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Tom's Overclocking Contest Date Set!

Tom's Overclocking Contest Date Set!
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This is just to let all of you who sent us your credentials in hopes of becoming candidates in the Tom’s Hardware Overclocking Contest that the contest date has now been confirmed. The contest will be held on September 19, 2008 in Los Angeles.

MSI atteint 4.2 GHz via un système à changement de phase

For the record, this is not the system contestants will be using.

We will be contacting all who applied in a week or two. We have all of the applications you sent, but if you don’t hear from us within two weeks, send an email.

For more on the contest and info on how to apply or contact us, check out our earlier article.

We’ll be answering your questions about the contest soon. Do note that Tom’s Hardware will supply system hardware. Any and all mods to the hardware we provide are acceptable short of replacing the hardware. Liquid nitrogen is fair game for the contest.

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    doomsdaydave11 , June 25, 2008 2:41 AM
    Why not just replace the case with an air conditioner? Seems cheap and effective lol. I've seen people do it on the most reputable site... ever... youtube.
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    mauleriscool , June 25, 2008 4:08 AM
    doomsdaydave11Why not just replace the case with an air conditioner? Seems cheap and effective lol. I've seen people do it on the most reputable site... ever... youtube.

    or just get a deepfreeze freezer and put the pc in it
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    rickpatbrown , June 25, 2008 4:53 AM
    mauleriscoolor just get a deepfreeze freezer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refrigerator and put the pc in it


    You guys are kidding, right?
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    ravenware , June 25, 2008 5:47 AM
    Just break the contest down to categories.

    Air cooled
    Liquid cooled
    Misc/Advanced (nitrogen, air conditioner, cooking oil etc.)
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    zarksentinel , June 25, 2008 6:28 AM
    let see who is the best of the best
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    truehighroller , June 25, 2008 11:01 AM
    I agree break it down, makes no damn sense to mix everything up, the best will be either LN2 or Phase. Hell I can beat any one if I have LN2 and you give me the hardware.. I came in 7th in GigaBytes overclocking contest not to long ago with air and was 2nd up against water systems and I had air...
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    coldmast , June 25, 2008 2:40 PM
    whoever uses liquid helium -- wins!
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    H20WIRED , June 26, 2008 8:08 AM
    why put all that $ is a pc? is it going to make you a better player in games? i think not.take that cach and buy a high performance engine for
    your car,like a sm block chevy, youll have a hell of a better time than setting in front of a $5,000 pc, 5 grand will build you 1 hell of a fast car, i know 5k got me 450HP BEATING PORCHES IS MUCH MORE FUN THAN BEATING SOME 1 IN A PC GAME! H20 CPU/Q6600@3.8 P5K-3 1066-2GB H20COOLED RAM
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    scurvywombat , June 26, 2008 4:21 PM
    H20WIRED: Some people enjoy it as a hobby, that's why they would sink the money into it. I agree with other posters, there should be different categories based on cooling types. Oh, and it's "Porsche" btw, I would hope that 5k would get you a car that could go faster than a porch :-p
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    Anonymous , June 26, 2008 5:04 PM
    H20WIRED: But is the car faster than a porch monkey?
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    nachowarrior , June 29, 2008 4:51 PM
    you can't blame him for not spelling it right... it's really hard to read in the tiny rear view mirror... and btw for 5k you can get an older turbo'd supra with a few dollars left for air freshner and maybe some new road meat all the way around. :-p beats a proche a porsche, and a porch monkey (takin it back).

    anyway! If i had the interest and time to be in the contest, I have an idea that would be relatively inexpensive and uber effective...
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    Anonymous , June 30, 2008 5:55 PM
    Hopefully they will pick me. I am moving to the LA area in two weeks and will have LN2 and a 2 Stage cascade phase change ready.
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    aznguy0028 , July 2, 2008 3:40 PM
    prepare to meet my pentium D!!! OC-ed >:D  -sarcasm-
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    Anonymous , July 3, 2008 2:44 AM
    @H20WIRED high-end benching is like high-end drag or track racing. You spend obscene amounts on money for a time-slip and to an outsider it can be a bit confusing. It takes a special/crazy person to appreciate dumping 2 volts into a 45nm processor =)

    Chris Morrell - Gomeler
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    pyrogroundhog , July 8, 2008 6:12 PM
    nachowarriorbtw for 5k you can get an older turbo'd supra with


    A turbo Supra is nice indeed. An old buddy of mine used to have an RX7 with the third rotor mod, and another had a turbo Supra. They used to have quite a bit of fun after work.

    A gaming PC might use a lot of electricity, but with the price of gas these days it's probably a cheaper hobby than sports cars. A game that has a lot of replay value is a lot like a scenic, twisty road without all the patrol cruisers.
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    Toasty64 , July 21, 2008 7:46 AM
    Well I've got a Porsche 944 with 150 horses. :p  Fo $3500 it was a steal. Great condition.

    Anyway, this seems like my kind of contest, but I can't go anyway. Nor do I have proof of my skills.