Gigabyte's Open Overclocking Championship 2009
The Core i7 gets a dose of liquid nitrogen
"What happens when more than a dozen competitive overclockers converge on a mass of high-end hardware and free-flowing liquid nitrogen?

For enthusiasts, overclocking is generally a matter of cheaply exploiting the "free" clock speed headroom in otherwise inexpensive hardware. With a little luck, an aftermarket air cooler, and perhaps a smidgen of extra voltage, wringing higher clock speeds from today's mid-range hardware is actually pretty easy. It's not an expensive endeavor, either, especially when one considers the additional performance that can be unlocked with even modest clock cranking. There's a certain smug satisfaction in knowing that you're getting better performance than you've paid for, too.

While this sort of easy overclocking is popular, the best air and even water-cooling solutions aren't going to break any performance records. To reach the sort of clock speeds necessary to compete with the highest scores in Super PI, 3DMark, and other popular benchmarks, one needs the sub-zero temperatures only possibly with truly extreme—and ultimately impractical—cooling solutions.

Of course, practicality matters little to the unique breed of overclockers that dominates the benchmark leaderboards. These are competitive overclockers, and they're all about records and bragging rights.

At the moment, most of the overclocking and benchmark records are held by systems running on Asus motherboards. That's no surprise considering that Asus has long been favored by overclockers and enthusiasts in general. However, in recent years, Gigabyte's motherboards have generally been every bit as good as the Asus standard. In fact, in some cases we've found them to be even better.

Determined to get its motherboards in more record-setting systems, last year Gigabyte kicked off a series of extreme overclocking competitions dubbed the GOOC, or Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship. The world final will be held in Taipei, Taiwan during Computex this summer.

This what gigabyte says-----"Taipei, Taiwan, March 3, 2009 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to announce the individual country qualifiers of the second annual GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC) are underway, with the final competition to be held in Taipei, Taiwan in the landmark Taipei 101 skyscraper on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009, during COMPUTEX 2009.

The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship again promises to be the industry's largest global overclocking competition with overclockers from 26 countries battling it out on top-notch hardware from GIGABYTE, Intel, NVIDIA, Kingston and ENERMAX. This year, GIGABYTE is hosting worldwide country qualifiers from February to March in countries including Australia, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA & Vietnam.

Winners from the country qualifier events will compete in the regional finals which will be in China, Czech Republic, Thailand and the USA in March and April. The winners of the regional events will then head to Taipei to compete against each other as well as last year's GO OC 2008 Best P45 Overclock and Free Style champions on June 3rd, allowing them to not only compete for title of world-wide overclocking champion, but also to take part in one of the world's largest IT tradeshows, COMPUTEX Taipei.

Although the country qualifiers have just gotten underway, we are pleased to announce that one of the contestants from Sweden, AKA ME4ME, has already set a new world record for maximum FSB of 714MHz using the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P and LN2 to reach a very cool -120°C. As this is just the very beginning of competition, GIGABYTE expects contestants will smash several of the current top world records by the time June rolls around.

"GIGABYTE is again glad to be able to bring the world's top overclockers together to showcase their skills and passion for overclocking excellence at this year's GO OC," commented Johnson Lin, CEO of GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. "GIGABYTE shares this commitment for excellence in every product we make, and we take special pride in designing high-end performance products that meet the special demands of the enthusiast power user.

The GO OC 2009 winner will not only gain the title of worldwide overclocking champion, but will also receive prizes valued well over US$ 5,000, including a cash reward and products provided by the GO OC sponsors. As top overclockers know, first class hardware is the key to achieving a successful record-breaking overclock. That is why GIGABYTE is proud to have industry-leading hardware vendors to sponsor this year's GO OC including Intel, NVIDIA, Kingston and ENERMAX.

"Intel prides itself on delivering amazing performance in our chipsets, SSDs and CPUs, period," commented Richard Malinowski, Vice President of the Mobility Group and General Manager of the Client Components Group at Intel. "These great products become the baseline for some of the highest performing motherboards and systems in the world, including usages in extreme environments and conditions. We are excited to be part of GO OC, and are providing our high performance solid-state drives to further boost performance. We look forward to the competition as our customers push their hardware to the limits."

"NVIDIA and GIGABYTE have been closely working together to deliver premium products to the mainstream PC market, where the amazing growth of GIGABYTE's graphics cards, motherboards and gaming notebooks is really impressive," said Francis Yu, vice president of sales, NVIDIA APAC. "For hardcore gamers, the two companies again deliver high-end graphics cards with astonishing overclockability. What's worthy of mention is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX260 graphics card to be used at this GO OC event. With NVIDIA's native support for PhysX technology, gamers can play hot games like "Mirror's Edge" with great fun, and with CUDA technology, time consuming tasks such as video transcoding are dramatically accelerated, offering faster than real time performance. In addition, its easy-to-use control pane allows overclockers to release ultimate performance from their systems."

"We are very pleased to participate in the "GIGABYTE GO OC", allowing overclockers to experience the amazing performance of Kingston HyperX DDR3 paired with GIGABYTE's latest motherboards. Equipped with Kingston HyperX DDR3, overclockers can easily and always reach the ultimate performance of their systems. GIGABYTE high-end motherboards are an added plus to the computer systems of overclockers, brining an unbelievable overclocking experience." Said Ann Bai, Memory Module Product Manager of APAC Region, Kingston Technology.

"ENERMAX is honored to be the one and only PSU sponsor of the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship 2009" said Thomas Chou, General Manager of Enermax. "Every overclocker around the world strives to push their components to the maximum, which requires an utmost efficient and stable power supply. We encourage all players push our ENERMAX REVOLUTION85+ to its ultimate power, with its world leading max. 91% efficiency and 120% overpower capability, contestants are sure to break some impressive overclocking records."

The GO OC official website will go live in the end of March. For more event details, please visit:"

And for us there is a chance to guess the winner and the best vantage score. And they will give out 5 GIGABYTE Motherboard GA-EX58-UD4P. SO head on to

And vote or guess and lets see what happens.