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Overclocking at Computex 2014

I remember the time when we started LAB501 and so many manufacturers used to tell us that we are writing for a niche, that the audience will never be big enough in order for us to survive through the economical crisis that was starting to show it’s gloomy face in the IT industry. I also remember when guys from IT forums used to look at extreme overclocking as a stupid thing to do, and the guys doing it were seen as crazy nerds who had nothing better to do with their time and money…

And in all fairness, maybe at that time they were right and this was not meant to be a thing for the future. Nevertheless, for many of the guys involved with extreme overclocking back then it was never about the money and it was not even about the glory. It was a consuming passion that you would enjoy sharing with your friends from the other end of the world. And yes, it was about many lost nights, and too much money invested in cooling gear and hardware – but hey… when you managed to get the 1st score in 2k1 or Pi 1M… it was all worth it.

Then 2008 came, and what do you know… Two of the biggest motherboard vendors in the world started organizing world wide overclocking championships. I am talking about MSI, with MOA (Master Overclocking Arena) and GIGABYTE with GOOC (GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship). Both events took off in 2008 and were organized on a local qualifier / regional final / world wide final model. Hundreds of overclockers from all around the world competed, the regional and world wide finals were fierce and spectacular, and overclocking started to get more attention from the IT industry.

Big IT shows around the world (CeBIT, Computex) started to get assaulted by overclockers. I mean, you could see the freaky LN2 guys before, but now it became mainstream – any motherboard company that wanted to be taken seriously had an overclocker doing a LN2 demo in their stand. And for us overclockers it was great – we had yet another opportunity to meet, discuss overclocking and have fun. And many things happened since then, many local events, many smaller events (AOOC, GOC), many press releases that had the word overclocking in it…

But when GIGABYTE discontinued GOOC and MSI took a cheaper approach with MOA (online qualifiers) it seemed that the bad mouths were finally right – this was the beginning of the end. But as motherboard vendors started to reduce their investments in the live events, other vendors came to the rescue – I am talking about the memory manufacturers like Kingston or GSkill and of course about the most important manufacturer of them all, Intel. And guess what, not only overclocking is doing fine and well, but this year proved to be more important then ever. Because Computex 2014 was literally packed with overclocking events – I think this was the IT show with the most overclocking events ever organized so far and I don’t remember seeing as much overclockers together since the golden days of MOA and GOOC!

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