This week’s Overclocker in Focus video is real treat as we sit down with Brazilian legend Ronaldo ‘Rbuass’ Buassali. Ronaldo is a great example of an overclocker that has dedicated so much time and energy to promoting overclocking in his home country. Check out our interview where he shares many of his thoughts with us on a broad range of OC-related topics.
The Interview Transcript
HWBOT: Hi Rbuass! Please introduce yourself.
Rbuass: My name is Ronaldo. People know me as Rbuass. I’m from Brazil.
HWBOT: What is your educational background?
Rbuass: I’m an engineer and I also have a company related to hardware.
HWBOT: When did you start overclocking?
Rbuass: I started to overclock about ten years ago, or maybe a little bit more. To find the max I give to the hardware, to push the limits, because it’s something I saw many years ago. I’ve seen Shamino doing crazy stuff with his hardware. So, this was like an inspiration to me, so I enter and never want to leave.
All my overclocking life was focused on rankings and World Records and so on. About two years ago after the Pro League left HWBOT, I started to overclock only for records, to try and bring new people to the Overclocking community. So the reason I do Overclocking and teach Overclocking now, is to bring more people to focus on the gamers. There we can find a huge community, that respect Overclocking and are looking for new things to do – even to improve their performance in gaming. To have a better gaming experience.
HWBOT: What has been your greatest achievement?
Rbuass: I think every single record, every single amazing score is very special for me. So, I think the next one will be the best.
HWBOT: How do you see the overclocking scene today?
Rbuass: I think because of the community and things are all changing. For example, a few years ago you have not to many smartphones, the power of smartphones, tablets and so on. So for developers and all things are changing, so Overclocking also needs to change. Before people are more focused on numbers and more crazy people are doing Overclocking.
The people are more … I don’t know if the term is correct, but more crazy. But now we can see gamers, usual gamers use liquid cooling, even with air-cooling trying to improve their gaming experience – the performance of their Personal Computers. Not only for crazy guys – I will change my computer and do crazy stuff.
So we also need to drive this way. Sure we have different levels of overclockers, the biggest one is the Enthusiast Community, so the guys that really love (it) and push it to the max, they will move to the Extreme League, this is usual. And every time will be the biggest … this way.
HWBOT: Where do you see overclocking in five years from now?
Rbuass: Today, I think the better way is to find 3D Overclocking because something like 2D Overclocking is getting old. It’s not because I don’t like benchmarks like SuperPi, I love SuperPi 32M for example. But if you want to grow the community, you need to show nice things. I really like SuperPi 32M but if you show to newcomers Windows XP and this calculating numbers, it’s not the same as showing high frames-per-second and nice benchmarks and so on.
So I think we need to separate the old school, that style they like, for the 3D and the highest level benchmark in 3D for today. Like Fire Strike and Unigene Heaven and so on.
If you talk about the league, the hardware league need to give more power not only for rich guys that can buy four Titans, and “this is the guy”! There are very few people … you are losing a lot of people. So even a simple card that a guy can squeeze to the max, hard-mod the card, do his maximum, he needs to be considered at the highest level, because we are talking about knowledge, not about money. And we cannot accept things like engineering samples. Sorry, this is stupid to me because if I cannot buy the thing, it cannot be valid in the league. I cannot buy, but they can have. It’s not fair.
HWBOT: What do you think of Overclocking as an eSport?
Rbuass: I think HWBOT is doing (things) in a very right way now because it’s doing things like eSports Overclocking. This is nice for people. We need to show, not too much rules, not too hard. You need to be light, bring more people, not to be too serious.
I will explain one thing. In my country I’m not only doing overclocking in Fire Strike for example. I do comparisons, I do analysis from hardware computers and they way you can bring more people, for example, is playing GTA V with extreme overclocking, by the side of another machine, a usual machine running with air cooling or water cooling. So people will think, this guys is crazy – it’s two times more fast, this computer.
So this way we can bring much more people. So I think the best step and the next step, should be to move (towards) the gaming benchmarks. We need to have and need to keep Fire Strike Extreme, but you need to put games for Metro Last Light, Tomb Raider, Shadow of Mordor, GTA V in a light league for gamers. So the gamers will join the Overclocking League.
HWBOT: Your advice to someone just getting started?
Rbuass: If I can talk to newcomers, my advice is do not start, because it is very nice and you never more can stop.
HWBOT: What do you think of Taiwan?
Rbuass: Taipei is a crazy city. I love Taipei because it is very related to hardware and I love hardware. So I feel at home here because it’s like a dream to me. You can find the best video cards, the best CPUs, best all, all for very good prices if you compare it with my country. I think like this because in my country, everything is very hard, it’s very expensive.
So when we are in a place like this, and we have a lot of good overclockers and good friends together … we can not believe, sorry. We cannot forget! It’s a very good place.