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GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship 2009

GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship 2009

Overclockers from 26 Countries Fight for the Crown.

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. is pleased to announce the individual country qualifiers of the second annual GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC) are underway, with the final competition to be held in Taipei, Taiwan in the landmark Taipei 101 skyscraper on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009, during COMPUTEX 2009.



The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship again promises to be the industry's largest global overclocking competition with overclockers from 26 countries battling it out on top-notch hardware from GIGABYTE, Intel, NVIDIA, Kingston and ENERMAX. This year, 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.

Although the country qualifiers have just gotten underway, we are pleased to announce that 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 to reach a very cool -120°C. As this is just the very beginning of competition, GIGABYTE expects contestants will smash several of the current top world records by the time June rolls around.

"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.

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How do they judge the winner? Top clock speed? Max difference between stock and overclocked speed? Is the hardware standardized (ie, they hand out x motherboard and y CPU/motherboard/memory to every contestant)? I would figure the "freestyle" event allows you to pick your own hardware.

Just wondering out loud. I've always been curious about how these contests work.

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Jeremy:

How do they judge the winner? Top clock speed? Max difference between stock and overclocked speed? Is the hardware standardized (ie, they hand out x motherboard and y CPU/motherboard/memory to every contestant)? I would figure the "freestyle" event allows you to pick your own hardware.

Just wondering out loud. I've always been curious about how these contests work.

Thats a good question. I like watching these things. Looking at the video of people doing stuff I don't have the guts to do with my own hardware.

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Yeah, like pour liquid nitrogen down on your CPU? :)

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Dave_HH:

Yeah, like pour liquid nitrogen down on your CPU? :)

lol Yeah. I'm good with the water. Below ambient temps still scares me It's the condensation that worries me.

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Nitorgen Dave? come on thats not good enough... Liquid helium, is the way to go...

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I used a closed-cycle helium cryostat in a research project last year:

http://www.prevac.eu/prevac_eu/en/manipulators_manipulator_with_helium_cryostat.php

Gets down to ~12 K after an hour of refrigeration. I wonder how much damage that'd do if the cryostat were mounted on a CPU...hmm!

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I remember using Peltiers on old AMD-K6 CPUs and getting the dreaded "loop" if the surface wasn't perfect.

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Do people still use peltiers?  I was thinking about them recently and I haven't heard anything about them in a while.

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mentaldisorder:

Do people still use peltiers?  I was thinking about them recently and I haven't heard anything about them in a while.

I see a few pelter blocks now and then. They mostly use water to cool the hot side. Myself I just think it is a lot of headache to go below ambient temps because of condensation and what not.

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