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The Hardware Behind Overdrive

The Hardware Behind Overdrive

Our 2008 overclocking event, which we named Overdrive, began last weekend in Los Angeles, California. Four more countries with a Tom’s Hardware presence—France, Germany, Italy and Taiwan—will be hosting trials with some of the finest professional overclocking teams to determine local winners. We will fly the best overclockers to Paris, France, where they will compete for the Tom’s Hardware Overdrive world championship.

We wanted to introduce you to the hardware component that we’re using for the Overdrive Overclocking Championship. Note that most of what we’re using is being provided by our sponsors.

All Components Are Provided To The Competitors

In an effort to provide the same conditions at all event locations worldwide, we decided that we wanted global sponsors for as many key components as possible. And we succeeded: MSI is on board to provide overclocking motherboards based on the P45 and X58 chipsets; Fortron provides powerful Everest 1,000 W power supplies; Samsung sponsors us with Spinpoint F 1 TB Serial ATA hard drives; Kingston provides high-end DDR3-2000+ memory modules; and Logitech contributes its gaming-class keyboards and mice.

Core 2 Duo First, Core i7 Extreme In The Finals

Since Core i7 availability could not be guaranteed at the time we began our championship, we had to rely on Core 2 Duo processors and P45 platforms for the worldwide trials. The winning teams, which will battle each other in the first-ever Core i7 (Nehalem/Bloomfield) overclocking competitions, will receive Core i7 Extreme processors.

Let’s look at all of the components in greater detail.

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    nerrawg , November 18, 2008 9:38 AM
    Just wondering - isn't there a bit of "luck of the draw" in this competition as it always is with overclocking due to the fact that you never know exactly how good the processor dies are compared to each other? I assume there won't be much difference due to the contest using the highest binned dies but could there still be some noticeable difference?
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    haley0918 , November 18, 2008 1:07 PM
    i'm still scratching my head on why there isn't any GPU supplied for this event? are they going to use their own GPU instead?
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    gwolfman , November 18, 2008 1:19 PM
    two PCI Express graphics auxiliary power plugs

    Only two PCIe power adapters on a 1000watt+ PSU? What's up with that.
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    gwolfman , November 18, 2008 1:21 PM
    gwolfmanOnly two PCIe power adapters on a 1000watt+ PSU? What's up with that.

    Or is that 2 in addition to whatever is hardwired onto the PSU?
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    gwolfman , November 18, 2008 1:25 PM
    adds BitLocker drive encryption (not available in other editions)
    Vista enterprise has it too.
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    randomizer , November 18, 2008 10:49 PM
    gwolfmanVista enterprise has it too.

    True, but who goes and buys that for an overclocking competition or any other consumer-level use? When people recite all of the (stupid number of) Vista editions, how often do they think of Enterprise?
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    Anonymous , November 19, 2008 1:17 AM
    the gpu was provided... it was a XFX GTX 280

    I was there at teh competition in the USA
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    Shadow703793 , November 20, 2008 12:18 AM
    After talking to Microsoft during our planning stage, we found that Microsoft does not want to promote Windows XP any more, despite continuing support for several years. Instead, we received copies of Windows Vista Ultimate.

    So? What's the point? You guys could have easily gotten OEM XP CDs @Newegg,etc. This is just marketing Vista on Microsoft's part.
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    enewmen , November 20, 2008 7:38 AM
    I read about O.C. a lot over the years. But to get the FSB to 530 Mhz and 1:1 ratio, that must require blinding fast RAM for DDR2 & p45 OCing.
    I was lucky to get 400Mhz using DDR2-1066 HyperX.
    I must be missing some basic.
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    Anonymous , November 20, 2008 12:59 PM

    I'v hit 533 FSB at 1:1 with mem on my P35 DS3L + Gskill 1066 + E8400(multi 7x)
    Had to let go because NB was too hot... but... i'v maded it. Oh... and is was damm stable (although, it was only 10 min ORTHOS)

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    mdma35 , December 6, 2008 12:46 PM
    nice read