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Written by Olin Coles   
Friday, 07 January 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011
OC Weapons of Choice
MOA Overclocking Warriors
MOA Competition Results

OC Weapons of Choice

MSI supplied plenty of liquid nitrogen for the Master Overclocking Arena event, and while it seems plentiful the supply was quickly consumed. Because of LN's low boiling point into vapor, overclocking with the material in a controlled environment is relatively safe and free of potential injury. The other side effect is extremely low temperatures, allowing the contestants to maximize their performance with abnormally high hardware settings.


Test System Specifications:

Each contestant at the MOA 2011 event received the same hardware, select by random draw. Overclockers used the following MSI components to reach victory:

  • MSI Big Bang X-Power motherboard
  • MSI N580GTX GeForce GTX 580 video card
  • Intel Core i7-980X EE processor
  • Patriot Sector-7 PC3-16000 (3x 2GB) system memory
  • WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS hard drive
  • Antec CP-1000 power supply unit
  • Thermaltake eSports keyboard and mouse
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit operating system


MSI had plenty of helpful staff on hand to manage LN distribution, record scores, and offer general assistance. As far as competitions are concerned, MOA was completely free of team posturing. It was surprising to see so many teams working closely together and sharing information.




# WHAT?Juan Pablo Cuervo 2011-01-07 06:24
No Winrar BenchMark Test ?
No Passmark Test?
Antec Power Supply ?
Winrar Benchmark test on please!
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# RE: WHAT?David Ramsey 2011-01-07 09:01
MSI chooses the benchmarks used in the competition, not us.
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# Not entirely safeP Simmons 2011-01-07 12:44
I noticed in the article you state that LN (liquid nitrogen) is safe and free of potential injury. Liquid nitrogen being used from the large containers poses significant risk. Nitrogen being heavier that oxygen will displace O2 in closed spaces and is a significant suffocation hazard. Please recognize this risk when using large quantities for any application.
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# Quite True, SimmonsRobert 2011-01-08 11:28
Fortunately, none of the many OCing competitions using liquid N2 have ever experienced the effects you mentioned, apparently. The venues where these competitions happen are fairly large, open spaces with much activity, and the competitors usually have small fans running on their equipment, so the resulting air movement in that environment is enough to prevent the situation you describe from occurring, apparently. Still, the potential problem exists, and it may be wise for extra air circulation to be provided to ensure the scenario you describe never happens. Perhaps this has already been acknowledged and we simply are not aware of what is done to prevent it. Excellent point nonetheless.
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# RE: Quite True, SimmonsServando Silva 2011-01-08 12:05
This applies for dry ice too. But you'd need a lot of CO2 to fill a small room, not to say when you're benching on a large stage or open spaces. Every-time I bench on extreme conditions with some friends, we promise that the last one needs to take out every other (fainted) persons before fainting, of course, as a joke.
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# RE: MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011James 2011-01-20 07:43
What core, bus and memory speed for big overclock champion?
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# RE: MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011feralshad0w 2011-02-14 15:37
I am a little late to post this, but whats up with the prizes? lol I understand that this is about the experience and enthusiasm for the technology, but but the highest prizes are variations of the gtx 460? I am pretty shocked there isnt some more scaling leading up to a gtx 580 for first place.

I am a big fan of the event and I think this is the kind of thing that motivates many enthusiasts and the technology. How far can we go right? Very good post.
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