Once the talk was over, I explained the rules: four teams of five readers. Each would need to overclock a Lynnfield CPU and post their best time in the Custom PC video encoding benchmark, with points being awarded in order of which team was fastest. The overclocking rigs were based on Maximus III Formulas and Core i7-870 CPUs, set in Antec Skeleton cases. Readers were able to overclock using either the BIOS or via EeePCs running RoG connect.
In order to allow individuals to shine, we then had some competitive gaming: set a time in Race Driver: GRID
and survive in Trials HD
. Again, points were on offer for being quicker.
While every reader who attended got a prize, the readers with the most points got first pick of the prizes – and we had five sets of Lynnfield CPUs and motherboards, ten Matrix GeForce GTX 285s
and five AMD Phenom IIs and M4A785TD-M Evo boards to give away.
Readers were split into four teams for the overclocking competition
Left: with no LN2 on hand, teams resorted to improvised cooling; Right: we had cameras there to catch the action
During the overclocking, the Asus team were on hand to give advice and to chat about the best way to get the maximum performance from the systems. The winners were team 1 – andrew8200m, Xtrafresh, Rocket_Knight64, g3n3tiX and kosch – who managed to push their Lynnfield CPU to 4.2GHz.
Still, while there was competition, the mood remained friendly and relaxed, and afterwards we all headed to the pub for a few drinks and to shelter from the inevitable London rain. All of the readers who attended won hardware and games, and will soon be blogging about their kit for Asus on a special Xtreme Global Summit site.
Everyone went home with a prize, but pick of the bunch were the Lynnfield CPUs
We were really happy with our first ever hardware launch reader event – it was great to meet some of you guys in person, and of course, overclocking and gaming is always a fun way to pass the time - so we’re certainly looking forward to running more of these events in the future. If you have any ideas for the kind of things you’d like to see at these events, we’d love to hear them in the forums