The LN2 flowed free and fast last night, at our first sub-zero overclocking event here at Atomic HQ!
We opened the doors as the rest of Haymarket's staff were leaving, after casting a rather curious eye over the mess of gaming systems being set up by Team Immunity, and at the arcane tools of the serious overclocker. As folks showed up, both youngpro and dinos22, from TeamAU, got down to the action.
After a brief safety intro from Dino (essential when dealing with stuff as chillingly cold as LN2), our guests split into teams and got to work on two GIGABYTE boards, a UD3 and a UD5, each with a new Ivy Bridge processor, while some of the staff (ahem) got to testing out the Battlefield 3 LAN.
It's tough work!
It was competition all round. The two OC teams were aiming to get the best clocks under the tutelage of dino and youngpro, while the more gaming oriented set about fragging their way to victory under the watchful eye of TI, fresh from just gaining a world championship in Battlefield 3.
There was beer, there was pizza (so much pizza, eaten so damn fast!), there was awesome fun.
At the end of the night, we managed to get some awesome clocks, too. As youngpro told us, IVy Bridge really is an excellent overclocker's chip; in fact, it was his team who won, achieving a clock speed of a shade over 6.4GHz, beating dinos22's team by the barest of margins. The TeamAU gang will be doing more testing today, and are expecting to get even higher; we'll keep you informed.
Having won, the members of the winning team went into a draw for a new GIGABYTE Sniper M3, which ended up going to forum regular Osama Bin Athlon. A similar prize went to the ultimate winner of the BF3 fragathon, which went down to the wire in a one-on-one match that ended up being won in a Golden Frag shoot-off!
So thanks to everyone who came along, thanks GIGABYTE and TeamAU, and thanks to Team Immunity for setting up and running our LAN. Now check out our gallery of awesome pics from the night!