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Brian@ASUS
06-02-2010, 12:00 AM
ASUS 3x3 Overclocking Summit

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Asus 3x3 Overclocking Summit in Santa Clara. On April 9th and 10th three overclocking teams met in Santa Clara to overclock and compete for prizes and bragging rights. The teams were formed of members from PURE* OC Alliance* and XtremeSystems. Representing PURE were Jody Bailey* Brian Yuhas and myself. Representing OC Alliance were Allen Golibersuch* Travis Jank and Robert Marique. Representing XtremeSystems were Michael Graf* Brian McLaclan and Charles Wirth.


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On the first day of competition the three teams went head to head and competed on the P55 and X58 platforms. Asus sponsored the event and provided Maximus III Extreme and Rampage III Extreme motherboards in addition Radeon HD5870 video cards. To round out the hardware Corsair provided their Dominator GT 2000C7 sticks* Intel provided Core i5 670 and Core i7 980x processors* Antec provided True Power Quattro 1200w powersupplies* OCZ provided Vertex SSDs* and Danger Den provided their Mini Torture racks.


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The competition was split between the P55 and X58 motherboards. On both platforms the teams had to achieve CPU-Z* SuperPi 32M* wPrime 1024M* 3DMark 2006* and 3DMark Vantage scores. On the first day the teams were restricted to 60 liters of LN2 and could only use software and hardware provided by Asus. On the second day the teams were able to use any hardware they brought or was used on the previous day in order to break global records on X58 and P55.


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After the first day of competition XtremeSystems was in first place with X58 3DMark Vantage* X58 3DMark 2006* P55 CPU-Z* P55 wPrime 1024M* P55 3DMark Vantage* and P55 3DMark 2006. PURE was in second place with X58 SuperPi 32M* wPrime 1024M* and P55 Super Pi 32M. OCA was in third place with X58 CPU-Z. On the second day XtremeSystems was in first place with 2 P55 records.


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The event was a blast and I believe all the teams walked away happy. I'll leave you with a few pictures of the competitors. Above is Travis Jank of OCA performing the coldbug modification on the P55 Maximus III Extreme.


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Here Brian McLaclan from XS is testing Gulftown on the Rampage III Extreme with Michael Graf in the background eating cake. The food was rather delicious to boot* I had a few pieces of cake myself.


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I believe this might be one of the OC Alliance systems with the entire board covered in insulation material to prevent issues with condensation.

Before we bring this to a close* let's take a look at one video card that caught our eye that is worth taking a glance at!

ASUS ARES 5970 4GB Video Card

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We also got a chance to see an upcoming Republic of Gamers video card that will make most peoples jaw drop. This card is a limited-edition ARES* which uses dual Radeon HD5870 GPUs and 4GB of GDDR5 RAM for up to a 23% performance improvement over the class leading Radeon HD5970. ASUS had the demo card above running at 850MHz core clock and 1200MHz on the memory* which is basically the same clock speeds as a Radeon HD 5870. With four GB of GDDR5 memory on the card each GPU has 2GB of frame buffer as well* so this is really two Radeon HD 5870's on one card. The Radeon HD 5970 has a core clock of 725MHz with the memory clock set to 1000MHz* so you can see that the ASUS ARES gets a big boost in performance thanks to the higher clock frequencies.

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