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#ExpertMode Season 2 – Rig Wars – Quick Build Battle
#ExpertMode Season 2 – Rig Wars – Quick Build Battle
When choosing a business to support and maintain your business, services, or just your personal computer, ask yourself; “What credentials should I expect a company to have?” In answer to that question, many companies have certifications, degrees and other forms of identification that they can purchase through many online forms. But do any of those places have recognition from online sources, or Industry Leaders to prove their worth in their industry?
Precision Computing’s CEO and Founder Marc Molella has been featured by many Industry leaders and credible news sources for his work in these fields. Two of his motto’s are “If I can’t fix it, it can’t be fixed.” and “We build the best.” This has been proved to be true. Please view some of the links below to see the sources that have accredited our CEO and Founder Marc Molella for his accomplishments. The next time you need to search for professional assistance with any of your technology needs for your business or personal use, including computers, networks, websites, and search engine optimization, look no further then Precision Computing.
NVIDIA is the world leader in visual computing. Marc was featured here by Nvidia:
Everyone knows who Intel is, they can be found here and have featured Marc in a video series as well as article features:
If that wasn’t enough to get your attention he has also been featured by many other global companies and leaders, and news media sources around the globe including but not limited to:
Twice featured on the cover of CPU Magazine in the Mad Reader Mod:
Quakecon Mod : The Arena
Quakecon Mod : The Arena
Quakecon Mod : The Arena, In 2015, we stepped foot in the doors of Quakecon for the first time. We were invited by Modders-Inc who run a yearly case mod competition, and wanted to start a live modding competition. Of course we accepted the chance to be involved in some live modding. You can find the final pictures below of our mod in it’s final form. We were proud to have taken first place in the live mod contest and the case mod division of the modding contest held every year. Maybe one year we will be back to compete again!
This rig was also featured by Nvidia in their YIDIY section here:
Enjoy the photos of the Quakecon Mod : The Arena
Thermaltake Suppressor F51 RevoluTtion featured by Intel
This year we set out to meet a few goals, and so far we have successfully accomplished those goals we have set. We have traveled within the United States to Dallas Texas to visit QuakeCon, and also to San Francisco to the Intel Developers Forum. We brought our custom modified computer “RevoluTtion” to enter into the US Case Modding Championship at QuakeCon and were honored to showcase “RevoluTtion” on stage at IDF for Intel’s Mega Gaming Session. While at QuakeCon we took first place with “RevoluTtion” in the US Case Modding Championship. During our visit to the Intel Developers Forum we were honored to display “RevoluTtion” on stage among some of the best case modders creations in the world. Please enjoy our gallery below, with some pictures from both events, as well as some final pictures of “RevoluTtion”, as well as the specifications of this modified computer.
Thermaltake 16MM PETG Rigid Tubing
Thermaltake Pacific W2 CPU Block
Thermaltake Pacific PR22-D5 Pump/Res Combo
HardWare Labs GTX 360 Radiator
Bitspower GTX970 water block
7 – Thermaltake Riing Fans
IMGUR album link: Click Me
G.Skill Presents the “OC World Cup 2015”
G.Skill is a company that does not shy away from overclocking, they embrace it! In their continuing support of the overclocking community G.Skill are proud to announce the opening of this year’s OC World Cup 2015 overclocking competition.
Online qualifiers are open to everyone, with the event starting on March 9th and running through until the 13th of April 2015. This year’s competition consists of three benchmarks SuperPI 32M, MaxxMem Read Bandwidth, and 3DMark Fire Strike Physics on specified hardware.
The top 6 overclocking contestants will be eligible to attend the OC World Cup 2015 Live Qualifiers at Computex 2015 in Taipei, where they will compete for an insane grand total of $16,200 USD, and a $10,000 USD cash prize granted to the overall winner.
Sign up information and a full set of rules and prizes can be found on the competition homepage- http://oc-esports.io/#!/round/gskill_ocworldcup_2015_qualifier
Back to the Mod
As the CEO and editor in chief of Precision Computing, I started this business with a vision, that vision is our new Slogan, “Technology Refined”. This year, 2015, is going to be a year that we venture into many new avenues, including news, our LUCID PC mods (a division of Precision Computing) MOTM, as well as many other ventures, including our forums which will be launched shortly.
Without further ado, lets venture into the purpose of this article, and that is to announce my entry into the Cooler Master Case Mod World Series 2015. I entered the contest in 2009, with my mod entitled “Project Krypto”, which can be found on the Cooler Master forum here: Click to view worklog This project took “Best Of” in the full tower category.
With a lot of impressive mods being showcased through social media and forums lately, and more and more people beginning to enter into the world of modding, I have something special that has been in the back of my mind to create for a long time. While trying to figure out how I can gain an edge over my competition, while still doing a tower mod, the artistic wheels began turning. That is when it hit me, and I turned back to my first ever mod, and the reason why I began to mod. The obsession started in about 2006, and while I wanted to overclock my system, I didn’t have a lot of money to devote to a high end case that would have great airflow, as well as awesome styling. So I bought what I could afford, and made it work for me.
My love of modding did not begin with computers, but stems back to when I was young. I liked to customize my bicycles, baseball bats, basically anything that I could put my own spin on, and make unique. At the age of 13 I bought a BMX bicycle from a friend of mine, it was a PK Ripper, and had an all-aluminum frame. Well what would make this bike stand out? The wheels began to turn, and yes I polished the entire frame by hand. Of course this was after school and homework, and fortunately I still had a BMX bike to ride, because the whole process took me about 4 months, working over the course of the Chicago winter. But when spring came around, I was in possession of one of the coolest BMX bikes in my neighborhood. The following summer, was when I built my first computer in 1993.
I am unique, as we all are, and I like to showcase that by using my artistic nature, in creating a work of art.
This mod will be no exception, and the timing could not be more perfect. I will be taking a Cooler Master HAF 922, and turning it into the following, which I have drawn to give you an idea of my artistic vision. I present to you, Back to the Mod.
When I create a project of this level, I like to have a solid depiction of what my final goal is, and as always with modding, I am sure there will be hiccups and revisions along the way. This project is going to focus on the mod, not the hardware that is inside. Yes it will be fully watercooled, and have some nice components inside, but I do not want the components to take away from the reason we are all here, and that is to create awesome mods!
As I hope that I have enticed a lot of you, I will post some links as to where you can follow along with the build log. As always make sure to follow us on Instagram, and Facebook, as a lot of the time during the mod process, that is where pictures will be shown first. You can find all of the links below, and we will update on our Facebook page if we branch out into sharing on other forums.
Back to the Mod
The future is a mystery, the past is history.
We do not have the ability to turn the clock,
We must make the most, with every shot.
Changing lives makes an impression,
For the only way to truly surpass the boundary,
Is to make sure that you leave something behind.
Forum worklog on Precision Computing’s Forum
Forum worklog on Modders Inc’s Forum
Forum worklog on Thermaltake’s Forum
Forum worklog on Cooler Master’s Forum
Forum worklog on MSI’s Forum
Forum worklog on Linus Tech Tips’s Forum
Jen-Hsun NVIDIA CEO on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
On February 24th, 2015, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun posted the blog post that can be found below regarding the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB memory topic that has been a big news source lately in the community. He explained that they NVIDIA wanted to create the best GPU for their customers: “Our only intention was to create the best GPU for you. We wanted GTX 970 to have 4GB of memory, as games are using more memory than ever.”
Hopefully this will clear up the issue for consumers and allow users to enjoy the great capability of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, at it’s very appealing price point.
Some of you are disappointed that we didn’t clearly describe the segmented memory of GeForce GTX 970 when we launched it. I can see why, so let me address it.
We invented a new memory architecture in Maxwell. This new capability was created so that reduced-configurations of Maxwell can have a larger framebuffer – i.e., so that GTX 970 is not limited to 3GB, and can have an additional 1GB.
GTX 970 is a 4GB card. However, the upper 512MB of the additional 1GB is segmented and has reduced bandwidth. This is a good design because we were able to add an additional 1GB for GTX 970 and our software engineers can keep less frequently used data in the 512MB segment.
Unfortunately, we failed to communicate this internally to our marketing team, and externally to reviewers at launch.
Since then, Jonah Alben, our senior vice president of hardware engineering, provided a technical description of the design, which was captured well by several editors. Here’s one example from The Tech Report.
Instead of being excited that we invented a way to increase memory of the GTX 970 from 3GB to 4GB, some were disappointed that we didn’t better describe the segmented nature of the architecture for that last 1GB of memory.
This is understandable. But, let me be clear: Our only intention was to create the best GPU for you. We wanted GTX 970 to have 4GB of memory, as games are using more memory than ever.
The 4GB of memory on GTX 970 is used and useful to achieve the performance you are enjoying. And as ever, our engineers will continue to enhance game performance that you can regularly download using GeForce Experience.
This new feature of Maxwell should have been clearly detailed from the beginning.
We won’t let this happen again. We’ll do a better job next time.
This blog post can be found on NVIDIA’s blog here.
The ‘King is Back’ Evga GTX 980 K|NGP|N Edition
Kingpin, also known as K|NGP|N, better known as Vince Lucido, is a name synonymous with extreme overclocking and cooling. Vince started overclocking, about 12 years ago in 2003, as a way to play the latest games on his existing hardware. But as he progressed, gaming soon took a sideline to what was quickly becoming a passion, overclocking. The Detroit local started accumulating a number of overclocking world records across various categories; CPU, GPU and multi GPU categories. Needless to say it wasn’t long before overclocking friendly companies stopped to take notice of Vince’s talents. Evga invited Vince to join their team in Taiwan, and assist the company in producing a line of products that would bear the name that had become synonymous with overclocking, Kingpin, beginning with the GTX 780TI Kingpin Edition.
Respecting the results of the first launched Kingpin edition card, brings us to the launch of Kingpins’ second signature edition GPU from EVGA, the ‘EVGA GeForce GTX 980 K|NGP|N edition. So far, the clock speeds and memory frequencies are yet to be determined, however what we do know is that the card will feature a 14+3 phase power design, powered by 2 – 8pin + 1 – 6 pin pci-e connectors, and will have a digitally controlled VRM which can deliver up to 600A of current!
The card is kept cool by a meaty ACX 2.0 cooling system which is neatly concealed below a metal cooling shroud. EVGA has also fine-tuned the cooling performance, making it possible for the GTX 980 K|NGP|N edition to run purely on passive cooling when below 60 degrees Celsius, allowing for a totally silent experience.
EVGA has also equipped the GTX 980 K|NGP|N edition graphics card with an aesthetically appealing set of memory and mosfets cooling plates (Mmcp+). Not only does the Mmcp+ help to disperse excess heat, but being as its two separate plates, the GPU can be cooled individually (say via a LN2 Pot), while still being able to cool the mosfets.
Another excellent feature of the GTX 980 K|NGP|N edition is the capability to use a single slot PCI-E bracket (Included). This will make single slot watercooling, extremely simple, especially being that the card comes standard with a supportive LED backlit back plate.
Another nice aesthetic touch is that all the LED lights on both the shroud, as well as under the back plate are RGB, allowing the user to change the LED colors to match any system via EVGA’s Precision X software.
No K|NGP|N signature product would be complete without some nice overclocking features. The GTX 980 K|NGP|N edition has on board thermal sensors, for accurate real time temperature monitoring and a triple bios, including both normal and OC modes as well as the ever popular LN2 mode.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 K|NGP|N edition has been developed by the best of the best, not only to be a high end gaming card, but also to provide the overclocking enthusiast an edge when it comes to laying down some heavy duty benchmark scores, in a multitude of cooling situations.
EVGA is offering the GeForce GTX 980 K|NGP|N edition exclusively to existing EVGA product owners starting February 1st 2015 at a cost of $749.99.
For more in depth look at the card and Pre-Order registration visit EVGA’s page below –
ASUS ROG OC Showdown 2015
Exciting news for the overclocking community, ASUS announced their ASUS ROG OC Showdown 2015 overclocking competition. The competition will be made up of two series consisting of three rounds each, supporting both the Pro overclocker “Extreme Series” (Sub Zero Cooling) and for the Enthusiast clocker the “Formula Series” (Air & Water Cooling).
Asus has commented on the 2015 OC Showdown saying: “The aim of OC Showdown 2015 is to engage and support the entire OC community; whether you’re the very top of the game or just enthusiastic about joining in for some benchmarking fun.”
Round One of the Extreme Series starts Jan 30th and ends on March 2nd, this series is open to subzero cooling and is suitable for HWBot Elite and Extreme league users. This series will have no restrictions on cooling equipment used, anything goes from stock cooling, to LN2 and Dry ICE.
Meanwhile Round One of the Formula Series will start on March 6th running through April 6th, and is open to air and water cooling overclockers. This category has been limited to temperatures above 20ºC and is suitable for HWBot Rookie, Novice and Enthusiast league users.
With Round one alone worth $8500 USD in combined prizes, Asus and its partners have definitely started the OC Showdown off with a bang. A winner will be announced at the end of each individual round, with two series champions chosen based on overall points accumulated across all three rounds of each series.
Asus along with HWBOT.org have been joined by some big names to make the 2015 OC Showdown happen.
The extreme series partners include:
Asus, ROG (republic of gamers), Intel, G.Skill, Enermax and der8auer Extreme Cooling Components (8ECC).
The Formula series of the competition will feature sponsors including:
Asus, Intel, HyperX® and Enermax.
Most overclockers need little to no excuse to overclock, but with some great prizes and a full season of bragging rights at stake, now is definitely the time to pull out the benching gear and raise the bar on your overclocking skills.
For a full list of rules, prizes and entry information visit the Asus OC Showdown 2015 homepage:
ASUS Republic of Gamers OC Showdown 2015