AMD recently released the AM3+ Piledriver and FM2 Trinity based products to the market and are currently in the process of promoting the overclocking capabilities of both new CPU architectures. In Taiwan, AMD has organized an Extreme Overclocking Show featuring (so far) four different vendors showing off their products in public. Originally it was going to be an overclocking 'competition' but as the corporations got nervous about the idea of a public competition, the event changed to just a show where each team is supposed to hit the (easy) OC targets of 7.5GHz on Piledriver and 6.5GHz on Trinity.
As said, the original plan was to have an overclocking showdown between seven of AMD's partners: ASUS, GIGABYTE, ASRock, MSI, ECS Elitegroup, Biostar and Jetway. So far, four companies have confirmed being comfortable enough about their products to demonstrate the overclocking capabilities in this public event: GIGABYTE, ASRock, MSI and Biostar. ECS Elitegroup and Jetway will probably be present at the event showing their products, but have backed out of the overclocking demonstration due to a lack of in-house overclockers to 'drive' the system. Strangely enough,
#1 mainboard manufacturer ASUS still hasn't confirmed whether they will participate in this demonstration or not. We hope to soon be able to confirm a fifth team attending the demonstration.
In any case, here are the participating teams:
|Partner Company||Team Name||Overclockers||hardware|
|ASRock||I-am-Me||Nick Shih, Kevin Chen||TBD|
|Biostar||Boundless Ocer||Bloom, Bryan, Mars, Sam, Allen, Ken, Jimmy||TBD|
|GIGABYTE||The Killers||Hicookie, Sdougal||TBD|
|MSI||OC Style||Alvin Tsai, Allen Fu, Manny Chang, Harry Lin||TBD|
The teams will, of course, be using an AMD FX-8350 and AMD A10-5800K. Fyi, the event is taking place in the Taiwan brewery *wink*. In any case, the event is currently in finalization phase, so details may change a little over the next few days.
Keep you posted!
November 19, 2012 update: just like ECS Elitegroup and Jetway, ASUS has decided to back out of this public overclocking demonstration. Pretty strange since, unlike ECS and Jetway, ASUS actually does have in-house overclockers who could demonstrate their boards. We weren't given any explanation.