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EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked

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Gamers love to upgrade to the latest graphic cards every few years as new technologies appear, and/or economy and priorities allow.

There are a wide range of graphic card price ranges and specs, but not all can handle all types of high-end video games. In addition, most video cards before 2008 support DirectX 9, while the newest ones support DirectX 11 right-off-the-box.

All Blizzard Entertaiment games are built from the ground up to handle a wide range of low, mid and high-end video cards. If all you plan to play are Blizzard games, going for a low or mid range video card is fine as your first graphic card (if you are building your system) or if it’s an upgrade. However, if you plan to play games like Crysis 3 in the future, Farcry 3, your favorite flavor of Call of Duty, or other graphic-intensive video games — you might fall short with a low-end graphic card.

EVGA has been a personal choice since 2008. Awesome forum community where know-more-than-you overclockers are happy to answer your questions, great tech support, and the lovely 3-year warranty which covers parts and labor.

EVGA recently announced the new mid-range graphic card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SuperClocked.

It comes in two options: 2048MB GDDR5 ($399) or 4096MB GDDR5 ($553).

EVGA seems to be the only manufacturer out there with a 4096MB GDDR version of the GTX 670 Superclocked. Something cool about this graphic card is the adaptive VSYNC (new technology) and its dual-purpose air ventilation system.

Adaptive Vsync

The Adaptive VSync (Vertical Sync) dynamically adjusts VSync depending on frame rates for smoother gaming.

Cooling

Other manufacturers add one or two axial fans to their video cards for extra cooling. However, those two-axial fans can be deceiving. All those fans do is push hot air off the video card and back into the computer case’s interior itself, increasing the overall interior ambient of your computer and suffocate the CPU and motherboard. EVGA graphic cards on the other hand have a blower system that removes the hot air from your graphic card and your computer case altogether. It’s a more efficient ventilation system.

Not only does the fan cools your video card — it’s designed to be an air blower too. Say what? Ok, basically the fan pulls-in air into the graphic card, and expels the hot air through the back-plating vent (where you connect the cords at). A rear-exhaust. It helps remove the hot air from within the computer case for a cooler ventilation lowering its whole interior-ambient around 3 celsius degrees.

Here’s a video by EVGA explaining how this new graphic card air ventilation system works in real-time:

TXAA

Get the image quality of 8X MSAA with the performance hit of only 2X MSAA. This means a smoother gaming experience without the loss in FPS normally associated with this level of eye candy.

NVIDIA SMX Engine

Brand new processing engine which delivers twice the performance/watt compared to previous generations.

At the bottom of the page, you can find links to manufacturers other than EVGA. Here are some of the specs on the EVGA GTX 670 Superclocked (4096MB GDDR5):

Performance

  • 1344 CUDA Cores
  • Base Clock: 967 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1046 MHz
  • Bus: PCI-E 3.01
  • 2-way, 3-way, 4-way SLI Ready
  • Texture Fill Rate: TBA GT/s

Memory

  • Memory Detail: 4096 MB GDDR5
  • Memory Bit Width: 256 Bit
  • Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
  • Memory Speed: 0.33 ns
  • Memory Bandwidth: 192.26 GB/s

Key Features

  • NVIDIA SMX Engine
  • NVIDIA GPU Boost
  • NVIDIA Surround
  • NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync
  • Support for four concurrent displays; two dual-link DVI connectors, HDMI and Displayport 1.2
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 with Direct Compute 5.0 Support
  • NVIDIA PhysX Technology
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready
  • NVIDIA CUDA Technology
  • PCI Express 3.0 Support
  • OpenGL 4.2 Support
  • OpenCL Support

Interface

  • PCI-E 3.0 16x
  • DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, Display-Port
  • SLI Capable

Resolution & Refresh

  • 240Hz Max Refresh Rate
  • 2048×1536 Max Analog
  • 2560×1600 Max Digital

Requirements

  • 500 watt or greater power supply with a minimum of 30 amps on the +12 volt rail. ***
  • PCI Express, PCI Express 2.0 or PCI Express 3.0 compliant motherboard with one graphics slot.
  • Two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors or four available hard disk power connectors.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 / Vista / XP

Dimensions

  • Height: 4.376 in – 111.15 mm
  • Length: 9.5 in – 241mm
  • Weight: 3 lbs

Accessories

  • EVGA Driver/Software Disc with EVGA Precision Tuning Utility
  • DVI to VGA Adapter (For DVI-I) x 1
  • 6-pin PCI-E Power Adapters x 2
  • EVGA Accessory Pack
  • User Guide

NVIDIA GTX 670 – Other Companies

People might have experience with other graphic card companies. These are the 2048MB GDDR versions of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 by other manufacturers.

New Video Card Before Diablo III?

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Some fans might have in mind a thought lurking back and forth these past weeks: To get a new video card, or not.

At this point, it’s a personal choice. Blizzard Entertainment supports a wide-range of low, mid and high-end graphic cards.

According to the Minimum System Requirements, you should have a graphic card ranging:

Mac Computers

  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT
  • ATI Radeon™ HD 2600

PC Computers

  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT
  • ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro

This article is partially a “reality-check” call to Diablo III fans.

For Mac users: The GeForce 8600M was released on May 2007 for MacBook Pro. The ATI Radeon™ Mobility HD 2600 was released on May 14, 2007.

For PC users: the GeForce 7800 GT was released on August 11, 2005. The ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro was released on October 17, 2006.

If your video card is in this range, you are pretty much covered. Congratulations!

If this reality-check smacked you on the face, and your computer is not able to run Diablo III, then I’ll show below some current alternatives available.

For PC users, I always recommend EVGA video cards. They have a 24/7 Technical Support, 3-year Warranty, a great forum community for questions — and of course, these video cards support DirectX 11, and PhysX ready.

One solid question fans who haven’t ever bought a video card might have is whether “X” new video card is compatible with their current motherboard’s PCI slot, or if their power supply can handle it.

The latest NVIDIA and AMD RADEON cards require a minimum of PCI-E 2.0 16x and a 400 Watt power supply +12 Volt / 24 Amps. Some models may have different requirements. High-End cards (expensive ones) might require motherboards with PCI-E 3.0.

When the retail/online stores don’t have this type of info, it’s a good idea to visit the manufacturer’s website to look at the specification page (usually available as a PDF download).

Latest EVGA NVIDIA GeForce Cards

DirectX 11 supported graphic cards (released: 2011-2012)

Model Core Clock Memory Memory Bit Effective Memory Shader Clock Price
EVGA GeForce GT 520 810 MHz 1024 MB 64-bit 1400 MHz 1620 MHz $54.74
EVGA GeForce GT 440 810 MHz 1024 MB 128-bit 1600 MHz 1620 MHz $79.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 951 MHz 2048 MB 192-bit 4356 MHz 1903 MHz $169.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked 850 MHz 1024 MB 256-bit 4104 MHz 1700 MHz $189.98
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 900 MHz 1024 MB 256-bit 4212 MHz 1800 MHz $249.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked 797 MHz 1280 MB 320-bit 3900 MHz 1594 MHz $314.99
eVGA GeForce GTX 580 SuperClocked 772 MHz 1536 MB 384-bit 4008 MHz 1544 MHz $429.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 1006 MHz 2048 MB 256-bit 6008 MHz - $689.99
EVGA GeForce GTX680 SuperClocked 1058 MHz 2048 MB 256-bit 6208 MHz - $659.98

Latest AMD RADEON Graphic Cards

DirectX 11 supported graphic cards (released: 2011-2012)

Model Core Clock RAM Memory Bit Memory Clock Price
XFX Radeon HD 6450 625 MHz 2GB 64-bit 800 MHz $57.99
XFX ATI Radeon HD6670 800 MHz 1GB 128-bit 1600 MHz $71.60
XFX Double D HD 7770 1000 MHz 1GB DDR5 128-bit 4.5 GHz $169.99
ASUS HD 7850 870 MHz 2GB 256-bit 4840 MHz $260.82
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 1.0 GHz 2 GB 256-bit 4.8 GHz $359.99
XFX HD 7970 Black Edition 1000 MHz 1024 MB 384-bit 5.7 GHz $539.99

Do you have a tip or suggestion for other fans searching for a new graphic card? Let us know in the comments. Your feedback is always welcome.

Cleaning Up Your Computer Before Diablo III

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Many players have a computer system that may play Diablo III with no problems considering the wide range of configurations Blizzard Entertainment usually develops games for.

It doesn’t matter if you have a l33t computer, or an older system. All of these computer systems have a common enemy. An enemy more dangerous and unmerciful than Diablo, Mephisto or Baal. That enemy is [you].

That sounds harsh, but be honest. How often do you clean up your computer? This past year, I have cleaned my computer about three times. I have come to the conclusion that I need to clean it up more often than that. Once or twice a month shouldn’t hurt too much.

There is one factor that makes people decline to clean their computers. Which of these examples fits you?

  • Not everyone has a car to take the computer to a gas station to use the air blower.
  • I don’t have a car, and I’m lazy to order an air can online, or going to Radio Shack or other store to buy it.
  • Those darn air cans are too expensive.
  • I don’t have a vacuum cleaner
  • I have a vacuum cleaner, but I’m too busy and lazy.
  • I always forget.

I’m sure there are many other excuses or constraints that prevent players to clean their computer as often as they should. I’ll be nice and think these few are among the best reasons.

In my case, well, going to Best Buy or Radio Shack to buy an expensive air can ain’t too fun, and usually they don’t have enough pressure or last long enough to clean the entire computer parts.

Air cans can also give you a frostbite if not used properly.

You’d be surprised how much dust your computer might have right about now. Go ahead. Open the computer case and check it out. The computer case’s fans — those which bring air into its interior and the one that expels it out of your computer — do they have a thick crust of dust? Likely even your own hair or your pet’s hair. Everyone drops hair one way or the other throughout the month. This hair eventually lands on your floor, and it’s slowly pulled by the computer’s fans. When this hair accumulates on the outer-filters, or the grills, dust tends to clog there and prevent air from going in or out of the computer case efficiently.

This in turn makes the interior of your computer to build up internal heat that’s no longer dissipated.

Take a look at your CPU’s cooler sink and its fan. Are they full of dust and dirt lint? Some of it is also your hair — believe it or not. Check your graphic card. Do you see a crust of dust? Remove the graphic card from the PCI slot. What do you see in the graphic card’s fan? Yup, here’s the source of your video games losing FPS (frames-per-second), or graphic lag, Nvidia / ATI driver crashes, etc. etc.

A few days ago, I experienced some of those symptoms. I opened my computer case, and noticed an unusual amount of dust on the video card. The CPU fan, and the 120mm fans pulling and expelling air were also covered with hair and dust intermingled.

Using napkins to clean up is simply useless, and time consuming, and just silly. Air cans — I’m sorry, these are a waste of time and money. Air compressors can cost over $200, take a lot of space and do a lot of noise.

Pressurized air cans (known as disposable cleaning air dusters) sometimes come in packs of two or three 10-ounce cans. They range $13.59 – $19.99. Once the cans are empty, you need to replace them and need to spend more money. It’s better to invest in something more useful and lasting.

Update: A computer-savvy fan suggested to use the Metro Vacuum ED500 Electric Duster for cleaning. This cleans the computer case, the CPU cooler sink, the 120mm fans, and the graphic card in no time and thoroughly.

After cleaning the computer, I loaded EVGA Precision and the EVGA E-LEET Tuning Tool to monitor my CPU and the graphic card’s temperature.

The Intel Core i7-920 CPU was fluctuating between 83-86 degrees before cleaning the computer. After cleaning the computer you can see in the screenshot below the temperature is now 53 degrees. I’m not sure I’m comfortable with the temperature of each individual core, but overall 53 sounds good.

My EVGA NVIDIA GeForce 285 GTX Superclocked was a pancake-griddle, literally. The EVGA Precision tool was reflecting over 60-70 degrees before cleaning the computer. Now as the screenshot below shows, it’s sitting at a nice 44 degrees.

I only have a CPU cooler sink I installed a few years ago, but no VGA cooler. I’ll experiment with that soon.

For now that’s pretty good to keep a healthy computer temperature to play Diablo III, or other CPU / GPU intensive video games without worry about cooking an omelet on your graphic card.

I’ll later share some cooling solutions for graphic cards and CPUs to lower the temperatures beyond what your stock CPU cooler sink and GPU fan do. Clean your computer often. If you experience driver crashes often, that’s a sign you need to. Don’t wait until that happens.

Sanctuary needs you to slay demons.

Note: Edited the product used to clean my computer, and added the Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac suggested by a fan in our comments section. It’s a more appropriate tool to use. Here’s a video showing you the power of this blower.

Tips: You won’t want all this dust floating around indoors. Always clean the computer while outdoors and wearing a mask to cover your mouth and nose. Take a shower and change cloths afterwards. The cloths are contaminated with dust that might end up on your bed or sofa. In the comments, Marco Donghi suggests to hold the 120mm case fans, and the graphic card and CPU cooler sink’s fans before and while cleaning them to prevent them going backwards and causing damage to the rotator’s mechanical parts.

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Classified Announced

EVGA just announced the EVGA GeForce GTX560 Ti 448 Cores Classified. You can now pre-order it, and it will be shipped when available. It qualifies for Free Super Saver Shipping (option available at checkout).

What’s exceptional about the GTX 560 Ti Classified version versus the normal GTX 560 Ti? Compare:

  • The normal GTX 560 Ti features only 384 Cores, 2048 MB GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit memory bus, 128 GB/s Memory Bandwidth, and supports only 2-SLI.
  • The Classified version features 448 CUDA Cores, 1.28GB GDDR5 memory on a 320-bit memory bus, 156 GB/s Memory Bandwidth , 6 Phase PWM, 3-SLI support.

The limited edition Classified version, at the same price point as the GTX 560 Ti, sounds like a good video card to play the latest games like Batman: Arkham City, and Battlefield 3 at max settings.

If this card can do wonders on these two newest games, it should play Diablo III, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria pretty decent at max settings.

Gamers Daily News reviewed the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Classified and gave it the Gold Award. It exceeded even NVIDIA’s suggested FPS performance. NVIDIA estimates a 15% performance increase compared to the normal version, but Gamers Daily News found through benchmarks it was really a 25% performance increase.

Personally, I find this card to be a bit expensive, but considering the free shipping, that’s a $8.64 saving (New York). It’s also around half the price of the EVGA GeForce GTX 580.

What Gamers Daily News forgot to mention in the review was the performance comparison against the GTX 570. In their benchmark comparison, the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked (with 480 CUDA Cores) outperformed the EVGA GeForce GTX560 Ti 448 Cores Classified by a slight margin and costs an extra $59.99.

Some of you might be looking for a leet video card, at a mid-range price. Either of those are a good choice. Not only do you get Free Super Saving Shipping with both graphic cards, you also qualify for a Free Digital Copy of “Batman: Arkham City” ($49.99 value). Ain’t that cool?

  • Core Clock: 797MHz Memory Clock: 3900MHz Shader Clock: 1594MHz
  • CUDA Cores: 448
  • Core Clock: 797 MHz
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
  • NVidia Cuda, PhysX, PureVideo HD, 3D VisionSurround ready Technologies
  • NVidia 2-Way and 3-Way SLI ready
  • DisplayPort 1.1a Connector
  • HDMI 1.4a connector
  • Two Dual-Link DVI-I HDCP capable connectors

Memory Specs

  • Memory Detail: 1280 MB GDDR5
  • Memory Bit Width: 320 Bit
  • Memory Clock: 3900 MHz
  • Memory Speed: 0.5 ns
  • Memory Bandwith: 156 GB/sec
  • Texture fill rate: 44.6 GT/s

Key Features

  • DirectX 11 Support
  • 6 Phase PWM
  • Dual Fan Design

Requirements

  • 550Watt PSU
  • (1) 6 Pin PCIe Connector
  • (1) 8 Pin PCIe Connector Or (2) 6 Pin PCIe Power Connectors
  • Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  • PCIe 16x Slot

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win Dual-GPU Pre-Orders Detected

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EVGA recently announced their latest Dual-GPU graphic card, and today pre-orders are available.

The EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win DUAL GPU, odd as it sounds, outperforms the GTX 580 by 30%.

EVGA is teasing this baby with the marketing slogan: “Is it a GTX 585?”, to demonstrate how this card is rather a better card than the GTX 580.

I’m very confused by this product considering EVGA is competing with itself with a product that nearly shares the same price point.

The GTX 580 costs MSRP: $589.99, while the outperformer GTX 560 Ti 2Win Dual-GPU costs 571.36.

The GTX 560 Ti 2Win offers blistering DirectX 11 performance right off the box, including Tessellation — that thing people are going crazy for nowadays.

The card handles three displays: 3 Dual-Link DVI-I HDCP capable connectors, and HDMI x 1.

NVIDIA 3D surround with only one card, 3D Vision and PhysX ready.

This is also the first time I ever see a graphics card with three integrated fans. Now that’s hot! Err, cool … as in “temperature”, but still cool … as in “zomg, neat!” A YouTube video trailer can be watched below.

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win Dual-GPU

  • Core Clock Speed: 850MHz
  • CUDA Cores: 768
  • Memory: 2048MB GDDR5
  • Memory Clock Speed: 4008MHz
  • Memory Bandwidth: 256.6GB/sec
  • Shader Clock Speed: 1700MHz
  • Bus: PCI-E 2.0
  • Interface: DVI-I, DVI-I, DVI-I, Mini-HDMI
  • Product Warranty: 3 year warranty upgradable upon registration
  • Product Length: 11.5in – 292.1mm

The GTX 560 Ti 2Win Dual-GPU is now a direct competitor of the XFX AMD Radeon HD 6990 which AMD claims to be the fastest graphics card in the world.

Specs GTX 560 Ti 2Win GTX 580 Radeon HD 6990
Core Clock Speed 850MHz 772MHz 830MHz
CUDA Cores 768 512 N/A
Memory 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 4000MB GDDR5
Memory Clock Speed 4008MHz 4008 MHz 1250MHz
Shader Clock Speed 1700MHz 1544MHz N/A
Mem. Bandwidth 256.6 GB/sec 192.4 GB/s 5.0Gbps

 

Building a PC for Diablo III: AMD Unlocked FX Bulldozer CPU Launches

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AMD announced yesterday the launch of their new AMD FX family of CPUs introducing the first-ever eight-core CPU. They also released a six-core and four-core versions of the FX CPU.

      AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unleashed the AMD FX family of CPUs, delivering a fully unlocked and customizable experience for desktop PC users. The AMD FX series of desktop CPUs includes the first-ever eight-core desktop processor, enabling extreme multi-display gaming, mega-tasking and HD content creation for PC and digital enthusiasts – all for less than $245 (suggested U.S. retail price). This marks the first retail availability of processors that use AMD’s new multi-core architecture (codenamed “Bulldozer”), which is included in AMD’s upcoming server CPU (codenamed “Interlagos”) and the next-generation of AMD Accelerated Processing Units.

      “AMD FX CPUs are back with a vengeance, as validated by the recent feat of setting a Guinness World Records® title for ‘Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor,’” said Chris Cloran, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Group at AMD. “While overclockers will certainly enjoy the frequencies the AMD FX processors can achieve, PC enthusiasts and HD media aficionados will appreciate the remarkable experience that AMD FX processors can provide as part of a balanced, affordable desktop system.”

      All AMD FX CPUs offer completely unlocked processor clock multipliers for easier overclocking, paving the way for PC enthusiasts to enjoy higher CPU speeds and related performance gains. Additionally, these processors use AMD Turbo Core Technology to dynamically optimize performance across CPU cores enabling maximum performance for intense workloads.

      Starting today, the below AMD FX CPUs will be available from global retailers. Additional AMD FX CPUs and systems based on the AMD FX processors will be available for purchase following the initial launch.

      Note: click the links below to pre-order.

      AMD FX CPUs

      • AMD FX 8150 8-Core Processor, 3.6 8 Socket AM3 — $269.99
      • AMD FX 8120: 8-cores, 3.1 GHz CPU base (3.4 GHz Turbo Core, 4.0 GHz Max Turbo) — $219.99
      • AMD FX 6100: 6-cores, 3.3 GHz CPU base (3.6 GHz Turbo Core, 3.9 GHz Max Turbo) — $189.99
      • AMD FX 4100: 4-cores, 3.6 GHz CPU base (3.7 GHz Turbo Core, 3.8 GHz Max Turbo) — $129.99

Gamers new to Build-it-Yourself and interested in this new AMD FX CPU should know which motherboard and graphic cards to obtain for the best solution. AMD said yesterday, Oct 12.2011, gamers should aim to build a AMD “Scorpius” platform by matching an AMD FX CPU with an AMD 9-Series motherboard and the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 series graphics cards.

AMD 9-Series Motherboards

There are three chipset models in the AMD 9-Series: The AMD 990FX, the AMD 990X chipset, and the AMD 970 Chipset. All support AM3, AM3+ and FX CPUs. If you have one of these motherboard chipsets, good news: You only need the CPU. However, game reviewers like HardOCP recommend the AMD 990FX chipset.

These are the Top 3 AMD 990FX motherboards used by reviewers of the AMD FX CPU.

AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 series graphics cards

Along with the AMD FX Family CPU and the AMD 990FX Motherboards, AMD recommends the AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series graphic cards for the ultimate gaming AMD Scorpius platform.

There are many graphic card manufacturers out there making these: XFX, Sapphire Tech, ASUS, BFG, Gigabyte, Visiontek, Diamond, HIS Digital and others. The AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series come in bunch of different flavors of graphics cards ranging low to high prices. You can choose your favorite manufacturer, but from what I have read EVGA is king-of-the-hill, followed by XFX and BFG Tech.

From low-end to high-end:

RAM Memory

The AMD 990FX chipset motherboard has a memory controller which handles a dual-channel DDR3 at a maximum of a 1,866MHz frequency supporting 1.5V or 1.65V.

Building a PC for Diablo III

 

Building a PC for Diablo III – Intel i7 Core Sandy Bridge CPU

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Deciding which CPU to purchase for your new gaming rig to play Diablo III is no easy feat. There are so many options and variety of CPUs with odd names and lots of numbers that it goes to the point it reads as a incomprehensible foreign language or plain Klingon.

That’s not a cool thing, because people who don’t know the differences between each CPU might end up buying a mobile CPU for their Desktop computer by mistake, or an older version of the Desktop CPU.

Following up on the previous article titled Building a PC for Diablo III – EVGA Z68 SLI Motherboard, the EVGA Intel Z68 SLI Mobo supports the Intel i5 Core (mid-end CPU) and the Intel i7 Core (high-end CPU). However, gamers that play intensive video games like StarCraft II, Diablo III, Crysis 2, and other video games should definitely look out for the high-end CPUs: Intel i7 Core for maximum processing power.

Another factor to clock in on when deciding which Intel i7 Core CPU to buy is its code-name.

The Intel i7 Core (codename: Bloomfield, Lynnfield, Clarksfield, Arrandale, and Gulftown) were the first-generation released late 2008 and mid-2010.

Don’t even look at those when building a new gaming rig. Those are outdated in comparison with what’s available today for the same price.

The latest CPUs are codenamed Sandy Bridge, known also as the Intel i7 Core (Second Generation).

The Build-it-Yourself beginners are going to ask — what gives? What’s the difference? The first generation Intel i7 Core CPUs uses the LGA 1366 socket and LGA 1156.

The second generation Intel i7 Core Sandy Bridge CPUs use the LGA 1155 socket. It also features Intel® HD Graphics 3000.

Imagine trying to fit a circle box into a square hole. The CPU pins just don’t fit into the motherboard CPU socket. You would have a paperweight so to speak if you buy a Z68 motherboard which only supports the LGA 1155 CPUs and mistakenly you choose a first generation Intel i7 Core CPU.

There is another factor to look at when looking at the name of a CPU. The Intel i7 Core (Sandy Bridge) comes in three flavors: Core i7-2600, 2600K and 2600S. Some might have a 26XX variable. So, err, which should I get?

The suffix after the 2600 model number designates the function of each particular CPU. For example, the 2600K has an unlocked multiplier, and the 2600S is designed for low-power consumption. What would happen to a gamer who goes with 2600S? No-brainer.

The Intel i7-2600 (3.4GHz) and the i7-2600S (2.8GHz) cost the same: $ 295.99. The Intel i7 2600K (3.4GHz) costs $314.99 — merely $19 bucks more for a unlocked CPU. In short:

1. don’t get the “17-2600S” version for gaming – (low-power is teh sux)
2. you can overclock the i7-2600K (3.4GHz) up to (zomg!) 4.5GHz (unlocked CPU).
3. Get the 2600 (3.4GHz) — with no suffix — if you don’t care about overclocking.

Building your own gaming rig can be expensive in comparison to what DELL, HP, Acer, Gateway and other companies ship. Or what you might find in Best Buy and other national retailers.

The key is that you are in full control of every aspect and quality of your computer parts when you build it yourself — including the RAM, CPU, Motherboard, and Graphic Card.

Some of them provide options to build your rig, but you have a narrow choice window limited to what they offer versus what you wish as a gamer.

Thus, be prepared to see eye-popping prices when it comes to buying a CPU fit for Gamers.

The Intel i7 Core is a high-end CPU, and gaming fits the bill. I hand-picked two of the three available CPU flavors. You can read the full specs at the bottom of this page. Choose your poison of Intel i7 Core Sandy Bridge (Second Generation) CPUs:

As commentcava suggested, in the comments section, gamers have another CPU option: the Intel Core i5. It’s a mid-range CPU for video and app performance. It’s nigh a $100 cheaper than the Intel Core i7. There are several Intel Core i5 flavors with a variety of suffixes, but I’d rather recommend the suffix “K” which means an unlocked CPU for overclockers. The unlocked version costs merely $4 more than the non-suffix version, no biggie in recommending it. CPU specs at the bottom of the page.

Technology keeps evolving and enhancing computing processes. It’s up to you to upgrade into the EVGA Z68 SLI motherboard and the Intel i7 Core (Sandy Bridge quad-core) now, or wait until the next wave of upgrades.

CPU Cooler

Many gamers buy cookie-cutter computers and forget to replace the stock CPU fan and to use a thermal paste.

I learned this the hard way a couple years ago when I built my rig. The motherboard would auto-shutdown at boot. EVGA motherboards have a built-in temperature LCD display, so it wasn’t hard to figure out what the problem was. Once the CPU reaches 86F degrees, the motherboard auto-shutdown to protect the mobo and CPU. When booting, the CPU works hard to load up the operating system and its processes spiking temperature up to 86F.

Now that you have your favorite flavor of the second generation Sandy Bridge Intel i7 Core, there are two important things to add to your gaming rig wishlist.

First rule when building your own gaming rig: Get a thermal grease and replace the stock CPU fan.

There are many options to look up out there when it comes to CPU fans. If you prefer air CPU coolers, EVGA recently released their own version. Considering EVGA builds motherboards and graphic cards for overclockers — I lean to think EVGA engineers know what to look for in a CPU fan.

The EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler is compatible with the Socket 775, 1156, 1366 and what we care about here: the 1155 (Sandy Bridge second-generation). It costs $49.99.

The EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler has Aluminum fins to absorb and distribute cool air. Just looking at the design tells you this fan is unique compared to other stock fans and professional fans.

The blades are thinner, longer and narrower than anything you see out there in the market. It has seven blades. Airflow speeds can be controlled through BIOS settings. It does 750-2500RPM / 26-84CFM to keep your Intel i7 Core CPU cool. EVGA guarantees this cooler keeps your computer 20 degrees lower than any stock fan cooler.

The second most important thing for a CPU is the thermal grease you must place on the CPU itself before you place the EVGA Superclock CPU cooler or other choice of fan.

Model: EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler
Part No.: M020-00-000234
Dimensions (HxWxD): 6.0×5.3×3.6 inches (152x135x91mm)
Weight: 1.14lbs (0.51kg)
Socket Support:
Intel: LGA 775/1155/1156/1366
AMD: 754/939/F/AM2/AM3
Fin Material: Aluminum
Heatpipes: 8mm Copper
Fan:

  • Size: 120x120x25mm
  • Control: via motherboard PWM
  • Voltage: 12v Max
  • Current: 0.32A
  • Noise Range: 13.2-41.5dBA
  • Speed Range: 750-2500 RPM
  • Airflow Range: 26-84 CFM
  • Life: 30,000 Hours
  • Warranty: 1 year parts and labor

The EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler costs $49.99, but take in mind the fan comes conveniently with a thermal grease paste compound in its packaging box. It usually costs an extra $ 8.00 to $19.00 when you buy the thermal paste separately.

The EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler performs as good as other professional fan coolers which cost $20 – $70 more, making its $49.99 price tag valuable. Under load on a 3.5GHz computer you get approximately 60.50 degrees Celsius, and 32.25 degrees Celsius while idle.

In the liquid cooling department, the Antec Kühler H20 920 Liquid CPU Cooling System costs twice what you would pay for the EVGA Superclock CPU cooler and cools your CPU one degree lower according to LegitReviews.

Intel i7 Core Sandy-Bridge Specs Comparison

Highlight rows with differences Intel® Core™ i7-2600 Processor (8M Cache, 3.40 GHz)

2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Logo
Intel® Core™ i7-2600K Processor (8M Cache, 3.40 GHz)

2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Logo
Code Name Sandy Bridge Sandy Bridge

Essentials

Status Launched Launched
Launch Date Q1’11 Q1’11
Processor Number i7-2600 i7-2600K
# of Cores 4 4
# of Threads 8 8
Clock Speed 3.4 GHz 3.4 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.8 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cache 8 MB Intel® Smart Cache 8 MB Intel® Smart Cache
Bus/Core Ratio 34 34
Bus Type DMI DMI
System Bus 5 GT/s 5 GT/s
Instruction Set 64-bit 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.1/4.2, AVX SSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options Available Yes No
Lithography 32 nm 32 nm
Max TDP 95 W 95 W
Recommended Channel Price $294.00 $317.00

Memory Specifications

Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 32 GB 32 GB
Memory Types DDR3-1066/1333 DDR3-1066/1333
# of Memory Channels 2 2
Max Memory Bandwidth 21 GB/s 21 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported No No

Graphics Specifications

Processor Graphics Yes Yes
Graphics Model Intel® HD Graphics 2000 Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Graphics Base Frequency 850 MHz 850 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency 1.35 GHz 1.35 GHz
Intel® Quick Sync Video Yes Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology Yes Yes
Intel® Insider™ Yes Yes
Intel® Wireless Display No No
Intel® Flexible Display Interface (Intel® FDI) Yes Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology Yes Yes
Dual Display Capable Yes Yes

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision 2.0 2.0
# of PCI Express Ports 1 1

Package Specifications

Max CPU Configuration 1 1
TCASE 72.6°C 72.6°C
Package Size 37.5mm x 37.5mm 37.5mm x 37.5mm
Sockets Supported LGA1155 LGA1155
Low Halogen Options Available Yes Yes

Advanced Technologies

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 2.0
Intel® vPro Technology Yes No
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology Yes Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) Yes No
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology Yes No
AES New Instructions Yes Yes
Intel® 64 Yes Yes
Idle States Yes Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology Yes Yes
Thermal Monitoring Technologies Yes Yes
Intel® Fast Memory Access Yes Yes
Intel® Flex Memory Access Yes Yes
Execute Disable Bit Yes Yes

Intel Core i5 (Sandy Bridge) Specs

Essentials

Status Launched
Launch Date Q1’11
Processor Number i5-2500K
# of Cores 4
# of Threads 4
Clock Speed 3.3 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.7 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache 6 MB
Bus/Core Ratio 33
DMI 5 GT/s
Instruction Set 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options Available No
Lithography 32 nm
Max TDP 95 W
Recommended Channel Price $216.00

Memory Specifications

Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 32 GB
Memory Types DDR3-1066/1333
# of Memory Channels 2
Max Memory Bandwidth 21 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported No

Graphics Specifications

Processor Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Graphics Base Frequency 850 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency 1.1 GHz
Intel® Quick Sync Video Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology Yes
Intel® Insider™ Yes
Intel® Wireless Display No
Intel® Flexible Display Interface (Intel® FDI) Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology Yes
Dual Display Capable Yes

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision 2.0
# of PCI Express Ports 1

Package Specifications

Max CPU Configuration 1
TCASE 72.6°C
Package Size 37.5mm x 37.5mm
Sockets Supported LGA1155
Low Halogen Options Available Yes

Advanced Technologies

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Intel® vPro Technology No
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology No
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) No
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology No
AES New Instructions Yes
Intel® 64 Yes
Idle States Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology Yes
Thermal Monitoring Technologies Yes
Intel® Fast Memory Access Yes
Intel® Flex Memory Access Yes
Execute Disable Bit Yes

Building a PC for Diablo III

 

Building a PC for Diablo III – EVGA Z68 SLI Motherboard

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Blizzard Entertainment will soon ship Diablo III in early 2012, and many players out there still have an old computer. Blizzard games are made to support a wide range of configurations, but with the rise of new technologies, your computer manufacturer is likely no longer providing BIOS, drivers or firmware updates, or soon won’t. Blizzard has been increasing the minimum PC requirements slowly throughout the years.

StarCraft II’s Minimum PC Requirements show some gamers with low-end CPU and Graphic Cards released prior to 2003 are unable to play the game.

PC Minimum System Requirements*:

      • Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (Updated with the latest Service Packs) with DirectX® 9.0c
      • 2.6 GHz Pentium® IV or equivalent AMD Athlon® processor
      • 128 MB PCIe NVIDIA® GeForce® 6600 GT or ATI Radeon® 9800 PRO video card or better
      • 12 GB available HD space
      • 1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 users)
      • DVD-ROM drive
      • Broadband Internet connection
      • 1024X720 minimum display resolution

PC Recommended Specifications:

    • Windows Vista®/Windows® 7
    • Dual Core 2.4Ghz Processor
    • 2 GB RAM
    • -512 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX or ATI Radeon® HD 3870 or better

PC Minimum Spec Overview

In terms of CPU frequency, The Intel Pentium IV (Northwood) 2.6 GHz CPU was released on May 21, 2003. The AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 (Socket 939) shipped on October 11, 2004. That was the first off-the-box AMD Athlon CPU reaching the 2600 MHz frequency by default.

In terms of graphic cards, The ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (AGP slot) was released on March 2003 — I burned two of these before finally moving on to GeForce cards. The GeForce 6600 GT came out on August 12, 2004. Blizzard has been generous on the low-end CPU and graphics compatibility department.

PC Recommended Spec Overview

The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX was released on November 8, 2006, and its ATI equivalent — the ATI Radeon HD 3870 was released on Nov 19, 2007. If you have either of these two video cards or better — you are within the recommended spec. It’s unknown what the Diablo III recommended spec is, but let’s be optimistic it won’t be an abysmal difference.

On the PC Recommended Specs side of things, according to Blizzard Entertainment, gamers should have a Dual Core 2.4 GHz Processor. Let’s take a look at the Intel and AMD versions which fit the spec:

The Pentium Dual Core (Allendale) 2.4 GHz CPU (65nm / Socket 775) shipped on June 2007. That’s a four year old CPU. The more advanced 45nm process Wolfdale-3M version with 2 MiB L2 Cache came out August 2008.

On the AMD front, the Dual Core equivalent that fits the 2.4 GHz recommendation is the Phenom II X2 415e (Rana) with a 2.5 GHz frequency (released on May 11, 2010) and the Athlon II X2 210e (released on September 21, 2010). There are other more advanced Phenom II and Athlon II versions, but the general idea is that Blizzard’s PC Recommended Spec is a computer built between mid-2007 and 2010. Repeat this sing-along with me … “Ouch!”

Do you really need a new computer?

Let’s be sincere — if your computer was built prior to mid-2007, and whenever you play World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Crysis or other video games your computer or graphic card wants to cry and goes hot, slow-mo, glitches, or black / bluescreens — sorry to slap you a reality-check on your face … you need a new computer.

Wrong Decisions of a Gamer

Some people like to be cheapo — or simply rely on cookie-cutter computers — and buy a Dell, Asus, HP, or Gateway computer off Best Buy, Circuit City (R.I.P), CompUSA, or other national computer retailers. I pity the foo, bro! There’s no guarantee of what you will get for what you pay. Cheap and outdated motherboards, CPU, graphic cards, etc. They are in business to generate revenue, not to sell gaming systems. Some of those computers go cheap because there’s new technology coming out and need to clear inventory to bring in the latest ones.

The best way to go, for a gamer, when it comes to getting a new computer system is: Do-it-yourself. Unless you want an Alienware Gaming System ($2000+).

I have owned a few computers in the past 11 years. The first one was a Mac G4 Tower in 2000. Later on 2004, for World of Warcraft beta I got ahold of a HP Pavillion a650e with an AMD Athlon 64 3400+ CPU. That was the worst experience ever. It took me a while to figure out why the computer kept causing problems. HP was cheapo and added a low-end power supply, the case isn’t properly ventilated, and definitely not a gaming rig. I burned two ATI Radeon 9800 Pro on that machine.

Finally, the HP Pavillion computer died. When I called HP, they wanted me to ship the computer back to their factory for repair with a $400 charge + shipping costs. After showing them the finger and cussing them out, I decided to use those very $400 in a Build-it-Yourself system.

Although I had some eight months experience at a Mac repair shop years ago, I was a first timer building a PC. I didn’t know where to start, and went with an ASUS mobo (Motherboard). It lasted me some years until the mobo died on 2010, but to be honest it was a bit outdated, and the ASUS firmware updates and support were non-existent.

Best Do-It-Yourself Gaming Rig

I spent months reading Overclocking forums for tips on which motherboard and graphic card company was best for gaming computer systems, and I finally nailed it down on March 2009 with an EVGA X58 SLI. EVGA offers 3-year warranty on their products right off the box. (Product must be registered within 30 days after purchase) and they offer optional extensions up to 5-year and 10-year Warranty. EVGA is also popular for the best tech support via phone, email, and forums. You have to do a lot of catch up nigh every month with how often they deploy mobo BIOS drivers, chipset drivers, audio drivers, graphic card drivers — you name it.

Don’t take my word for it, nor even the overclocker’s word. EVGA won the PC Pro Excellence Awards 2011 in the Motherboard and Graphic Cards categories for a second year in a row.

Overclockers love EVGA motherboards for a reason. Thus, as gamers, it is important to read and to listen to that special breed of gamers. Want a Gaming rig? Get an EVGA motherboard. Even if you don’t overclock. It doesn’t matter. Keep the default BIOS settings if you wish. Experiment later. The off-the-box Warranty, tech support and constant driver updates are worth the investment. With Diablo III around the corner, a new PC is definitely a welcome sight to have the best gameplay and visual experience.

Today, I’ll share with you the latest EVGA Z68 motherboard family. In future articles, I will recommend the latest low-end and high-end EVGA graphic cards, RAM memory, hard drives, Intel socket 1155 CPU, CPU coolers, PSU (Power Supply), and gaming cases compatible with the EVGA Z68 motherboard family. We are still three months+ away from the launch date of Diablo III, so keep an eye on follow up articles to learn what’s the latest technology out there to build a decent Build-it-Yourself Gaming Rig — not a cookie-cutter rig.

The most recent motherboards contain the Intel Z68 chipset which supports Intel Core i5 and i7 Socket 1155 Processors. After the links, you can take a look at what they have to offer.

Check out below the Computer Specs for each of these Z68 EVGA SLI motherboards:

EVGA Z68 SLI Micro

Performance

  • Based on Intel Z68 chipset
  • Supports Intel Socket 1155 Processors

Memory

  • 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets
  • Dual Channel DDR3
  • Maximum of 16GB of DDR3 2133MHz+

Expansion Slot

  • 2 x PCIe (PCI Express 2.0) x8, 2 x PCIe x1

Storage I/O

  • 0 x UltraDMA133
  • 6 x Serial ATA 300MB/sec (4 x SATA II Internal 3G Ports + 2x ESATA) with support for RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 0+1, RAID5, RAID10 and JBOD
  • 2 x SATA III 600MB/sec 6G Ports (Internal) with support for RAID 0 and RAID1
  • Support SSD Caching

Integrated Peripherals

  • 8 Channel High Definition
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet Ports x 10/100/1000

Multi I/O

  • 12 x USB 2.0 ports (8 external + 4 internal headers)
  • 2 x USB3.0 ports (2 external + 0 internal headers)
  • Audio connector (Line-in, Line-out, MIC)
  • FireWire 1394A (1 external/1 internal)

Form Factor

  • mATX Form Factor
  • Length: 9.6in – 243.84mm
  • Width: 9.6in – 243.84mm

Product Warranty

This product comes with a 3 year limited warranty. Registration is recommended

EVGA offers several warranty solutions for our customers to choose from. Please refer to the suffix of the part number and our warranty terms for details.

Operating System Support

Windows 7 32/64bit, Windows Vista 32/64bit, Windows XP 32/64bit

Notes: The EVGA Z68 motherboards have arrived! These motherboards based on the latest Intel Express Chipset offer incredible performance and overclocking with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, and with the new Intel Smart Response Technology, users can combine a Solid State Drive with a traditional mechanical drive and receive both high performance and high storage capacity! Intel Smart Response Technology implements a storage I/O caching system to provide users with faster response times for frequently used applications. The entire EVGA Z68 lineup has full support for SATA III/6G and USB 3.0 giving you the latest standards in high performance storage, and a forward thinking true next generation motherboard layout allows you to take control!

EVGA Z68 SLI

Performance

  • Based on Intel Z68 chipset
  • Supports Intel Socket 1155 Processors

Memory

  • 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets
  • Dual Channel DDR3
  • Maximum of 16GB of DDR3 2133MHz+

Expansion Slot

  • Enthusiast Layout supporting 2-way SLI plus PhysX or CrossFireX
  • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16/x8, 1 x PCIe x8, 1 x PCIe x4, 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1

Storage I/O

  • 0 x UltraDMA133
  • 3 x SATA II 300MB/sec (3 x Internal + 1x E-SATA) with support for RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 0+1, RAID5, RAID10 and JBOD
  • 2 x SATA III 600MB/sec (6G Ports Internal) with support for RAID 0 and RAID1
  • Support SSD Caching

Integrated Peripherals

  • 8 Channel High Definition
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet Ports x 10/100/1000

Multi I/O

  • 10 x USB2.0 ports (6 external + 4 internal headers)
  • 2 x USB3.0 ports (2 external + 0 internal headers)
  • Audio connector (Line-in, Line-out, MIC)
  • FireWire 1394A (1 external/1 internal)

Form Factor

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Length: 12in – 304.8mm
  • Width: 9.6in – 243.84mm

EVGA Z68 SLI FTW

Performance

  • Based on Intel Z68 chipset
  • Supports Intel Socket 1155 Processors
  • Higher Gold Content in CPU pins
  • Integrated Flash Storage: use as storage, swap file, anything

Memory

  • 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets
  • Dual Channel DDR3
  • Maximum of 16GB of DDR3 2133MHz+

Expansion Slot

  • 6 PCI Express 2.0 Slots (3 x PCIe x16/x8, 2 x PCIe x8, 2 x PCIe x1)
  • Enthusiast Layout supporting 2-way and 3-way SLI plus PhysX or CrossFireX

Storage I/O

  • 0 x UltraDMA133
  • 8 x SATA II 300MB/sec (6x Internal + 2x E-SATA) with support for RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 0+1, RAID5, RAID10 and JBOD
  • 2 x SATA III 600MB/sec (2 Internal) with support for RAID 0 and RAID1

Integrated Peripherals

  • 8 Channel High Definition
  • 2 x 10/100/1000

Multi I/O

  • 10 x USB2.0 ports (6 external + 4 internal headers)
  • 4 x USB3.0 ports (2 external + 2 internal headers)
  • Audio connector (Line-in, Line-out, MIC)
  • FireWire 1394A (1 external)

Form Factor

  • EATX Form Factor
  • Length: 12in – 304.8mm
  • Width: 10.375in – 263.5mm

EVGA Z68 SLI FTW3

Performance

  • Based on Intel X58/ICH10R chipset
  • Supports Intel Core i7 Processors

Memory

  • 6 x 240-pin DIMM sockets
  • Triple Channel DDR3
  • Maximum of 24GB of DDR3 1600MHz+

Expansion Slot

  • 1 x PCIe x16, 1 x PCIe x8/x16, 1 x PCIe x8, 1 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI
  • 2 x 32-bit PCI, support for PCI 2.1

Storage I/O

  • 1 x UltraDMA133
  • 6 x Serial ATA 300MB/sec with support for RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 0+1, RAID5 and JBOD,
  • 2 x Serial ATA 600MB/sec with support for RAID 0 and RAID1

Integrated Peripherals

  • 8 Channel High Definition
  • 2 x 10/100/1000

Multi I/O

  • 1 x PS2 Keyboard
  • 12 x USB2.0 ports (8 external + 4 internal headers)
  • 2 x USB3.0 ports (2 external + 0 internal headers)
  • Audio connector (Line-in, Line-out, MIC)
  • FireWire 0

Form Factor

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Length: 12.0in – 304.8mm
  • Width: 9.6in – 243.6mm

Building a PC for Diablo III

 

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2Win On Sale

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Introducing the EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2Win (2048 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0)! This card harnesses the power of two EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) GPU’s for blistering fast DirectX 11 performance, including tessellation performance that destroys the competition. Experience a whole new level of interactive gaming and combine up to three displays off a single card for the ultimate in 3D entertainment, or disable Surround and combine up to four displays for maximum productivity. With these features and more, the EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2Win gives you double the win!

Order it here to get a $30 mail-in-rebate for a limited time. You save $60 off the MRSP price. This graphic card has THREE fans to keep temperatures smooth. Instead of using two GPU video cards in SLI taking up four PCI-Express 2.0 slots, you have two GPUs in a single video card taking up two PCI-Express 2.0 slots.

The EVGA GTX 460 2Win has a three-years warranty upgradable upon product registration with EVGA.

If you aren’t new to EVGA, ensure your profile is up to date with your current postal address. Register your EVGA GTX 460 2Win product, and request your free Digital Creativity Suite 2011 Bundle (a $160 value): Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, Scrapbook Artist 2, and Printshop 2.0.

The Digital Creativity Suite 2011 Bundle will be shipped to the postal address listed on your EVGA profile via USPS within 7 business days.

  • Part Number: 02G-P3-1387-AR
  • Core Clock Speed: 700MHz
  • CUDA Cores: 672
  • Memory Clock Speed: 3600MHz
  • Memory Bandwidth: 230.4GB/sec
  • Shader Clock Speed: 1400MHz
  • Bus: PCI-E 2.0
  • Interface: DVI-I, DVI-I, DVI-I, Mini-HDMI
  • Product Warranty:
    Limited Lifetime warranty upon registration
  • Product Length: 11.5in – 292.1mm

Memory

Effective Memory Clock: 3600MHz
Memory Size: 2GB
Memory Interface: 512-bit
Memory Type: GDDR5

Connectors: 2 x 8 Pin

3D API

DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1

Requirements

Minimum of a 700 Watt power supply.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 46 Amps.)
Two available 8-pin PCI-E power dongles

Dual-Link DVI and Supported and HDCP Ready.

NVIDIA CUDA technology with CUDA C/C++,DirectCompute 5.0 and OpenCL support

NVIDIA PhysX technology

NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready

NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology

EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler Pre-orders

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The EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler M020-00-000234 pre-order is finally available. EVGA is my favorite company for motherboards and graphic cards. Great tech support and forums, and product warranty. Especially, a great line of products for gamers and overclockers.

The new EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler fits several recent CPU sockets, and built for easy installation. I added at the bottom a good “How to install” video by HiTechLegion. It can be installed in a breeze, just a few minutes and comes with its own CPU thermal paste compound.

One important thing for you to know: You require a computer case that allows open access to the back of the motherboard. Otherwise you might have to remove the motherboard (which doesn’t sound cool in your case).

What’s amazing about this new EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler is that it was tested versus a Standard i7 CPU Cooler at full load. The results are stunning. With the i7 CPU Cooler the computer’s internal temperature reached 70 F temperature at full load. With the EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler, the computer’s internal temperature was nigh 20 degrees lower !!! The comparison chart shows only 52 degrees Farenheit.

Introducing the latest entry into the award winning EVGA enthusiast product lineup; the EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler. This product was built to perform with five 8mm heatpipes that are arranged to receive the maximum airflow, direct-touch base technology providing excellent thermal transfer, wind tunnel fin design for optimal air-flow and more.

The center section of the fins form an enclosure in front of the fan hub where air flow is at its lowest, and the edges of the fins are closed. This creates two wind tunnels that maximize airflow around the heatpipes.

And of course, the full sleek black look and PWM controlled red LED fan are the perfect match for any EVGA gaming rig!

EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler Specs

  • Intel CPU Compatibility: Socket 775, 1155, 1156, 1366
  • AMD CPU Compatibility: Socket 754, 939, 940, F, AM2, AM3
  • Fan Size: 120 x 120 x 25mm
  • Fan Speed: 750 – 2500 RPM
  • Fan Airflow: 26 – 84 CFM
  • Heat Pipes: 5 x 8mm Direct Touch
  • Fins: Aluminum / Wind Flow

Fan Specs

  • Size: 120 x 120 x 25mm
  • Fan Control: Via Motherboard PWM
  • Fan Voltage: 12v
  • Max Current: 0.32A
  • Noise Range: 13.2 – 41.5 dBA
  • Speed range: 750 – 2500 RPM
  • Airflow Range: 26 – 84 CFM
  • Bearing: Hydraumatic
  • Life: 30,000 Hours

Heatsink

  • Fin material: Aluminium
  • Heat Pipes: 8mm Copper
  • Direct-touch base technology

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