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ASUS Republic of Gamers overclocked Radeon HD 5870 leaks

ASUS Republic of Gamers overclocked Radeon HD 5870 leaks

Details of an upcoming ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) graphics card have emerged, complete with some early photos, and it seems the company have taken an ATI Radeon HD 5870 and overclocked it.  The fettled card cranks the GPU from 850MHz to 900MHz and doubles RAM to 2GB of 4.9Gbps GDDR5 memory.  Meanwhile ASUS are apparently making it straightforward to overclock the ROG card a little more again, with up to 1080MHz possible from the GPU and 5.2Gbps from the memory.

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Sony VAIO P overclocked to 2.4GHz

Sony VAIO P overclocked to 2.4GHz

A page of CrystalMark benchmark results may not be the most interesting image to lead with, but when you're showing the overclock results of pushing Sony's VAIO P not-a-netbook from its stock 1.86GHz up to 2.3GHz, then we'll take notice.  EeeUser Forum member Cerano was responsible for the modifications, and in fact got his VAIO P cranked up to 2.4GHz (though he didn't benchmark it at that speed).

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition launches

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition launches

AMD have officially announced their latest high-end performance CPU, the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition.  Running at 3.4GHz, the quad-core AM3 processor has 8MB cache and a 2.0GHz HT Link; in keeping with AMD's "Black Label" chips it's also unlocked for overclocking.  In fact, the company provides their own OverDrive software, which can load either Black Edition memory profiles, for DDR3-tuned overclock presets, or more straightforward Smart Profiles which direct app-specific processes to specific cores.

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Compal KAX15 MID with overclocking Atom Z515 CPU [Video]

Compal KAX15 MID with overclocking Atom Z515 CPU [Video]

MIDs a failure?  No no no, how could that be when this little beauty is headed to the market?  Known here as the Compal KAX15 MID, but likely to find itself a variety of alternative brands including Gigabyte and Aigo, it's based on Intel's existing Menlow platform and packs an 800MHz Atom Z515 processor, a 4.8-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Video hands-on after the cut

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Graphene may be used for 1,000GHz chips

Graphene may be used for 1,000GHz chips

Graphene might be the next material of choice for making processor chips, according to an MIT report. In fact, Graphene, a substance discovered in 2004 that consists of pure carbon, could allow for faster speeds than ever thought possible.

The current research shows that a frequency multiplier could be created, which works to double a signal and likewise doubles a processor's clocking speed. Color me impressed! This idea is not new, but it is certainly new when applied to Graphene, which possesses only an atom's thickness.

So, what's so exciting about this? Well, Graphene chips could make for processors that run between 500GHz and 1,000GHz. That's quite a leap from the current 5GHz chips, wouldn't you say? We should see a commercial version of this technology within two years, according to MIT.

[via PC Pro]

Atom CPU overclocked to 2.385GHz with liquid nitrogen

Atom CPU overclocked to 2.385GHz with liquid nitrogen

Netbook mods to date have been impressive enough.  Touchscreens, integrated GPS and Bluetooth, even full slate Tablet PC setups, we've seen them all.  Team Australia have gone a little further with their MSI Wind, though: taking advantage of the official MSI bios overclocking tool and a plentiful supply of liquid nitrogen, they've overclocked the Wind's 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor to 2.385GHz.

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AMD Phenom II Shanghai to reach 4GHz with fan-based cooling

AMD Phenom II Shanghai to reach 4GHz with fan-based cooling

AMD is working hard to make their clock speed relevant again with their latest Shanghai architecture for their Phenom II processors. In fact, these quad-core desktop processor chips bring official clock speeds up to 3GHz and make it so 4GHz is possible overclocking while just using fan cooling alone.

Extreme cooling methods improve performance even more. Dry ice as a cooling method provides for about 5GHz and liquid nitrogen provided 6.3GHz. These are some seriously impressive improvements, if you ask me.

Apparently, they were made possible by decreasing the size from 65nm to 45nm, which reduced heat and power usage. You can expect the Phenom II to be released early next year. It should be interesting, because this will definitely relight the flame beneath the AMD/Intel competition. AMD has the whole  budget thing on it's side, too.

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