Welcome to our next overclocker profile video. This time we have the pleasure to get up close and personal with Dinos22, a very influential overclocker from Australia who works as a Marketing Manager and overclocking evangelist for GIGABYTE. We had a chance to speak to him in the aftermath of Computex 2015 where he had plenty of thought provoking ideas to share with us about the OC scene in general and the direction it is heading in.
The Interview Transcript
Dinos22: Hi I’m Dino. I go by Dinos22. I’m an overclocker from Australia. Market Manager for GIGABYTE. I’ve been overclocking since maybe 2005 …
HWBOT: What is your educational background?
Dinos22: I have a degree in Commerce, Marketing and Hospitality Management. A double degree. I always kind of worked in marketing related roles. I’ve had my own businesses.
HWBOT: When did you start overclocking?
Dinos22: I joined a forum and started buying and selling stuff, (being a) tight-arse is the initial motivation. Then you start to buy components you don’t really need, and you think oh, maybe this can go faster. And then you see this guy EVA2000 and this dude is like a memory God… pardon the expression. He was a world famous memory overclocker, a local guy, so we all kind of started copying what he does. I start buying CPUs and it gets crazy, then the cooling is not good enough so I’ve got it going single stage, cascades, dry ice. And then you get into TV appearances and Nvidia is calling you to come to the US and then things start to explode. It becomes interesting.
HWBOT: What has been your greatest achievement?
Dinos22: I think me best moment in my Overclocking career, if you can call it that, is being recognised by a large motherboard manufacturer that I have the ability to, or skills to help them develop their product. To create something, to pull in my knowledge and networking to kind of improve on whatever that particular manufacturer was doing at the time. That really gave me the extra bit of belief to try and really make something of it. I think I’ve done quite well there so …
HWBOT: How do you see the overclocking scene today?
Dinos22: We’ve had … er. This is really weird. Overclocking is bigger and smaller at the same time. It’s bigger in the sense that there are a lot more Pro and Semi-Pro guys. Anyone who knows overclocking will know who this guys is. These are people that are capable of putting together impressive scores, do the modding, understand components, performance. Just top-notch. But, at the same time there is a lot less of the followers, the aspiring community that I was (part of) in 2007, who are kind of looking up to these guys. That carpet has been pulled from under a little bit.
I feel like there’s a missing generation there somewhere, and we need to repair that now. HWBOT is doing some work obviously, and I have the ability to influence or work on that from my professional perspective globally and in my region. We invest a lot of time to develop that, the communities, and see others doing it too. But there is a missing spot. We some things we have to resolve now. We need to have a clearer future I think for everyone to kind of … whether it’s competition formats or whatever. It’s very different. It’s not gaming. It’s much more complicated to have something concrete.
HWBOT: Where do you see overclocking in five years from now?
Dinos22: I like some of the stuff that HWBOT is doing with the World Tour. I think it’s an interesting idea. Actually that is already happening worldwide. It’s not a new idea. But maybe if they give it a more recognizable concept where bigger players like Intel can get behind it, we could get to stage where we could evolve into a better competition format, sit people down, and like we are actually discussing it today… and for example an idea would be to have a Formula One style competition circuit with very specific cars, as in rigs.
Specific components, serial numbers to be drawn or entered into a system so you can’t bin. You have a one day lead time with the competition announced on the 31st of May, and on the 1st of June you have to nominate your components, the serial numbers. It’s very restrictive in certain terms. There’s no Golden Samples, binning or money, or you restrict those things. So, maybe a good format.
When a good format appears, I think that would kind of get the community going and start to actually see a wider spread of people competing who didn’t have a chance before, or think the didn’t have a chance, get a chance to kind of do something. I think that would create a bigger community. And then eventually that would help build the community.
But the other problem is that in five years time, are we going to have Overclocking at all? I don’t know. The way that technology is evolving now, the way that big players are thinking about it, the way it’s been integrated. Are we going to have it? I’m not sure.
HWBOT: Your advice to someone just getting started?
Dinos22: Do it if you like it, bugger off if you dont. It’s as simple as that. Nobody is going to motivate you to do it. Once you’ve put an effort in you’re going to get the motivation to do it. No one can motivate you, you can only do it yourself. Start out with the local community. Start doing it with a group of friends. It’s more fun.
HWBOT: What do you think about Taiwan?
Dinos22: I love Computex. It’s a time to … I am, I’d guess you’d call, a social butterfly. I enjoy seeing people that are old friends now. I like Asia. I like the friendliness of the country, the hospitality. I like everything about it actually. Great parties. It’s awesome, and I think a lot of good comes out of these sorts of events. We compare notes and we iron out some of the disagreements, or… all that sort of stuff. Perfect.