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How-to: Disable the Power Limiter on the GTX 580. #nvidia

No, my GTX 580 hasn’t quite arrived yet. That little venture of joy starts tonight. But for those of you who have received your GTX 580′s and prepared to benchmark the living joules out of them, you’ve no doubt found out about Nvidia’s new power-limiting feature of the card. Included within the new drivers are special conditions for certain high-stress applications and services. When certain applications such as popular benchmarking tool, Furmark, are used, Nvidia has the cards throttle down to limit heat and protect the inner components.

But thanks to one handy PC enthusiast, we can let the GTX 580 break through its digital shackles and really stretch its legs…
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Sapphire Releases “Trixx”, GPU Overclocking Tool for PC Enthusiasts.

Custom PC builders and fans of computer overclocking now have another tool to add to their collection. Popular computer hardware manufacturer, Sapphire, has released a new GPU overclocking tool called “Trixx”. Essentially, it does the same thing as several other tools provided GPU manufacturers — allows you to adjust frequency clocks and voltages on your graphics cards, as well as letting your tweak fan settings. The latter is a huge help, especially when high overclocks are concerned. Heat = bad.

As you can see from the image above, the limits rise quite considerably from ATI’s own 1,000MHz-limited overdrive tool. Granted, not every card is going to run at 1,300MHz as outline by one of the images inside. Nevertheless, the option to run free with your hardware is always nice.
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[Update] Good: Droid X overclocked. Bad: Tops out at 1.1GHz

At one point and time, we believed it to be damn near impossible to crack the Droid X. Motorola’s hardware nanny’s were designed to ruin all of our hacking fun. But the talented bunch of Android hackers and developers set out on liberating the platform. And now, several months later, after gaining root access and custom ROMs, the DX can add another notch to the belt — overclocking.

Overclocking turned the 1st gen Droid from merely snappy to flying. Things on the DX are a slightly different affair. That is, don’t expect any crazy 2x-3x overclocks. For now, all you’re going to be able to muster is 1.1GHz. Yup — a paltry 100MHz. Will you notice it? Outside of benchmarks probably not. But, it’s a step in the right direction. A small step is still a step towards success.

If you’re feeling the need to get down and dirty with DX overclocking from the onset, point your browser right over here. Just remember, warranties go buh-bye when doing such things. Happy OC’ing ;)


Redemption: Droid X hits 2.0GHz!
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Overclockers: Beware of Intel’s upcoming Sandy Bridge P67 chipset, limited overclocking potential?

Well if this turns out to be as serious as it sounds, it’ll be a massive blow to Intel’s image (in my book) and give plenty of people reason to switch to AMD. As the story goes, Intel’s upcoming Sandy Bridge platform will completely switch up the current Core i3/i5/i7 way of overclocking. As it stands now, overclocking enthusiasts ramp up the base clock (which starts at 133MHz) in order to speed up the processor itself and RAM — those are the two biggest goals anyway. But Sandy Bridge ties everything — And I mean everything! — into the base clock: USB, SATA, PCI, PCI-E, CPU cores, Uncore, and RAM.

“Awesome” you say? On the surface, it simplifies things by having less clocks to keep track of and in theory makes things cheaper for motherboard manufacturers. The only negative side effect is that early testing of said platform has revealed overclocking is severely neutered. So much so that even a mere 5MHz overclock can cause system instability…
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Give that pokey Pre a kick in the pants. Overclock FTW!

One of the joys in an open platform is the level of customization one can do. Take for example the overclocking efforts on various Android devices. Even a MHz here and there can do wonders for speed and fluidity. But Android isn’t the only popular mobile OS in town. The webOS folks have a few tricks up their own sleeve, with one of those tricks now also being overclocking.

Why overclock you ask? What’s the point? Well, simply put: It just makes everything better. Apps open faster, games run smoother, and the overall experience is more enjoyable. It’s not all smiles and fluffy unicorns though as those high MHz will eat away at your already challenged battery even faster than before. Another side effect — heat — is kicked up a notch as well.

From personal experience with my overclocked DROID however, both reduced battery life and heat are hardly any concern at all as I still get plenty of *cool* runtime. As always however, tinker at your own risk. Check out the oc’d action in the vid below. If you’re feeling lucky, go ahead and give it a shot and let us know how your Pre takes to a kick in the pants…


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Get out the oven mitts: Nexus One OC’d to 9GHz!

I may toot the MOTO DROID horn from time to time and brag about how overclocking said device to 1GHz is impressive — considering 2x the stock clock speed is nothing to scoff at, especially for a smartphone. It appears however the Snapdragon processor in the Nexus One among others is far more capable, with quite a bit more headroom for overclocking shenanigans. So how high would you normally figure Snapdragon could be OC’d (ignoring the fact it’s in the title already): 2GHz, 2.5GHz, 4GHz?

Try 9GHz! 4x stock speed for a mobile device is insane. 9GHz is just….I don’t know really. Words fail me at this point. The kernel allowing such speeds hasn’t been released yet, but if testing goes well and no one (or Nexus One) spontaneously combust, look for it to start hitting N1 forums in soon. What exactly do you do that you need 9GHz power in your phone? More importantly, how long would it last running at that speed, 5 minutes? Hope you like outlets…

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G1 and MyTouch 3G pushed to 780MHz and 1GHz. Nuclear explosion soon thereafter…

The Motorola DROID may be stealing a majority of the rooted Android articles with things such as 2.1 goodies ported over or 1GHz overclocking, but it’s hardly the only kid at the playground. The G1 and MyTouch 3G may be older, slower, and generally less desirable when compared to the likes of the DROID and Nexus One, but those aging devices still have some kick left in them.

Thanks to Eugene373 over at xda-forums, the MT3G (read: MyTouch 3G/HTC Magic) and G1 have been overclocked just like their bigger, hairier chested brother, to the tune of 780MHz. When pushed further, those old bucket of bolts even managed pinging the 1GHz bell.

The DROID at 1GHz is ominous enough, running at almost 2x the rated clock speed. But that ARM A8 in the DROID is a newer, more power efficient chip. The processor in both the MyTouch 3G and G1 is an older, less power efficient ARM A11. Pushing that to 1GHz is just begging for trouble, and at the very least, melted skin.

Still, the geek in me yearns to try it out. If only I had some older Android hardware to try it on… Thats where you come in. If you don’t mind voiding your warranty and risking the life of your precious Android beauty, overclock that thing and report back to us with the results.

  • Overclocking the G1 and MyTouch 3G — xda-forums


Overclockers reach 8.1999.5MHz with Celeron D347 processor. Self destruction immediately ensues.

Speed. Oh how we love pure, UI boosting speed. Back in the day, hearing of crazy overclocking events was a common thing. Now that most of the goals and awards have been doled out and upper limits reached, the scene has died down considerably. But that doesn’t mean that no one is at least attempting any more. A ballsy overclocker by the name of TiN managed to push his Celeron D 347 up to 8.199.5MHz — just a touch over 8GHz!

To reach such stratospheric numbers, TiN made use of liquid nitrogen. For most, obtaining liquid nitrogen isn’t exactly easy nor is it in plentiful supply. (Read: doing this yourself will cost you). Woes of monetary BS aside, it certainly is sweet to see someone pushing any processor ever closer to that double digit Gigahertz mark even if it lasts for but a second, turning into a charred crisp of silicon shortly thereafter no?

**Just in case you were wondering, TiN’s 8.199.5MHz frequency bests the old world record by a mere 16.8MHz and the chip was highly unstable, self destructing right after the screenshot was taken. See how close this has become.

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AMD overclocks processor to 7GHz! Melts everything in site.


Speed is something that attracts humans like most other forces on this planet can do. The pursuit of adrenaline and the high that it brings is an unstoppable force. But this isn’t a car blog which means I’m not talking about a car. I’m talking about the fastest 1′s and 0′s you’ve ever seen as well as a healthy dose of liquids that in the normal atmosphere of earth are two states higher on the totem pole of matter. AMD succeeded at overclocking a processor of their own up to a mind blowing 7GHz! Don’t even think about trying that into you rig, room, or house. Doing so without liquid nitrogen, helium, or some other extremely cold matter will ensure you a quick visit to Satan’s doorstep as that melting mass of processor will melt through anything it touches. Words aside, just watch the video…



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Corasair Dominator GT overclocked to 2,533MHz


There are those people in live who like speed and those who love speed. If you are the latter, Corsair has something they’d like to share with you. They have successfully managed to overclock their Dominator GT DDR3 memory line to 2,533MHz! That’s faster than many peoples’ CPU’s in their computers! What can you do with such speed? For starters, HD video editing, 10,000 open programs, and egg frying are now easier and faster in operation. Naturally, Corsair is claiming a “world’s fastest” moniker to further boast about their new found speed. You better have one heck of fan keeping these babies cool. You hooked? The full rundown is available for your reading pleasure @ Hot Hardware

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