RivaTuner 2.11

A new version of RivaTuner hits the street. Rivatuner is one the leading tweak utility available for NVIDIA GeForce and ATI Radeon based videocards.

Main updates of this new version:
– Updated databases for Detonator and ForceWare drivers. Added database for ForceWare 177.98.
– Added experimental AMD RV710 and RV730 graphics processors families support.

Download: RivaTuner 2.11


ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra SLI Review

ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra SLI is kit that contains two modified GeForce 9800GTX+ and a water-cooling kit. Guru3D got this kit and has published a 16-page review: ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra SLI Review.

The Verdict:

I like the ease of use, easy installation and the cooling performance.

But the kit is really efficient, cools pretty fantastic and as a result, though you now have two cards rendering your games, you can even overclock with a very healthy safety margin.

My favorite game at this very moment is Mass Effect. I play it at 2560×1600 with the image quality settings as defined in this review. With one GTX+ card still averages at 37 frames per second (which already is bloody nice for the money), however with that second GTX+ added I end up at an average FPS of 70. It is an excellent modern title that shows Multi-GPU gaming potential so well with. And that’s where you need to seek the true benefit, modern games.

Zotac Nitro Overclocking Device

Zotac’s Nitro overclocking device is an external device that allows users to overclock the graphics card in real time without leaving the game or 3D application. The overclocking is done by simply pressing one of three keys located at the front of the device. The device will be able to overclock the GPU, memory and even the shader clock. Nitro device is connected to the PC via USB connection and allows overclocking of Zotac GeForce 7, 8, 9, and GTX 200 series cards.


Update (2008-09-15)

ATI Radeon HD 4870 Overclocking Guide

TechARP has published an article about Radeon HD 4870 overclocking. They used ATI Catalyst Control Center (or CCC) to overclock the card. The overclocking principle is to firstly to overclock the graphics memory with steps of 10Mhz until you see some visual artifacts. Once you see artifacts, downclock by around 10/20MHz. Second phase, overclock the GPU. Reset memory clock to default and increase GPU clock with steps of 10MHz and do the same artifact test than for memory.

Read the complete overclocking guide here: ATI Radeon HD 4870 Overclocking Guide

BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX and 8800 GT OCX Review

Guru3D has published a review on BFG’s GeForce 8800 GT and 9600 GT in their OCX version. OCX means OverClocking eXtreme. Both cards have the ZeroTHERM cooling solution.

– GPU: G94
– shader processors: 64
– core clock: 725MHz (ref=650MHz)
– shader clock: 1850MHz (ref=1625MHz)
– memory clock: 972MHz (ref=900MHz)
– memory: 512Mb GDDR3 / 256-bit
– DirectX 10 / OpenGL 2.1

BFG 8800 GT OXC:
– GPU: G92
– shader processors: 112
– core clock: 700MHz (ref=600MHz)
– shader clock: 1728MHz (ref=1512MHz)
– memory clock: 1000MHz (ref=900MHz)
– memory: 512Mb / 256-bit
– DirectX 10 / OpenGL 2.1

Read the complete review here: BFG GeForce 9600 GT OCX and 8800 GT OCX review.

The verdict:
The OCX cards tested today both qualify as cards among the best we have ever tested. Though it would have been nicer to see a black PCB or something special, everything else is just top notch. Excellent thermal design, low temperatures while retaining a low noise level.

EVGA Precision 1.3.2: Overclock your EVGA Graphics Card

EVGA Precision is a small and handy utility to tune the core parameters of your EVGA graphics card such as gpu core clock, shader clock, memory clock or fan speed. Simple and efficient!

You can download it here: EVGA Precision 1.3.2 @ MajorGeeks

Just for info, the guy behind RivaTuner, Unwinder, is also behind EVGA Precision…

EVGA GeForce GTX 280 Hydro Copper Review

Water cooling is the most efficient way to cool the GPU that’s why EVGA has released an overclocked and water-cooled GeForce GTX 280. EVGA Hydro Copper 16 is equiped with a large copper block that replaces the reference cooling.

Read the complete review here: Water cooled EVGA GTX 280 HC tested

GTX 280 is the fastest single GPU card and EVGA most certainly pushed it even further with their overclocking. In order to make sure your card lasts for a long time, EVGA decided that water cooling is the way to go. So, they’ve made their own water block design made of pure copper, but also a bit heavy. The card is not heavy enough to damage your PCIe slot, but you should still make sure it’s screwed to the case nice and tightly.

More news about GeForce GTX 280: GeForce GTX 280 @ Geeks3D.

Advanced Overclocking Championship 2008

Dragon City in Hong Kong: Advanced Overclocking Championship 08

The competitors will have to make use of hardware modifications on the supplied hardware, their knowledge of liquid nitrogen cooling and software tweaking to aid them in their course (or discourse) during the event. Goal: break the 3DMark score by overclocking to the max CPUs and GPUs!

For the complete report, jump HERE

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Inno3D GeForce 9800 GTX Overclock Edition Review

Guru3D has reviewed Inno3D’s GeForce 9800 GTX overclocked edition.

Read the 14-page review HERE.

I think Inno3D does a superb job with their product line. With the 9800 GTX OC edition, Inno3D brought a great product to the market, with the extra game full game you’ll retrieve some additional value. And that coupled with the recent price fall in the NVIDIA GTX series … you really can’t go wrong here and you’ll love playing the latest games with it.

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