The Great Texas Overclocking Competition

by Wesley Fink on 3/9/2005 12:00 PM EST
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  • ceefka - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - link

    Hardly any of these guys has a case (?) They won't have Lian Li or Chieftec sponsoring this event anytime soon :-)

    #27 I liked AMD's fishtank. Though you're right about working in there. You can only guess what kind of goo goes in there. LOL.
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  • Jeff7181 - Sunday, March 13, 2005 - link

    So does overclocking count as a sport now? LOL Reply
  • stephenbrooks - Sunday, March 13, 2005 - link

    I wonder how many Athlon FXs and video cards they were allowed each? 1. Performance ceiling probably varies from chip to chip and 2. I guess if something went wrong they could burn a few up! Reply
  • SDA - Friday, March 11, 2005 - link

    #25, no, but then it's not as if any hardware enthusiast in their right mind would trip into Best Buy for most of their computer needs as it is. All you really need to know is how to put tube A in socket B and so on.. the amount of skill involved in setting up a completely custom cooling system still isn't all that high. I'm not saying that anyone who can use a keyboard can do it, just that it's easy enough that being among the world's best overclockers probably doesn't require all that much skill. Kind of like being among the world's best soda can stove makers.

    Like I said: no real objection to this kind of thing at all, and no offense meant to the people who took part in this, but overclocking just doesn't seem like something you could really have a competition with.
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  • ThanosOfTitan - Friday, March 11, 2005 - link

    The thing that piqued my curiosity the most was the mineral oil fish tank computer AMD was showcasing. I'd hate to have to work on that thing after it was submersed in oil. Reply
  • ThanosOfTitan - Friday, March 11, 2005 - link

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  • MadAd - Thursday, March 10, 2005 - link

    but these guys have to develop, build and test their own cooling system- i mean its not as if you can trip into best buy and walk out with the necessary freezer accessories preassembled in a rack like mr OPP has there. Reply
  • SDA - Thursday, March 10, 2005 - link

    #21: Sorry, but I thought that cooling system would also go under "parts choice" (as in, choosing what parts of the system to buy; cooling is a vital part, no?).. my fault for not being clear enough. Reply
  • JoKeRr - Thursday, March 10, 2005 - link

    and the worst part is when your new 1000 dollar processor (or what ever it is )dies.. Reply
  • JoKeRr - Thursday, March 10, 2005 - link

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  • ZeroEffect - Thursday, March 10, 2005 - link

    i'm sure when you are overclocking in those regions success has more to do with how you are cooling that your parts choice.

    extreme pursuits aren't for everyone, you know?

    i enjoy seeing people excell in what they're interested in, regardless.
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  • woodchuk - Thursday, March 10, 2005 - link

    Someone should write a book on overclocking which would be available in the local library, and O/C should be taught in computer classes. I'm dead serious, nothing, but nothing teaches you how these things work any better. Reply
  • SDA - Thursday, March 10, 2005 - link

    I mean no offense to anyone who took part in this, but I AM curious: how, exactly, do you have an overclocking competition? Overclocking success is really just luck and part choice... there isn't a whole lot of skill or knowledge involved. Once you get above a certain level, you're about as good as you can be.

    I guess it's more of an excuse to display new products and have some fun than anything else... no harm in that, certainly. I will say that the last paragraph of the article made me laugh, though. Really, come on.

    In other words: what #18 said.
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  • xsilver - Thursday, March 10, 2005 - link

    "But just watching these extreme overclockers work gave all of us attending a lot of insight into ways to push our own systems a little further. Most of our readers are more like stock car drivers, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn something from those who push the envelope to the very edge. ".....
    yeah, write this and dont bother to share some tips with us.... its not like we dont want to know

    personally i think getting a kickass core from amd/intel will be the decisive factor; its not like you can give your rig more love to make it go faster :P
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  • MadAd - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    Awesome, simply awesome.

    I still wonder why noone cools the back of the boards too? Surely that tiny extra backcooling would help? its not as if its going to take a lot more equipment?
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  • Kccdx2 - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    15, read OPP's post?? Its number 9 incase you were still haven't read the comments. Reply
  • dm - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    who won... Reply
  • ShadowVlican - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    wow..... wish i was there.... must've been an amazing experience seeing the world's top OCers there in one place!!! Reply
  • RockHydra11 - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    OPP, word of advice. Stay away from the Forum Boards. You'll get flamed the instant you say something someone disagrees with. It doesn't matter who you are. :P

    Oh. By the way. What you guys do is incredible. I have a question for you guys though. Are you and Fugger and Macci friends and share info you find and stuff?
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  • ajmiles - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    #11 OPP,

    lol, ask him for any tips? What did he do that you guys didn't, how strange the people they invited didn't do as well of ATI tech guys. Good job all the same, come to England next time eh!
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  • OPPAINTER - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    #9
    Well as far as the competition goes, nobody won. We weren’t having much luck that day. Although, I did let the ATI Tech John Bruno play with my rig for a while and he actually came up with the highest score of the day. :-)
    And yes this is the real OPP.
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  • HardwareD00d - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    lol @ 6

    0wned!!11oneone
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  • NesuD - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    Have we just been blessed with a visit from an Extememe Overclocking legend? If you are the real OPPAINTER my hats off to you. I have followed your extreme over clocking achievements over at futuremark for some time now and I must say they are nothing short of amazing. Maybe you should consider being a guest contributer to Anandtech. So who actually won the competition anyway? Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    #3 - . . . and I just thought it was a blatant ad for ATI, since everyone is wearing ATI shirts and there isn't even a picture of the OCZ booth. :-) OCZ was an event sponsor, like ATI, Abit, AMD, and others, which were also mentioned prominently. Reply
  • OPPAINTER - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    A wedding band doesn’t mean a thing. I’ve been married and I can tell you I had more fun with women before and after my marriage. Reply
  • Questar - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    No wedding rings on anybody in those pictures.

    Somebody should tell these guys that girls can be fun too.
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  • pio!pio! - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/shows/2005/tex...
    "OPPainter spent a good deal of time on camera explaining extreme overclocking. Here, he is talking about his current records at FutureMark to an audience who are astounded by the performance numbers that they are hearing and seeing for themselves at the overclocking competition."

    In actuality:
    "Why did my boyfriend drag me to this? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ"
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  • ajmiles - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    First page, the picture of the ATI card, the caption reads 500MB version as opposed to 512MB :). Reply
  • EyeSpy - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    Another great OCZ advertisement! Keep up the blatant bias!

    ES
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  • suryad - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    Couldnt have said it better Budman. That is very impressive. Wow! I cant believe the performance one would get with an FX running @ 4 GHz!!!! Reply
  • Budman - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - link

    That's some serious shite !!! Reply

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