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EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Classified K|NGP|N Edition and GTX 970 FTW Pictured

Ahead of its launch, and after teasing it early last week, EVGA showed off its flagship single-GPU graphics card, the GeForce GTX 980 Classified Kingpin Edition. Based on a meatier version of the company's ACX 2.0 cooling solution, the card features clear acrylic cutouts around its shroud, rather than a frosty translucent one, featured on its GTX 780 Ti based predecessor.

It features a massive 10-phase VRM that draws power from two 8-pin and one 6-pin PCIe power connectors, which in addition to stabilizing your record-seeking overclock, power a defrosting circuit that keeps key areas of the PCB warm enough to prevent frosting, when cooling with subzero solutions, such as liquid nitrogen. The other big card is the GeForce GTX 970 FTW, the company's top-tier card based on NVIDIA's second fastest GPU. The card features a strong VRM that draws power from a combination of 6-pin and 8-pin connectors. It features a standard-size ACX 2.0 cooler, and a back-plate cools memory chips on that side.

EVGA Teases GeForce GTX 980 Classified K|ngp|n Edition

EVGA teased its upcoming flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 980 Classified K|ngp|n Edition. Designed by the famed overclocker associated with the company, this card combines the best overclocking GTX 980 chips, with the fastest GDDR5 memory, and the strongest VRM in the industry, letting you chase overclocking and performance benchmark records. It retains the translucent cooler shroud theme from its predecessor based on the GTX 780 Ti, although the cooler appears to be a beefier ACX 2.0.

The card draws power from a combination of two 8-pin, and one 6-pin PCIe power connectors, giving you an idea of just how much juice the card can take in, to keep your overclock stable. The card is prepped for liquid cooling, and has electricals to negate cold-bugs, and an active electrical trace that keeps the PCB heated, to prevent frosting. EVGA also gave us a glimpse of the card's abilities with a jaw-dropping 3DMark FireStrike score of 20,816 pts. There's no idea on when the company plans to launch this card, or if it even will, especially given that NVIDIA's next-generation GTX TITAN is just around the corner. Maybe EVGA is betting on NVIDIA keeping that card vanilla (preventing AICs from coming up with custom-design cards).

EVGA & K|NGP|N Dominate the 3DMark Leaderboards

EVGA and K|NGP|N once again dominate the 3DMark leaderboards with no less than six brand new 3DMark World Records, including the recently released Fire Strike "Ultra" preset. Armed with the latest hardware including EVGA X99 motherboards, EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Classifieds and EVGA SuperNOVA Power Supplies, Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido was able to break new records.

"The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Classified is an overclockers dream," said Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido. "The improved VRM and memory design really let NVIDIA's GTX 980 GPU stretch its wings. This card has achieved clockspeeds of 2200MHz core and 8500MHz memory single card and nearly 2100MHz core in 4-Way SLI, it's really amazing."

EVGA Reportedly Prepping GeForce GTX 780 Ti Kingpin Edition Graphics Card

Remember the little teaser image EVGA posted, of a new graphics card. Well, according to VideoCardz.com, the picture if of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti Kingpin Edition, an uber-end card developed by EVGA with the help of well-known overclocker Vince "k|ngp|n" Lucido. The card is supposed to pack 6 GB of RAM (the stock GTX 780 Ti has 3 GB) and feature 'no TDP limit and unlocked voltage' so as to allow for some of the highest clocks possible.

No word on frequencies but it's likely the card will be factory-overclocked with some headroom available for people who want to push it even further. The EVGA GTX 780 Ti Kingpin Edition is said to be launched in December and will surely have a hefty price tag ($999 maybe?).
Big thanks to radrok for the tip.

k|ngp|n and EVGA Eclipse the Competition in a Storming LN2 World Record Session

Vince "k|ngp|n" Lucido is one of the world's most well known Overclockers today. So in October 2012, EVGA put his skills to the test and challenged him to crush the competition and sweep the board for 3DMark 11 scores. Armed with an assortment of EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Classified, EVGA X79 Classified Motherboard, EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified power supplies, and enough Liquid Nitrogen to turn Taipei into a deep freeze; Vince was able to smash three brand new 3DMark 11 World Records*. In fact, EVGA along with k|ngp|n were the first to reach over 17,000 points on a single graphics card!

World Records:
  • 3DMark 11 Performance (Single Card) – P17,047
  • 3DMark 11 Performance (2-Way SLI) – P25,380
  • 3DMark 11 Extreme (4-Way SLI) – X17,384

HIS Digital Sets New 3DMark World Record

The latest product from HIS Digital, HIS 7970 X, set a new overclock world record. 4 x HIS 7970 X at 1480/1910MHz achieved 84669 marks on 3Dmark Vantage record. The 4 HIS 7970 X cards performed to its best with HKEPC OC Lab’s sophisticated “Tin Shui Wai” System. According to John Lam, the Team Captain as well as a renowned overclocker, “Tin Shui Wai” is a LN2 Chilled Water Cooling System, modified from "Kingpin F1" to provide the most stable Subzero Cooling for 4 Way HIS 7970 X Crossfire”.

Besides the sophisticated overclocking equipment, it was the sleek and sophisticated design and vivid LED lighting of the system that captured the attention of industry experts. The System uses green as its main colour, spiced with blue LED light giving it a perfect blend of Extreme OC and Lan Party elements. The unbeatable OC performance and the flashy design of “Tin Shui Wai” System gained much attention from visitors and media during the demonstration at Computex, Taipei. For more information, visit this page.

New Single-Processor 3DMark Vantage Record Set

Overclockers Elmor and kinc last gathered to set a singl-card 3DMark Vantage world record, the duo and SF3D got together in Sweden to set another record, of the highest multi-GPU 3DMark Vantage score with a single processor. Vantage multi-GPU records are lead by multi-processor (dual LGA1366) setups. The team achieved a Vantage score of P75892 points. For this feat, the team used a single Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition processor 6213 MHz (177.5 MHz x 35.0) with all cores and threads enabled, backed by 4 GB of dual-channel memory by ADATA clocked at 887.5 MHz (actual), running on ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard with ROG Xpander to enable 4-way SLI capability.

Leading the graphics department were four ASUS GTX 580 DirectCu graphics cards clocked at 1105/1301/2210 MHz (core/shader/memory). The setup was powered by two Antec HCP 1200W PSUs. Liquid nitrogen cooling was the weapon of choice, the CPU was cooled by SF3D OC Inflection Point LN2 evaporator, and four Kingpin Tek-9 6 Slim evaporators for the graphics cards.

Source: XtremeSystems Forums

Kinc Pushes 2900 XT CrossFire to a New 3DMark 05 World Record

Another achievement by Marcus 'Kinc' Hultin who has now set a new 3DMark 05 world record with pair of ASUS Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics cards. With the cards overclocked to 880/990MHz core/mem (air-cooled) and an Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 at 5341MHz, 2x1GB Corsair 6400C3 and an ASUS P5W64 WS Pro, Kinc managed to reach 34,126 points in 3DMark 05.
We're still far from the peak of the cards' performance though. I would certainly bet a penny or two that we will see 35,000 soon.

Source: NordicHardware
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