G.Skill's Overclocking Competition At Computex Is Set To Sizzle With A $25,000 Prize Pool
G.Skill is very much involved in the overclocking community, and often pushes the limits with PC memory kits that offer enthusiasts breakneck speeds. It's not just about cranking out high-end RAM kits, though—G.Skill today announced that it is ponying up $25,000 in cash for this year's annual overclocking event at Computex.
There are actually multiple events that will be taking place. The first is the 8th annual OC World Record Stage. For those follow the overclocking scene, this is one of the largest events in the extreme OCing community. This year's event will see 15 professional overclockers from around the world attempt to break as many benchmark records as they can.
"This event will be featuring the latest Intel platforms, Samsung memory components, G.Skill memory modules, and high performance motherboards from major vendors such as MSI, ASUS, ASRock, and EVGA. All of the hardware will be pushed to their limits under extreme cooling using liquid nitrogen," G.Skill said.
Separately, G.Skill will be hosting its 6th annual OC World Cup, with a $25,000 prize pool, its largest amount yet. The first place winner will receive a $10,000 chunk, along with a TEK-9 ICON 3.0 GPU LN2 pot from Kingpin. After that, prize amounts will range from $3,500 to $1,000, in descending order.
"During this year’s OC World Cup 2019 competition, the latest Intel, Samsung, and G.SKILL high performance hardware will be used. Additionally, instead of six Live Qualifier contenders, nine of the world’s top overclockers from the intense Online Qualifier round will be competing against each other this year for the champion title of OC World Cup 2019 over the course of Computex week at the G.Skill booth," G.Skill said.
Beyond the overclocking festivities, G.Skill will once again be showcasing unique PC mods. The company has invited nearly a dozen modders from around the world to bring their latest creations.
It is nice to see G.Skill championing extreme overclocking and PC modding. While obviously not practical—you can't run a system 24/7 on liquid nitrogen—it's fun to see what kinds of speeds are possible when certain constraints are removed from the equation. And as long as companies push the envelope, better parts end up trickling into the consumer space.