The new 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family, aka Sandy Bridge, architecture has changed the way you overclock your processor. With the first ceneration of Core processors you were able to raise the base clock to overclock. If you had one of the Extreme or K series CPUs with the unlocked multipliers, you could also raise the multiple to overclock. This meant that unless your motherboard did not support overclocking, you would be able to overclock your processor.
Although you can still overclock the 2nd generation Intel Core processors by raising the base clock you will only be able to adjust the base clock by 7-8%. This means in order to overclock the 2nd generation Intel Core processors to their limit, you need to have a processor with an unlocked multiplier. The unlocked processors are denoted by the K at the end of the processor model, such as the Intel Core i7-2600K. If you do not have a K series CPU you will be limited as to how far you can overclock. With the Core i5 and Core i7 non K series CPUs you will only be able to raise the multiplier by 4 and the base clock by 7-8%.
Intel recently launched their new 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processors, code named Haswell, based on 22nm technology. Intel's previous generation Ivy Bridge processors allowed for speeds of 2800MHz, with Haswell they have allowed for speeds even higher. The maximum default divider supported is 2933MHz but with some manual settings speeds of 3000MHz are possible with the right memory modules, cpu and motherboard. The Haswell memory controller allows you to fill up four slots with 8GB modules in dual channel, for a total of 32GB of memory.
Over the past 2 years, Corsair has greatly expanded its line of gaming products. So, it's only natural that we'd start attending and sponsoring more gaming events. We recently attended the Intel® Atlanta LANFest Summer LAN 2011. The organizer put us up in the front of the room in the middle of the stage — thanks Kevin! This is what everyone saw when they came into the room.
Back in October there were two large LAN events going on in Northern California, while some of us at Corsair went to NVIDIA’s GeForce LAN event, I decided to check out Intel’s LANfest 2011 in Folsom, CA. The most popular games at the party were League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Battlefield BC2, Team Fortress 2 and of course Starcraft 2. Corsair sponsored some of the events and gave away a bunch of gear ranging from speakers, headsets, cases, memory and more! There was a great crowd and we were able to catch a lot of the highlights on film, check out the video below. I had a great time and even got to participate in the Starcraft 2 tournament, although it didn’t take long before I was knocked out! Thanks to Intel for hosting the event and thanks to the event goers that made it a great LAN party. If you missed us, hopefully we will see you at the next event!
Corsair and Intel have teamed up to created the Computex OC Main Event which will have the largest overclocking cash prize ever! The event takes place on June 3rd from 1pm to 6pm at the Marquee Restaurant and Lounge in Taipei. Ten teams of the world’s best Overclockers will compete for $20,000 in cash prizes using the upcoming Intel® 4th Generation Core™ CPUs as well as soon to be announced Corsair Memory. The event will be live streamed as it happens by Overclocking-TV and will be posted here and Overclocking-TV.