After quite long time away from overclock due to the fact that the current generation hardware looks quite crappy and every other things I have except the trusty 1366 setup is dead or half dead I decided to forget performance and every other thing, go back 6 months and play with the i7-950 togheter with THE MOTHERBOARD, also known as EVGA X58 SLI Classified E760, and my favourite Elpida Hyper kit when “low” frequency and tight timings are required, the Super Talent Chrome 2000 cas8.
Even if the new AMD Bulldozer CPUs are crap I had an FX-4100 on the desk for 1 month or so, finally 2 days ago I had my 3rd MSI 990FXA-GD80 (the precedent two died cause MSI is a dumbass company that is not able to pull out a working bios). This third board came with an old 11.2 bios that doesn’t support Bulldozer CPUs, so I had to plug in a Deneb chip and flash another bios to be finally able to play with my new CPU.
Finally the SSD I bought 2 weeks ago has arrived, it’s a Crucial M4 128 GB already equipped with the 0009 firmware. The biggest problem I had to face when installing it was the thickness of the SSD, the notebook just supports 0.7 cm hard disk but the SSD is 0.9 cm thick. After some thinking I came up at an end: there is no way to put it inside the notebook with its damn metallic case.
After one year or so without a notebook I decide the time to buy a new one is arrived. I’ve to say that I didn’t remember how difficult is to find a decent laptop, 99.999999 % of them are crap. Quite everyone have a damn glossy monitor, a completly useless DVD drive (good only to make the weight grow) and no E-Sata port. Other than that you can add that 85 % of them are also made with very poor materials, superthin plastic case and a very annoying flexible keyboard.
– updated on 22.10.2010 – I think the title is self-explicative…I got a new 2600K and just like the precedent ones it’s a piece of crap. The only ‘interesting’ thing is that this is a quite rare CPU, in fact it comes from Costa Rica plants. It max out at the poor frequency of 5460 MHz, just a bunch of MHz higher than my precedent CPU. config: i7-2600K @ SIngle Stage
I am not so good in this kind of things, so I will be as short as possible. After a careful consideration I decided to leave my role on HwProject.net and also leave the HwBot team, the only reason of my choice – and I would like to remark that this is ONLY MY choice – is because I need more freedom to say, write and do what I want without constantly having a big stone over my head that is only waiting to fall down and kill me.
Nothing new to test, no exams at university, no news about bulldozer…so today I would like to talk about Gigabyte. In the last years I had lots of these overpriced piece of crap. The only one that was worth to be bought was the P35-DS4, after than this I had only a bunch of piece of crap. EP45-Extreme – had 3 of these – the first one arrived borked and never worked like it should do (especially considering it was 250 €), the second one after 4 months started to act weird, refuse to post with 4 DIMMs installed, then worked only with a set of Cellshock and finally died.
Yeah, today is a good day, I woke up at 10 am, messed around for 2 hours and then had lunch. After lunch at 1 pm I had my 30 minutes of sports at TV and then went back to my PC and…and…that’s what I saw: HwBot.org link First thing I though was: WTF is that? another dumb fake result… But when I saw who is the guy that posted I IMMEDIATELY changed my mind, this wasn’t a fake, the guy is Macci, an overclocking legend who is working for AMD from many years.
Beside my latest AMD addiction I’m still thinking about getting my Sandy Bridge stuff working properly. Three weeks ago I bought an EVGA P67 SLI, I had a BIG hope on this mobo and after some testing I finally can say that I found a decent mobo for Sandy. This one boots straight at high BCLK, is quite solid and at least as fast as the Gigacraps I had before, now I’ve only to find a decent CPU.
I’m not having great luck with sandy’s CPU, so, when I saw this stuff on sale in a local online shop I tought: why not ? Last weekend I had a long LN2 session but due to moisture and other issues I cannot managed to push this setup to its limit. So, today I went to the LN2 dealer and refilled the dewar, go back home, had lunch and then start clocking.