Welcome To The Master Overclocking Arena
Back in October, we were invited to the Master Overclocking Arena 2013 Finals. Started in 2009, the MSI contest is now one of the biggest overclocking events in the world.
The online qualifiers started few months ago, where participants from all parts of the world showed their skills in getting as much performance as possible from their components using extreme cooling. Naturally, the liquid nitrogen flowed like water.
Setting The Rules
The online qualifiers ran in two stages. The first was divided into a pair of categories. There was Category A, where you could run any hardware available at the time, except for Intel's Haswell architecture, Nvidia's GeForce GTX Titan, or a server-oriented processor. And there was Category B, which focused on mid-range components like Intel's Core i5-3570K and AMD's FX-8350. It also included any GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost or AMD Radeon HD 7790 and down.
In that first round, the benchmarks used included the old-school SuperPI 32M, Futuremark's newer 3DMark Fire Strike, and Cinebench R11.5. The second stage utilized the same benchmarks, but with a hardware change for Category A. Haswell-based CPUs and GeForce GTX Titans were allowed.
The Top 16 Overclockers Compete In The Finals
At the end of both stages, 16 of the best overclockers in the world won tickets to the finals in Taipei, Taiwan on October 19 and October 20, 2013. We tagged along to document the event, so feel free to follow as we walk through two days of MSI's Master Overclocking Arena 2013.
First, we'll meet those 16 talented individuals who earned the right to attend.
Rbuass From Brazil
There's Rbuass, from Brazil.
T0slty From The Ukraine
Then, T0slty from the Ukraine.
Cyclone, Also From The Ukraine
Meet Cyclone, also from the Ukraine.
Vivi From South Africa
Vivi represents South Africa.
Lucky_nOOb From Indonesia
Lucky_nOOb hails from Indonesia.
Gyrock From Japan
Gyrock is from Japan.
Mikecdm From The U.S.
Mikecdm represented the U.S.
Gnidaol From Brazil
Gnidaol hails from Brazil.