraction and official were on hand to declare it the largest balloon sculpture ever made by a single person. I’m not sure why he set about breaking this record, but it’s entertaining none the less.

Thank you Metro for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Metro.

GoPro Release GoPro Hero2 Footage Of 2012 Baumgartner Jump

On October 14th 2012, Felix Baumgartner set a new world record for highest ever skydive. I remember sitting there and watching the whole thing live as the whole event unfolded, in what was likely one of the most incredible stunts I will ever see in my lifetime.

Just over a year after the original jump, you can finally watch the Baumgartner stratosphere jump from the first-person view point, just we warned that it can be a little nauseating on full screen at some points, but also rather beautiful at others.

When he jumped to Earth he left his balloon at an altitude of 39 km, he maxed out at an impressive 1357.64 km/h (Mach 1.25) and that made him the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power. He survived a spin that could have ended up costing him his life to safely parachute safely back to earth a few minutes later.

GoPro documented the jump with seven HERO2 cameras and have only just published the 8-minute video clip that we have below, and with an 11MP image sensor, low-light capability and 120fps recording the film looks absolutely stunning.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/dYw4meRWGd4[/youtube]

Thank you PocketLint for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of PocketLint.

One Simple E-Mail Ended With Complete Worldwide Chaos Inside The BP Corporation

If you are an employee in a corporation, most notably a worldwide corporation, then you are most likely required to send out e-mails to different departments. That’s what happened at BP, where an employee wrote an e-mail to a Mr. “Shahid” where he mentioned that an employee by the name of “Anant Prakash” was removed from the OMS Navigation Users distribution list. However, the mail did not reach only the employees in question, but the whole worldwide group of employees.

Having sent an e-mail to different users than required (in this case all BP employees), the next reasonable step was to send another e-mail in reply, notifying upon the mistake. Something like “Please disregard the previous e-mail” or “Kindly ignore the e-mail” are just a few examples that follow such an error. However, before he was able to rectify his mistake, replies were rolling in.

It started off with e-mails such as “I have no idea who this is and can you remove me from this email,” or “Similarly I think I was added to the distribution in error”. From here, others have tried to contain the thread with messages such as “OK we have all been added in error and the guy who sent the original email has already recognised his mistake!”. Alas, that did not stop the spark generated.

Soon after, all employees from different time zones were starting to wake up or take an interest in this spamming thread, some even sending replies such as “Keep me in the loop please, I love this madness! :)”. It is not uncommon for people to be amused by such mistakes, however there were other more monotonous employees who did not find it so amusing thinking it will make a difference by expressing their frustration with capital letters and hitting the ‘Reply All’ button. A glimpse of the thread can be seen below:

“CAN YOU ALL STOP SELECTING ‘REPLY ALL’ …… just reply to Patsy.”

“PLEASE TAKE ME OFF ALL THESE REDICULOUS REPLIES!”

“CAN YOU STOP ASKING TO BE REMOVED FOR CHRIST SAKE”

“Who on earth are all you people and why are you bombarding my inbox?”

Just out of curiosity; do you have a distribution list that reads “Everyone in the world”? If so, please remove me from that list.
Thank you”

There were even employees which missed out on the topic and were asking for someone to resend the original e-mail, followed by some employee stating that he has spoken with officials at Guiness World Recors about the thread and thought they could even break the world record with this developing spam:

“I missed the original email. Can you please resend it again………. THANKS………..!!!!!!!!!”

“Keep calm and
Keep replying All!!!”

“Don’t stop, please, keep moving”

“Have just put the phone down from the Guinness people, they say another 64 replies and we have the new world record !!!
We can do this !”

And as a grand finale to this epic spam thread, the person in cause, Mr. “Anant Prakash” replied at last, having ‘restored’ order to his fellow co-workers’ inbox folders, with the following:

“To the whole BP family who have taken the time to email me today Have a wonderful weekend – I’m off to the pub.”

Thank you News.com.au

Gadget Show Create Worlds Largest Game Of Pac-Man

We all love playing on the big screen from time to time, but for Namco Bandai and Channel 5’s The Gadget Show, that simply isn’t enough. The shows team worked together with Namco Bandai to create the worlds largest even game of Pac-man by using projectors and the side of the Victoria Dock building in London.

Measuring a staggering 2,219 metres squared there is no doubt that this is some seriously huge gaming real estate and while we do not have video of the game being played, the show has leaked out a photo in advance of the TV premier on December 9th.

The stunt was performed as part of the shows 250th episode, but also as a promo for the upcoming Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures video game that is due for release in March next year.

One thing is for certain, this looks really cool and I bet it was a pretty awesome sight for any passers by on the day of filming.

Thank you Pocket Lint for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Pocket Lint.

EVGA Hardware Dominates The 3DMark Leaderboards With 9 World Records

EVGA has once again teamed up with extreme overclocker Vince “k|ngp|n” Lucido to set no less than nine 3DMark World Records using the latest EVGA hardware! Armed with the new EVGA X79 Dark motherboard, EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Classified and TITAN graphics cards, an EVGA SuperNOVA 1500 Classified Power Supply, and the latest Ivy Bridge-E processors from Intel, EVGA with k|ngp|n were able to once again raise the bar of enthusiast hardware.

Naturally this gives EVGA every right to celebrate and it’s a great way for them to flex the power of their hardware, of course there aren’t many of us out there that are going to get this kind of performance in our home gaming rigs, not unless you have an endless supply of LN2 and a lot of spare time, not to mention money.

I must admit though, these are some extremely impressive scores, but the world of GPU performance is ever changing, so who knows how long EVGA and k|ngp|n can hold onto these positions.

3DMark World Records*

  • 3DMark Fire Strike (4-Way SLI) = 33,730
  • 3DMark Fire Strike (Single Card) = 15,444
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme (4-Way SLI) = 22,731
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme (Single Card) = 7,732
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate (Overall) = 53,463
  • 3DMark 11 Extreme (Overall) = 23,861
  • 3DMark 11 Performance (Single Card) = 21,864
  • 3DMark Vantage (Overall) = 89,998
  • 3DMark Vantage (Single Card) = 72,578

*As of 2 October 2013

Software/Hardware Used:

  • Graphics Cards: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Classified and EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN
  • Motherboard: EVGA X79 Dark
  • Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified
  • GPU Overclocking Software: EVGA Precision X
  • CPU Overclocking Software: EVGA ELEET-X
  • Overclocking Hardware: EVGA EVBot

Thank you EVGA for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of EVGA.

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)

G.Skill TridentX Reaches 4400MHz!

G.Skill have just announced that their Trident X memory has been taken to new levels – a staggering 4400MHz! That sets a new world record for the highest memory frequency and it is a staggeringly high achievement if you consider it was achieved using DDR3 memory modules.

The achievement was done using an Intel Haswell Core i7 4770K, ASUS Maximus VI Impact motherboard and a healthy dose of LN2! The person who achieved this all was professional overclocked James “YoungPro” Travaskis from TeamAU. He used a G.Skill Trident X DDR3 3000MHz C12 4GB stick to break the world record.

More details here.

Image courtesy of G.Skill

AMD A10-6800K “Richland” Sets New World Record @ 8.2GHz

A Finnish overclockers who goes by the name of “The Stilt” has bagged him self a new world record for highest CPU overclock, no easy task given the clock speeds involved and that the benchmark for this becomes harder with every attempt.

Using the AMD A10-6800K and a huge amount of liquid nitrogen, The Stilt was able to blast 2.008 volts through the chip via the Asus F2A85-V Pro motherboard.

The first run scored him a taste 8000.48MHz with a bus clock of 126.99MHz, but that wasn’t the end for this run and he employed a so-called x87 fix which helped boost performance in SuperPi. On the second run he got the chip to 8203.01MHz using a bus clock speeds of 130.21MHz and a multiplier of 63.

 

Thank you PCGH for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of PCGH.

£125,000 Edition Of Grid 2 Available For Pre-Order At Game

Codemasters have unleashed the world’s most expensive videogame with the GRID 2: Mono Edition, which is available for pre-order at a bargain price of just £125,000. This exclusive edition of the game is available for just one customer and includes the highly-anticipated racing game GRID 2, a PlayStation 3 to play it on, oh and it also comes with a 170mph BAC Mono supercar, fitted out with GRID2 livery and a full set of race ware.

The BAC Mono is a British manufactured, road-legal, ultra-high performance supercar which stars in the game. Created from high-strength carbon fibre, the BAC Mono is an unrivalled example of light-weight performance engineering and its 2.3 litre, 280 bhp four cylinder power plant will propel its driver from 0-60 m.p.h. in just 2.8 seconds.

At £125,000, the GRID 2: Mono Edition has set a new Guinness World Records title for the “Most Expensive Video Game Commercially Available – Special Edition” and will include a range of extras for the buyer to enjoy the ultimate experience of racing the car in-game and driving it in real life. The GRID 2: Mono Edition includes:

• A copy of GRID 2 for PlayStation 3 featuring bespoke packaging artwork
• BAC Mono supercar in exclusive GRID 2 livery
• A day at the BAC factory, which includes a factory tour and time spent with technicians, to customise the BAC Mono for size and specifications
• A GRID 2: Mono Edition branded Bell Racing helmet
• Race suit, boots & gloves all made to measure in BAC Mono and GRID 2 branding
• A PlayStation 3

The GRID 2: Mono Edition is available to pre-order at www.game.co.uk/en/grid-2-bac-mono-edition-228776

“BAC is immensely proud and excited at the release of GRID 2: Mono Edition; a game which offers an opportunity for one lucky person to own a truly unique supercar,” said Neill Briggs, Project Director, BAC Mono. “Codemasters has developed a stunning game which focuses on delivering the ultimate driving experience and Mono is the ultimate expression of this, in both the real and virtual worlds.”

While the GRID 2: Mono Edition is a one-off, the standard edition of GRID 2 will race into retail next Friday, May 31st.

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