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Event: Gigabyte's Global Overclocking Finals

Event: Gigabyte's Global Overclocking Finals
By , http://www.tomshardware.com/cn/1498,review-1498.html

There’s a good chance that you already knew Gigabyte has been hosting overclocking events all over the world. After all, we wrote about one of the local events in this story . In short, the company was recruiting top overclockers to participate in its Overclocking Competition Global Finals.

After winning the regional qualifying events that were held internationally, 23 teams from 20 countries, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, France, Germany, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Sweden and Singapore—gathered together on September 25th at the prestigious Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipei to participate in the culmination of Gigabyte’s efforts, which we’ll call the GOOC from here on out.

Participants of the 23 teams left their own signatures at the Hall of Fame outside the competition arena.Participants of the 23 teams left their own signatures at the Hall of Fame outside the competition arena.

As you’ll see from our photo-documentation of the event, Gigabyte sunk a considerable investment into the GOOC, hopefully increasing the prestige of high-end overclocking. The company invited Intel, AMD, Corsair, ViewSonic and Western Digital to participate in the event as well. The total competition was 10 hours long and divided into two phases : Battle for the Best P45 OC and Overclocking Record Challenge Competition. The former requires contestants to do battle using a specific combination of hardware and software, which was provided by the sponsors. The winning team won not only a trophy, but also a cash reward of up to $5,000. The second phase was a freestyle competition, allowing any Intel CPU with any Gigabyte motherboard and AMD graphics card. The contestant who broke the most world records within two hours would win the competition (more detailed competition rules can be referenced from Gigabyte’s competition Web site). In addition, Gigabyte posted each team’s overclocking results to the same site during the event, letting guests put their bets on who would win the event.

The contest area is fairly spacious.The contest area is fairly spacious.

A Layout Of The Battleground

Before covering the event itself, we familiarized ourselves with the layout of Gigabyte’s competition floor. The Hall of Fame autographs left by participants of the 23 teams can be viewed from the outside, while the entire banquet hall is very spacious. The contest area was divided roughly into an activity stage, overclocking competition area, media area, visitor’s cheering area, co-sponsors exhibit area, and Gigabyte’s own exhibit area.

There were four trophies for competition winners exhibited in front of the activity stage, one of which was won by the team placing first in the Overclocking Record Challenge Competition event. Next to the trophies were 23 ballot boxes, into which visitors put their votes prior to the competition to forecast which team would win during the four overclocking events of Battle for the Best P45 OC. After the results from each competition were announced, an official would draw out a lucky overclocker to win the prize from the ballot box representing the winning team.

Four trophy cups for the winners of this contest are displayed over the removable platform.Four trophy cups for the winners of this contest are displayed over the removable platform.Beside the trophy cup is the raffle box representing the participating teams.Beside the trophy cup is the raffle box representing the participating teams.

The overclockers had already entered the overclocking competition area to prepare for the contest when we arrived. Sponsors also provided many barrels of LN2 to make the contest more enjoyable, and there was a DJ serving up the live entertainment.

Before the contest, the participating players were preparing for the overclocking competition in the contest area.Before the contest, the participating players were preparing for the overclocking competition in the contest area.Multiple barrels of LN2 were made available for the participating teams, for free.Multiple barrels of LN2 were made available for the participating teams, for free.

LN2 is provided to the participating teams through specialized staff.LN2 is provided to the participating teams through specialized staff.A professional DJ offered a scratching performance on-site.A professional DJ offered a scratching performance on-site.

There was also a small gallery with a bit of history from Gigabyte’s product lineup, which was previously displayed at the headquarters of Gigabyte Technology on the first floor of the basement. The display showed visitors motherboards introduced by Gigabyte Technology from 1986 to 2008, ranging from the earliest GA-286S motherboard to the latest GA-EP45-UD3P.

The Light Gallery for the history of motherboard of Gigabyte Technology was also exhibited on-site.The Light Gallery for the history of motherboard of Gigabyte Technology was also exhibited on-site.The earliest GA-286S motherboard introduced by Gigabyte Technology.The earliest GA-286S motherboard introduced by Gigabyte Technology.

The state-of-the-art GA-EP45-UD3P motherboard developed by Gigabyte Technology.The state-of-the-art GA-EP45-UD3P motherboard developed by Gigabyte Technology.

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    Duncan NZ , October 21, 2008 7:26 AM
    Bit of a poor article, should of just submitted the article late, and that way you could actually have the two bits people actually care about, chicks AND world records.
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    cangelini , October 21, 2008 8:08 AM
    Duncan NZBit of a poor article, should of just submitted the article late, and that way you could actually have the two bits people actually care about, chicks AND world records.


    Duncan,
    I'm following up with the folks in TW for a follow-up with the final results.
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    Zorg , October 21, 2008 9:59 AM
    Duncan NZchicks.... AND ...
    When?


    Sorry for the disrespect...not. I like GA, earlier this would have been worth more. Now I want to see the i7, even though I know it's a server chip.

    More chicks, sorry I'm a pig.
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    computerninja7823 , October 21, 2008 2:05 PM
    sorry i just got to say this......more girls! i like the one in the little black dress......
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    TauAs , October 21, 2008 3:54 PM
    Very bad article, even gigabytes press release is better:

    http://www.giga-byte.com/News/Motherboard/News_List.aspx?NewsID=1418

    and championship has ended almost a month ago.
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    salsoolo , October 21, 2008 3:57 PM
    computerninja7823sorry i just got to say this......more girls! i like the one in the little black dress......

    who doesnt
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    Zorg , October 21, 2008 5:18 PM
    So, no more chicks?

    Sigh.

    Oh, well...
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    danimoth17 , October 21, 2008 8:00 PM
    Just noticed, all the mentions of the Gigabyte boards on display are wrong concerning the GA-P45-UD3 board. You labeled it as a GA-P45-UD3P, which it is not because it has only 1 PCIe 2.0 slot.

    There are 3 models
    GA-P45-UD3 (shown)
    GA-P45-UD3R (different chipset cooler)
    GA-P45-UD3P (2 pcie 2.0)
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    cangelini , October 21, 2008 9:40 PM
    ZorgSo, no more chicks?Sigh.Oh, well...


    Sorry, no more chicks...for now ;) 
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    cangelini , October 21, 2008 9:41 PM
    danimoth17Just noticed, all the mentions of the Gigabyte boards on display are wrong concerning the GA-P45-UD3 board. You labeled it as a GA-P45-UD3P, which it is not because it has only 1 PCIe 2.0 slot.There are 3 modelsGA-P45-UD3 (shown)GA-P45-UD3R (different chipset cooler)GA-P45-UD3P (2 pcie 2.0)


    I'll have the author take a look, thanks!!
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    rambo117 , October 22, 2008 3:00 AM
    hehe, AMD chick ;) 

    the chick in the black dress was pretty hot too though.

    dang, USA lost again!! maybe next time....
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    Zorg , October 22, 2008 3:51 AM
    cangeliniSorry, no more chicks...for now ;) 
    I'll wait. ;) 
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    ZOldDude , October 22, 2008 4:39 AM
    Sorry GB but a -invite- contest that -excludes- other MB makers sows fear. DFI in open contest has won the worlds OC challenge for over 6 years running.
    Go home in shame.

    Z
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    ZOldDude , October 22, 2008 5:58 AM
    ZOldDudeSorry GB but a -invite- contest that -excludes- other MB makers shows fear. DFI in open contest has won the worlds OC challenge for over 6 years running.Go home in shame.Z

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    randomizer , October 22, 2008 6:15 AM
    Why do all these competitions happen everywhere except Australia?

    *Goes to start own overclocking competition*
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    neiroatopelcc , October 22, 2008 8:59 AM
    So. When does overclocking enter the olympics ? Seems to be high profile evens these days ....

    Though I in general appreaciate toms, I have to say the oc coverage pieces, aren't exactly great though. Neither the msi ones nor the gigabyte actually provide enough information to warrant an article longer than a single page of news. I mean - where are the details of what mods were applied, or what tricks were used, and how (if at all) they work. I bet most of the contestants are capable of english to some extend.
    Less pointless images, and more details would be nice. Sure the chicks are nice to look at, but they don't exactly contribute to our knowledge (the redheads are nicely cooked and ready to be eaten).
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    the_one111 , October 22, 2008 6:32 PM
    LOL.

    The michael phelps of overclocking would be so funny...

    ""THATS RIGHT NEWB I GOTZ MINE TO 6ghz!! U FAIL!!""

    The asians would be all over that competition lawl.
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    randomizer , October 22, 2008 11:09 PM
    The_one111LOL.The michael phelps of overclocking would be so funny...""THATS RIGHT NEWB I GOTZ MINE TO 6ghz!! U FAIL!!""The asians would be all over that competition lawl.

    It's over 9000MHz!
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    Anonymous , October 23, 2008 2:40 PM
    WE NEED MORE PICS OF THE GIRLS
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    murdoc , October 25, 2008 8:02 PM
    The left Ruby on the first pic is hot!