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
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