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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 ->

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HWBOT Testlab #1: GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4 P10000+ 3DMark Vantage

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Following the principles described in the About HWBOT Testlab article, we spend some time testing the new FM2-based mainboard from GIGABYTE. The F2A85X-UP4 is GIGABYTE's most high-end SKU in the FM2 line-up featuring, as the PR reads, technologies such as Ultra Durable 5, Dual UEFI 3D BIOS, Digital Power delivery, triple display support and Lucid Virtu MVP. Over the course of two weeks, we tested the F2A85X-UP4 on several occasions inside the GIGABYTE headquarters.

In the spirit of the HWBOT Testlab philosophy, we conducted our own testing with no interference of any of the vendor representatives, unless requested. In this report, we will provide you as much information as possible on how to achieve the same P10002 benchmark result with the F2A85X-UP4. This includes the BIOS settings, test system details, BIOS files and a full run-down of all preliminary benchmark results. Enjoy!