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In Pictures: Gigabyte Overclocking Championship 2010

Overclocking fanatics crowded into Kingpin Bowling at Darling Harbour, Sydney, to watch master overclockers push their hardware to the limit.

  • Overclocking fanatics crowded into Kingpin Bowling at Darling Harbour, Sydney, to watch master overclockers push their hardware to the limit. Winners in the air-cooling and liquid cooling categories will earn the right to represent Australia in the Asia-Pacific regional finals in Indonesia in June.

  • Gigabyte country manager, Billy Lin, opens the event.

  • Gigabyte shows off its X58 chipset motherboard plus Intel Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition.

  • Set up for the air cooling competition.

    All contestants used:

    • Intel Core i7 X980 CPU
    • GA-X58A-UD7 motherboard
    • Gigabyte graphics card
    • WD VelociRaptor hard drive
    • Corsair memory


    Competitors were tested on the wPrime 32M and SuperPi 32M benchmarks.
  • In the liquid cooling corner, benches were crowded with essential equipment: Paper towels, Thermos with liquid nitrogen and Red Bulls.

  • In the liquid cooling corner, benches were crowded with essential equipment: Paper towels, Thermos with liquid nitrogen and Red Bulls.

  • A front-on look at a competitor's preferred set up.

  • BIOS settings are carefully tweaked.

  • Gloves were surprisingly absent when competitors handled liquid nitrogen.

  • Gloves were surprisingly absent when competitors handled liquid nitrogen.

  • A blow torch was used to blast away all the residual liquid nitrogen.

  • A competitor in deep concentration.

  • A display of nitrogen gas spewing out.

  • Some heavy-duty paper towels were used in this set up.

  • A competitor poses for the camera.

  • Computers were set up to entertain guests with games including Crysis Warhead and Farcry 2.

  • Guests were also keen to bowl.

  • Guests flocked to the bar for refreshments.

  • Blue screen of death... not the most ideal thing an overclocker wants to see during a competition.

  • Competitors wait anxiously for the results.

  • Second runner-up for liquid cooling category. Former top overclocker turned Gigabyte PR rep, Dino Strkljevic, presented the awards.

    (Gigabyte does not wish to disclose the names of the winners until results have been verified internally.)

  • Winner for liquid cooling category. Former top overclocker turned Gigabyte PR rep, Dino Strkljevic, presented the awards.

    (Gigabyte does not wish to disclose the names of the winners until results have been verified internally.)

  • First runner-up for air cooling category. Former top overclocker turned Gigabyte PR rep, Dino Strkljevic, presented the awards.

    (Gigabyte does not wish to disclose the names of the winners until results have been verified internally.)

  • The aftermath.

  • First runner-up for liquid cooling category. He was also given the opportunity to attend the regional finals. Former top overclocker turned Gigabyte PR rep, Dino Strkljevic, presented the awards.

    (Gigabyte does not wish to disclose the names of the winners until results have been verified internally.)

  • Winner for air cooling category. Former top overclocker turned Gigabyte PR rep, Dino Strkljevic, presented the awards.

    (Gigabyte does not wish to disclose the names of the winners until results have been verified internally.)

  • Second runner-up for air-cooling category. Former top overclocker turned Gigabyte PR rep, Dino Strkljevic, presented the awards. Top overclocker turned Gigabyte PR rep, Dino Strkljevic, presented the awards.

    (Gigabyte does not wish to disclose the names of the winners until results have been verified internally.)

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