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Hands-on look at Adafruit's Neopixel RGB LED Strip
     Sat, Dec 27 2014 | 2:18P | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
QUOTE:"Adafruit's Neopixel lights up Charles' lab as he puts them to the test to see if they really are as easy to use as Adafruit claims. Let's take a look."

Gigabyte Extreme Overclocking Competition 2014
     Thu, Dec 25 2014 | 3:18A | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Each year Gigabyte Germany organizes the Extreme Overclocking Competition. At the EOC the best overclocking teams of Germany have a chance to prove who is still king. The main organizer behind each event is Germany’s finest Roman Hartung also known as der8auer at HWBot.org. This year besides Gigabyte also G.Skill, Intel, Seasonic and Gelid solutions provided the required hardware and funds to allow this clash of the titans to take place at the Know Cube at the Heilbronn Tech University.

Gigabyte Secret OC session unlocks 9 World Records
     Wed, Dec 24 2014 | 3:33A | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte Technology Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards hosted last week at its headquarter in Taipei a Secret OC session in the effort to give its soon to be launch motherboard, the X99-SOC Champion, a test run to see if it is able to live up to its name. 7 of the world's most experienced professional overclockers gathered in Gigabyte's OC Lab to see just how fast the Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion board was under LN2.

Asus clarifies situation with OC sockets
     Wed, Dec 24 2014 | 2:44A | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Asustek Computer on Wednesday clarified the situation with its custom LGA2011-3 O.C. sockets as well as warranty that covers Intel Corp.’s processors. The mainboard maker denied that Intel’s warranty does not cover chips used with O.C. sockets and stated that the sockets are absolutely safe to use. A new statement by Intel confirms Asus’ claims.

Gigabyte Motherboard Evolution and Changing Overclocking
     Sat, Dec 20 2014 | 4:03P | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The latest Hardware Asylum Podcast has been posted and in this episode we talk about the evolution of the Gigabyte overclocking motherboard and Changing overclocking competitions.

Asus Open Overclocking Cup 2014 @ Madshrimps
     Mon, Dec 08 2014 | 11:00A | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASUS Open Overclocking CUP, in short AOOC 2014, is the event to host the clash between Europe`s fastest overclockers. After going through three online qualifying stages 16 overc"

Overclocking Competitions: About the Player
     Thu, Dec 04 2014 | 12:03P | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
By switching focus away from “The Fastest Person Wins” we open up overclocking to a whole new level of competition. Hardware makers will still have a reason to build and market their high-end overclocking hardware and players will be given a chance to choose what hardware they want to use.

GIGABYTE GA-X99-SOC Force Motherboard Overview and Overclocking Guide
     Fri, Oct 31 2014 | 5:52P | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Steven delves deeply into GIGABYTE`s X99-SOC Force motherboard and tells us in great detail about its features and his overclocking experience."

The Illusion of Overclocking Support
     Sun, Jun 08 2014 | 12:02P | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The way I see it if something is worth doing, it is worth doing well. When it comes to enthusiast hardware, either overclocking or gaming, hardware makers need to reach beyond the target communities and spend some effort advertising their hardware and events.

DimasTech Test/Bench Table Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Fri, May 16 2014 | 3:03A | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
DimasTech Test/Bench Table Review @ HardwareHeaven.com For anyone, like enthusiast overclockers or reviewers... really any people who need to regularly and quickly change components DimasTech have created a selection of test benches. Essentially a replacement for a traditional chassis they allow easy access to all the key components while also providing an area for the more static items and wiring. Today we take a look at their EasyXL Test/Bench table."

Gigabyte CDRomland OC Workshop
     Wed, Apr 16 2014 | 4:19P | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After a first successful outing of the Hardware.Info Pro OC team, it was time to head to a new location. Bundling forces with Gigabyte, Intel and the CDRomLand store the stage was set for another OC workshop. Since the Hardware.Info team is involved in HWBOT's Pro OC Cup some scores had to be improved to remain within the top 10, a tedious task as overclocking with a curious crowd adds constantly asking questions adds up to the challenge. Time to head over to the lovely city of Breda to the CDRomLand shop.

AMD Kaveri A10-7850K Overclocking – Unleashing GCN’s Potential
     Tue, Apr 15 2014 | 3:51P | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD’s Kaveri K Series APUs have a wealth of untapped performance potential: out of the box they come with a modest 720MHz GPU core clock speed, yet anyone who has toyed with AMD APUs in the past knows there’s going to be a lot of overclocking headroom. Before we progress any further I’m going to make my intentions with this article clear – AMD’s Kaveri APU is about the GPU and that’s where our focus lays today. Sure you can overclock the CPU, but because the CPU and GPU are combined, overclocking the CPU reduces the thermal and power headroom of the GPU, and vice versa. Not to mention that the GPU offers the most potential for performance scaling whereas the CPU doesn’t offer anywhere near as much – so picking the CPU over the GPU will leave you with less performance than if you’d have picked the GPU. Picking only the GPU for overclocking also makes sense as the A10-7850K is primarily designed to be a gaming chip, and a chip that takes advantage of GPU acceleration, so overclocking the CPU with detriment to the GPU makes no sense at all. How does the CPU have the potential to detriment the GPU you might ask? Well it is quite simple – the CPU produces more heat and uses more power than the GPU so overclocking it is likely to lead to thermal throttling of the entire APU package. With regards to TDP/power-based throttling you can get around this by disabling AMD’s APM (Application Power Management) but you still have the heat issue to contend with. Therefore for the purposes of this article we’re going with a GPU overclock only. For those interested in overclocking the CPU you’re better off waiting for the standalone Steamroller based Athlon CPUs to hit the FM2+ socket, or going with existing FX and Athlon series AMD CPUs.

MSI/Informatique OC Academy featuring HWinfo Pro OC Team
     Mon, Apr 14 2014 | 12:01P | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Sponsored OC venues are getting more and more popular; Belgian shop Tones.be started this trend in the Low Lands in 2011 with the first OC Academy. The initial concept was to introduce people to the hobby of overclocking; via the knowledge of the MadShrimps crew, the attendees got initiated in the quest of more MHz Though it quickly expanded to the more extreme form of overclocking and even went international one time. Overclockers are still being used by the hardware manufacturers for highlighting the durability, quality of components and versatility of their products. Last weekend the brand new Hardware.Info Pro OC team was present at the huge shop of Informatique in the Netherlands; joining forces with MSI and Hardware.info this should be an ideal cocktail for new records.

XFX R9 290X Double Dissipation Overclocking Review
     Thu, Mar 06 2014 | 12:01P | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have already reviewed the XFX R9 290X DD. It is now time to see how far we can overclock the XFX R9 290X Double Dissipation Edition video card. We will be looking at single card performance advantages as well as CrossFire performance advantages by overclocking two XFX R9 290X video cards.

VisionTek 26 Piece PC Tool Kit Review
     Sun, Mar 02 2014 | 9:01A | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“When building a PC, any old average set of tools (as long as they contain at least a philips screwdriver) will do you in a pinch, but it’s best not to use Dad’s rusty-old screwdriver because it could get rust flakes and who knows what other kinds of dirt and grime all over your new PC hardware. Thankfully there are tool kits designed specifically with system building in mind, and VisionTek has a fairly comprehensive kit of their own, which we will review for you today. Their kit comes with 26 pieces of surprisingly versatile, yet simple tools.”

Ocaholic Overclocking Competition - Smash and Trash 13 @ ocaholic
     Tue, Dec 10 2013 | 5:33A | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week-end, ocaholic hosted the Ocaholic Overclocking Competition Smash and Trash 13 in Regensdorf, close to Zrich Switzerland. In total there were ten well-known overclockers present and there were names like TaPaKaH from Latvia, der8auer from Germany, mat from Austria and Hiwa, splmann, Michel90 and Christian Ney from Switzerland. In cooperation with the sponsors ASUS, Cooler Master, Corsair, Intel, Samsung and Seasonic the five teams started turning 500 liters of liquid nitrogen into scores."

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