MSI Overclocking Challenge: French Final


We often talk about overclocking in these pages, and there are several ways to practice it. One is simply to try to increase performance at the lowest possible cost. Another is to try to wring the maximum performance out of a processor, regardless of the cost. The former is practical; the latter is all about bragging rights.

In the first case, no special equipment is necessary and five minutes spent tweaking the BIOS is all it takes to gain the equivalent of tens or even hundreds of dollars worth of performance. Such adjustments are within reach for anyone with a little "under the hood" smarts. Windows-based apps like OverDrive and Desktop Control Center make it easier than ever to tweak the relevant settings.

On the other hand, getting the maximum performance out of a processor requires major effort and expensive equipment. This type of extreme overclocking is not unlike a competitive sport. And in fact, many competitions are held all year long to find those who are the best at it.

The MSI European Overclocking Challenge 2008 is a good example of this kind of event. Organized by the equipment manufacturer, its goal is to push its latest star motherboard—the MSI P45—to its limits.

The French final of this contest was held in late June, with the winners earning the right to take part in the European final in Holland in August. Among them were some of the overclockers that set a record in our offices back in February. Let’s go along for the ride.

  • kitsilencer
    It's small articles like this tht keep me coming back to Tom's. People with enough disrespect, enthusiasm and skill to dispel myths like "maximum clock frequency."

    Yeah right, Intel. Maximum is not what you say. It's what I (and hopefully some liquid nitrogen) say.

    Once again, a nice article.
  • randomizer
    To go higher, certain competitors didn’t hesitate to give the Hyper 212’s 120 mm fan a little help... by vigorously flapping the caps MSI had handed out (for just such a purpose?). As we said, extreme overclocking is a true sport!Overclocking is so physically demanding, you guys must be exhausted. :lol:
  • thepeganator
    How did this manage to give no numbers at all?!

    I don't know if everyone is like me, but I want numbers on how much who won by what in what benchmark!!!

    What scores did who get?!?!

    This is like the third time you've failed to give any numbers in this kind of thing Toms, it can't be that hard to get some figures for the falling amount of people that read here.
  • one-shot
    No Benchmark scores? Really? Did I miss a page?
  • Would like to show you the first Pre-exams round-video on at

    The winners (3 people went out for a semi-final, and the winner from there (Snot_aap) heads out to amsterdam. It was nice to be there, i unlucky finished last, some overclocking problems even tho i used a Vapochill.
  • apache_lives
    ROFLMAO MSI best for overNOTing
  • nicodeuru
    Hmm... Scores please!....
  • sirrell
    Does any competitions like this happen in Australia?
    Especially in Queensland?
    If so when & where, and how do I apply.
  • Joe_The_Dragon
    why only 1gb for ram suck it up and at least go to 2gb.
  • apache_lives
    sirrellDoes any competitions like this happen in Australia? Especially in Queensland?If so when & where, and how do I apply.FromTechnicianroflmao nothing happens in queensland :)