Ready for some more motherboard porn to drool over? ASUS have just sent over the latest photos of their new Republic of Gamers Crosshair IV Extreme 'board - for AMD's latest AM3 socket processors including the Phenom II X6 hexacores - that pairs the AMD 890FX chipset with dual BIOS, an onboard Lucid Hydra 200 for improved multi-GPU performance, and support for ASUS' RoG Connect with remote Bluetooth control.
One NVIDIA GTX 480 graphics card is potent; two are impressive and three, in SLI setup, is probably overkill for all but the most avid (and deep pocketed) of gamers. So, what do you call four GTX 480 boards in a single machine? CyberPower Inc. have apparently been experimenting with the EVGA GTX 480, showing a new quad-card rig on their Facebook page.
AMD's rumored plans to take on Intel Turbo Boost have been confirmed, with the company quietly acknowledging that their upcoming hexacore processors will support a dynamic clock boost technology called AMD Turbo CORE. Like with the Intel system, the six-core AMD Phenom II CPUs will be able to overclock up to three heavily-taxed cores by up to 500MHz, while the remaining cores are left idle (saving power and reducing heat output).
Nokia's N900 is already the device of choice for those who like to tinker with alternative software, but how about overclocking the 600MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor by 50-percent? That's just what Maemo forum member Lehto has managed to do, releasing several new kernels that can drive the N900's core clock speed from a mild 700MHz boost to 950MHz. In fact, he reckons he's had his N900 going even faster.
Oh, it just gets better and better. Hot on the already pretty sparking heels of the 5870 EYEFINITY 6/6S/2GD5 comes the card we've perhaps really been waiting for, the ASUS Republic of Gamers MATRIX 5870. First spotted in the wild last month, the ROG MATRIX 5870 takes ATI's new Radeon HD 5870, tickles the core GPU clock speed to 894MHz and then throws in ASUS' Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) that automatically overclocks the card depending on what it's being used for. So, ASUS reckon, you'll see an average 19-percent performance boost in FPS games set to maximum detail, or a whopping 50-percent boost to 2D graphics.
We'd already heard rumors from Intel themselves that they were considering some cheaper, overclock-friendly processors for release in the not too distant future, and now those leaky Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers have spilt a few more beans. They reckon two such CPUs are in the works, a 32nm dual-core Core i5-655K which should arrive in early June, and a 45nm quad-core Core i7-875K which will follow on in late July.
We've got to hand it to iBUYPOWER. They know how to release the computer that just look fun to use. The Paladin series, announced today, is no difference. This is one of those products that we just want to touch. Sure, it doesn't hurt that the innards of these things make us want to actually use them. The company has officially announced the latest in their Paladin series, and these are definitely a chip off the old block.
It's not only MAINGEAR playing games with Intel's latest Core i7-980X Extreme processor. The new hexacore has found its way into Digital Storm's similarly-stonking BlackOPS desktop, but they've not seen fit to leave its 3.33GHz alone; instead, opt for their TwisterBoost overclocking package and they'll crank the Core i7 all the way up to 4.44GHz.
Palm Pre not fast enough for you? The Pre Plus doubles the webOS smartphone's RAM but leaves the processor (a 600MHz TI OMAP 3430 underclocked by Palm to 500MHz) unchanged; happily where Palm themselves seemingly fear to tread, owners themselves have no such qualms. A couple of mod-happy Pre owners have overclocked the smartphone to 800MHz, resulting in swifter performance and, surprisingly, no significant increase in power consumption.
In the ongoing processor battle between AMD and Intel, some users pick their chips based on how easy to overclock they are. In recent years AMD have arguably held that crown, with only Intel's Extreme Edition CPUs being particularly overclock-friendly (at least officially), but according to Intel chipset marketing chief Steve Peterson that could change soon. He's said that Intel are "considering new affordable models to introduce overclocking," likely a new Clarkdale or Lynnfield processor range.
My first desktop PC had a single fan; now we're looking at video cards which tote three fans apiece. Such is the price of progress, and such is the awesome Sapphire Radeon HD 5970, based on ATI's Radeon HD 5970 GPU and quietly brought out to play at CeBIT 2010 this week. According to Sapphire the triple-thick card is the fastest in the world.