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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.

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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....

MSI Wind BIOS update offers easy overclocking

MSI Wind BIOS update offers easy overclocking

If you're the type that's a bit shy when it comes to getting more out of your computer than what the manual says it can do, you're in luck. It looks like MSI is working hard to bring more people over to the dark side where overclocking is made super easy.

MSI released their latest update for the MSI Wind today, v1.09 BIOS. This update brings overclocking down from it's spot on high and let's people like you and me use it quickly and easily. All by just pressing a button or two. Really.

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Palit Radeon HD 4870 1GB Sonic Dual Edition: overclocked bargain

Palit Radeon HD 4870 1GB Sonic Dual Edition: overclocked bargain

Palit have released a quad-output graphics card based on ATI's Radeon 4870 HD.  The Palit Radeon HD 4870 1GB Sonic Dual Edition consists of an overclocked ATI chipset with a sizable dual-fan cooler and switchable dual-BIOS for 'sonic' and 'turbo' modes.  The output options are twin HDCP-compliant DVI and a DisplayPort socket, with included converters for DVI-to-VGA and DVI-to-HDMI.

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CoolIT demo overclocked liquid-cooled HD 4870 X2 on video

CoolIT demo overclocked liquid-cooled HD 4870 X2 on video

Back when they announced their Dual Drive Bay VGA cooling system for ATI's storming HD 4870 X2, CoolIT CEO Geoff Lyon told us that by using the liquid-cooled setup they'd managed to overclock the video card by over ten percent.  We're sceptical by nature here at SlashGear, though, and so CoolIT have released a video demonstrating their setup.

Check out the CoolIT demo video after the cut

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Lian-Li MAXIMA Force PSUs for gamers & overclockers

Lian-Li MAXIMA Force PSUs for gamers & overclockers

Lian-Li have announced a new range of high-performance PSUs under the name MAXIMA Force, promising improved power regulation and safety features.  Each meeting 80 Plus certification, the supplies will be available in 470W, 650W and 750W versions each promising over 80-percent efficiency; Lian-Li have also included an overclocking mode, capable of providing an extra 100W for an hour.

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