Sponsored coverage of MSI's Master Overclocking Arena
Jordan Drake's epilogue from Beijing
7:06 PM on September 11, 2009

The MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2009 competition may have concluded, but the coverage doesn't end until you listen to Jordan Drake's excellent podcast coverage. This episode chronicles Jordan's time spent in Beijing, from touchdown through the competition, with many colorful conversations with competing overclockers including Fugger and Mikeguava, among others.

Jordan's approach in this podcast is a colorful one, covering the competition at large while also giving a nice slice-of-life spin on the whole event. You can hear tricks and tips from the overclocking pros along with unusual anecdotes about restaurants with full-body massages, so be sure to check it out!

Sweden wins MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2009
10:33 AM on September 1, 2009

The MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2009 competition has concluded! During the competition, a stunning eight of the 20 competing teams successfully broke the 3DMark Vantage world record, but the Swedish team Sweclockers.com eventually rose to victory with a stunning 139.749-second score in wPrime 1024M and 18,745 score in 3DMark Vantage. Sweclockers.com's wPrime score was the best in the show, and their 3DMark Vantage score was outdone only by Greece's Hwbox.gr team, which scored 18,763. Last year's winners, Ryba and Chaos from Poland, came in second, with team Xfastest capturing third place.

Of course, TR Podcast host Jordan Drake will bring us his on-location coverage in the next The Tech Report podcast, so stay tuned!

OC Arena finals begin tomorrow
09:47 AM on August 28, 2009

The finals in Beijing of the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2009 competition begin tomorrow! Whittled down from 64 countries to just 20 teams from 17 countries, the MOA features some of the most skilled and talented overclockers from all over the world. Two different teams have already broken records in 3DMark (Ryba and Chaos from Poland in 3DMark03, and Nick and Kevin from Taiwan in 3DMark06), and the year's previous champion, Ekky from Indonesia, will be returning to defend the crown.

While the previous phases had looser restrictions, the finals will be operating on a more level playing field, with all competitors employing an MSI GeForce GTX 275-based video card, the N275GTX, and an MSI Eclipse SLI motherboard.

TR Podcast host Jordan Drake will be on hand to report from Beijing, so keep an eye and ear on The Tech Report podcast and this space for details!

TR podcast host Jordan Drake to cover finals in Beijing
06:11 PM on August 25, 2009

Just a reminder, folks: finals in Beijing of the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2009 competition are just around the corner! 20 teams from 17 different countries will be facing off for the MOA crown.

Continuing The Tech Report's sponsored coverage, TR podcast host Jordan Drake is currently en route to Beijing, where he'll be interviewing competitors and giving us the latest news on the competition as the event heats up. Stay tuned to The Tech Report podcast and this space for details!

Fugger, Ton Khowdee interviewed in latest TR podcast
03:38 PM on August 17, 2009

If you didn't tune in to the latest The Tech Report podcast, you may want to do it now. This episode features another interview with "Fugger" of XtremeSystems, second place winner of the North American leg of the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2009 competition, along with an interview with third-place winner Ton Khowdee of team TiTON, all courtesy of podcast host Jordan Drake.

With the competitors gearing up for the showdown in Beijing, one intrepid member of The Tech Report staff will be attending the finals and bringing us updates from the competition floor, so stay tuned!

MSI reveals Phase Two winners
09:40 PM on August 10, 2009

Phase Two of the North American leg of the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2009 competition is over, and the winners have been decided: as listed on MSI's North American OC Arena site, the top three are: Mike Guava of TEAM USA in first place with a stunning P31340 score in 3DMark Vantage, Fugger of XtremeSystems with a very impressive P29496, and just tailing him, Ton Khowdee of TiTON, with a score of P29016. Mike Guava and Fugger will be heading to Beijing to compete in the worldwide finals. Good luck to both!

Mike, Fugger, and Ton aren't the only winners announced this past week. Over at The Tech Report, the winners of the MSI X58 Platinum SLI motherboard and GeForce GTX 260-based MSI N260GTX-T2D896 OCV3 have also been announced, so you'll want to check it out!

The competition in Beijing is starting soon, so keep watching here and tuning into The Tech Report podcast for updates.

Phase Two winners and TR contest winners to be announced soon
05:11 PM on August 5, 2009

Phase Two of the North American leg of the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2009 competition has concluded, and MSI is now verifying and comparing scores to see which three teams will win the prize systems offered by MSI in conjunction with OCZ and Thermaltake. The results will be posted here shortly, and the top two teams will be heading for Beijing to compete in the finals!

That's not all, of course. Once the winners of Phase Two are announced, The Tech Report will announce the lucky readers and listeners who won the MSI X58 Platinum SLI motherboard and GeForce GTX 260-based MSI N260GTX-T2D896 OCV3 video card in last week's contest.

Competition will be heating up as the finalists head into Beijing, so continue to watch this space for more information. And as always, listen to The Tech Report podcast for updates!

Win an X58 motherboard or GeForce GTX 260 GPU courtesy of MSI and TR!
07:55 PM on July 30, 2009

Do you like prizes? Would you like to be on your way to building an Intel Core i7-based system or at least beefing up your video performance? If you've been watching MSI's Master Overclocking Arena 2009 competition and think you have an eye for talent, The Tech Report wants you to parlay that into a free MSI X58 Platinum SLI motherboard or GeForce GTX 260-based MSI N260GTX-T2D896 OCV3 video card.

How? Easy! Just head on over here and submit your guesses for the first and second place winners of Phase Two of the North American leg of the competition. Since there are just ten finalists from Phase One, guessing should be a snap, and if you win and your name is drawn, you might just find yourself with some shiny new hardware courtesy of MSI and The Tech Report!

Another competitor interviewed; stay tuned for chance to win an MSI X58 motherboard
09:05 PM on July 28, 2009

If you haven't already been listening to The Tech Report podcast, now's a great time to start. In the latest episode, host Jordan Drake interviews "Fugger" of XtremeSystems, a well-known competitive overclocker who came in second place in the first phase of the North American leg of MSI's Master Overclocking Arena 2009. The previous podcast included an interview with Gautam Bhatnagar, who came in third.

Of course if you've been following along so far, you know it only gets better, and this update is no different. The next podcast will feature an interview with another one of the top contenders, and soon, a contest for TR readers will also be announced. Want a chance to win an MSI X58 Platinum SLI motherboard? How about an MSI N260GTX-T2D896 OCV3 graphics card? If either of these sound appealing to you, or even if you'd just like to stay updated on the competition and the best in hardware news and reviews, then keep following this page and listening to the TR podcast.

North American Phase One finishes with best SuperPi time of 3:04.39
06:03 PM on July 25, 2009

Phase One of the North American leg of the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2009 competition has ended, with the ten winners sporting some very impressive records.

In first place in the United States, Mikeguava of TEAM USA produced a SuperPi 16M time of just three minutes and 4.391 seconds! Behind him is Fugger of XtremeSystems with 3:05 exactly, and third is a guest from the last The Tech Report podcast, Gautam Bhatnagar of XS, with an impressive three minutes and 7.922 seconds. The remaining winners are Chris Gomeler Morrell of XtremeSystems 3D Team, Ton Khowdee of team TiTON, Clint Pate of Team 5G, Jon Magoon of team loonym, John Crimmins of team IronMods, Wei Kuo of Team KoN, and Jack Kuo of team Super Jack.

Moving into Phase Two, contestants will be competing for the highest 3DMark Vantage score, with prizes being awarded to the top three, and tickets to Beijing for the finals being handed out to the two fastest teams.

To watch the competition and vote for your favorite teams, you can visit the North American site here. As always, continue to watch this space, and be sure to check out the next TR podcast for a chance to hear from another of the competition's top competitors!

Poland's ryba and Chaos set 3DMark03 record on their way to Beijing
07:07 AM on July 23, 2009

The European leg of the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2009 competition has drawn to a close, with some very impressive results. Local qualifiers were run through Europe on the 17th and 18th.

The first place winners were ryba and Chaos from Poland, who produced a stunning 3DMark03 score of 80,771, winning the contest and setting a new world record in 3DMark03! ryba and Chaos utilized an Intel Core i7 950 coupled with an MSI Eclipse SLI motherboard, capping things off with the MSI N260GTX Lightning and OCZ DDR3 PC3-17000 Blade Series memory. For their record performance, they'll be heading to Beijing to compete in the Grand Final from August 28 through August 30, and they won't be alone. Second place winners Hipro5 and Gprhellas (last year's winner) from Greece will be joining them along with Swedish competitors Elmor and ME4ME. Rounding out the top five are SF3D and Sampsa from Finland and Noxon and Nanok from Denmark.

For more information about these teams, check out the European leg here. And of course, keep up with The Tech Report podcast and continue to watch this space for more updates!

Listen to the latest TR podcast for MSI competition coverage!
09:26 AM on July 20, 2009

As MSI's Master Overclocking Arena 2009 competition is underway, coverage on The Tech Report's podcast has stepped up!

At the beginning of the latest podcast is more information about the competition, but you'll want to stay tuned for an interview with one of MSI's motherboard experts, Rajiv Kothari, who discusses the benefits of MSI boards at around fifty minutes in. Finally, overclocker and competitor Gautam Bhatnagar talks about competitions just like this one at the one hour, twenty-eight minute mark.

And once again, continue to watch this space and keep an ear on the podcast for more information and coverage as the event continues.

Overclock your MSI board, benchmark it, take a screenshot—you're set!
10:57 PM on July 10, 2009

Phase one of the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2009 competition is now underway, and you can still be a part of it!

Entering the competition is easy: just overclock your MSI board, benchmark it, take a screen cap, and you're ready to go! Entries are going to be accepted until July 19, and you can get all the information on how to enter here. Just to make sure you're compelled to be a part of the competition, MSI's willing to sweeten the deal with a free MSI X58M motherboard given to the 25th entrant.

As always, for more details, you'll want to keep up with The Tech Report's podcast. The next one's going to be of particular interest, because there will be another special guest to discuss the overclocking event and some details of the hardware involved, so stay tuned!

Phase one of MSI's Master Overclocking Arena 2009 kicks off
5:29 PM on June 30, 2009

Our coverage of the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2009 competition kicks up a notch as phase one has begun!

Phase one of the competition runs until July 19; all you have to do to enter is check out the official rules and, when you're ready, just submit the screenshots of your scores along with your registration. This phase, along with phase two, will take place at home, with competitors sending in their scores and pictures of their rigs. Don't feel like competing, but still interested in the competition? As a spectator, you can visit the site. By voting for your favorite team, you'll be entered into other nice MSI giveaways to win prizes like water bottles and t-shirts.

During the competition, MSI will also be sponsoring the Tech Report Podcast, so if you aren't a regular listener, now's a great time to start. Podcasts during the competition will include regular updates along with interviews with competitors and representatives. In fact, this week's podcast includes an interview with MSI's own Bruce Wang that provides just about all the details you need to know about the competition, from the beginning of phase one all the way to the final showdown in Beijing.

For more information, be sure to visit MSI's Master Overclocking Arena 2009 site.

First phase of MSI competition starts in four days—you can enter!
10:27 AM on June 24, 2009

So, we've been talking about what MSI brings to the table and what entrants in its overclocking competition are competing for, but we haven't spoken about the one thing this competition really needs: you!

Yes, you, fine readers of The Tech Report, along with just about anyone with an MSI motherboard and MSI Nvidia-based video card (some restrictions do apply) can enter the overclocking competition. Here's how it works: entrants are required to use a retail Intel CPU (no engineering samples for the lucky dogs out there with those), an MSI Intel motherboard using a P4 series chipset or better, an MSI Nvidia-based graphics card, Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or Vista, and a PhysX-enabled driver for the GeForce. Official software sanctioned for the competition is RivaTuner v2.22, CPU-Z v1.49, and GPU-Z v0.3.1, with the Super Pi 16M test and CPU-Z required for benchmarking and reporting.

From there, competitors will be awarded points for each benchmark (submitted screenshots of CPU-Z, GPU-Z, and Super Pi, and photographs of the equipment), and they may enter as many times as they like. You'll want to read the official rules here, but note that phase one of the competition starts in just four days.

MSI lays out prizes for top overclockers
11:03 AM on June 18, 2009

MSI has posted the prizes for the top three overclockers of phase two of Master Overclocking Arena 2009, and they're a doozy. Common to each build are Intel's Core i7-920 processor, 6GB of OCZ Blade Series DDR3 running at a staggering 2133MHz (TR used lower-clocked memory on the Core i7-975 in its most recent CPU roundup), and a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. From there, each prize machine deviates.

On the motherboard front, the first prize winner takes home an MSI Eclipse Plus, while the second prize is an MSI Eclipse SLI and the third is an MSI X58M. A TR review of an MSI Eclipse board can be found here. MSI also provides the video cards: an MSI GeForce N285GTX SuperPipe OC goes to the first prize, and an MSI N260GTX Lightning Black Edition goes to second place and a stock MSI GeForce 260 GTX goes for third.

The enclosures, power supplies, and CPU cooling are provided courtesy of Thermaltake. First prize takes home a Thermaltake Spedo Advanced Package case equipped with a Toughpower kilowatt power supply and ISGC-300 CPU cooler. Second prize takes home the more traditional but still respectable Thermaltake Spedo case equipped with a Toughpower 850-watt power supply and ISGC-300 CPU cooler. Finally, third place wraps everything up in Thermaltake's Element S case with a Black Widow 850-watt power supply and an ISGC-400 CPU cooler.

All in all, excellent incentives for the competitors, not to mention the trip to Beijing for the top two overclockers and their partners.

MSI equips entire X58 mainboard line-up with NVIDA SLI technology
11:01 AM on June 17, 2009

Going with the flow and giving the customers what they want, MSI has released BIOS updates that bring Nvidia's SLI support across its entire range of X58-based motherboards. So if your MSI X58 motherboard didn't support SLI before, it sure does now. All of MSI's X58 boards already supported AMD's CrossfireX multi-GPU solution and are now feature-complete, maximizing flexibility with GPU solutions.

If you'll recall, TR recently had a shootout between ostensibly budget X58 motherboard options between Gigabyte, Asus, and MSI, and MSI's X58 Platinum was the recommendation. This was before the SLI-enabling BIOS update, so if you were waffling before, MSI has probably made your decision a lot easier.

MSI announces Master Overclocking Arena competition
7:08 AM on June 16, 2009

In the spirit of pushing the best hardware as hard as humanly possible, MSI has announced its Master Overclocking Arena competition.

Being sponsored in the United States by OCZ and Thermaltake, MSI is running an overclocking competition on Intel hardware, allowing 4-series chipsets and up and any cooling solution the competitors choose to employ, including extraordinarily exotic solutions like LN2 cooling or even just tethering the system to the earth and letting it throw off heat in space. Competitors using this alternative solution may want to invest in some extra long cables.

The phase one elimination round begins on June 29th and runs until July 19th, with scores viewable online at MSI's site. The top ten overclockers from this round will then go on to compete in the phase two showdown round running from July 25th through August 2nd, and of these enterprising folks, the top three will receive hardcore X58-based systems, and the top two will be invited—flight and hotel expenses paid—to the Grand Tournament in Beijing, China.

MSI's competition offers over $6,000 in prizes, the aforementioned free trip to Beijing for the top two teams, and the satisfaction of knowing your superior overclocking skills are printed all over the internet—especially right here. More to come, so stay tuned!