MSI European Overclocking Challenge 2008 Report

Tradeshow & OC events by massman @ 2008-08-28

Overclocking is in, overclocking is hot! At least, that´s what these last few months are telling us. In the contrary to the previous years of overclocking, in which it was a big taboo for many manufacturers, many top notch brands are deciding to support the overclocking community. We took a trip to Amsterdam, where MSI held its first European Overclocking Challenge and due to some unforeseen circumstances, our editor even participated himself. Read our full report, coming to you straight from between the OC trenches

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Day2: Big finals and big smiles

Day2: Big finals

After getting up at 8:00 AM and having breakfast to have the much necessary energy to start overclocking day 2, we all returned to the Westergasfabriek where we were welcomed by the entire MSI crew on the sounds of 'Eye of the tiger'. Yeah, it was a bit overwhelming, making us benchers feel like very important people.

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Seems that all this overclocking makes people to be very tired

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Another countdown, this time to the finals

Eye of the tiger playing as we enter the building

Day2: Big smiles

On day1, SF3D and me were struggling with the CPU which didn't do the right clock frequencies and held us back a lot. Because MSI offered us a replacement chip, we tested a new one, which turned out to be much better. Unlike the first day, we were able to hit 635MHz FSB superpi 1M stable, which eventually we the second best at the event! Cinebench was able to run at 600MHz, which was about 50MHz more than the day before, so after about two hours, we had an excellent set of scores and we only needed to get a decent 3Dmark05 score.

Suddenly, Murphy showed up: condensation issues! After having lost too much time due to the condensation issues, we only had about one hour for a decent 3Dmark05 score, which turned out to be not enough. Running the 9600GT at 1000/2450/1140 frequencies, we only hit 25k, due to the cpu which was only running at 4GHz; 450MHz FSB was the maximum stable we were able to get. Because of the very low 3DMark05, we were not able to compete for the spots at the top.

And what about the Belgian team? Well, sadly enough, their second motherboard wasn't doing the same frequencies as their first did, aiming for the top spots was nearly impossible. If the first motherboard had survived the extreme overclocking, they might have been in the top3, but alas.

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Our Belgian, Jip and Pt1t, getting ready to start

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On the right you can see Marco, one of the MSI crew members who made this event so pleasant for us

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Team Finland: going for full ln²

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Trouffman stalking team Finland ... at least, that is how it comes across

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The Dutch team, certainly the best looking team at the event
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Comment from Jaco @ 2008/08/28
madschrimps ?
Comment from jmke @ 2008/08/28
where do you see this typo ? :/
Comment from Massman @ 2008/08/28
There were A4 printed papers on the desk of the overclockers with the name+flag of the website/country. The Belgian team had 'www.madsChrimps'.

Check the little picture in the header.
Comment from jmke @ 2008/08/28
jesus christ :/
at least we're listed correctly here !
Comment from Massman @ 2008/08/28
Don't worry, this is what google shows when you search for madschrimps: x-a
Comment from jmke @ 2008/08/28
We spotted a Massman!

Jip (left) & Petit (right) hard at work:

Finland all alone?

.BE team:
Comment from jmke @ 2008/08/28
Originally Posted by Massman View Post
Don't worry, this is what google shows when you search for madschrimps: x-a
great comments there from FOKKERS
and Geoffrey makes the same mistake
Comment from Massman @ 2008/08/28
Comment from blind_ripper @ 2008/08/29
SF3D his face is like HE camera , massman hhhmmm msn god damn blind shut up .
Comment from Jip @ 2008/09/05
Hey hey...
Nice events !!!

Happy to join this competition ! thanks at madsChrimps ^^

But with my friends pt1t we've badluck !!

Saturday, we bench with the first MB at 620*9 for SuperPi,9*600 for Cinebench... In middle of the the day we ask for our second CPU, but that which we took it was very bad! 575in ln2 :'(
At the last of the day, one wanted test 3DMark05 @ 9*550, BOSD at the end of 1st bench and after impossible to reboot... We kill the motherboard...

Sunday :
We arrived at 10h, Pt1t vmod the new motherboard, isolation and assembling take 2h because we had some problems with vcore
At 12h we begun the benchmark, and bad news the motherboard it was very bad!! max 615 for superpi @ 2,05v vcore. For the rest of benchmark we can't improve our scores...

At final, we finished 7th... no far of the podium...

For my part it was my first experience of OC contest, and LN2...
The atmosphere in and out of the competition it was nice with the other overclocker...

At the newt year