Today ASUS kicks off its first season of the 3x3 OC Summit, utilizing its line of ROG motherboards. The company invited several professional overclocking teams to start its season, and they're all familiar faces. The teams include:
Several members of each team, along with reps from Intel and Corsair convened in Santa Clara, CA, just several short minutes from Intel's headquarters. Motherboards from ASUS' Rampage and Maximus lines were used with Intel supplying a batch of Core i7 980X 6-core processors. OCZ supplied its line of Vertex SSDs for the competition and overall, there was more hardware than you could shake a stick at.
Liquid nitrogen is the preferred cooling medium for such an event, and there's no shortage of it here. ASUS supplied two huge tanks of it but we were told there's just enough of it not to start doing crazy things.
The competition is actually under way as of this writing and ASUS has actually set up 4 live camera feeds so you can check out the action:
Official components used in the competition:
Intel Core i7-980X CPUs
ASUS Rampage III Extreme and Maximus III Extreme motherboards
ASUS Radeon HD 5870 Voltage Tweak cards
Corsair 6GB DDR3-2000C7 memory modules
OCZ Vertex 120GB SSDs
Antec 1200 PSUs
Check out some photos from the competition. Click for the gallery!