Overclocker in Focus: Martin Poulsen "Zzolio" Interview

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Overclocker in Focus: Martin Poulsen “Zzolio” Interview

Author: Sdougal

In Danish Overclocking circles there is one Overclocker that stands head and shoulders above the pack. Zzolio is the current Danish No.1 as well the current No.20 in the Elite league in HWBOT. We caught up with Zzolio in Taipei where we had a chance for a chat about all things ‘OC’. Introducing Zzolio, the next Overclocker in Focus.

The Interview Transcript

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HWBOT: Hi Zzolio. Welcome to the Overclocker in Focus series. Please go ahead and introduce yourself.

Zzolio: Hi, my name is Zzolio, or my nickname is Zzolio and my real name is Martin and I’m from Denmark and I’m 23 years old.

HWBOT: What is your educational background?

Zzolio: I’m an electrical technician and I work with electronics for a living as well as doing a lot of prototype building and early sales production stuff.

HWBOT: When did you start overclocking?

Zzolio: I started overclocking back in 2010, or 2009… or right around that time. And yeah with Liquid Nitrogen in 2011/2012, stuff like that. [please cut 0:40 – 0:47] In the beginning I started overclocking to get like more efficiency for some video editing I was doing for a school project… it wasn’t going that well so. And then there was a competition and I got into competitive Overclocking and really never looked back.

HWBOT: What has been your greatest achievement?

Zzolio: The highlights of my overclocking career has probably been MOA (MSI Master Overclocking Arena), some world records when I was the first person to hit 2,000MHz core and 2,000MHz memory on a graphics card… stuff like that is definitely the highlights.

HWBOT: How do you see the overclocking scene today?

Zzolio: The big difference between when I started and now, is the way Intel CPUs are overclocked. How they work. So in the past every CPU could be overclocked and now there is only a very limited amount of CPUs that we can overclock. And it’s getting a lot more competitive these days so, yeah it’s a bigger challenge. And there’s a lot more stuff going on, a lot more stuff you can overclock to achieve, like different competitions – there’s not just ranking any more.

HWBOT: Where do you see overclocking in five years from now?

Zzolio: I think the future of Overclocking is going to be… there’s going to be a lot more competitions, there’s a lot of challenges coming up, the way we do things with marketing of products. So we have a lot of challenges coming our way.

And there’s going to be a lot more mobile stuff as well, like ARM processors both for phones but also development boards because they’re easier to modify and work with.

The hardware industry is always changing so it’s kinda uncertain what’s going to happen in like five years or.. so we only really know what’s going to be the next year or something.

HWBOT: What do you think of Taiwan?

Zzolio: I think Taipei is an interesting city, it’s a lot different from Europe. I haven’t been sightseeing much it’s mostly overclocking, er…but it’s moving at a different pace – like in Europe everything is a little slower in some ways. It’s kind of nice out here.

HWBOT: Your advice to someone just getting started?

Zzolio: That’s a tough one [laughs…]. Don’t? It’s addictive…

My advice for new overclockers is get a decent overclocking series motherboard that has proper memory support. Find out if you like 2D benchmarking and 3D benchmarking and yeah… do the stuff you like and not what everybody else is doing.

Find out what you like to do and do that and then move forward because you need the motivation in the beginning, because it’s hard to get started with the points and stuff. It’s easier now with the Rookie Rumble and stuff like that so… the new competitions.

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