MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011

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The MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 was held in Las Vegas last week, during CES. It's where nine teams go head to head to find out who the best overclockers are in North and South Amercia. Each team was made up of two participants that had to qualify for this event by first taking part in an online competition. The team that wins in Las Vegas will eventually go on to represent the Americas during the MOA World Finals in Taipei, Taiwan. 



So what is competitive overclocking all about? Well, MSI Masters of Overclocking is an annual competition consisting of several qualifying competition held all over the world. In general, most overclocking contests are very similar. Contestants are provided identical hardware and given time to produce the highest scores or fastest times on predetermined benchmarks. They can bring in their own cooling solutions, which usually consist of copper pots designed for liquid nitrogen benchmarking. Some pots are designed specifically for processors, while others attach to graphics cards. As you can see above, there's usually enough LN2 at the event to last for days. Cash and hardware prizes are handed out at the end and a fun time is had by all.

The components used by each contestant consisted of the following:
  • Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition Processor
  • MSI X58 Big Bang X-Power Motherboard
  • MSI GeForce N580GTX Graphics Card
  • Patriot Sector 7 PC3-16000 Memory
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS
  • Antec CP-1000 Power Supply

With 3 hours to bench SuperPi 32M and another 3 hours for 3DMark 11, there was plenty of time to overclock and produce insanely high scores. All of the teams were focused on the task at hand, but only one can win. At the end of the day, team OC Alliance from the United States had the best results and eventually won the competition. The MOA 2011 champions received a check for $1,500 and a trip to Taipei to compete in the world finals. Good luck!
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rapid1 replied on Thu, Jan 13 2011 11:52 AM

What was there final numbers???????????????????????????

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realneil replied on Thu, Jan 13 2011 12:08 PM


Final Numbers are posted on one of the pictures in the write-up.

Click the pic to see the scores.

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RA1D replied on Thu, Jan 13 2011 12:09 PM

Click on the thumbnail on the bottom of the post and it shows all of the results

Intel 920 / Rampage II Extreme / Dominator 6GB DDR3-1600 / Gigabyte SuperOC 5870  / Torqx 128GB

 

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Inspector replied on Thu, Jan 13 2011 3:02 PM

As always Mat gets a pic with the girls :P

Good luck in the finals :)

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realneil replied on Thu, Jan 13 2011 3:57 PM

I've never used LN2 to cool a PC before. You'd think that condensation would nail you early on,...............

Talk about the bleeding edge,............Surprise

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Wow thats a whole lot of LN2 would be great to go to one of these events just to watch and learn and see the toys and the woman!!

 

 

 

 

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WITH ALL THOSE TANK OF LN2 lets prepare a "LN2 Party!" anyone in ? lol

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Charles00 replied on Thu, Apr 12 2012 10:21 AM

Final Numbers are posted on one of the pictures in the write-up.

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