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Archive for October 18th, 2018

Smaller Technology Killing the Overclock…or is it?

Let’s face it. Smaller technology sometimes scares us overclockers! I see my behemoth tower that’s as tall as my desk from the floor, and I wonder if the day will come if that tower is much smaller. The truth is, that is a very real possibility, especially with much of this mobile and small form factor technology today. The plug to overclocking is being pulled so that the consumers are stuck with exactly what they got. But have no fear, Overclockers! G.Skill has come to our rescue by showing us that smaller tech doesn’t mean smaller tweaks. Today, G.Skill just announced that its Ripjaws SO-DIMM 2133 MHz DDR3 memory was overclocked to an astounding 2600 MHz! Even if those DIMMs where full size DDR3, that would be an impressive overclock, but this is laptop memory! If that wasn’t enough, this overclock was achieved in ASRock’s barebones system, the “M8.” We’re not talking about a wind tunnel here. We’re talking about a tiny flat box that’s barely thicker than a tablet! While I might be exaggerating the size a bit, the point is well made that even if form factors permanently get smaller, overclocking isn’t going anywhere. I don’t see my giant tower going anywhere either in all reality, but as long as manufacturers are willing to give us the option, we’ll be more than willing to find the best ways to get the most out of any hardware we get our hands on. If you still don’t believe me, just do a search for a liquid cooled raspberry pi! Written by Josh...



Intel Improves Performance by 80%!!! There’s a Catch Though

In a world where every regime is trying to topple the current controlling empire, even small performance gains can become big news. Typically, a 10-15% performance gain on a new generation of CPUs is expected, but if that performance is increased by 20-25%, then excitement goes through the roof! Intel isn’t bragging about a mere 25% though. In their newest line up of Xeon processors, they are claiming up to an 80% increase in performance! At first glance, this is nothing short of astronomical, but upon further investigation, the implications of this move may not be the best thing for the PC gamer. Intel’s new family is the Xeon E7 V2. Depending on whether businesses want power or cores, they have a 6 core chip at 3.4 GHz and a 15 core chip at 2.8 GHz, as well as plenty of chips to fill in everywhere else. They also sport up to a 37.5 MB cache. Another point of interest in these specs is the die size. While the 6 core chips run a fairly standard 257mm2 die size, the 15 core chips are a massive 541mm2! To put this in perspective, an AMD FX-8350 has a die size of 315mm2. Unfortunately, this carries some of the same vibes that Haswell had when it released. While Haswell did increase performance, it felt very much like a factory overclocked Ivybridge chip. To initially sum up these new server chips, it feels like Intel simply decided that bigger is better. But what about that 80% performance increase? Here’s where In-Memory Analytics comes into play. For giant businesses ...



How Crucial Ballistix is Made

 Introduction Good performance memory is designed to give gamers an edge in competition. At Crucial, the competitive edge is being directly integrated into the manufacturer, Micron Technology, from the start. With that said, Crucial presents a new video that provides an insider’s look at and the rigorous testing process that Crucial DRAM undergoes from design to delivery. This intricate and thorough process is one of the many things that help differentiate Crucial memory from the competition.  



BitFenix Flo Headset review

There’s a new audio product on the market. Bitfenix has released their new Flo headset. The Flo is supposedly optimized for stellar sound. The claim that its recision-tuned acoustic chambers (equipped with 40mm Neodymium drivers) ensure great dynamic balance. The 40mm drivers are complimented by a detachable microphone and the headset is compatible with PCs, mobile devices and gaming consoles. Continue reading to find out if this headset delivers the audio quality and decibels gamers are waiting to hear.





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