Today’s edition of the Overclocker in Focus series brings us close up and personal with Matose, one of the most influential and respected overclockers in Romania. Matose has been around the OC block more than a few times and is a veteran of several global OC competitions going back to the early days of GOOC. Read on for his thoughts on the current state of overclocking, the future of the game and more.
The Interview Transcript
Matose: Hi. I’m Mihatoiu Matei from Romania, from team Lab501 and my nickname is Matose.
HWBOT: What is your educational background?
Matose: I finished in the Faculty of Electronics in Bucharest. I’m an engineer and my main job is my business Lab501(.ro) which is a site that reviews IT, like hardware, software, games… everything.
HWBOT: When did you start overclocking?
Matose: So I first started overclocking in the Pentium 4 days, I think it was back in ‘04 or ‘03, I can’t remember. I started that because I wanted more Gigaherz on my CPU for the bragging rights. Not for games like everybody did, but for better everyday use. And I started to like that actually.
HWBOT: What has been your greatest achievement?
Matose: I think my best moment was when I won GOOC in 2010. It was the first time I actually won something that big, so it felt very good.
HWBOT: How do you see the overclocking scene today?
Matose: So if I compare overclocking today to the past, back then it was more like friends having fun, like having a friendly gathering. Now it’s more business oriented, they work more closely to the companies now. That’s the worst thing but also a bad thing. Yeah, so everything changes in time. Overclocking changes also.
HWBOT: Where do you see overclocking in five years from now?
Matose: In the future I would like to see overclocking be a mainstream sport like gaming, but I don’t really think that’s possible, but we hope to see it some day.
HWBOT: Your advice to someone just getting started?
Matose: My message for the young overclockers would be like… Keep pushing it. Never give up and even if sometimes it makes you feel like you’re going to give up… don’t. Keep pushing it!
HWBOT: What do you think of Taiwan?
Matose: I’ve been to Taiwan many times, I think it’s like my sixth time here. The weather is pretty hot, for me. There’s a lot of humidity in the air. The food also is not my type of food, but I eat it anyway. The beer is pretty light for me, but I manage to find other ways. The people are friendly, most of them, but they don’t know much English, that’s the problem. Especially the taxi drivers are very hard to work with. But overall it’s a nice experience. Everybody should come here at least once.