Phenom II 920 Overclocked on ASRock @ 4GHz

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http://www.asrock.com/news/20081216(AOD790GX128M).pdf

For me the moment of getting a new Mainboard/RAM + CPU is coming closer. The ASRock AOD790GX128M looks very interesting. It’s also cheaper than the Gigabyte 790GX GA-MA790GP-DS4H. Seems that over clocking is possible as well by tweaking the voltage of the 920 Phenom II. This guy managed it to run it @4GHz.

Source: http://extreme.pcgameshardware.de/user-news/35363-deneb-phenom-ii-overclock-asrock.html (German)

Mobo-Specs: http://www.computeruniverse.net/products/90300434/asrock-aod790gx/128m-sockel-am2-atx.asp

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Autostarting Fraps

I’m autostarting Fraps (a screen capturing tool – http://www.fraps.com/) recently and this is what comes out:

I can’t resist 😀 – I’m recording videos in Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (More info: http://www.ghostrecon.net/)

ATI Stream & Nvidia CUDA

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There are many great things that can make your PC faster… but wait. There is a second powerful processor in your machine already that you might not be aware of. It’s the GPU of your graphics card. ATI & Nvidia are going the right way. There are so many things the GPU can do. I’m encoding quite a lot of videos lately. Just check the chart above. Lower is better and notice the price of the AMD platform. This is what I call vaule. Physics or Artificial Intelligence in games – why do they have to use one of the cores of a Multi-Core-CPU? The GPU can provide the rendering power for that.

More Information:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/graphics/news/2008/11/13/AMD-Details-ATI-Stream/p1

http://ati.amd.com/technology/streamcomputing/consumer-entertainment.html

http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_home.html

Edit:

Q: Why are reviewers seeing so little GPU processing during transcoding?
A: The ATI Video Converter uses the GPU for only a portion of the video encoding. Specifically, the GPU currently offloads only the motion estimation portion of the encoding pipeline which is the most compute intensive part of the encoder. The GPU is particularly well-suited for this task. Given that a fixed workload is being offloaded to the GPU the load on the GPU may be relatively low or high based on the specific model of GPU.

Seems that ATI’s Stream got a little bit in bad light becasue it’s using only little GPU processing during transcoding but I guess that problems will be solved soon:

http://en.expreview.com/2008/12/23/amd-responds-to-avivo-video-converter-feedbacks.html#more-1706

First Phenom II benchmarks

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Fist results look great! Check out details here: http://forum.breakthelimit.net/index.php?showtopic=220&hl

Phenom II @ 6 GHz

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Ok, I mean it’s great… but ridiculous. I want to see real overclocking all-time-records with liquid cooling but not with liquid nitrogen! Yea, like anyone would run his PC for 5 minutes cooled with liquid nitrogen.

More Info (in German): http://www.pcgameshardware.de/aid,671469/News/Phenom_II-CPU_bis_5/925_GHz_Takt/

HP nc6220 Laptop Battery Recall

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Scary!!! The battery in my corp laptop has been changed to a new one about two weeks ago… and it really got quite hot! It had like 3 minutes runtime in the end. Now I have a new one that is not affected by the recall. The laptop runs for 2-3 hours now as well. Maybe my old battery was one of the exploding and burning batteries that had to be recalled? Geez!!!

This can happen when a battery gets on fire:

Phenom II launch – but when?

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I want to get a Phenom II AMD CPU. Rumors say it will be available in early January (the 8th as some sources mention) but that seems to be either a silent launch or an announcement date. Maybe this will be just a launch of the 125W AM2+ model for upgraders? Not sure… I want to get a new mainboard and memory for it so I guess for me it makes to most sense to wait for the DDR3 mainboards (that are not available yet) but on the other hand I don’t want to wait so long. Humm… 😀 the German PC Games Hardware guys seem to have a test-CPU already. In the January issue they published some useful information (like AM2+ mainboard compatiblity) but no benchmarks yet, I hope they will publish some nice benchmarks February.

Source:
http://www.nordichardware.com/news,8456.html

http://www.pcgameshardware.de/aid,670317/News/Phenom_II_von_AMD_im_Testlabor_-_erster_CPU-Test_laeuft_bereits/

Here are some nice charts about the Phenom II:

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