Just two weeks after MSI's Master Overclocking Arena grand final, Gigabyte held its own extreme overclocking rand final: GO OC, in Taipei, Taiwan as well. The venue has moved to Huashan Creative Park, of which you can see a small part of in the photos and video below, that had competitors flags leading to Gigabyte's elaborate front entrance!
The entrance to GO OC!
Fifteen overclockers from across the globe come to take part after winning their local events. After the random hardware draw, the guys had 4 hours and 50 minutes to run a total of four benchmarks focusing on CPU and memory performance, of which could be run in any order and re-run as many times as they liked within the time-limit. Results confirmations were taken in the form of a screenshot with the benchmark result and a shot of CPU-Z onto the provided ADATA N005 USB3 flash drive.
Clear advice for Gigabyte judges.
Hardware used during Gigabyte GO OC includes:
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 motherboard with custom GO OC BIOS
Intel Core i7-980X CPU
ADATA XPG Plus Series DDR3-1866+ v2.0 6GB triple channel kit (Elpida Hyper IC)
Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Hard Drive
Gigabyte GV-R545OC-512 (Radeon HD 5450) graphics card
Gigabyte Odin Pro 1,200W PSU
ENVISION G2461w 24" LCD monitor (1920x1080)
Gigabyte GK-KM6150 Multimedia USB Keyboard Mouse set
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 and ADATA DDR3 memory, post dunking in mineral oil.
Gigabyte's own PSUs were used and of course, plenty of liquid nitrogen!
We grabbed a montage of events as it happened during the tournament in the video below. You'll want to watch until the end, trust us!