Hardware Asylum did a nice write-up on the HyperX OC Takeover Event at CES 2014. Good read!
Late in 2013 Kingston hosted an overclocking competition on HWBot called HOT or the HyperX Overclocking Takeover. The purpose of the competition was to to pick five overclockers who would attend the finals held during CES 2014.
There as a total of $10,000 on the line. $5000 going to first place, $3000 going to second and $2000 going to third. To keep things interesting Kingston also offered up $1000 bounty prizes to anyone who broke a world record during the event.
By November the five finalists were picked with Splave.ROM taking the number one seed. He was followed by Xtreme Addict, DFORDOG, Vivi, and l0ud_sil3nc3. The finals were staged exactly like the qualifier with the benchmark selection designed to highlight Kingston HyperX memory.
Kingston has been making a move into hosting eSports gaming tournaments and the organization of the HyperX OC Takeover is a reflection of that experience. Live overclocking has a long way to go if it is to compete with eSports gaming but events like this are solid stepping stones into the right direction. Eventually I would like to see live commentators analyzing strategy and calling out benchmark scores. Something like that would really give quality to a livestream and make a live competition a little more exciting (if that is possible). Of course, until that happens we’ll have to do our best to support the hobby and help define its future.
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