Arriving In Taipei
Gigabyte’s six-month effort to find and crown a champion came to a conclusion in Taiwan this weekend during the Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship 2010 (GO OC). What came between the 15 hopefuls who made it to the finals and the first prize? Several hours of liquid-nitrogen overclocking action.
9:28:26 - The finalists and media reps that flew in arrived at the contest venue, Huashan Creative Park. All the pre-chosen hardware was already set up in each contestant’s station, and the overclockers spent the next hour or so unpacking the components and breadboarding their rigs.
11:41:31 - A team gong strike by executives representing the chief sponsors and startling pyrotechnics marked the official start of GO OC. The finalists would attempt to attain the highest benchmark scores possible within the next four hours and 50 minutes. These extreme overclockers only had their experience, personalized tool sets, and luck (according to one competitor) to count on. At least all the players enjoyed an endless supply of liquid nitrogen.