Overclocking

Whether overclocking the CPU is your cup of morning tea/coffee/something stronger or not, there are specific motherboards built by professional overclockers and engineers designed to squeeze out as much performance as possible. For example, while the regular everyday PC user might groan at the thought of spending $500 on a Z590 motherboard with two memory slots, boards such as the ASRock Z590 OC Formula pay homage to the art of overclocking. As such, legendary overclocker and ASRock employee Nick Shih has overseen the design and creation of one of the best series of motherboards for overclocking. The OC Formula has been ASRock's brand for their pinnicle performance motherboards for generations - it seemed dead as we hand't seen it in a while, but it...

Multi-chip Intel Core i9-11900K Overclocking Review: Four Boards, Cryo Cooling

Back in March, Intel unveiled its 11th generation of desktop processors codenamed Rocket Lake. In its lineup, the flagship desktop chip is the Core i9-11900K, with eight cores, sixteen...

54 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/30/2021

ASUS Unveils ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme Motherboard: Flagship X570

With prices on AMD's Ryzen 5950X 16-core Zen 3 based processor slowly coming back into the realms of MSRP, ASUS is taking advantage of recent events by announcing its...

16 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/2/2021

EVGA Teases an AMD X570 Dark Edition: For Ryzen 5000 Enthusiasts

Legendary overclocker Vince "KINGPIN" Lucido, part of EVGA's in-house design team, posted to his Facebook page an image that has caused a bit of a stir. The post is...

11 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/14/2021

Intel Launches 11th Generation Core Tiger Lake-H: Eight Core 10nm Mobile Processors

Ever since the launch of the first series of Intel Core 11th Generation Tiger Lake processors aimed at the ‘U-series’ 15 W market, Intel has teased us that there...

164 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 5/11/2021

GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Tachyon Review: Built for SPEED

One of the most unique models on the Z590 chipset is the GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Tachyon. While it functions as a 'relatively' normal day-to-day motherboard, the main focus is...

12 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/10/2021

The ASRock Z590 OC Formula Motherboard: By and For Overclockers

ASRock and its in-house extreme overclocker Nich Shih have created the latest in its series of high-end enthusiast-grade motherboards. The OC Formula brand returns, famed for its good extreme...

20 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/1/2021

Intel Discontinues Performance Tuning Protection Plan for Overclocking Warranties

After a 9-year run, Intel today has begun to wrap up its Performance Tuning Protection Plan service, the company’s optional extended warranty for CPU overclocking. As of today, Intel...

17 by Ryan Smith on 3/1/2021

AMD Launches Ryzen 5000 Mobile: Zen 3 and Cezanne for Notebooks

It has been a year since AMD launched its previous generation Ryzen Mobile processors. At the time, the update from Zen to Zen 2, as well as moving to...

125 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/12/2021

EVGA Launches Z490 Dark K|NGP|N Edition: Built for Overclockers

One of the biggest names on the extreme overclocking scene is Vince 'K|NGP|N' Lucido, who is highly regarded as one of the best sub-zero overclockers. He is a longtime...

56 by Gavin Bonshor on 9/8/2020

Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake for Desktops: Skylake-S Hits 10 Cores and 5.3 GHz

Today we get the full range of its Intel’s 10th Generation processors for desktops. These chips, which fall under the banner of ‘Comet Lake’, will now go up to...

177 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 4/30/2020

Retailers Begin to Sell Pre-Binned AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs

For many PC enthusiasts, overclocking means a lot of fun, both in terms of process and the end result. To a large degree overclocking is a lottery that is...

40 by Anton Shilov on 8/14/2019

Talking TDP, Turbo and Overclocking: An Interview with Intel Fellow Guy Therien

One of the most misunderstood basic technical points over the past decade is related to power consumption and how different CPUs react differently to load. The basic premise is...

53 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 7/25/2019

Upgrading from an Intel Core i7-2600K: Testing Sandy Bridge in 2019

One of the most popular processors of the last decade has been the Intel Core i7-2600K. The design was revolutionary, as it offered a significant jump in single core...

209 by Ian Cutress on 5/10/2019

GIGABYTE to Bundle Pre-Tested Core i9-9900K CPU at 5.1 GHz with the $899 Z390 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce Motherboard

GIGABYTE this week announced plans to offer its top-of-the-range Intel Z390-based motherboard with Intel’s Core i9-9900K processor in a combination package. The CPU is handpicked and pre-tested to run...

13 by Anton Shilov on 4/5/2019

Intel’s New 9th Gen Desktop CPUs: i3-9350KF, i5-9400F, i5-9400, i5-9600KF, i7-9700KF, i9-9900KF

At Intel’s keynote presentation today, the company announced that it would be expanding its current line of 9th Generation desktop processors, to include new models from Core i3 up...

25 by Ian Cutress on 1/7/2019

Intel’s Push to Enthusiasts: Soldered CPUs and 6.9 GHz Overclocks

One of the prominent parts of Intel’s announcement this week for the new 9th Generation core processors was that both the overclockable consumer processors and the new high-end desktop...

55 by Ian Cutress on 10/11/2018

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G Integrated Graphics Frequency Scaling

One of the last poignant questions from our previous Ryzen APU coverage is the way that integrated graphics scales with overclocking. As these low-end Ryzen APUs are all about...

49 by Gavin Bonshor on 9/28/2018

The MSI MEG X399 Creation Motherboard Review: The New 16-Phase Shark In Town

With the highly anticipated launch of AMD's second generation Threadripper processors, it gives motherboard vendors the incentive and justification to release more boards. As there aren’t tons of Threadripper...

17 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/13/2018

The ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme Motherboard Review: Top Tier Threadripper

Today we are having a look at the most expensive motherboard for Ryzen Threadripper processors, the ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme. The motherboard has a very impressive list of...

24 by E. Fylladitakis on 7/17/2018

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