Throwback Thursday: Interview with Wizerty on Becoming World No.1

This Thursday we’re looking back to a day not so long ago when Xyala managed to get some valuable the face time with current French No.1 Wizerty. Back March 27th 2014 Wizerty had just climbed to the top of the HWBOT rankings, moving past South African Overclocker Vivi to claim the HWBOT throne. Here’s a sample of the interview which covers plenty of topics including Wizerty’s background, the origins of his love for overclocking, his rise to the top of the HWBOT rankings and more:

Hello Wizerty, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Wizerty: Hello everyone! My name is Jean-Michel Tisserand, but most of the people know me under my nickname Wizerty (or “Wiz”). I live in a small town in the East of France.

Last week, you were at the first position on the Overclockers League. How did you get it?

Wizerty: Being number 1 isn’t just a “one day of work” achievement. It takes a lot of time, hard work and devotion because you need to accumulate thousands of points on different benchmarks. It was already a few months that I was achieving new best scores that gave me quite a lot of points – and so a solid base. Especially on graphics cards like HD3870, HD4850, 8800GT… which bring a lot of points when you have the best score. Meanwhile those cards are very accessible and a lot of overclockers are using it. One of the overclockers I think has really good skills is Sofos1990, the current number 3 of the Overclockers League.

When we are almost at the top it becomes more difficult to acquire more points. You really need to be dedicated and push your limits.

One night, a couple of weeks ago, I benched Unigine Heaven DX11 with a Radeon R9 290X and I achieved a new world record. This gained me hundreds of additional points. That really was the trigger and felt my time was finally coming! It was two o’clock in the morning and I had to wake up at 7am for work, but the challenge was too great to give up right now.

I changed quickly my frozen setup to prepare another one. I just needed a few hundred extra points to beat Vivi. Ten minutes later I got a new world record for HWBOT Prime and I knew the first position was almost here. But as time passed by I started running low on liquid nitrogen. I decided to change rig again and tried a Radeon HD4870, but the results were not good enough. I had the feeling that everything was lost with only 2 liters of LN2 left in the tank. The next delivery would only come in two weeks! – damn! But at 5AM, revelation! I hit a new world record on CineBench R11.5 with my Core i7 4930K. I was Number 1, my dream became reality. I went to bed a proud man, and woke up only one hour later to start the working day.

You can find the entire interview with Wizerty in the original post from March 2014 right here.

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