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Gigabyte's Overclocking Semi-Finals Part 2

Gigabyte's competition wrapped up today with award presentations and competitors doing "free-style: overclocking during the final few hours. Although no major records were broken, everyone had a good time. During the event, representatives from Enermax, Kingston, Intel, Nvidia and had meetings with the press, talking about both future products and industry trends.

Enermax spent a good amount of time discussing differences between mutli-rail and single-rail power supplies and the different pros and cons between the two styles. Typically, a single rail power supply is more efficient because power isn't isolated from the system from rail division. PC Power & Cooling for example, claims that its single-rail designs are superior. Enermax said that while single-rail power supplies are more efficient, multi-rail power supplies provide more safety and reliability. Enermax also mentions that its power supplies are switching-rail power supplies, which provide the best combination of efficiency and reliability. Since Enermax's implementation limits each rail's maximum output, no major power draw can overload any particular component.

Intel spent a good time on CPU and SSD technology, touching very briefly on Larrabee. Kingston itself recently launched its line of SSD drives that are actually manufactured by Intel. The current landscape for SSDs leave very few significant players. OCZ has done well with its latest SSD drives that give end users an exceptional combination of performance and value. Intel's X25 line of SSDs still reign supreme in performance but come at steeper price points.

In regards to Intel's Larrabee, all we can say is that the industry will be both surprised and pleased.

During the end, awards were given out with Jeremiah L. Allen (miahallen), taking the top prize and packing a nice trip in June to Taiwan for the finals.

Above: Jeremiah's screenshot. Notice the Core i7 running at above 5 GHz.

Above: Jeremiah is presented with a collection of gear and a trip to Taiwan from Tony Liao (center), Gigabyte's VP of Sales and Marketing (North America). The prize collection is topped off with an X25-M SSD from Francois Piednoel (right), Intel's Senior Performance Analyst. At the last minute, Francois decided he would give the two competitors with the lowest scores each an X25-M SSD.

Overall Gigabyte did an excellent job setting up the competition both for overclockers and the press. On to the finals!

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  • fausto
    ok, so does skill make any difference in this competition or is it your hardware and method choice? ie, if 2 people use the same hardware and same cooling method, they should get the same max stable overclock. so how the f*ck is this a competition? i never understood that
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  • LATTEH
    faustook, so does skill make any difference in this competition or is it your hardware and method choice? ie, if 2 people use the same hardware and same cooling method, they should get the same max stable overclock. so how the f*ck is this a competition? i never understood that
    probably because there not athletic so this is the only way they can compete? LOL
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  • neiroatopelcc
    it's a competition much like any other. in racing it's a matter of driver and car, here it's a matter of operator and technique. There are different ways to maximize scores - it's not just about hitting the highest frequencies. Compare this with that car spots thing the crazy rich oil dudes do on that desert track they built a few years ago (forgot the name) - all cars are similar, and the only difference is finetuning and drivers - that's the same as here.
    faustook, so does skill make any difference in this competition or is it your hardware and method choice? ie, if 2 people use the same hardware and same cooling method, they should get the same max stable overclock. so how the f*ck is this a competition? i never understood that
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  • thomas989
    Well you should also consider that even though the components may be the same, their overclock potential may be different between batches of processors.
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  • neiroatopelcc
    thomas989Well you should also consider that even though the components may be the same, their overclock potential may be different between batches of processors.not unlike car engines, bows, surfboards and other equipment used for sports ... but sure there are variations.
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  • But yet they are there and you are...where? On the internet ridiculing? Your comment only shows that you seem to be lacking in the mental ability to achieve something like this. Why don't you grab your little eMachine and go try it out for awhile then come back and try and talk.
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  • fausto
    @thomas989
    Exactly what i was getting at. Unlike racing, if the technique is the same and you use the part part, result will be the same. overclocking is mostly about controlling temperatures and voltage.

    @ Tards r Us
    I'm not running a little eMachine. I'm running a custom machine i built myself with an overclocked e6750 G0 stepping @ 3.6 ghz and I can probably get more out of it if i didn't want my temp past 60 degrees and my voltage past 1.40v on the core.
    they aren't achieving anything anyone else wouldn't be able to do with the same exact equipment and materials.


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  • wavebossa
    @ Fautso,
    it's a competition nontheless.
    And if you think that every single same chip gets the exact same results then you have a lot to learn about overclocking...

    And i would like to see you volt mod your system and use LN to achieve your highest possible clock. You know, since it takes no skill at all right?
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  • miahallen
    Thanks for all the positive comments guys...we all had a blast and I'm looking forward to Taipei!
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