For this week’s edition of the Overclocker in Focus series, we turn one of the more senior and time-served overclockers from Greece. A key member of the HwBox Hellas O/C Team with dozens of Global Cups and literally hundreds of Hardware Cups to his name, Astalavista’s experience stretches back over a decade. Catch our interview with Astalavista where he discusses the future of the game as an eSport, the problem with today’s hardware and much more.
The Interview Transcript
HWBOT: Hi Astalavista, welcome to the Overclocker in Focus series. Could you please introduce yourself?
Astalavista: My name is George, I’m from Greece and my name on HWBOT is Astalavista.
HWBOT: What is your educational background?
Astalavista: I’ve been studying Computer Engineering. Finishing my Masters degree right now, and yeah that’s it.. I’m working in retail.
HWBOT: When did you start overclocking?
Astalavista: I began in 2003-2004, the Pentium 4 era, the first unlocked Pentium 4 processors. It was kind of weird then. It was difficult. The main problem was that there many parameters to search and find out what’s best for it. But I ended up looking on the Internet and mostly magazines and I ended up destroying a couple of motherboards back then. Yeah, but erm … searched a little bit, but I eventually found out how to do it and I remember doing some nice scores out there.
Ok, so my main motivation was to make my computer run faster. Faster so I can do games faster, edit videos – which was difficult back then (to make) faster. So yeah that’s it.
HWBOT: What has been your greatest achievement?
Astalavista: I think the best highlight was in the Core era, the Core 2 Duo where, DDR2, dual-cores, if you overclock them you got so much speed out of it. So I started searching, mostly online and I posted some nice scores back then.
HWBOT: How do you see the overclocking scene today?
Astalavista: Overclocking today is much easier, I mean It’s much more straightforward. You just get the unlocked processors and learn a couple of things like Vcore and voltages and so many other things, but not that complicated like in the past. You just learn a few tricks, maybe on the hardware side, maybe on the software side and you just try to push it as much as you can.
HWBOT: Where do you see overclocking in five years from now?
Astalavista: I want Overclocking in the future to be much more technical, I mean I need to try hard, try harder to be the best and be the fastest. So I would say it could be an eSport so people can gather around, like a championship, so whoever comes first wins the championship and the trophy and the fame and glory. So if you’re fastest overclocker it means you know a lot about tweaking and finding the most out of your computer.
I believe it can be like a league. It’s much more difficult because there must be a lot more competitors, but if there are people gathering around and talking about it and sharing the knowledge, maybe it’s inevitable.
HWBOT: Your advice to someone just getting started?
Astalavista: So if you’re a young overclocker, you want to learn things, you just go straight to HWBOT, there a lot of people who will help you around. You can try out a few things. There’s cheap hardware you can get and tweak it and find what you can do next and you know… just try things and the scores will come out. But you have to keep practicing. Practice and study and come closer to much more experienced people.
HWBOT: If there was one thing you could change about Overclocking, what would it be?
Astalavista: If I could change one thing, I think that there shouldn’t be so much binning hardware. I think that all hardware should be the same and should be the same for everyone. So there’s no favoritism with the good ones over the (gold samples) over the bad ones. So I wish there were no ‘Golden’ CPUs. It’s what makes it.. how do say that? The gap. I wish there were no golden CPUs so there wouldn’t be so much gap between the best overclocker, the Pro overclocker and the enthusiast one. That gap should be a little bit closer so that you have a chance to go from Enthusiast to Pro.
HWBOT: What do you think of Taiwan?
Astalavista: So it’s my first time in Taiwan here. I saw very nice things, it was an excellent experience. I met so many people here and I eventually had fun with the overclockers around here because there are so many good guys and we are talking and sharing an experience and learning a few things. It’s quite nice. Quite nice.