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The folks over at FiringSquad have teamed up with AMD, GIGABYTE, and OCZ to host the "Liquid Nitrogen Not Required" Overclocking contest.
Unlike most overclocking contests, this time around you aren't just shooting for the highest stable speed with the most intricit cooling solutions ever to be created. First you have to demonstrate your knowledge of overclocking before you can make it to the actual overclocking.
AMD wants you to write a "How to Overclock Guide," GIGABYTE wants to know "What is so cool about GIGABYTE's Ultra-Durable 3 technology," and finally OCZ wants to know just what is the "funniest damn thing you can think of doing with the OCZ name." Top five winners will be sent hardware and be given 10 days to build and tweak their systems and then have about 15 days to overclock the hell out of it.
FiringSquad has $2500 cash up for the top three contestants so those wanting to win should head over here. Just follow the directions and prove your worth to win some sweet swag.
Issue 5 of The Overclocker is now available for your reading pleasure. This month's issue is extra special with a bunch of new sections added including:
1) Benching with the stars: pro tells you how to score high in 3DMark 01
2) From the forums: we nose around Team OCX's home
3) Benched: overclockers test our new kit
Further to the above is full coverage on the recent GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship events and eVGA's input on what they did to make the X58 Classified the ultimate overclocking motherboard. The Overclocker also investigates live overclocking and how it might be considered the new Poker.
Head over here to catch all the action of The Overclocker folks.
When the ATI Radeon HD 4890 launched earlier this month, everyone knew that it would only be a matter of time before the 1GHz core clock speed was achieved in the overclocking community and it did come rather quickly. After all, a 150MHz increase isn't much these days given the vast array of air and water cooling products on the market.
Now overclockers are getting a little more in depth with the 4890 and starting to push it a little bit further with some of the more extreme forms of cooling, liquid nitrogen and dry ice. So far liquid nitrogen has enabled the card to be pushed to 1.13GHz with a modest voltage increase.
Dry ice has proven to be a little more effective, raising stable clock speeds to 1.2GHz with a voltage of 1.425V. ATI's Catalyst Control Center won't allow the GPU to go faster than 1GHz even, but VR-Zone has a very useful guide on just how to get the voltage a little higher in case you are thinking about giving it a shot.
The results are in from the Pan Asian and African GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC) 2009. The winners from the final held in Bangkok are Team Australia (and New Zealand).
The winners, Dinos22 from Australia and Deanzo from New Zealand, will go through to represent Pan Asia and Africa at the GO OC Global final at Computex this year. A new 3D Mark world record of 31,081 was set by the Australian team for 2 x GeForce GTX 260 VGA cards (using the GIGABYTE GV-N26OC-896H-B). Other components used include an Intel® Core i7 965 CPU, GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard and GV-N26OC-896H-B graphics, Kingston KHX16000D3K3/3GX memory and ENERMAX REVOLUTION85+ 1050W power supply.
Don't miss our coverage of the event!
Issue number four of "The Overclocker" online magazine has just hit the internet. I took a brief look thought the pages and in amongst the ads for high end enthusiast products there are quite a few good articles on,...you guessed it Overclocking.
This issue also has a contest inside for a GIGABYTE mainboard the GA-EX58-UD4P all you have to do to win this is predict the best 3DMark Score from the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Cahmpionship.
Read the full issue here.
GIGABYTE announced that the second annual GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC)is underway. Individual country qualifiers starterd March 3, and the final competition will be held in Taipei, Taiwan at the Taipei 101 skyscraper on June 3rd, 2009 during COMPUTEX.
GIGABYTE is hosting worldwide country qualifiers from February to March in countries including Australia, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA & Vietnam.
Winners from the country qualifier events will compete in the regional finals which will be in China, Czech Republic, Thailand and the USA in March and April. The winners of the regional events will then head to Taipei to compete against each other as well as last year's GO OC 2008 Best P45 Overclock and Free Style champions on June 3rd, allowing them to not only compete for title of world-wide overclocking champion, but also to take part in one of the world's largest IT tradeshows, COMPUTEX Taipei.
One of the contestants from Sweden, AKA ME4ME, has already set a new world record for maximum FSB of 714MHz using the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P and LN2.
"GIGABYTE is again glad to be able to bring the world's top overclockers together to showcase their skills and passion for overclocking excellence at this year's GO OC," commented Johnson Lin, CEO of GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. "GIGABYTE shares this commitment for excellence in every product we make, and we take special pride in designing high-end performance products that meet the special demands of the enthusiast power user.
The GO OC 2009 winner will not only gain the title of worldwide overclocking champion, but will also receive prizes valued well over US$ 5,000, including a cash reward and products provided by the GO OC sponsors. As top overclockers know, first class hardware is the key to achieving a successful record-breaking overclock. That is why GIGABYTE is proud to have industry-leading hardware vendors to sponsor this year's GO OC including Intel, NVIDIA, Kingston and ENERMAX.
Following the sucess of last years GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GOOC) event, it seems GIGABYTE are looking forward to getting another underway this year.
A qualifying event in Sydney, Australia will be hosted by the guys from The Overclocker magazine with other local websites including yours truly, Overclockers Australia and Whirlpool also doing their part to lift the overclocking profile in Australia. Here's the scoop :-
The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship is being held in Sydney and The Overclocker is hosting it. It is a great opportunity for all tech enthusiasts to meet up and food and Beer will be provided for FREE!
There will be air cooling and extreme cooling overclocking competitions plus a LAN gaming competition too. There are prizes galore for everyone! Anyone can turn up, but please tell us you're coming here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yep, you heard it; free food and BEER!
While details are scarce at the moment, you can stay updated with preparations for the event at The Overclocker's Twitter page and although there's nothing of interested mentioned there yet, it's probably worth keeping an eye on on it to see when more info comes to light.
Issue 3 of The Overclocker magazine is now out and covers all the latest on anything and everything to do with overclocking around the world.
Some of the top stories in this issue include a close look into Core i7 and its overclocking characteristics; is it being stamped as an overclocking dud? - There's also a full report on MSI's Overclocking Arena which took place on the 9th November, a Viewsonic competition with a 22" LCD up for grabs and more.
While we are a little late reporting on it, this past weekend in Taipei city, Kingston held its own local overclocking event in conjunction with contest sponsors GIGABYTE.
Taiwanese contestants were provided with new Ultra Durable 3 Intel P45 motherboards from GIGABYTE along with of course super fast HyperX memory from Kingston. Being a local event, it was a much smaller event than the GO OC and MSI's MOA, but that's a given considering those were worldwide events.
Of course, the entire event was MC'ed in Chinese, and we didn't get all the details. We do know though that the winner walked away with $12,000 NTD (roughly $360 USD), second prize got $8,000 NTD (roughly $240 USD) and third prize took $5,000 NTD (roughly $150 USD). Each also got to keep the hardware that they were given to compete with.
GIGABYTE were also showcasing a whole range of its latest products, including the final shipping revision board of its EX58-UD5 motherboard, with the final color design, including the sexy white and blue memory DIMM slots.
Pictured along side of it above is the cheaper and cut-down EX58-DS4.
Aussie based Youngpro from TEAM.AU got hold of an MSI Wind U100 netbook and presumably saw it as an insult with its Intel Atom processor running at a measly slow clock speed under the two gigahertz range.
He ripped the machine to bits, added an LN2 block cooler to it and with some LN2 and around minus 16 degrees Celsius later, the TEAM.AU overclocker managed to clock the poor little sucker N270 CPU all the way up to 2.4GHz, from its default clock speed of 1.6GHz.
Recently we spoke to one of the members from TEAM.AU at an MSI overclocking event where they said they would do this - and they did it. No hardware is safe from this onslaught of OC abuse and we like it.