Overclocker in Focus: Carl Hollingsworth "SniperOZ" Interview

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Overclocker in Focus: Carl Hollingsworth “SniperOZ” Interview

Author: Sdougal

On the Australian Overclocking scene there are few players that command more respect than TeamAU’s SniperOz. In the latest installment of the Overclocker in Focus series, we get a chance to chat with SniperOz about the current scene, how he got started and his thoughts for the future.

The Interview Transcript

Carl Hollingsworth SniperOZ overclocking

HWBOT: Hi. Please introduce yourself.

SniperOZ: My name’s Carl. My nickname is SniperOz and I’m from Australia.

HWBOT: What is your educational background?

SniperOz: My background and education? I’m a carpenter by trade, so most of my life I’m building houses so… totally different from computers.

HWBOT: When did you start overclocking?

SniperOz: It probably started off with gaming. Building computers. One of the systems I had, had a Futuremark CD in it. I just ran it, and from there I tried to increase my score. So overclocking sort of took off. I bought a top-end system so it became a chase for better frame rates with benchmarks so it wasn’t necessarily getting better frames or gaming, but just chasing better scores and trying to beat other people. It sort of evolved on the EVGA website.

It really hooked. Probably being a bit older, financially it was one those things where I could keep improving and yeah, it sort of grew from there. And then I found HWBOT, and then my life changed… (laughs). I’m not sure whether it was for the better or not. It all sort of came together pretty quickly after that.

It went from there. I did a competition in Sydney with GIGABYTE. I think it was a side competition to the GOOC qualifying. I won that so… obviously Dino (Dinos22) and the boys from TeamAU were there. It was probably six months later they invited me to come to an event.

HWBOT: What has been your greatest achievement?

SniperOz: To be honest a couple of years when I modded a Titan X, sorry the Titan, the first Titan that was available. From modding it to getting it to work, and overclocking and achieving world records with that card, the whole direction, that whole time is still solid. It was a lot of work.

We spent a week just trying to get one card to work properly and efficient. And watching the guys mod them, I realised I could do that at home. And that’s what I did, I modded it and it was actually a good card, it turned out to be a good card and got a number of single card records.

HWBOT: How do you see the overclocking scene today?

SniperOz: Overclocking today, from when I first started? Er… it’s a little different. There are a lot more people involved. We are still sort of in limbo, we are still trying to find our way I think. But, look there are a lot of opinions so we’ve also got to be careful not to get lost I suppose. I’m not sure what the final result (will be) or if there ever will be (one). But the biggest things is we can’t sort of all fall apart. Yeah, not sure.

HWBOT: Where do you see overclocking in five years from now?

SniperOz: The whole concept of the Rookie Division and the Novice Division is solid. It’s taken off, very popular. The fact people can get involved with lower end systems, with systems they’ve got at home, they’ve been playing games on, that sort of thing… that’s where we all start I suppose. The biggest thing is HWBOT needs to make sure that those people have a direction to head all the way through, whether they make it to Pro or Extreme or whatever. Everyone’s still got to have a place. You can’t forget everyone, because we have – I’m not sure of the figures – there’s a huge influx of Rookies at the moment because there’s XTU. But they seem to drop away as things get more difficult I suppose. They lose the competitive side.

But it’s very good, the whole concept of the Rookie League / Division is solid and it’s obviously working. That’s how it all works, the idea of Rookie to Pro.. we’ve all been there, we’ve all had to struggle, buy things… But we’ve also got to see those guys up there, to attain to that level. You don’t want to get to a point where you think it’s not worth trying harder because I can’t compete with those guys. We’ve all been at that point where our hardware can only go far.

It’d be good to be a Rookie at the moment to be honest because there’s a lot for them.

HWBOT: Your advice to someone just getting started?

SniperOz: Starting off just being a Rookie I’d recommend… spend time, it’s time, effort, learn a system yourself. Don’t rely on other people necessarily on what they are telling you, how to do it. Learn to do things yourself and learn how to think outside the box. That’s how we all perceive further. Different ideas. That’s the biggest thing. Keep trying.

HWBOT: What do you think is the main issue with Overclocking today?

SniperOz: If there was a way to change the binning process I think, as much as I said earlier that we’ve got to learn to live with it, it’s what hurts. It takes a lot of… you know. In competition, if you know someone has got better hardware, better CPU, better graphics card and you just know that they’ve got it, what do you do? LN2 can cost five to six hundred dollars for a session, for a competition, that’s a lot of money to invest in something you know you can’t attain. So how do we change that?

HWBOT: What do you think of Taiwan?

SniperOz: Taiwan.. it’s a beautiful place you know. It’s one of those places that it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, everyone is smiling and happy and friendly. It’s one of the places you can go and it’s safe. Yeah, I love it.

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