MSI, an overclocker's dream?
When we first heard about the MSI overclocking challenge
, we were a bit suspicious about the reasoning behind the idea of an overclocking challenge. In terms of quality, MSI has always delivered solid products and has always provided the end-user with the necessary equipment to build a stable and performing computer.
In terms of overclocking scalability, MSI isn't really known in the overclocking community. Although most boards suit the needs of the basic overclocker, when you need to compete at the absolute highest level, many people will not even consider an MSI motherboard to overclock with. Why? No idea, but it seems that MSI motherboards are not always capable of getting to the highest overclocked speeds.Overclocking events all around the world.
The P45 chipset was introduced to the big public as thé best chipset for overclocking, while both Asus and Gigabyte already organized an overclocking event, MSI started theirs at an earlier date, involving more people and countries, actually making a real contest.
Although many of the best overclockers in the world participated in those Asus and Gigabyte contests, many people seemed to see the events as pure marketing. It was all about pushing the systems to be able to push the sales of the motherboards, not really to see who the best overclocker is.
So while MSI’s final OC contest was not the first, they did start out their planning earlier and were really looking for the best overclocker in Europe. When I arrived at Amsterdam, last Friday, I had the chance to see the building in which the event took place before any other overclocker. My first reaction? "Excellent".
After a quick chat with MSI representatives, I found out that the MSI overclocking challenge has already been on the agenda since February. Unlike my initial thoughts, the idea of an overclocking competition was not proposed by Intel (as they were claiming the P45 chipset to be thé overclocking chipset), but was a concept that was proposed inside MSI. As the conversation went on, I was getting more and more convinced that the event was not entirely focused on the marketing aspect, but on the overclocking fun and to let the overclockers come into contact with the firm; a thought that you'll find to be the common theme through this article.