You might not consider Africa to be a source of top Overclocking talent, but in fact South Africa has an increasingly well respected contingent of serious players. No one represents this group better than Vivi, a former MSI MOA champion and an Elite overclocker that has become a regular face on the global OC scene. Today we are very pleased to welcome Vivi to our Overclocker in Focus Series.
The Interview Transcript
HWBOT: Hi Vivi. Could you please go ahead and introduce yourself?
Vivi: Hi, I’m Goddy. My nickname is Vivi. I’m from South Africa and I’m here at Computex 2015 to compete in G.SKILL’s contest.
HWBOT: What is your educational background?
Vivi: Well, what I do at home is my job is I make 3D adverts and build computers for colleges and so on, so that’s what of kind occupation basically.
HWBOT: When did you start overclocking?
Vivi: I started overclocking in high school so grade nine, I was about fifteen years old and one of my friends started explaining it to me so I didn’t try it myself, I was taught. And then from there on out I just wanted more and more, until it became extreme.
The reason I tried some overclocking was because of Crysis. Just like most people, I played the game Crysis and my system just couldn’t handle the game. So I just needed more speed and I had a dual-core at that time and it could overclock quite nicely. I just got hooked on that feeling basically.
HWBOT: What has been your greatest achievement?
Vivi: The highlight of my overclocking career would be last year actually where I came first place in the MSI MOA 2014, that was quite nice. And then I went to a Galaxy overclocking contest (this shirt…) and I came second there, against 8Pack and 8Pack did really well so… I was happy with my second.
HWBOT: How do you see the overclocking scene today?
Vivi: Well, Overclocking has changed a lot since since I started because motherboard vendors have caught on a lot and they’ve started supporting the sport a lot more. So a lot of things you don’t have to do manually as much because the motherboard supports the settings. So overclocking has not become easier at all, it’s just became more convenient and user-friendly in a way. So to push to the limits is easier, in a way, but I would say just because the motherboard vendors jumping on the train helped a lot.
I would say, what changed from then to now is there’s just more people. There’s so much more people involved and the community online is more involved so there’s more people talking. You don’t have to do everything yourself, you can ask for help. And I think there’s a very strong overclocking community at the moment that are very good. So can talk to a lot of people to get advice.
HWBOT: Where do you see overclocking in five years from now?
Vivi: Well it’s tough to say where Overclocking is heading. I would say we all hope it’s going somewhere, but I would say it’ll just keep getting better. At the moment it’s getting better slowly, I think it’ll keep going at it’s current pace, until something unknown happens. Something we don’t have control over yet. Like with gaming. One day the prize was a hundred thousand dollars, the next day the prize was five million dollars. So it kind of got crazy really quickly. So I think once the user base of Overclocking gets bigger and there’s more noise around Overclocking, I think that would change. Change it a lot.
HWBOT: What do you think of Taiwan?
Vivi: I’ve been to Taipei a few times and I enjoy it. I enjoy it because you feel safe here and it’s easy to travel and it’s not that expensive compared to other countries. It’s easy to get a visa. Visa is free for Africans. Yes! So that’s easy. And I just enjoy the people because they are so kind. It’s a nice place. I still want to bring my girlfriend here one day.
HWBOT: Your advice to someone just getting started?
Vivi: The best advice for newcomers would be… HWBOT. Just, whatever you do, go to HWBOT. Post in the forums. Try the benchmarks there. Start by submitting scores to HWBOT and speaking to people. The best thing you can do is just to communicate so you don’t have to always try something by yourself. If you are not comfortable doing it someone can help you. So I think if you are starting out just don’t be afraid to overclock. It’s fairly safe if you just stay within some boundaries so, I think just go for it and communicate.