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Overclock Your Motherboard With Your Phone

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 26 comments

What will they think of next?

Tired of overclocking your computer, at your computer? No problem. MSI's Afterburner will allow you to overclock and check on your PC's health status when you're away.

Currently available for Android, but coming soon for iOS, Afterburner gives users all voltage and frequency adjustments as well as monitoring tools. But the true selling point is to be able to have access to all these options on a device not tethered or bound to the PC itself. Why? In case you're in the midst of a breakthrough and all of a sudden your benchmarks starts to product artifacts, instead of ALT+Tabbing out and interrupting the run, you can just fire up the mobile Afterburner app and tweak settings to prevent your system from a complete melt down.

Another scenario that might occur is that your system's overclocked heavily and crunching away at something at home while you're at work. You fire up up the mobile app and notice that temperatures are way high. Thankfully, Afterburner is IP-based so you can drop frequencies and voltages to more mild settings to avoid catastrophe.

Whatever the case may be, Afterburner is a cool concept that MSI tells us works not only with their motherboards and graphics cards, but with any other vendor's graphics cards too -- a bonus! Best of all, the mobile app is free, and the system app is free.

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    Anonymous , June 1, 2011 5:12 PM
    Ya know, this reminds me of Battle Programmer Shirase when he hacks into the server with this phone. Hissatsu! Double Compile!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzsXa4vIZ8Q
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    dgingeri , June 1, 2011 5:14 PM
    I really don't see the point, and I have an Asus Rampage III Formula where I could overclock it from a different system, which I also don't see the point.

    Why use a separate system or a phone? Why not just do it right on the machine?
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    jers , June 1, 2011 5:24 PM
    Hail Alexey (Unwinder) and MSI ^^,!
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    krinkles619 , June 1, 2011 5:53 PM
    yeah, uh, been overclocking my Rampage III mobo's for the past year or so with my phone. sorry MSI, but ASUS had you beat long ago
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    adobejesus , June 1, 2011 6:06 PM
    Idk about others but for my gaming computer I don't leave it on when I'm not at home. So I don't really see the point in this at all. However, with that being said, this would be very good for server administrators or someone who has a web server and wants to monitor the PC Health specs while away.
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    RipperjackAU , June 1, 2011 6:10 PM
    This would be an awsomesauce idea... if MSI didn't produce CRAP products in the first place. Had 1 motherboard and 2 video cards with busted caps, in recent years.
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    warmon6 , June 1, 2011 6:16 PM
    If memory serves right, gigabyte has also has ablity simalar to this as well and they've had it for while...
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    clonazepam , June 1, 2011 6:50 PM
    I have to shutdown my f@h system b/c my power bill is nearing $200 / month. It's getting harder and harder to justify leaving a system running anymore these days. If I'm away from my computer, how would overclocking benefit me? If it was a work pc doing rendering overnight then that's good, but I still don't see anyone risking important tasks/information with on the fly overclocking. Too much can go wrong and I come home to a blue-screen and 8 hours of rendering lost...
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    bystander , June 1, 2011 7:06 PM
    RipperjackAUThis would be an awsomesauce idea... if MSI didn't produce CRAP products in the first place. Had 1 motherboard and 2 video cards with busted caps, in recent years.


    Did you read the article? The software works with any vendor's products.
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    rubix_1011 , June 1, 2011 8:12 PM
    Not sure why it wouldn't be better served to have a user interface front panel to accomplish this. If things go that badly, relying on a phone-to-PC comm link might be disastrous if the PC locks up and fails to receive data. Besides, if you have the need to overclock your PC while at work when it Folds at home...you really need to re-evaluate your priorities in life.
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    milktea , June 1, 2011 8:28 PM
    ...wondering if they could monitor a nuclear reactor from a smartphone....?
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    ikefu , June 1, 2011 8:38 PM
    Here's a good use:

    Secretly install afterburner on your friends computer, challenge him to a FPS Death Match, and then underclock his system right in the middle of your game.

    Or better yet, get your wife addicted to World of Warcraft and then underclock the computer right in the middle of her Raid. Then use that to convince her to let you buy a new computer so it doesn't do that to her again. Instant new computer shopping spree!
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    Khimera2000 , June 1, 2011 10:31 PM
    sounds intresting, deffinatly will not install... I do not trust the internet enough to install a tool that might allow hackers to brake in and make my computer turn into a multing slab on the floor.
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    Anonymous , June 1, 2011 10:56 PM
    LooL is this news really?? My Gigabyte can do that for more than one year now!!! It is called cloud OC and you can do it with a simple browser! So MSI you comming 3rd!!!
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    11796pcs , June 1, 2011 11:37 PM
    ikefu- That is ingenious, I absolutely love it- or do it to some guy's 6990/590 when he's tryng to show it off and just see his face horrified.
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    alextheblue , June 2, 2011 12:12 AM
    adobejesusIdk about others but for my gaming computer I don't leave it on when I'm not at home. So I don't really see the point in this at all. However, with that being said, this would be very good for server administrators or someone who has a web server and wants to monitor the PC Health specs while away.
    Sounds like an extra security risk to me. If they had a version that was "Monitor Only" that could not manipulate settings at all, that would be fine.
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    deadlockedworld , June 2, 2011 12:25 AM
    My ASUS already does this ... why is this news?
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    christop , June 2, 2011 12:53 AM
    What the point in this?
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    house70 , June 2, 2011 1:02 AM
    Pretty useless, and a security risk.
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    iam2thecrowe , June 2, 2011 1:58 AM
    I would like it if they made an interface compatable with my Logitech G15 keyboard. FRAPs works well with it.
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