Today we are in for a real treat as the Overclocker in Focus series gets talking to a rising star from Indonesia, the one and only Coldest. In recent years Coldest has quickly risen up the HWBOT hierarchy, becoming an important member of the JagatReview.com Indonesia team in the process. Welcome to a fireside chat with a true OC evangelist, competitor and winner. Welcome to our friend Coldest.
The Interview Transcript
HWBOT: Hi Coldest, welcome to Overclocker in Focus. Please introduce yourself.
Coldest: I’m Hendra Wijaya. As you know, on HWBOT you will know me as Coldest. I’m from Indonesia and now I working with JagatReview.com. It’s the biggest website, review website in Indonesia right now for components, PCs and gadgets.
In JagatReview we built a special team for Overlocking only, it’s called Jagat OC. In Jagat OC everyone will know it’s Lucky_n00b’s team, right? He’s our Jagat Overclocking head team (member), and as his colleague I work with him. And also for Jagat OC I’m a special for GIGABYTE motherboards and 3D benchmarking.
HWBOT: What is your educational background?
Coldest: My education? I took a Computer Engineering degree, but honestly I wanted to take the Embedded Systems specialty but at that time unluckily I could not get in the Embedded Systems (department). They put me in Computer Robotic Systems.
HWBOT: When did you start overclocking?
Coldest: I joined a Computer Club in my University called BNCC (Bina Nusantara Computer Club). In the computer club we have some magazines, talking about the PC, computer and I was interested in some reviews at that time. Because (of this) I started reviewing hardware, I learned to do some benchmarks on some VGA cards, motherboards and anything… from 2008. But at that time I borrowed some graphics cards, like a GIGABYTE GTX 9800GT – I did some reviews, but after the review was done there is one of Indonesia’s senior overclockers who worked with GIGABYTE called Benny Lodewijk, he said what’s hell with this review, the score is very low, you’re using the GTX 9800 but your CPU is only a Core2 Duo E4300 and it’s only running at stock speed 1.8GHz. At that time Benny just took the 9800 GTX card and put it in his system with a Core2 Duo E8400 overclocked to 4GHz; this is the default 3GHz, and this is 4GHz. Ok, that’s the start of my learning overclocking.
That’s why at that time I just bought a GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 board – my first motherboard for Overclocking, and learn Overclocking and buying some new CPUs, Core2 Duo from Lucky_n00b. From Lucky_n00b I am using the E8200 and overclocking to 4GHz. At that time wow! I was running 3D(Mark)06 the increased a lot, from Core2 Duo E4300 at 1.8GHz changed to E8200 at 4GHz it’s increased a lot. Even my gaming experience, like Call of Duty 4 which a I played at that time, it increased from 60fps to 120-130 or something. So I didn’t need to upgrade my GPU again.
HWBOT: How long have you been overclocking?
Coldest: Up until now it’s already almost seven years… for my first two years it’s only for casual gaming, so at that time I just wanted to optimize my system and then in 2009 there was an Overclocking competition, I was interested in joining it. At that time my first competition… oh ok, let’s try my overclocking skills in this competition. But absolutely at that time I am losing miserably!
And in that competition, that’s the first time I met up with Lucky_n00b. At that competition Lucky_n00b taught me how you run the PCMark 2005 with the right tweaks. It increased a lot. At that time the most miserable loss is that I got the best CPU at that time – a Core2 Duo that can run 4.3GHz on air for the competition but I cannot win because I didn’t know the PCMark 2005 tweaks.
From that I just didn’t want to give up and learn about the tweaks. Until now… In 2010 because I didn’t give up Overclocking and finally Lucky_n00b let become his disciple, his disciple. Until now my skill has increased a lot after Lucky_n00b taught me how to overclock, even in extreme overclocking. I sold all of my water-cooling kit, custom water-cooling kit, just to buy the LN2 pot at that time.
HWBOT: What prompted you to start Overclocking?
Coldest: My original reason is that I just want to upgrade my PC, but at that time my budget was very limited. In the original plan I just wanted to buy the same video card and SLI it. But after I learned a bit about Overclocking I increased my CPU and at that time got around more than fifty percent frame rate increase. That’s why I do Overclocking and learn Overclocking. That’s the start.
HWBOT: What has been your best moment in Overclocking?
Coldest: My best moment for the competition is… a lot of competitions in Indonesia are ASUS Overclocking competitions.. AOOC. It’s using the AMD CPU at that time, all professionals in Indonesia came to this competition. As far as I know Xyala has came to cover this competition. It’s a free for all competition for senior overclocking… Overclockers Indonesia came and in that competition I dominated all the benchmarks at that time. It was very full of glory. That was the biggest moment for me.
HWBOT: How do you see the overclocking scene today?
Coldest: If I compare Overclocking today with the past, it’s already quite different from now. From the past when we were still using the LGA 775 platform, it’s quite troublesome to overclock the CPU because you need sync with the memory speed and the CPU multiplier was most likely is locked and the unlocked CPU is very expensive right? Like the Extreme Edition $1,000 USD CPU. It’s quite annoying because if you want to overclock your CPU higher you will need a high FSB motherboard and also high speed memory/RAM, right?
And now, look at the new platform now, like Haswell, if you want to do overclocking just buy the K (SKU) CPU, like a 4770K CPU. Just go into the BIOS and change the multiplier and done. You can do an overclock without worrying about memory or motherboard. Maybe for the motherboard for Haswell just use a Z97 and everything is ok. Even some motherboards like MSI, ASUS and GIGABYTE there’s one button for overclocking, right? It’s very easy now, but in truth overclocking now is more like… if you are casual gaming, maybe it could increase your frame rate, but it’s not like the past. Maybe, for me… I’m Overclocking now maybe just to get the highest score. I’m not gaming anymore.
HWBOT: Where do you see overclocking in five years from now?
Coldest: In the future I’d just like to see Overclocking get back to just like five years ago, like 2008. Like we can overclock the cheap motherboard and cheap processor to get the free performance from our hardware. If the vendors, like Intel, especially Intel, if they can unlock their cheap motherboard like H81 and Intel Core i3 for overclocking, I believe our overclocking community will grow very fast.
Why the cheap hardware can improve the growth of the community of Overclocking? We can just see the examples, just like when Intel released the Pentium anniversary… Pentium G that can overclock. We can invite overclockers in Indonesia, for amateurs to learn overclocking with a low budget with the cheap CPU and as you know also the Z87 and there are some Z97 motherboards with a cheap price also, so they can learn overclocking.
If the motherboard could become cheaper I think then more people will come because a lot of the struggle for people who want to learn overclocking is the price. Because you have to buy a certain CPU at a more quite expensive price and also the motherboard is not that cheap, and after they have bought the expensive hardware they will be afraid to do some overclocking, because some extreme overclocking will make your motherboard explode. Yes explode! What kind of explode? Like a bomb? Maybe they think it’s just like that. Even in my seven years overclocking experience I never got some explosion in my motherboard or my CPU. Maybe it’s just dying like that, silently. There’s no danger from Overclocking.
HWBOT: What is wrong with Overclocking at the moment?
Coldest: Our Overclocking community now is like have more focus on binning, binning, binning, binning and binning CPUs. Searching for the highest frequency. It’s ok. It’s normal for Overclocking, I can tolerate it. But the thing I don’t like it is when someone (finds) some tweaks, they do some research with their hardware, get the tweaks and win the competition and everyone who don’t know the tweaks calls the one with the tweaks a cheater. And somehow some people in the forums say hey, what did you do? Please give us a hint. How to do that? Just like that. If you don’t give what you do for the tweaks, oh, you are a cheater.
You have to share. Sharing is good, but if you force someone to share what you get from your hardware it’s like you’re robbing someone, right? That’s what I hate about the overclocking community right now. I don’t why it’s changed. When you did some tweaks, like three years, four years ago, and you don’t want to share with anyone… still ok. Except if the tweaks can increase the score like double, more than ten percent, maybe you need to tell the HWBOT staff how the tweaks work.
HWBOT: Your advice to someone just getting started?
Coldest: If you want to start overclocking for the first time, I recommend you learn about your computer’s specifications first and then search for any information or guides about how to overclock your platform. And then if you want to start, please don’t be afraid that your hardware will be broken, as long as you follow these steps. When you overclock your CPU for example, increase the frequency first, don’t touch any voltage settings and after you get some stability then you can change your voltage, but please not too much because what makes your hardware broken is the voltage. It’s not caused by high frequency. As long as you keep the voltage low, your hardware will be safe. That’s it. It’s very easy to overclock.
HWBOT: What do you think of Taiwan?
Coldest: I think Taiwan is a very special country because all people who like computers, hardware, and maybe not just hardware but software too, especially for overclockers will gather in Taiwan for big events. Especially for Computex, so can meet with our friends from other countries in Taiwan and maybe we can join some competitions, also overclocking competitions for sure. But honestly, in Taiwan the people are quite nice and very honest to foreigners so I like Taiwan. And especially for Taiwan’s transportation too, it’s very convenient here.
But when I come to Taiwan, when I compare the overclocking community in Indonesia I’m quite surprised. Overclocking in Taiwan – there’s almost no people now in Overclocking in Taiwan. I only see just a couple of people as Taiwanese Overclockers now and they are already senior, not new, not the amataur overclocker any more. And even the market for computer components, I see in Taiwan they are focused on the gaming equipment now, gaming components. There’s almost no overclocking components any more. Even when I see the shop they are only selling the medium high-end components. For the high-end components, it’s only for gaming. It’s quite rare to see high-end overclocking components in the Taiwan market, in the market. Even for some high-end memory, overclocking memory, you cannot see the famous brands in this country. It’s very rare.