Today we are fortunate to get up close and personal with GoriLLakoS, a veteran overclocker from Greece who has plenty of thoughts on the Overclocking scene past and present as well as ideas about how it could be even better in the future. Overclocker in Focus is honored to bring you an interview with one of the game’s true romantics. Say hi to GoriLLakoS.
The Interview Transcript
HWBOT: Hi GoriLLakoS. Welcome to the Oveclocker in Focus series. Please introduce yourself.
GoriLLakoS: My real name is Vasilis Gkaliouras. The nickname is GoriLLakoS which actually means little gorilla in Greek. The country is Greece.
HWBOT: What is your educational background?
GoriLLakoS: I just finished high school. I didn’t go to university. I was at the robotics university but I wanted to work, I was working for hardware. I was a salesman then a product manager. Now I have my own company with distribution.
HWBOT: When did you start overclocking?
GoriLLakoS: I was destroying my PC always. I didn’t have money to fix it, so my father told me the next time you break it you’re going to fix it. I started reading forums which were very famous by then. So I met Hipro (hipro5), and Hipro who was an inspiration to me. He was a lot bigger – sorry Hipro- so I started overclocking.
It was for our own happiness and our own creativity because before, ten years ago, we didn’t have extreme cooling. We didn’t have liquid nitrogen, dry ice. We were building our own phase changes, cascades. There were no hard mods – I mean we were making our own hard mods on VGA, on motherboards. There was an FSB wall by then.
HWBOT: What has been your greatest achievement?
GoriLLakoS: My best pick of my OC career, I don’t actually have. I enjoyed very much playing with AMD FX-53 and FX-55. I think I had the world record on CPU frequency. I don’t think it’s still the best score. But I was overclocking for fun, I was not competing .
HWBOT: How do you see the overclocking scene today?
GoriLLakoS: Overclocking nowadays, it’s different from the old days, but you know it’s the new generation of overclocking. I don’t like it but I cannot blame it. Now it’s more like if you have contacts or money enough to spend because it’s very… you have to have a lot of money to participate. In the old days you wanted of course money and contacts but not as now. You also need to have skills; tweaking, hard mods, reading, everything. Plus everything is changing, so we have to follow this.
HWBOT: What do you think of the Rookie league on OC-ESPORTS?
GoriLLakoS: Yes, this level is getting more and more famous every day. We have to help them. When I say help them, to grab them from their hands and show them how to insulate the motherboards, that liquid nitrogen is not going to harm you if you use it wisely. And.. even if you teach one hundred people and just make one Extreme overclocker I think it’s already a very good thing for our community, because it’s also very hard.
HWBOT: What do you think of Overclocking as an eSport?
GoriLLakoS: Overclocking is not an eSport. When I say eSport I mean it’s gaming, actually everybody can game, everybody can play. Some are better, some are not. But Overclocking is not just an eSport. You need to read things, buy things, destroy things, to test things. Maybe destroy your own very expensive things, you cannot even RMA it after this. So I think if an eSport is here [holds hand up], Overclocking is one hundred percent up. It’s like the Formula 1 of car challenges.
HWBOT: What is different about Overclocking today?
GoriLLakoS: Binning, money and contacts. But I bet that if an old overclocker started playing again and he has money, contacts and time I think he can beat them very easily on lower clocks. This is why I think you have to make the Pro OC League with a cap; 2GHz. So people will start get involved again about tweaks, because now it’s not about tweaks, it’s about ‘I have the best contact at Intel’. Or I have the best motherboard, the best binned RAM, the best binned VGA, so I’m first.
This is a problem for the low end. Because if the mainstream Overclocker are seeing the sponsor they just don’t try. They give up. They say I will never go like them.
HWBOT: Where do you see overclocking in five years from now?
GoriLLakoS: Five years from now? I really want to see the community to be one family. I don’t know why, I don’t know how, but I also want to see that we will again have passion. And it will not be a matter of money or binning, it will be a matter of overclocking. I like to overclock.
I would like to see a better organised Pro Cup. Like for example a football league. With real teams, time to rest, with all those things. And I think companies have to better support the teams. I don’t know.
Maybe I’m romantic … I don’t know.
HWBOT: Your advice to someone just getting started?
GoriLLakoS: If you were a new overclocker, I would highly suggest you to try all the levels one by one. Starting from water cooling, maybe then build your own phase change or your own pots because you need to experience it. You need to have experience with the thing you love. So you will build one and go stage by stage and eventually go to liquid nitrogen. But before then you have to be polite with everybody and love this sport.
HWBOT: What do you think of Taiwan?
GoriLLakoS: Regarding Taiwan, it’s my fourth time. The first time was at MOA 2007. I like it very much. I like everything. They are they are westernizing like a virus, the people here. I don’t know if it’s good or bad but I like it. I don’t like the humidity. Too much humidity.