Throwback Thursday: AndreYang Hits Second Place in Overclockers League

Throwback Thursday is all about getting a weekly dose of OC nostalgia. A trip down memory lane that we hope seasoned and rookie overclockers will enjoy in equal measure. This Thursday we turn our attention to a point in history when a true great emerged. It is the day when HWBOT recognized the sudden and dramatic rise of AndreYang.

AndreYang in May 2009 had just clinched second place in the HWBOT Overclockers League. No mean feat by any means. It is the means however, that makes his rise all the more fascinating. AndreYang was the first overclocker to really leverage the process known today as binning. It involves testing as many CPUs or GPUs as possible to find a ‘Golden’ chip that performs in an exceptional way that gives you an edge in competitive overclocking. Andre was one of the first overclockers to use binning to gain a tangible advantage over his peers, pushing Golden processors to new heights and in the process mowing down World Records like grass in a field.

Here’s what Massman had to say on the topic in May, 2009:

“In the latest runs Andre used a Intel Xeon W3540 (D0 stepping) CPU. He told in the Xtremesystems forums, that this latest chip is the third he has tested. This golden CPU hits speeds up to 5.5Ghz in 3D benchmarks. Andre told in the XS forums, that he have ordered 12 more Xeons for testing. We will see in the future, what will be the outcome of this very expensive “handpicking”. Luckily some people are able to do this kind of stuff and we can enjoy the results”

AndreYand went on to dominate the sport of Overclocking for several years to come, leaving an indelible mark on the scene that remains today. Binning is now, for better or worse, an integral part of overclocking at its highest level. It is also the legacy of overclockers like AndreYang.

To read the full article from 2009, click here.


Taiwan sdougal says:

An interesting point in history for sure...

United States Strong Island says:

I really like these articles. A lot of us werent around for these days and I think it's really cool to learn about the history. Whats amazing to me is that binning was so new just in 2009, and he was talking about finding that chip after testing 3, which now seems like such a small amount. Really interesting

If I look at it selfishly then binning sucks because I dont have a lot of money or connections but I just look at it as part of the game. I never witnessed any different.

Germany Hyperhorn says:

Well, Andre did it on a level the vast majority had never seen before (because he was able and willing to). Binning itself has been done long before, but without a competition context it just wasn't very common, because in the end you will always end up loosing money. (Except you're super lucky with binning and able to sell them to eager guys willing to rob their piggy banks. :rolleyes:) But most overclockers in the old days started to overclock to save money and get more gaming performance. So while they knew about the advantages of binning, the process itself was not beneficial in most cases, so they just didn't. In the Athlon 64 days for example gianni-gt was one of the overclockers that went pretty far with binning just for fun years before I've heard about Andre. However the competition at Hwbot changed a lot in this regard for sure, binning has become a must-have while the professionalisation has gone further and further.

Belgium Massman says:

Binning was a thing before Andre came about as well. I think maybe Andre was the first to publicly show that vast resources gets you better chips (and better results). Before that you had people binning on air and then selling to prominent LN2 overclockers. Intel Sweden used to support the Nordic overclockers with CPUs as well (Conroe-era). They weren't binned, but the sampling size was larger than people got from their own pocket. It's a lot more exposed nowadays.

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