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Asus Rampage V Extreme: An Overclocking Monster

Asus Rampage V Extreme -Large

Asus’s Rampage V Extreme show why it is the king of the X99 motherboards with its sunning performance and the unbeatable uncore/cache overclocking.


Business, Mobile Computing, Software Programs, VR World

Futuremark Acquired by Underwriters Laboratories

Underwriters Laboratories 980

Futuremark, the world famous and respected benchmarking company has been acquired by world renowned safety certification company Underwriters Laboratories


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Master Overclocking Arena Day 1 Recap


The world’s top overclockers battled it out in Taipei, as MSI played host to the Master Overclocking Arena.


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What Counts as an Overclocking World Record? HWBOT Wants to Clarify


HWBOT’s Chief Operating Officer says abuse of the term “world record” must stop.


Reviews, VR World

MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC: 4790K Overclocking Test


On the bench today is the MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC, MSI’s top end Z97 of the MPOWER line.  The Z97 MPOWER is geared toward the enthusiast overclocker and provides features that they will benefit from.  The MSI MPOWER line has been known as a great overclocker’s board that provides very good price to performance and features since they were introduced with the Z77 MPOWER.  This board to the limits on the test bench, and the review and see how it handles the new Devil’s Canyon CPU — the i7 4790K.   Test Hardware: MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC Intel i7 4790K ES TEAM Vulcan DDR3


2014, Comic-Con, Event, Gaming, Hardware, VR World

Gigabyte Suite at Computex 2014, Mountains of Motherboards

Gigabyte Gaming Motherboards

As we had already covered most of what Gigabyte already had to announce from their new 9 series motherboards at the beginning of Computex, we were interested to see exactly what Gigabyte had to show us at their suite on the 36th floor of Taipei 101 (somewhere about 1/3 of the way up). After we got to their suite, we were greeted by Gigabyte’s Irene Huang, who graciously showed us around Gigabyte’s suite and introduced us to their full line of motherboards that they had announced earlier in the week. The first thing that caught our attention was Gigabyte’s walls of motherboards, with their new


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Intel Unleashes Devil's Canyon, Boosts the Desktop


Intel has made it quite clear that they are dead set on reviving the PC market, especially from the high performance desktop point of view. They are showing their commitment to that vision today with the announcement of their new Devil’s Canyon refresh to the Haswell CPUs that they had launched last year. These new Devil’s Canyon CPUs are designed to accompany the company’s newly launched Z97 chipset, which adds a few minor features to the already existing Z87 chipset that Haswell had launched with. In fact, Gigabyte launched their full Z97 line of motherboards yesterday incorporating some of the new features of the Z97


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Death of a legend: ABIT closes doors on December 31, 2008

End of 2008 will also mark an end of a company that is a direct cause for all those gaming oriented and overclocking oriented motherboards. Back in 1998, two companies released motherboards that were able to overclock the Celeron 300A from 300 MHz to 450 MHz with a simple BIOS tweak. One of companies was Iwill, now part of Flextronics, and the other was ABIT, now part of Universal ABIT group. Sadly for the enthusiasts, ABIT was always known as the “weird” managed company, even by far eastern standards. It was well known that the old owner and CEO was “high on horoscopes as a


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New Steam survey confirms Intel, Nvidia dominate the market share

Developing a game and want to know what gamers use? Valve Corporation gathered more than 15 million users of their Steam digital distribution platform, but probably the most interesting part is world famous “Steam Hardware Survey”. How many people use high-end hardware? What kind of displays do gamers use? We analyze last last six months…


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45nm Phenoms to offer excellent overclocking capabilities

Behind the scenes of Analyst Day 2008 (held on November 13), AMD decided to execute hard and unpopular political decision. The company decided to help the bottom line by leaving the Q4 desktop and notebook market to Intel, and focus on server/workstation markets. AMD decided to postpone 45nm desktop chip (Deneb, e.g. Phenom II) for hard launch on January 8, 2009 – first day of CES 2009. This way, complete 45nm production in 2008 will be branded as Opterons and target higher ASPs. But don’t think for a second that AMD decided to drop the towel on desktop market: Deneb and Deneb FX are turning


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EVGA debuts final version of its X58 motherboard

Today is Monday, November 17, 2008, the official launch and availability date for the Intel Core i7 platform. The whole platform is officially on sale, just in time for Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness. As revealed weeks ago, the motherboard itself is designed by ex-EPoX/now-EVGA design team, hand-tuned by K|ngP|n and Shamino, and manufactured by Jetway. This combo is responsible for (probably) the world’s first motherboard with limited lifetime warranty, and 90 Day Step-up program should be available for this motherboard as well (upgrading from, probably not upgrading to 😉 ). In Europe, customers will not get lifetime warranty, as that is impossible by EU laws



Overclock the DDR2 memory and win serious money in Gigabyte’s challenge

I woke up this morning to an MSN message from Rita (Gigabyte’s marketing lady from the City of Angels, CA), challenging me to join the GigaByte’s “Can You Beat the Pros” competition. The competiton is quite simple – all you need to do is either beat or come close enough to world record in DDR2 memory clock, set by Fugger and Vapor (hint: Fugger is actually on the right, while Vapor is on the left – for those unaware of these legends of overclcok). Actual world record is set at 1508 “MHz” (Megatransfers/second sounds more realistic), or 754 MHz DDR, which brought my memories to


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CoolIT preparing something new…

Maker of world’s most effective water-cooling setups, CoolIT Systems – is currently putting a pedal to the metal in development of their new product. I managed to learn that the company is working on greatly improving their product and designing robust solution that will be an ideal product for LAN party lunatics, which have to be really careful with their water-cooling setups during transport from their homes to LAN parties and back. You can expect that the new product will also be price-friendly, and hopefully, one day water-cooling will be mainstream. There is nothing better than putting a Noctua 120mm fan on Freezone Elite and


Business, Companies, CPU, Graphics, Hardware, Intel

UPDATE: EVGA to launch Intel X58 motherboards

When it comes to add-in board vendors, EVGA is probably the most faithful company in the business. Ever since the company launched, Nvidia was the only name EVGA wanted to hear about. But, things are about to change. Here are the facts: 1)    EVGA does not want to miss the Core i7 train 2)    Nvidia is not making a chipset for Intel Core i7 3)    EVGA poached excellent engineering team from now-defunct EPoX and does not want that team to do nothing until MCP8-series show up Well, those facts end with a really simple result. EVGA is preparing to launch its first non-Nvidia based motherboard,