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ASUS EAH5850 Overclocking
Written by Michael Schuette   
Oct 26, 2009 at 01:00 PM

Toys are for playing! Like nothing else, computer hardware has become one of the favorites for playing and we are not talking computer games here. Rather, it is pushing things to the limit, until they break or, hopefully, recover with the next reboot. For all practice-oriented matters, the hunt for extreme performance also known as insane overclocking has no real bearing, it requires extreme cooling and voltages that would melt down any IC in stock configuration. As soon as everything is in place, the PC turns into a hissing monster that can be substituted for a space heater but mama … that’s where the fun is.

In our last article we were looking at ASUS implementation of AMD’s RADEON HD 5850 including some cautious forays into Smart Doctor and overclocking but at 1.15V, the highest setting that was stable was around 850 MHz core and 4400 Mbps for the memory. Well, we didn’t want to fry the card on the first week. However, we got curious and started playing around some more with the utility just to see how far we could go on air, that is, without changing any of the physical cooling attributes and relying entirely on the configuration utility, in this case, Smart Doctor.

Last Updated ( Nov 03, 2009 at 02:47 PM )
Written by Michael Schuette   
Oct 21, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Do you like bold? Bold is beautiful, especially in the case of bold styling. A red and black Dodge Challenger is beautiful because its styling is bold and because it has a lot of power under the hood. There is an interesting parallel between the styling of graphics cards and the styling of automobiles. Three years ago, everybody displayed their heat pipes and the more surfaces and convolutions there were, the better the product had to be. The tables have turned, though, it is the confidence of a winner that dictates a rather sober styling of graphics cards now. In the case of today’s contender, that is, ASUS’ RADEON EAH 5850, it is about as simple as it is understatedly yet decidedly bold.

To give credit where credit is due, the reference design was done by ATI and all current cards are following it. Notwithstanding, there are differences between manufacturers, primarily with respect to features, warranty and some of the bundled software. ASUS advertises the EAH5850 to be equipped with their “voltage tweak” technology, enabled in software through the “smart doctor” utility, which also allows independent overclocking of core and memory. To ensure that everybody feels safe about these features, ASUS backs its products with a three year warranty. Similar to XFX, Sapphire and HIS, ASUS also includes a coupon for a complimentary copy of Colin McRae Dirt2, to be released on December 11, 2009 through Steam.

Last Updated ( Feb 14, 2010 at 02:15 AM )
Rambus / Kingston Threaded DDR3 Modules
Written by Michael Schuette   
Oct 08, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Mountain View, California-based Rambus, Inc. is a company name, the mere mentioning of which still sends shivers down the spine of many a seasoned JEDEC memory warrior. The saga about Rambus’ involvement in JEDEC, its exodus from the standards organization and allegations of fraudulent behavior is too convoluted to even scratch the surface, even though at one point we, that is LostCircuits, were inadvertently suckered into what has made history as the “Rambus Wars”. Suffice it to say that history is generally written by the winners and in this case, there are no clear winners, therefore, there is no clear story either. There was dirty fighting on both sides and unfortunately, those who were left holding the bag were not the ones who created all the mess to begin with. As so often, however, good things can come out of anything, in this case some excellent relationships with several Rambus employees who were kind enough to explain the latest technology stint from the “baddest boys in the memory business”.

Enter Threaded DDR3 Modules

Last Updated ( Oct 24, 2009 at 01:49 PM )
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