The fourth round of the Old School is Best School contest on OC-ESPORTS has just concluded with Tech Sweden taking the win for the very first time. The Swedes managed out do everyone including runners up EXTREME Overclocking and third place finishers Belarus OC Team, benching predominantly on Intel’s old Pentium M mobile chips. Let’s take a look at the scoring and the players who were involved.
"Sockets 478 and 479, as their names suggest are only one pin different from each other. Companies including ASUS however offered special adapter boards which allowed users to plug mobile chips into regular desktop PC motherboards, a pretty attractive prospect at the time because in fact Intel’s Pentium M processors were actually high binned parts that had lots of overclocking headroom given sufficient cooling. It is for this reason that we see the scoring in Round 4 dominated largely by Pentium M 770 and Pentium M 780 CPUs.
In terms graphics cards, the rules stated a 9000 series Radeon made by ATi. The cream of the crop for most mortals would in 2004 would have been a Radeon 9800 Pro, a $400 card that many of us would have sold a kidney for. But for players who really know their old school GPUs, the relatively rare and more powerful Radeon 9800 XXL would be the preferred weapon of choice."