This week our guest on the Overclocker in Focus series is BenchBros, an Overclocker rising up the ranks through Germany’s Hardwareluxx clan and a regular on the competitive OC circuit. We had a chance to get Andi to share his thoughts about Overclocking past and present – enjoy.
The Interview Transcript
HWBOT: Hi Benchbros. Welcome to the Overclocker in Focus series. Please introduce yourself for us.
Benchbros: Ok, I’m Andi, and my nickname on HWBOT is Benchbros. And, I’m from Germany. And that’s all, no? Ah team, my team is Hardwareluxx. It’s a big German hardware review site and I entered the team back in 2007 or something.
HWBOT: What is your educational background?
Benchbros: My job is I’m an electrical engineer., so I studied electrical stuff. Now I’m an ASIC designer, so it means application-specific integrated circuit. So my job is really close to my hobby, so doing some silicon design on some silicon chips.
HWBOT: When did you start overclocking?
strong>Benchbros: I started overclocking maybe around 2006 or something. The reason was that I was playing hard on Counter Strike at this time, and yeah… other guys had more frames (per second) during gaming. I wanted to push my system to increase the frame rates, to have better aiming and stuff and that’s why I started overclocking. And at some point it was not only the gaming was the reason to push further. To know what a system can do. So a typical background. I think that many of the overclockers started with gaming and then want to see the frame-rates going higher.
HWBOT: What has been your greatest achievement?
Benchbros: Yeah, my best moment in my overclocking career so far was maybe in 2010 in January, there was an Overclocking Summit in Taipei and this was the first time I went to Taipei and MSI invited me to collect some new ideas for the new Overclocking Motherboard. It was great to be here for the first time.
And also in 2011, MOA, fourth place worldwide was great And of course last year at AOOC, champions together with Dancop was also a big moment and several very nice world records we did.
HWBOT: How do you see the overclocking scene today?
Benchbros: Yeah to compare the overclocking scene today it’s quite different compared to five years ago. It’s getting more and more competitive, so you really push too hard and doing some backup stuff and some dirty talk around our back. I don’t like it that much.
Back in the day it was, Overclocking was just for fun and pushing the system, always uploading the best score. Yeah, world records are there to be beaten. But yeah today, you would just upload the nearest score to the actual current world record, and then wait until someone beats your score and then upload your backup. I don’t like it so… It’s much more competitive these days.
HWBOT: Where do you see overclocking in five years from now?
Benchbros: In the next five years I think, I see it in Germany so the amount of overclockers, especially doing Extreme Overclocking on LN2, it’s going down so there are not many people doing this. When it comes to Extreme Overclocking I think the number of extreme overclockers will decrease, but maybe gaming and overclocking boards are getting more important because… Some gamers always ask us which board they should choose. So maybe that could be.. in five years, no idea.
HWBOT: Your advice to someone just getting started?
Benchbros: My message to young overclockers? Yeah, just try on air cooling and water cooling, and try to learn the system and try to push. And then maybe get in touch with some more professional overclockers and organize some session together to learn more and more. Then when you first meet up with Extreme Overclocking the step to dry ice or LN2 cooling really is not that far.
You can learn a lot from guys doing Extreme Overclocking. So that’s my advice, to get in touch with a more advanced overclocker and learn from them, not learning everything alone. That would take much longer.
HWBOT: What do you think of Taiwan?
Benchbros: Yeah, Taipei is quite a nice city. It’s really hot. Last time I was here it was November and January, so it’s the first at Computex for me. So it’s really hot. I like the people, I like be not at home, it’s not right, but here I can stay focused. No social life, so benching all day long, it’s quite nice. On Wednesday we will have sightseeing and learn the city a little bit more. We will see what’s happening.