Since we're an enthusiast site, little explanation of overclocking is needed here. We tend to focus on the intricacies of hardware and how it performs, so overclocking competitions and regional LAN parties don't always get top billing.
We have covered overclocking events by Gigabyte and Asus in the past, and we made annual pilgrimages to Quakecon when it was more relevant to the broader enthusiast community. The crazy liquid-nitrogen and Monster Energy-fueled hocus-pocus tactics common at these events amuse me. I'll never be a competitor, but I do enjoy watching.
The latest overclocking event in the works is MSI's Master Overclocking Arena (MOA). I'm helping get the word out about the competition since MSI and OCZ are involved, and both of them have been sponsors of The Tech Report—OCZ for many years and MSI more recently. There aren't a lot of details yet, but they should already be liquefying the nitrogen, lawyering the liability releases, and stockpiling motherboards and CPUs, because the first round is supposed to begin in a couple weeks. There's over $6000 in prizes, plus an expenses-paid trip for the top teams to Beijing for the final round.
Hey, you can win $300 just for coming up with a decent slogan for the event; we should have at least a dozen entries for that from TR gerbils, don't you think?
MSI's global MOA website has a little info, and we're cooking up a feature here at TR to keep folks posted as well. More on that later, so stay tuned.
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