Hardware

BSO*: Core i5 661 Overclocking Analysis

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Following up on our initial Clarkdale review, we decided to take a closer look at which kind of speeds to expect from using various cooling methods on the Intel Core i5 processor. Thus we have tested maximum load stable speeds with the box cooler, a custom air setup, a liquid solution and phase change cooling. As our lab in Copenhagen had no good H55 board other than the reference Intel platform, testing was done using the P55-based Asus Maximus III Formula, also cancelling out the possible use of the i5?s integrated on-die GPU. Images of our various setups during testing. For this small experiment we

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Hardware

Preview: The largest in-case PSU ever? Ultra X4 1600W

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As the name suggests, the X4 series is the successor to the very successful X3 series. But after latter X3 units failed to excite the market, Ultra went back to the drawing board and released their X4 Series which gained accolades in the initial reviews. We spoke with Ultra and decided to wait until the company is ready with its flagship 1600W, which was promised for end of November. And really, in the dying days of November we received a package that was nothing short of breathtaking. Delivery box for Ultra’s X1600W is really large – but at least it is well protected against any

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Hardware

Tip: OCZ Animal DDR3-1333; 2000 MHz capable RAM

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Most enthusiasts should be well acquainted with the performance memory offered by California-based OCZ Technology. Since 2002, the memory manufacturer has catered for the needs and wants of the enthusiast and high-end segments. Usually with plenty of headroom for overclocking and fitted with efficient heat sinks, its Reaper, Flex, Gold, and NVIDIA SLI memory kits have managed to conquer the memory slots of many end-users. However, the often overlooked limited edition OCZ "Animal" kits are packing a mean punch and compared to more expensive memory kits out there, seem to be a great bargain for anyone looking to upgrade or replenish their DDR3 memory. In

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Hardware

EVGA X58 SLI Classified E760 reviewed

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EVGA Corporation is a California-based company which is renowned for producing NVIDIA-based computer hardware targeting consumers, but it has recently aspired to produce Intel-based motherboards as well. EVGA has established itself as a major player emphasizing on motherboards, graphic cards, and factory overclocked graphic cards. The company considers its customer relations and services a unique selling proposition and is globally renowned for its support forums and content fan base. Earlier this year, EVGA released the X58 SLI Classified;a specialized overclocking-friendly motherboard with an added NVIDIA NF200 chip allowing for optimized use of 3-Way SLI beyond anything ever imagined, thus raising the bar for enthusiast-level motherboards.

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Business, Technology Security

Iran tightens online censorship

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In the midst of a troubled [since the presidential election, ed.] Iran, the police have begun to physically remove and destroy satellite receivers within residential homes. This is done in a massive effort to prevent people from obtaining  news with foreign TV-stations, which are outside the Iranian regime’s control. That is the report of a German human rights organization, saying that Iranian citizens now only have the Internet as an impartial source of information – and that this media is also subject to very strict censorship. Every internet provider in Iran has been linked to the rest of the world through a central hub inside

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Hardware

A-Data launches DDR3-2200 with 2oz. copper PCB

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PC enthusiasts all around the world can now satisfy their insatiable thirst for computing power. The World?s second largest vendor of DRAM Modules [first Kingston, third Corsair], A-DATA Technology, today announced its new high-performance DRAM modules, the "XPG Plus Series DDR3-2200+ v2 Dual Channel Kit" [very short name, Ed.] – the highest speed of DDR3 DRAM modules to date to go into production. A-Data XPG Plus Series DDR3-2200+ v2.0 modules are designed and guaranteed to run on future Dual Channel platforms [Intel P55 and Core i5, anyone?] at a staggering 2200 MHz with tight 8-8-8 timings using the "i7-voltage" limit of 1.65 Volts, and will

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Hardware

Freezing the nVidia ION: Record Intel Atom 330 overclock ahead!

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A few weeks back, we at the Bright Side of Overclocking* team came up with an idea to go and overclock one of the rarely overclocked items, the nVidia ION platform and Intel’s Atom CPU in its dual-core form, e.g. Diamondville. We managed a nice 600 MHz boost up from the stock operating speed [1.6 GHz]. At the time, the Zotac’s ION-ITX-A board had no modifications done to it, and was cooled using only a 120mm fan. Given that the best overclockable motherboard for Intel’s Atom processor is based on the nVidia ION chipset and manufactured by Zotac, we didn’t give a second thought before getting

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Hardware

Corsair Re-launches Elpida Hyper-based Dominator GT

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Since the introduction of Elpida Hyper-based performance DRAM from various memory companies, many users have reported strange problems with their modules – ranging from basic memory detection issues, loss of channels to literally dead sticks. A thread over at Xtreme Systems made it all too apparent that something was very wrong. Today, Corsair has implemented changes in materials and qualification to bring Hyper-based overclocking modules back to market, and thus re-introduced the popular Dominator GT line of performance DDR3 modules. The Dominator GT had been removed from the market due to unacceptable failure levels of the Elpida Hyper-components with which the modules are constructed. "The

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Hardware

BSO* overclocks nVidia ION, Intel Atom 330 to 2.2 GHz

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nVidia banged the ION drum heavily during CES 2009 and onwards. After initial tampering in the dark, Acer broke out with Ion-based desktop system, and the rest followed suit. Zotac, one of top nVidia partners came up with their own Ion platform – pairing the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom 330 with nVidia Ion chipset [rebranded GeForce 9400M chipset].  Recently, we got the chance to overclock a stock ASUS EEE PC, and with no hardware modifications to the system and some software tweaks, the EEE netbook yielded very solid overclocking scores. Now, what could we do with a motherboard that is not tied to a tiny little power

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Software Programs

Futuremark releases benchmark updates

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In an unseen activity over in Finland, Futuremark today released new patches for all their larger benchmarking applications, improving the hardware detection. The June 2009 updates are available for both 3DMark03, 3DMark05, 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage, PCMark05 as well as PCMark Vantage. These patches update the system information detection component to the latest version for each of these benchmark products. This fixes numerous issues related to hardware detection in the benchmarks. The updates are available as patches from the mirrors on the link below, and soon as full installer packages from mirror sites. Futuremark had to react after Ars Technica broke the story that the hardware

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