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MSI Overclocking Challenge: French Final
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With that little obstacle out of the way, the clock-frequency contest was able to really get under way. Of course nobody was out to break records, since they were limited by the fact that they were using air cooling alone. The Westyle+Drazendead team did manage to reach a very respectable 4.83 GHz.

4.83 GHz: the (unstable) maximum frequency attained by Westyle

This frequency was attained at a very high processor voltage (VCore) of 1.7 V—well above the QX9650’s factory recommended maximum of 1.20 V. At that setting, the processor is at high risk of "heat death," especially given the extremely fine fab process used. The frequency, unfortunately, wasn’t stable. To run the benchmarks, Westyle and Drazendead had to bring it down to around 4.5 GHz (the maximum stable frequency varied depending on which test was used). But that’s still an excellent score for such a powerful processor with only air cooling.

To go higher, certain competitors didn’t hesitate to give the Hyper 212’s 120 mm fan a little help... by vigorously flapping the caps MSI had handed out (for just such a purpose?). As we said, extreme overclocking is a true sport!

As a sideshow to the contest itself, our confreres at Syndrome OC, the co-organizer of the French selections for the MSI contest, had organized a demonstration of overclocking using liquid nitrogen. It was a hit with the gallery.

Fumes rising from liquid nitrogen... It makes for a very eye-catching demonstration.

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    kitsilencer , August 7, 2008 8:54 AM
    It's small articles like this tht keep me coming back to Tom's. People with enough disrespect, enthusiasm and skill to dispel myths like "maximum clock frequency."

    Yeah right, Intel. Maximum is not what you say. It's what I (and hopefully some liquid nitrogen) say.

    Once again, a nice article.
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    randomizer , August 7, 2008 10:26 AM
    To go higher, certain competitors didn’t hesitate to give the Hyper 212’s 120 mm fan a little help... by vigorously flapping the caps MSI had handed out (for just such a purpose?). As we said, extreme overclocking is a true sport!

    Overclocking is so physically demanding, you guys must be exhausted. :lol: 
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    thepeganator , August 7, 2008 9:50 PM
    How did this manage to give no numbers at all?!

    I don't know if everyone is like me, but I want numbers on how much who won by what in what benchmark!!!

    What scores did who get?!?!

    This is like the third time you've failed to give any numbers in this kind of thing Toms, it can't be that hard to get some figures for the falling amount of people that read here.
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    one-shot , August 8, 2008 12:54 AM
    No Benchmark scores? Really? Did I miss a page?
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    Anonymous , August 8, 2008 6:17 AM
    Would like to show you the first Pre-exams round-video on Tweakers.net at http://tweakers.net/redactieblogs/53614/video-overklokwedstrijd.html

    The winners (3 people went out for a semi-final, and the winner from there (Snot_aap) heads out to amsterdam. It was nice to be there, i unlucky finished last, some overclocking problems even tho i used a Vapochill.
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    apache_lives , August 8, 2008 8:03 AM
    ROFLMAO MSI best for overNOTing
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    nicodeuru , August 9, 2008 10:49 PM
    Hmm... Scores please!....
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    sirrell , August 10, 2008 2:49 PM
    Does any competitions like this happen in Australia?
    Especially in Queensland?
    If so when & where, and how do I apply.
    From
    Technician
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    Joe_The_Dragon , August 10, 2008 6:36 PM
    why only 1gb for ram suck it up and at least go to 2gb.
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    apache_lives , August 11, 2008 9:11 AM
    sirrellDoes any competitions like this happen in Australia? Especially in Queensland?If so when & where, and how do I apply.FromTechnician

    roflmao nothing happens in queensland :)