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  • Motherboard Overclocking Dependency, Hardware we’ve lost and EVGA iCX Technology
  • Motherboard Overclocking Dependency, Hardware we’ve lost and EVGA iCX Technology


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 30:17

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    Originally recorded March 2017

    Show Notes

    Overclocking on Z270
    In previous podcasts we have talked about Kaby Lake and how it is bringing the fun back to overclocking and of course to get the most out of your overclocking adventure you sometimes need to make modifications depending on your situation.  On LGA 2011 you may need to lap your heatsink to ensure a proper fit while on LGA 115x the processor may need to be delidded to keep processor temps down. 

    One factor of overclocking that is often overlooked is motherboard selection, not so much from features or expandability but rather voltage and processor control.  In this episode Dennis talks about how three different Z270 motherboards, all designed for overclocking each handle processor voltage differently.  Some needlessly overvolt the processors while others are to flat out unstable at any speed. 

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    Rockit Cool Rockit 88 Processor Delidding Tool
    How to Properly Delid a Core i7 7700K
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    EVGA Z270 Classified K Motherboard Review

    Hardware we have loved and lost
    As hardware enthusiasts it is difficult to hide that we know about computers.  One look in our respective offices will often be a dead giveaway that computers are our passion.  Unfortunately, not everyone shares our passion and in this episode Dennis and Darren talk about the times we have lost hardware due to the disparity between computer enthusiasts and computer users.

    Freeway Design FWD-A7KA

    The duo talks about some rather interesting hardware that is worth checking out that sadly can never be replaced.

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    Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal
    EVGA GTX 780 Ti Classified K|ngp|n Edition Video Card Review

    EVGA iCX Technology
    Some of you may remember a story where a user made a HUGE deal out of their EVGA GTX 1080 blowing up, and not like it stopped working but it actually caught fire and they had it on video. (Staged anyone?)  Anyhow this hit EVGA HARD!, so much in fact that they looked into the issue and determined a number of defects.  Free fixes were issued including a revised firmware that changed the fan curves to additional thermal pads to help keep the VRM temperature under control.

    As hardware enthusiast we are all about excessive and the more over the top the better.  The EVGA iCX Technology falls into that category as not only a response to their commitment to quality but proof that they really do care about the products they sell.

    iCX is a new cooling technology that is more than a cooler but an entire cooling system,  in this segment Dennis goes over the iCX features of the EVGA GTX 1070 SC2 iCX and why you might consider this solution on your future EVGA video card.

    Related Links
    EVGA GTX 1070 SC2 iCX

    Episode 73 featured music:
    Little People - Start Shootin' (http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)