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SkatterBencher #3: Overclocking the ROG GX700, a Water-Cooled Notebook

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Hello SkatterBenchers. Today we will show you how to overclock this notebook in a minimum amount of steps and time. This is the ASUS ROG GX700 V0 notebook which comes with watercooling as well as a Core i7 6820HK processor, a desktop grade GTX 980 graphics card and 64GB of memory. To do the overclocking we will be using the ROG Gaming Center application and in there we will switch up the Turbo Gear settings. We will be using four different benchmarks in the operating system to measure the performance; Intel XTU, ROG Realbench, F1 2014 and 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme. Note: Today will be a little bit different than our other SkatterBencher videos because we can’t really change that much manually.

As a final step of our overclocking adventure, we will switch to manual mode. We increased the CPU frequency to 4.0 GHz, we increased the CPU cache frequency to 4GHz. We enabled XMP and then we also increased the GPU core frequency by 200MHz as well as the GPU memory frequency by 300MHz as well. In a final round of benchmarking we find that the XTU performance has gone up to 1,271 points which is 18% over stock performance. In Fire Strike Extreme we see that our performance went up to 6,665 points which almost 40% over stock performance - this is thanks to the 1,427MHz GPU frequency and 3.8GHz memory frequency. In F1 2014 our minimum FPS has gone up to 71, which is 20% over stock performance and in ROG Realbench we now have a score 103,741 points, 23% over stock. The CPU temperature under load is 83C and the GPU temperature under load is only 41C.

Overclocking Like In The Olden Days: Easy 50% Free Performance Increase with AMD Kaveri

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50% extra performance. Just on air cooling - no LN2 required. Yes, ambient cooling is all it takes to significantly increase the performance of AMD's new APU codenamed Kaveri. To make things short, what makes the Kaveri so interesting is the HSA technology. HSA allows both CPU and GPU to read from the same memory registry, without having to reserve it for one specific purpose. In previous APU generations we already noticed how important system memory overclocking is for the 3D performance of the APU. Although AMD did not really highlight overclocking as one of the major selling points of the Kaveri APU, we are convinced the performance increase gained through overclocking is very significant.

It brings us back to the early days of overclocking, where a fiddling in the BIOS resulted in great and free performance. Continue reading ->