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We love the summer. This is normally the time of year where folks get out and enjoy the sun, take the family to the beach, or load up the car for a trip to the amusement park. But for a small group of elite overclocking enthusiasts, it's GO OC time.  The 3rd Annual Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship was held this past weekend at the Pacific Palm Golf Resort in sunny southern California. It's where twelve of the biggest names of the extreme overclocking scene get together and battle it out, locked in the same room, provided identical hardware components, and given a time limit to produce the fastest benchmark results. Who needs to go outside and enjoy the weather?  We've got two full tanks of liquid nitrogen to burn through!

If you're not up to date on the latest competitive overclocking news, here's the scoop. GO OC is an annual competition consisting of several events held all over the world. Regional finals are held in North America, Asia/Africa, China, Europe, and Latin America. The North American competition is the last one before all of the winners are flown to the World Finals, held in Taiwan at the end of September. Although there are some really nice prizes available for regional finalists, the championship in Taiwan is where glory is eventually earned.

The components used by each contestant consisted of the following:
  • Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition Processor
  • Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Motherboard
  • GV-N240D5-512I Graphics Card
  • Kingston KHX2250C9D3T1FK3/6GX Memory
  • Kingston SNV425-S2/64GB SSD
  • Thermaltake Toughpower Series Power Supply
  • Gigabyte Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

The competitors had a few hours in the morning to set up. Official benchmark runs started after lunch and lasted most of the day. Each region decides on the tests that are chosen for their event. Here, the focus was on CPU and memory overclocking, with the use of Pifast, wPrime, SuperPi, and Maxmem. In the end, sno.lcn earned the top spot, followed closely by mikeguava in second place. Some highlights from the event are shown in the video above. Both winning competitors will represent North America in the World Finals. Good luck fellas! 

Did that guy realy put some of that in his month or did he just in hale it.


i voted for the wrong guy.

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i really couldn't tell if he put some ln2 in his mouth, but assume it was just vapor.  he did that trick several times in a row. 


He smoked it...But he didnt inhale:P

I am still trying to figure this whole overclocking thing out! Now with the I7 unlocked, CCC and the HyperX. I am supposed to be able to do it? When I try, I tend to blow things up:P

Maybe I need some LN2 to pump through the liquid cooler.


animatortom wrote:

I am still trying to figure this whole overclocking thing out! Now with the I7 unlocked, CCC and the HyperX. I am supposed to be able to do it?

Sure, It'll work with your setup, but if I were you and depended on that PC for my work, then it would stay stock.

If you do OC it, then do it in tiny increments and verify system stability with benchmarks after each tweak. (that way you'll know how good your results are too) Keep a written log of the changes you make to the BIOS so you can restore settings later when you overdo it.

That cooler's plenty good enough for OC'ing that rig.


I would love to do this next year!


I didn't watch the video, but was the only dynamic variable in this the cooler?  Aka what heatsink they chose to use to hold the ln2?