CES 2009 CoverageBosco - January 7, 2009
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Today the first stop on the OCC world tour was a visit to Sapphire Technology. You all know who Sapphire is but in a nutshell let me tell you who they are. “ Sapphire is ATI’s largest and best performing partner world wide .” According to David Orten CEO ATI. During our visit we were able to see some of the latest things that the company has to offer on the video card front. There will be a video card coming that will be designed for the HTPC crowd. What Sapphire has to offer on the high performance front are the Toxic and Atomic edition cards that come with vastly improved cooling solutions that can offer an increase in product life and and or reliability. Of course they pump up the performance by increasing gpu and memory clocks on the Toxic and Atomic revision GPUs.The current line up includes the HD4870x2 Atomic, HD4870 1GB Toxic the HD 4850x2..
TigerDirect Build you own PC and AMD Overclocking Competition:
OCC was invited to the 12th Annual TigerDirect Build you own PC even which times contestant on putting together their computers which have to be completely correct for them to be finished without any penalties. For Team OCC Frank ``CCokeman`` Dimmick was chosen as the master builder. The top three winners had money donated to the charity of their choice. With the results of the contest OCC placed 6th with a time of 7:18 just three seconds shy of 5th place. OCC has chosen the Dennis Leary Firefighters Foundation as their charity which will be receiving the computer the CCokeman raced with.
Another contest OCC participated in was the AMD Overclocking Competition. Alan ``ajmatson`` Matson teamed up with Nathan Kirsch from Legit Reviews to battle it out overclocking a Phenom II 940 processor. After some troubles with the first computer we ended up switching from a Liquid Cooled PC that the contest was run with the an Air cooled PC and ended up with an overclock of 3.99GHz (216x18.5) at 1.55 volts. We did however come in second place to the other team because of running out of time. They won with an overclock of 3.866GHz. To complete the overclock two loops of the Crysis CPU benchmark had to complete which we did not finish the loos when the time ended. A very nice overclock overall from both teams.