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MSI GX620 & GX720 gaming notebooks with Turbo overclock control

MSI GX620 & GX720 gaming notebooks with Turbo overclock control

MSI have announced two new gaming notebooks, the 15.4-inch GX620 and the 17-inch GX720.  Both run Intel's Core 2 Duo processor and have MSI's own Turbo Drive Engine technology that instantly overclocks the CPU by as much as 15-percent.  It, and the ECO Engine Management system that cycles through gaming, movie, presentation, office and turbo battery modes, are controlled by touch-sensitive buttons above the keyboard.

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Overclockers push Q6600 to 5.1GHz

Overclockers push Q6600 to 5.1GHz

I've been known to dabble in the art of overclocking from time to time. I wouldn't describe myself as a “hardcore” overclocker though. You know the types, the ones that are dumping liquid nitrogen on their CPU so they can squeeze out every last drop of speed. Well a group of such people recently managed to push their Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 to a whopping 5.1GHz.

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ASUS ARES CG6155 gaming PC: armor inspired, 4GHz Core2 Extreme powered

ASUS ARES CG6155 gaming PC: armor inspired, 4GHz Core2 Extreme powered

It's not all mini PCs and budget notebooks from ASUS - though you'd be excused for thinking it.  The company has just announced a new gaming PC, the ARES CG6155, and while it may not have a killer-name it does have all the usual hyperbole manufacturers seem to lapse into when launching these sort of systems.  For instance, ASUS are keen to point out that the ARES' case design was inspired by battle armor:

"The unique exterior design is inspired by ancient and modern armor with both Eastern and Western influences, and presents an aesthetic appeal that exudes pure power!" ASUS press release

 

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MSI GeForce N9600GT Diamond graphics with overclock button

MSI GeForce N9600GT Diamond graphics with overclock button

Deep down, in my geeky heart of hearts, I know the one thing that can turn a good piece of tech into a kick-ass gadget is a big red button.  Thankfully MSI know that too, which is obviously why they've added a bright red overclock button to their GeForce N9600GT Diamond graphics card that they demonstrated at its ECOlution press conference in Taipei. When pressed, the graphics core and memory clock speeds are overclocked, and the voltage increased.

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Alienware Area-51 ALX gets 4GHz Core 2 Extreme overclock

Alienware Area-51 ALX gets 4GHz Core 2 Extreme overclock

If Acer thought rivals Alienware would take one look at their new Predator gaming PC and run for the hills, they've another thing coming.  Alienware have dragged their already-incredible Area-51 ALX back into the lab and subjected it to some serious surgery.  We're not talking mere botox, either: how about a 3.2GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 overclocked to 4.0GHz, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and dual ATI or NVIDIA graphics cards.

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SlashGear Review – CoolIT PURE

SlashGear Review – CoolIT PURE

When you want to get the most performance out of your gaming rig, you'll naturally want to try and overclock it. However, you have to deal with the excess heat put off by your CPU (or whatever component you're overclocking). One option is to get a bigger heatsink and throw in some extra fans, which while it may do the trick, it can make your computer sound like a small hurricane. That's when you should start thinking about a liquid cooling system. They'll keep your computer running ice cold without creating all of that noise.

Of course if you've never actually set up a liquid cooling system, it probably looks a bit overwhelming. There are several different components you'll need to carefully assemble, not to mention the cost of actually acquiring said parts. To the novice, it can seem like much more work than it's worth. That's why this PURE from CoolIT can be quite appealing. It's a self-contained liquid cooling system that is supposed to be simple install. I've had a chance to test one out, and I've shot a video of the installation process. Hit the jump to see the results.

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Would you pay $1000+ for a video card?

Would you pay $1000+ for a video card?

I love my gaming rig, I'm fairly consistent about upgrading the parts so that I can run the latest games smoothly. However, I'm not one that needs to be on the bleeding-edge of technology just to play my games.

Apparently Overclockers UK seems to think that there are enough people out there willing to shell out every last dollar that they have in order to get the newest and best. They are currently taking pre-orders for an overclocked BFG 8800 Ultra for £528, which if I have done my math right, that's about $1054.

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