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Fastest gaming PC is amped for action

Overclocked AMP Edition graphics cards key to Annihilator's ‘fastest' gaming machine boast.

Fastest gaming PC is amped for action

Sky Electronics claims it has just the machine for demanding gamers: the ‘Annihilator 3' ultra high-end desktop PC, available exclusively from Sharaf DG.

"The Annihilator 3 is the fastest gaming machine in the world and we've opted for a three-card, nVidia SLI graphics system using Zotac GTX 280 AMP Edition graphics cards," says Manoj Thacker managing director of Sky Electronics.

"The cards are water-cooled and overclocked to provide exceptional performance."

Sky is a distributor for various components and opted to use Zotac's AMP Edition cards because they are hand-picked for overclocking.

"Zotac manufactures its cards in house, so we can test all the cards and make sure they are ready for overclocking. As a result, we have cards that overclock better and are available in large quantities," says Carsten Berger, Zotac International's marketing director.

"The GTX 280 cards used by the Annihilator are clocked 15% higher than standard cards and can offer performance improvements as high as 15% when playing games such as Crysis Warhead."

Zotac has also recently begun shipping the ‘Nitro', an external, USB-based device that enables users to overclock their graphics cards.

"The Nitro took 14 months to develop; it's a human interface that allows users to control the frequency of graphics cards directly. It operates independently of a graphics card's drivers so you can overclock even with the latest drivers installed.

Users can modify the GPU, memory and shader frequencies on-the-fly without needing to reboot their system or exit the game they are playing," explains Berger.

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