Article: The Illusion of Overclocking Support @ HardwareAsylum

Very interesting article! I think it's a must read for everyone who likes competitive overclocking and wants to see overclocking grow. Go To Article.

"People that have followed this site and Ninjalane.com before it will know that I’m an overclocker. For awhile I had a fairly active team and even attempted to qualify for some of the larger overclocking events like the MSI MOA and a few Gigabyte competitions. As with any hobby things tend to start small while you are learning and grow with your interest. My introduction into overclocking was out of curiously and the allure of free performance. Since then I have overclocked almost everything from a 3DFX Voodoo card to a handful of specialized video cards including the MSI Lightning and EVGA Classified. Motherboards and processors tend to be what I overclock the most and I find enjoyment in tweaking and tuning systems for the best performance and sometimes, to the edge of stability.

One thing I have noticed over the years is a distinct lack of support when it comes to overclocking. Now, don’t get me wrong, this article isn’t so much about the hardware but rather the actions hardware makers take when it comes to the end game. To help explain my points I’ll provide a little background which should not only illustrate my point but, also lay the groundwork for what needs to change."

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"A good way to make overclocking more relevant and marketable is to look at what is happening in the eSports world. There you will find a consistent format with commentators explaining team strategies and analyzing the competition as it unfolds. Overclocking may not be as fast paced as a league of legends match but the dynamics are identical and the format is something every overclocking event needs. It would also be beneficial to spread the advertsement and coverage across a vareity of media formats. Sadly most hardware makers put too much emphasis on video and while video might be a perfect medium it can be difficult index in seach engines and should be backed up with written articles."


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Belgium Massman says:

Excellent article, Dennis! Must-read!

United States Redmax says:

Thanks, I figured something needed to be said if we want overclocking to grow.

Sweden Marquzz says:

Invite media? I don't know, it's only overclockers that are interested in overclocking. Not even people generally interested in IT and computers are that interested in overclocking. Most people just don't see the point and to be fair, if you're not into it, it's pretty boring to watch. About 10 years ago when I was editor in chief for Techsweden.org I held a few overclocking events at the world largest LAN-party, Dreamhack, in Sweden. It's was then maybe some of the coolest shit in the world, we had lots of LN2, triple cascades and Kinc and elmor beat the 3D-mark world record live. Even though people stopped and watch, they soon got bored and moved along. Maybe I'm a pessimist, but I'm also I realist.

United States Redmax says:

@marquzz, That is my point. Overclocking is boring to watch, fun do to, but boring for onlookers. The same can be said for Baseball, Football/Soccer, Gaming, Poker, Racing etc... What makes these activities easy and fun to watch is how the media represents it to the public. For instance watching a motorcycle race in person is very one dimensional however, a highlights video or article shows all of the important stuff and is easy to watch/read. Likewise in eSports you have the media explaining things during the match and providing information that they wouldn't otherwise know. Things like this engage the viewer and is the first step in providing entertainment.

Greece TASOS says:

Very good article.

United States Splave says:

just need people to start gambling on it :) maybe do drag race style heads up for pink slips haha

United States l0ud_sil3nc3 says:

Splave said: just need people to start gambling on it :)

maybe do drag race style heads up for pink slips haha




Too soon?


United States Splave says:

looks pretty accurate

United States Redmax says:

One run: SuperPi32, you have 5 minutes to setup your rig then start the benchmark. fastest time wins, crashes and restarts are automatic DQ.

I think it could work.

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redmax said: @marquzz, That is my point. Overclocking is boring to watch, fun do to, but boring for onlookers. The same can be said for Baseball, Football/Soccer, Gaming, Poker, Racing etc... What makes these activities easy and fun to watch is how the media represents it to the public. For instance watching a motorcycle race in person is very one dimensional however, a highlights video or article shows all of the important stuff and is easy to watch/read. Likewise in eSports you have the media explaining things during the match and providing information that they wouldn't otherwise know. Things like this engage the viewer and is the first step in providing entertainment.


Absolutely, only issue is for us to find that "working format" that others have worked out. That's all.

Netherlands neliz says:

My $0.02:

this is the 1% asking to be as equally accepted as the 99%

And as for the challenge part, I've got this really nice two-article report on MOA 2013 by Hardware.info (the English version is condensed into one article. Nicely explaining how the scoring works (baselines) and the competition stages, lot's of pretty pictures etc.

Day 1 Dutch: http://nl.hardware.info/reviews/4910/msi-master-overclocking-arena-2013---dag-1-update-1230
Day 2 Dutch: http://nl.hardware.info/reviews/4913/msi-master-overclocking-arena-2013---dag-2-update-1330
English (condensed) http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/4911/msi-master-overclocking-arena-2013-photo-report

Belgium Massman says:

neliz said: My $0.02:

this is the 1% asking to be as equally accepted as the 99%


It's more like the 1% asking for available funds to be used more efficiently so it benefits the community, the competitions and the companies.

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