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Today on Overclocker in Focus we are treated to an engrossing conversation with one of Europe’s most seasoned Elite overclockers. Leeghoofd is Belgium’s current No.1, a team leader and massive contributor for the Madshrimps Belgium OC Team, and by all accounts a really nice guy too. We get him talking about his slow rise up the ranks at HWBOT and his thoughts and hopes regarding the future of the game.
"That was one of my best moments, and also I think the first moment I came to Taipei when PJ qualified for the GIGABYTE GOOC in 2009? PJ, I’m still not remembering ...something like that. So also my first visit to Taipei and in fact meet the people who you are chatting with, Skyping with, ICQ even in those days. So it was like real fun. That’s also one of the things that keeps me motivated, to be part of the community and come to Taipei and hook up with everybody."
Continuing our Overclocker in Focus series, this week we get to chat with Sofos1990, known to most of us simply as Sofos. The No.1 OC representative for Greece and a key member of the HwBox Hellas O/C Team, Sofos is also currently ranked ninth in the Elite league on HWBOT. These days he is an important member of the GIGABYTE motherboard team in Taipei, working alongside HiCookie and Dinos22. Let’s have look at what Sofos has to say about Overclocking today.
"So nowadays Overclocking is, I think the level is much higher than in the old days. That’s why there are more people involved in it. But the old days was like more pure, more pure overclocking. The excitement was higher, was better. Nowadays the stuff you have to do is so much less."
In Danish Overclocking circles there is one Overclocker that stands head and shoulders above the pack. Zzolio is the current Danish No.1 as well the current No.20 in the Elite league in HWBOT. We caught up with Zzolio in Taipei where we had a chance for a chat about all things ‘OC’. Introducing Zzolio, the next Overclocker in Focus.
"The big difference between when I started and now, is the way Intel CPUs are overclocked. How they work. So in the past every CPU could be overclocked and now there is only a very limited amount of CPUs that we can overclock. And it’s getting a lot more competitive these days so, yeah it’s a bigger challenge. And there’s a lot more stuff going on, a lot more stuff you can overclock to achieve, like different competitions - there’s not just ranking any more. ."
In the truly top echelons of Elite Overclocking there are only a handful of players that have held the title of Worldwide No.1. Our guest today on Overclocker in Focus in fact holds the No.1 birth in Worldwide, Elite League, National and Team rankings. Allow us to introduce Dancop from Germany. Statistically speaking, the best overclocker in the world right now.
"I started overclocking say eight years ago, on water. Yeah, a step by step career. After water, a little phase a then a little bit DICE and yeah… Two years ago I started with LN2. In general it was a slow computer and there was a guy called der8auer, [laughs] who just brought me a pot and said do it the right way and not with water. And then I was addicted pretty much."
You might not consider Africa to be a source of top Overclocking talent, but in fact South Africa has an increasingly well respected contingent of serious players. No one represents this group better than Vivi, a former MSI MOA champion and an Elite overclocker that has become a regular face on the global OC scene. Today we are very pleased to welcome Vivi to our Overclocker in Focus Series.
"Well, Overclocking has changed a lot since since I started because motherboard vendors have caught on a lot and they’ve started supporting the sport a lot more. So a lot of things you don’t have to do manually as much because the motherboard supports the settings. So overclocking has not become easier at all, it’s just became more convenient and user-friendly in a way. So to push to the limits is easier, in a way, but I would say just because the motherboard vendors jumping on the train helped a lot."