In our latest edition of the Overclocker in Focus series we bring you an interview with one of the more influential overclockers from India, a country with tons of potential for growth and one which is steadily growing in stature and representation within the OC scene. Allow us to proudly introduce you to Toolius, one of India’s leading overclockers.
The Interview Transcript
Toolius: Hi, my name is Shatul Durlabhji, also known as Toolius on HWBOT. I’m from India and I’m part of the OC India overclocking team.
HWBOT: What is your educational background?
Toolius: Well, I did Commerce actually. It was, yeah, a long story. I actually wanted to do Computer Science but the cut off being what they are in Universities in India, it’s like a 96% to do computers and I got a 94%. That was that. I ended up doing Commerce, but this was something that always had my interest, since maybe when I was seven or eight.
I got my first PC when I was eight, that would be 1998. Yeah. That was an XT, an (IBM) PC XT. And from ever since then on I’ve just been kind of hooked on computers. I started building my own PCs at the age of thirteen or fourteen maybe. That’s when I started getting parts from America and doing my own thing and building and stuff like that.
HWBOT: When did you start overclocking?
Toolius: Overclocking would be like six years ago, seven years ago maybe. From the AMD Phenom II days. That’s when I kind of got into overclocking and since then it’s just been, performance for free, go for it. The reason why I overclocked to start with is because I used to make music and my computer just wasn’t fast enough for me. So I just to do something about it and overclocking was it… (laughs…).
HWBOT: What has been your greatest achievement?
Toolius: Wow, there are so many. Today, being here in Taiwan is like the highlight of my life so far. I’ve been dreaming about meeting everybody here and it feels awesome to be here, but .. there have been a few. Breaking into the top fifty in the Extreme League, that was one which happened recently, that was something that I was pretty proud about. And also breaking the top one hundred overall, so that was something nice. Apart from that, not too many. 8.2GHz on the AMD chip – I did hold the record for the (AMD FX-) 8350 when it came out, for two days maybe, that was a 8.18GHz run, and that was it. And recently I hit 8.25 something, yeah.
HWBOT: How do you see the overclocking scene today?
Toolius: If you go back…. I honestly think today the technology and the hardware is a lot better, including the tools that we have at our disposal for overclocking… pots and things and stuff like that, it’s definitely better. But the downside has been of course Intel locking down their CPUs. No more cheap, good, free fun.
But yeah, things are honestly moving in the right direction I feel because the performance is there, the hardware just getting better with every year so I think it’s moving in the right direction. Good old days? Yes, there was.. you could overclock for a lot less maybe, in terms of money earlier on. Today it costs a lot more but, I guess that’s one of the side effects of Intel locking their CPUs.
HWBOT: Where do you see overclocking in five years from now?
Toolius: Looking forward in the future, I’d like to see Intel come back to cheap, overclock any CPU – like the Q6600 Core 2 Duo days, that would be lovely. It’s just about, I guess putting it out there, which is what we have been doing with all of our meets with ASUS. It’s the overclockers gathering, or the power users gathering – stuff like this. That develops a good amount of interest. Ever since we started doing those meets, overclocking in India has taken off, there has a significant number of new people joining the BOT.
I guess people are kind of scared, when they don’t know and they think that overclocking is a kind of black art, or they’ll probably blow their own equipment and things like this which is why they don’t really try it. At least in India. This is what I notice on the forums. They’re just scared, because hardware is expensive and hard to come by and they don’t want to risk it. So that’s why they don’t really overclock. And that comes from, again, lack of knowledge. The guys that come to these meets, who’ve figured out how to overclock, they go back and they overclock and have a great time. So it’s just about getting the knowledge out there.
HWBOT: Your advice to someone just getting started?
Toolius: My advice to anybody who’s starting right now would be to read, just read the forums. There’s so much information out there, from how to clock each processor, to each motherboard, how to prep motherboards for LN2 use. There are so many lovely guides from Roman, Kingpin (Vince) and there are so many guides. Kingpin’s own forum is lovely, Elmor’s forum is lovely, De8auer – Roman helps out so much, it’s incredible. There’s lots of help and information out there, it’s just about making the effort to find it, but make sure you find it before you start because otherwise you’ve… it’s your gear so. Yeah, read up before you go. Just read.
HWBOT: What do you think about Taiwan?
Toolius: It’s been along time coming. It’s been a dream of mine to come here and every single year I see stuff go down at Computex and things like this and I cursed myself, sitting in Bombay. I’m like, I need to be there. And finally this year I’ve actually had the time to make it. I have my own company in Bombay which makes computers, so that’s been keeping me really, really busy. I started about four or five years ago and now it’s kind of self sustaining. So we sell high-end workstations to Bollywood and to Banking and things like this. Now it’s standing on its feet, so I have the time I can take off and travel .
HWBOT: If you could identify one specific problem with overclocking right now, something that’s holding it back, what would that be?
Toolius: Holding things back would again be price for one, that would be because it’s about… equipment is expensive, at least in India. We pay a lot more than the rest of the world does, almost 150% – 200% more at times. So for India and for overclocking it’s just about cost really. If we can get hardware cheaper, which is taxation and structures in our country, that would go a very long way. That would go a very long way in removing quite a few bottlenecks.
If you look at it internationally, it would be Intel again. Just unlock every CPU, please! Please! That would be wonderful, what they did with the Pentium (G3258), unfortunately it didn’t work, but that was spectacular. More of this please. Please guys! That was really, really nice. And for even guys like me, for us a Pentium is 3,000 Rupees, you can say $60-$65, that’s what the chip costs in India, so it wasn’t very expensive. You could go out and have some cheap fun, blow up a few and not feel too bad about it.