Items tagged with Overclocking

The AMD Ryzen 7000 series processors already have a reputation for running hot, but we are assured this is perfectly as planned. As such, it won’t be an issue in the near or distant future. Nevertheless, TechTuber Der8auer has been up to his old tricks, cracking open one of these newly released CPUs with his Delid Die... Read more...
AMD's fifth-generation desktop Ryzen CPUs aren't even out yet, but they're already setting performance records. If you missed it, check our post yesterday where we talked about some crazy overclocking and insane benchmark results from AMD's pre-release processors. Those results came about with "standard"... Read more...
Intel Graphics' Tom "TAP" Petersen confirmed on our Two and a Half Geeks livestream last night, that a 'random' Arc A770 graphics card was easily overclocked to 2.7GHz, and stable enough at this blistering clock speed for AAA gaming sessions. TAP also noted that the graphics card, which would normally run at up to... Read more...
An adventurous overclocker has apparently taken a 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900K processor and dipped it in liquid nitrogen, en route to achieving a staggering 8GHz clock speed across all eight Performance cores (P-cores). While obviously impractical, it's a noteworthy achievement, given that it's been more than decade... Read more...
If you saw our story yesterday about Ryzen 7000's one-DIMM-per-channel memory speed limitation, then you may have had the same brainwave we did: what does this mean for Ryzen's Infinity Fabric? On extant Ryzen processors, lowering the memory speed usually reduces the speed of communications within the processor... Read more...
If you're reading this, you're probably a PC hardware enthusiast, and if you're a PC hardware enthusiast, there's a strong possibility you've built a Ryzen system recently. AMD's Ryzen processors have become very popular, particularly in the DIY market, and that's despite a couple of quirks you have to be careful of... Read more...
It would be pretty reasonable to expect Intel's next-gen Raptor Lake processors to not overclock very well. After all, they share the same manufacturing process as its current-generation Alder Lake processors, and those chips already run darn hot at stock configurations. Well, there is at least a little headroom in... Read more...
If you're reading this post, then you're surely already familiar with the Gunnir Arc A380 Photon graphics card that we've posted about several times before. This is the first and foremost add-in-board partner card for Intel's Arc family of GPUs, and it's currently making the rounds of tech hardware journalism. The... Read more...
If you read that headline and thought, "wait, what is that model number?" then you're exactly the audience for this post. Indeed, there is no Ryzen Threadripper 5990X. AMD quietly canceled the consumer version of its Threadripper processors, and the chips codenamed "Chagall" only came to market in "PRO" form. Those... Read more...
For the time being, ASUS can lay claim to one of its enthusiast motherboards helping to facilitate a new DDR5 memory record. Using the ROG Maximus Z690 Apex motherboard, renowned overclocker LUPIN_NO_MUSUME took a 16GB DDR5-4800 module paired with a 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake processor and cranked it all... Read more...
We're fans of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D around here. Sure, it's pricey for what it is; that much is inarguable. Still, the fact that you can slap a brand-new processor into a two- or three-year-old motherboard and immediately get chart-topping gaming performance is extremely cool. Your author here threw one into his ASRock... Read more...
In case you haven't heard, extreme overclockers have found frustration with Intel's latest LGA socket and it's ILM (Integrated Loading Mechanism) because it bends the CPUs ever-so-slightly, creating an air gap in the middle and preventing proper thermal transfer. It's not really a problem for your run-of-the-mill... Read more...
Did you read our piece on AMD's announcements at Computex? There wasn't a ton of new information, but we did get some juicy details on the red team's upcoming Zen 4 processors and the chipsets that said processors will use, among other things. If you haven't read it, go ahead and do so, because there's important... Read more...
If you're not an overclocker, you may not be aware that graphics cards these days use multiple separate methods to monitor and limit their own performance. It's a constant dance between the boost algorithm perpetually pushing performance to higher levels and the various limiters putting the kibosh on its plans. The... Read more...
MSI finds itself in a braggadocios mood on Twitter, as is deserving after its overclocking team set a new DDR5 record. The validated (by CPU-Z) benchmark to beat now sits at 10,000 MT/s (or 10,0004 MHz if using technically incorrect but more recognizable nomenclature, as MSI opted to do), achieved in MSI's MEG Z690... Read more...
NVIDIA's high-priced flagship GPU, the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, is a Titan card in all but name. As befits that class of card, it not only has a wide 384-bit memory bus, but also hot-clocked GDDR6X memory running at 21 Gbps per pin, giving it an out-of-the box bandwidth just shy of 1 TB/sec at 1008.3 GB/sec. Still... Read more...
AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X3D achieves incredible performance uplifts in certain applications by "simply" adding an extra 64MB of cache onto a Ryzen 7 5800X. We put "simply" in quotes because the vertical die stacking process employed on the chip is still cutting-edge stuff, and AMD had to make significant concessions to the... Read more...
Intel claims its newly minted Core i9-12900KS Special Edition processor is the world's fastest desktop CPU, though it's not necessarily talking about benchmark performance—the Core i9-12900KS can hit up to a 5.5GHz turbo frequency on one or two cores. That's at stock settings, and of course it didn't take long for... Read more...
It was recently discovered that the AMD Software (formerly Radeon Software) driver utility is secretly changing CPU parameters in the BIOS on some PCs. This isn't some sinister play on AMD's part, but an apparent driver bug. AMD confirmed as much in a statement, saying it is "aware of an issue in the AMD software... Read more...
Do you have a PC that's powered by both a Ryzen CPU and a Radeon GPU? We'd reckon that this combination is pretty common these days, particularly given AMD's marketing around its Smart Access Memory feature. If you do, you may (or may not) have noticed that your CPU is running hotter and faster than usual, or perhaps... Read more...
It's no secret that Intel's Core i9-12900K beats AMD's Ryzen 9 5950X in most benchmarks, even multi-threaded ones, despite having two fewer cores. We demonstrated that ourselves in our review of the CPU. The Ryzen 9 5950X generally puts up a good fight, though. Well, thanks to its extra gear in clock rate, the Core... Read more...
Did you catch our 2.5 Geeks webcast yesterday? If not, you definitely should—we sat down for a chat with AMD Director of Technical Marketing, Robert Hallock, primarily to take a deep dive into the Ryzen 6000 series based on the Zen 3+ architecture. However, we also touched on other topics, including a definitive... Read more...
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