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Asus AOCC prepares to break world records

Asus AOCC prepares to break world records

Ice, Ice Baby!

This week we’ve been in humid Hong Kong covering a sporting event of far more significance than the upcoming Beijing Olympics – the Asus Advanced Overclocking Championships.

With twenty teams from as far afield as the USA, South Africa and Portugal facing off against each other to achieve the highest overclocks and using some monstrously extreme cooling apparatus and ultra high end hardware, it has been on geek-tastic event.

Monday was competition day, and after seven hours of liquid nitrogen soaked, high-end GPU destroying action; it was China that emerged victorious. Sweden placed second and Portugal survived a replacement processor to snatch an impressive third at the last minute.

However, with the competition side of the event concluded (and in-depth coverage coming soon) today promises to be truly interesting as the teams mount a co-operative attempt to break the world record scores in both 3DMark 2006 and 3DMark Vantage.

With a near endless supply of Asus GeForce GTX 280 TOP graphics cards on hand and over 40 highly experienced overclockers armed with some of the most sophisticated processors and private liquid nitrogen cooling setups in the world, don’t be surprised if a few records get broken today.

Rumours abound of a tri-SLI liquid nitrogen cooled setup that could well deliver on the claims of a new world record and European overclocking teams will be in the thick of the action donating their expertise and hardware to lift the coveted benchmark crowns.

Do you still see benchmarks as an indication of system performance? Just how cool do you think Liquid Nitrogen cooling is? (-195.79°C – Ed) Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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M4RTIN 29th July 2008, 12:12 Quote
never really seen the point with this level of extreme-ness myself, being able to make a pc boot at insane speeds means very little, and a lot of it is either luck or being very very rich
[USRF]Obiwan 29th July 2008, 12:19 Quote
Well it just seems to be a lot of fun with 'destruction derby' on pc hardware. If you don't see the point, then you can stop doing anything like watching tv. typing a comment on a website, running around a track to keep fit, riding you bike, reading a book. Because there is no point in doing that also. The best thing to do is just go to bed for the rest of you're live because whats the point to do anything stupid...
Timmy_the_tortoise 29th July 2008, 13:05 Quote
Is this not sort of equivalent to a "who has the biggest penis" competition?
Mongoose132 29th July 2008, 13:31 Quote
It is, but an E-Peen contest, rather than ..... yeah lol. :p
Nexxo 29th July 2008, 13:59 Quote
Oh, come on! How many of you have (or at least aspire to) an SLI'd rig with watercooling and 1000 Watts PSU?! What's the point of that? What's the point of even painting your case, or those vandal proof switches?

This is modding, people. It is about taking computer hardware beyond the ordinary. It's fun. You do remember what fun is, do you?
Krikkit 29th July 2008, 14:06 Quote
This is awesome, I'd love to dabble with a bit of LN2 cooling one day. It's on the list of awesome things to do. :D
Burnout21 29th July 2008, 14:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
Oh, come on! How many of you have (or at least aspire to) an SLI'd rig with watercooling and 1000 Watts PSU?! What's the point of that? What's the point of even painting your case, or those vandal proof switches?

This is modding, people. It is about taking computer hardware beyond the ordinary. It's fun. You do remember what fun is, do you?

he has got a point there, everyone runs 3Dmark just for a laugh, and some people take it too far and start thinking that is all that matters.

3Dmark is actually the reason i upgraded from a FX5700LE to a 6800GT back in the day, mind you my old FX5700LE was lag tastic! my poor 6800GT was pushed to it limit until after 2 years of balls out speed it died. i had it clocked at 425Mhz for so long when i went to clock it again i thought it was the stock speed! custom overclocking via bios mods, ment stock speed was 425Mhz, it blew at 460MHz after 2 years on water. how i miss it!
Timmy_the_tortoise 29th July 2008, 14:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexxo
Oh, come on! How many of you have (or at least aspire to) an SLI'd rig with watercooling and 1000 Watts PSU?! What's the point of that? What's the point of even painting your case, or those vandal proof switches?

This is modding, people. It is about taking computer hardware beyond the ordinary. It's fun. You do remember what fun is, do you?

Sure, I'd love to have an awesome rig like that... but to use it... not to say I could get an incredible score on 3DMark..

Making a contest out of it seems.. pointless..

The very nature of Chip manufacturing means that a competition like this could be won just by luck..
Jack_Pepsi 29th July 2008, 16:56 Quote
Even if it is a load of crap to some people, it's fun to see what people can achieve with extreme cooling. I find it fun to read/watch. Even if it is a ePenis contest.
iPEarl 29th July 2008, 17:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by M4RTIN
never really seen the point with this level of extreme-ness myself, being able to make a pc boot at insane speeds means very little, and a lot of it is either luck or being very very rich

The points is thats its Fun.
Just like racing cars. To ur standarts there is no point to it.
But its fun to push hardware to the limit see how a group of ppl work together and can achieve something.
Ofcourse not everyone is able to do that like the pros. But people will imitate it slightly in the real world.
Like having fast cars with turbo chargers. Imitating the look of drift/race cars with body kits.
Might not be practical but its a hobby, and its considered fun, puzzeling, challenging and unique.
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Originally Posted by Timmy_the_tortoise
Is this not sort of equivalent to a "who has the biggest penis" competition?
Isn't anything competitive hinting that then?
Boxing, Soccer, Football, Racing, even when you play FPS games.
Sounds like someone is the biggest "i hate everything that i can't have".

People are doing it with cars, Boats, Bikes almost anything for decates. Pushing hardware to the limits. All those things require geeks also. Who Will design the engines the body frames and suspensions. Exactly geeks. So whoever says this is a place for loosers competing(think of what you are using ur daily car) is a complete :(. You should rather do nothing and rott to death like [USRF]Obiwan says.
w/o competition there is not inovation w/o inovation there is recration w/o etc etc we won't move forward in anything.
And we be still cave people...

Even though i don't know anything about over clocking, it is amazing to see a ice tube and laboratory equipment strapped onto a motherboard and make a CPU go 100%+ the speds it was designed for. Look at that picture is like they Froze everything to one piece lol =) Awsome.
ComputerKing 29th July 2008, 17:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexxo
Oh, come on! How many of you have (or at least aspire to) an SLI'd rig with watercooling and 1000 Watts PSU?! What's the point of that? What's the point of even painting your case, or those vandal proof switches?

This is modding, people. It is about taking computer hardware beyond the ordinary. It's fun. You do remember what fun is, do you?

Best replay ever
Baz 29th July 2008, 17:40 Quote
I think you all should reserve your judgment until you read my upcoming article. I came here expecting an Epeen boast fest, much like what i've seen from the pro gaming scene in the past, but the level of skill and preparation involved is incredible, and there's been nothing but good spirited competition, co-operation and humor between the teams.

Also, liquid nitrogen makes your drinks very cold, very fast - FACT!
wuyanxu 29th July 2008, 18:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz

Also, liquid nitrogen makes your drinks very cold, very fast - FACT!

mis-use of professional equiptments FTW! :)

Asus is also ATI manufaturer, but why don't they supply ATI card such as 4870x2?
Bionic-Blob 29th July 2008, 19:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baz

Also, liquid nitrogen makes your drinks very cold, very fast - FACT!

mis-use of professional equiptments FTW! :)

Asus is also ATI manufaturer, but why don't they supply ATI card such as 4870x2?

because then we wouldn't see any records broken duhh xD
ParaHelix.org 29th July 2008, 20:37 Quote
Liquid notrogen and extremeness is all cool (*cough*) but I would rather see somthing practical, I aint gonna sit at my desk topping up the nitrogen every 10 mins.
Nexxo 29th July 2008, 21:07 Quote
If you want practical, buy an office Dell.
DXR_13KE 29th July 2008, 21:15 Quote
GO PORTUGAL GO!!!!
HandMadeAndroid 29th July 2008, 21:34 Quote
Why not overclock a washing machine or hoover?
ComputerKing 29th July 2008, 21:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
If you want practical, buy an office Dell.

I AGREE
sub routine 29th July 2008, 21:52 Quote
insanley impractical??? Doesn`t really look like the point wi a half broken plastic cup hangin out the top o` it :D

but completely fukin cool
wuyanxu 29th July 2008, 22:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bionic-Blob
because then we wouldn't see any records broken duhh xD

as i remember, ATI cards gives the best benchmark scores. nVidia cards gives the best minimal FPS (at least that's the 8800GTX days)
Jasio 29th July 2008, 22:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by ParaHelix.org
Liquid notrogen and extremeness is all cool (*cough*) but I would rather see somthing practical, I aint gonna sit at my desk topping up the nitrogen every 10 mins.

It's about time you looked into "practical" phase-change cooling systems available for $800 provide a chilly -35oC CPU temperature, the self-contained system includes all regular mounting brackets (AM2+/LGA775 etc) although the unit is independent of the case it does offer "practical" ultra-sub-zero CPU temperatures.

The Prometeia Mach II comes to mind right away.
Gunblade 30th July 2008, 04:33 Quote
To bad 3Dmark isn't a game. I've never cared for it.

These competitions are cool but I wish they would give away as much hardware as they destroy!
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