Today we are treated to an interview with one the USA’s most prominent and respected Overclockers. Currently 11th in Elite ranking and No.2 in the US overall, among other things this guys is pretty much peerless when it comes to benching Nvidia GTX 980 GPUs. He’s also a genuine speed freak and a really nice guy too. Say hi to Steponz.
The Interview Transcript
HWBOT: Hi Steponz, welcome to the Overclocker in Focus series. Please go ahead and introduce yourself.
Steponz: Joe Steponz from the USA. I usually bench for GIGABYTE, my screen name is Steponz.
HWBOT: What is your educational background?
Steponz: I’m actually what’s called an Identity Systems Consultant. So my education, I’ve basically been doing it since high school so… I’ve been in the IT Industry, I was support… moved, evolved.. I’ve been a lot in IT for a long time.
HWBOT: When did you start overclocking?
Steponz: I was always stuck with doing laptops for a long time because I would always travel a lot. So when I was starting to work more from home I had desktops and I started water cooling, phase change, all sorts of different things and just as a natural movement went to LN2. So I think it was around 2009 – between 2008-2009 and then I started to get a little more hardcore with it, just moved on from there.
Well I kind of like to do everything fast. I have fast cars, a fast motorcycle.. gotta have a fast computer [laughs].
HWBOT: What has been your greatest achievement?
Steponz: My best moment I would say would be my 980 clocking. I took all singles, multiple times. And I think I probably still have most of them right now.
HWBOT: How do you see the overclocking scene today?
Steponz: I think there’s a lot more people involved with it. I think the skill level has gotten dramatically higher. To really, really compete I think you have to be at the top of your game. It’s not just something you can just pick up and do. It’s something we have to put a lot of love into.
HWBOT: Where do you see overclocking in five years from now?
Steponz: I’d like to see more sponsorships. I’d like to see more of a ‘professional’, almost like a sport level. like if you see in the states you have baseball, football, something to that nature, a little bit more crowd movement and craziness to it [laughs].
HWBOT: What do you think of Taiwan?
Steponz: I come to Taipei probably three to four times a year now. Taiwan? I love Taiwan. It’s like my second home. The only problem is getting use to the time delay. It’s a lot for me I traveled like 25 hours just to get here, and then it’s a twelve hour difference from where I am so… it takes a couple of days to get used to, but once you get used to it, it’s pretty nice…