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

MOA Overclocking Warriors

This leg of MSI Master Overclocker Arena was dedicated for the Americas region, and consisted of eighteen contestants from the USA and Brazil. This event consisted of the following teams and team members:

  • Over the Edge (USA): Patch and Dentlord
  • OCAlliance (USA): Slave and RomDominance
  • Team XS (USA): Chew* and ZenEffect
  • Team Pure (USA): G H Z and Gautam
  • 1213 Xtreme (Brazil): Rbuass and Fugger
  • Team Overclockaholics (USA): steponz and Kal-EL
  • Team Vaseline (USA): Robert and ocgmj
  • Hardcol (Colombia): E-Killer and Nestorky
  • Overclockers Anonymous (USA): Brian y and Chris


The camaraderie is amazing at these events. Even though these overclocking teams are in competition with each other, there was absolutely no sign of opposition between members. In fact, on a few occasions the competitors made hardware trades and exchanged gear.


These overclockers deserve tremendous respect, as they worked to set world records for their team and at the same time helping their neighbors qualify. At one point early on, just as one team was close to posting the top score, the power for the entire table was accidentally shut down by one of the contestants. They all took it in stride, however, and accepted the opportunity to restart with higher settings.


During the processor performance segment, it was a regular occurrence to hear one team share their settings and configuration with another team. As a whole, the entire event was filled with genuinely courteous enthusiasts, and served as ambassadors to the overclocking community. It was refreshing (for me) to see so many elite-level overclockers conduct themselves professionally, and without the elitist attitude that sometimes comes with this hobby.



# 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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