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Socket 1156 (i5/i7) Burning Issues

There has been a lot of discussion lately across many sites regarding Socket 1156 burning up and charring to the socket and pin area. The rare problems we have seen are on the Foxconn made socket and tend to only occur when using extreme voltages, clock speeds, and extreme cooling. Recently there has been one publicly posted occurrence of the Lotes socket showing the same failure, under the same extreme circumstances. While this is an obvious issue for extreme benchers, a valid question was raised regarding moderate overclocks on air or water, and whether this problem could happen to them. Read More

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Getting to Know the Rampage II Extreme With Benching in Mind

This article will be editorial in nature, full of my opinions. I’m a bencher, so my views will not be based on gaming performance, or how “cool” it looks in a LAN box. The ASUS Rampage II Extreme is the top of the line for ASUS, as such, it better be worth it. My goals and expectations are simple, meet or exceed the performance of my current eVGA E758. Ideally I want to see a 230 Base Clock and decent Tri-SLI performance. Read More

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An Overclockers Thanksgiving

No better time than now to bring back this piece from JoeC in 2002:

“Thanksgiving is a day to reflect on those things for which we are thankful. I’m not going to go into a list of personal “thankfuls”, but I thought I’d share with you those things I’m thankful for which involve Overclockers.com.” Read More

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MSI P55-GD80 Motherboard Review

Since the release of Intel’s P55 platform, a seemingly endless number of motherboards have been popping up, ranging from under $100 for basic entry-level boards to close to $300 for feature-packed overclocking powerhouses.   MSI’s top end 1156 motherboard, right around the middle of the P55 price range, is the P55-GD80.  With all of the features and overclocking options, I was very excited when MSI sent me this board for testing. 

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Gigabyte P55-UD6 Review

Since the introduction of the P55/Lynnfield platform a few months ago, I’ve had the opportunity to test several P55 motherboards.  Each has had it’s own advantages, as well as it’s own quirks and bugs.  But every time I test a new board, I always come back to this one: Gigabyte P55 UD6.

 

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