The Overclocker in Focus series continues with an in-depth chat with ZoLKoRn from Thailand. Gaining recognition as one of the most accomplished players in the sport (GOOC Champion in 2007 and 2010 no less…) ZoLKoRn is currently captain of the OCTeam-Thailand team and a very well respected in the broader Asian OC scene. Not surprisingly, he has plenty of interesting thoughts to share with us today.
The Interview Transcript
HWBOT: Hi, welcome to Overclocker in Focus. Could you please introduce yourself?
ZoLKoRn: Hello, I am Paizol Maddusah, it’s my real name. My nickname, everyone knows me as ZoLKoRn. I’m from Thailand
HWBOT: What is your educational background?
ZoLKoRn: Education? Hmm.. actually I finished some parts about mechanical engineering. This means that erm… material handling technology (which) is a part of mechanical engineering.
HWBOT: When did you start overclocking?
ZoLKoRn: I have started overclocking maybe ten years ago or over. If I remember, maybe 2005 was when I first started, but before that (I was) interested about this.
HWBOT: What prompted you to start overclocking?
ZoLKoRn: From gaming, that made me start, for more performance. Yeah.. because we can get the free performance if we know how to overclock it. Far Cry 2, that made me start, because that game is like a revolution of 3D, everything is close to the real world, like water. That makes the challenge for the game to today.
HWBOT: What has been your best moment in Overclocking?
ZoLKoRn: The best moment, I think in 2007, that’s the first time I joined an Overclocking competition in Jakarta, and it made the champion. Yeah, that was a good moment. And again, in Jakarta again.. Indonesia seems like the best country for me. I joined Jakarta again in 2009 or 2010 I was the champion again for the Asia Pacific Qualifying. I think that was a good moment.
HWBOT: How do you see the overclocking scene today?
ZoLKoRn: Right now? Everything is easy if we compare with the past. In the past we need real modifying. Everything, we need to solder on the motherboard, we need to solder on VGA, we need more voltage, we need more everything. But right now everything is perfect. The factory or the company already did it for us. You can use only software. If you look back to a long time ago, if we need more megaherz maybe it’s very difficult because we cannot find a good heatsink or watercooler or something. Right now we can find easily. Yeah.. Even Intel says grandpa, grandma can overclock because they have the software. It’s different from the Extreme.
HWBOT: What do you think of Overclocking as an eSport?
ZoLKoRn: About Overclocking of you compare with a sport or more like an eSport? Hmm… Actually I think all overclockers, everyone thinks about this. We have the dream! We have to come together, maybe we have to put Overclocking in the Olympics. For the World Champion or something, but Overclocking is a little bit hard as a sport because the performance of hardware is different. It’s not a real skill from the overclocker. If it’s a sport we compare the skill of the man, of the guy. You have the good skills, everything you know, where you are strong, that’s a sport. But Overclocking, if you have the best hardware, like you have the best CPU, even if you have many, many skills… great skills, you can’t compete with some guy that’s lucky and has the golden CPU, too easy for the high frequency – it makes it hard to bring Overclocking to sport.
HWBOT: How we can we change Overclocking to make it better?
ZoLKoRn: If we need to change this we should say to a company who creates hardware, like Intel for the CPU, like AMD, like the motherboard (manufacturers) we need to do something special like Formula 1. Formula 1 is a lap on the road, because everything is already on the road, on the car. Today we have it right, all technology comes from Formula 1 comes long time ago. Like this for live overclocking.
We need the same level for the hardware, like Intel should do CPU that has the same position, same… what the CPU can do, like the limit. If it’s 6GHz Intel define maybe for a hundred chips it’s the same.. 6GHz, 6GHz, 6GHz… and then when we have the overclockers come to it, it’s who cannot hit 6GHz. That means they don’t have the skill… yeah if someone can do 6GHz, or everyone can do the 6GHz, that means everyone has the skill, they are the same level, about that.
HWBOT: Your advice to someone just getting started?
ZoLKoRn: For the new overclocker right now, it’s so slow to grow up. I don’t know why. If you compare to five years ago, or maybe six years ago I think that moment, was a good moment for overclockers, for Overclocking. But right now it’s slow down, slow down.. and no more new guys, no more amateurs. Maybe because the hardware is very expensive, or something. But if you need to learn, if you want to do overclocking actually you can start from the cheaper hardware, because all hardware actually can be overclocked.
HWBOT: What do you think of Taiwan?
ZoLKoRn: Computex right now feel a little bit boring. Really, really boring because all the companies have launched new products before Computex is coming. For Computex a long time ago, it seemed like the new year of the computer. Everyone was waiting for Computex to see what’s new after Computex, to see the new products from the companies, but right now we have seen all the hardware before Computex is coming, that makes it boring.
Taipei is a very good place, yes. Good people. For food, I don’t like Chinese food because it’s not erm… not spicy. I’m from Thailand, I like spicy food.