Gigabyte Extreme OC Workshop (Brisbane)

Gigabyte Australia and Team Australia held a Gigabyte Extreme Overclocking Workshop in my home town, Brisbane on Sunday November 27th, 2011. The event was held at UMART Milton store on the Corner Roy and Kilroe Streets, Milton.

Prep day and Team Australia meet up

It was a chance for me to meet up face to face for the first time with fellow Team Australia team mates, Dinos22 (Dino), Deanzo (Dean), Youngpro (James) and SniperOz (Carl) as well as meet Peter from UMART and John from AtomicMPC. Unfortunately, due to work commitments, I couldn’t attend on event day Sunday, but I popped in on prep day before on Saturday. Fellow Brisbanite and OCAU and i4memory.com forum member, pcuser (Kosta) was also present on prep day – Saturday.

It was interesting to see how AMD’s latest processors overclocked and performed considering I haven’t touched AMD since socket 939 days. I observed Deanzo’s journey as he pushed his AMD Bulldozer FX-8150 past 7700Mhz mark at -175C edging up after numerous attempts. Figuring out how to use AMD’s PSCheck app was the key! I got to see Youngpro in action – James basically did all the volt modding preparations for the Gigabyte 6970 OC video cards and as a fellow memory enthusiasts, was the only one messing around with memory’s primary and secondary timings!. SniperOZ wasn’t having much luck with his AMD Bulldozer FX-8150 which seemed to not scale as well as the other processors – on Saturday prep day it was struggling to past 6.4Ghz. But seems SniperOZ’s team figured things out pushing the cpu to 6.8Ghz on Sunday. Dinos22, was the last one to setup his pc rig letting the rest of the team mates to work through any issues encountered first. I had to leave so didn’t see how Dinos22′s AMD Bulldozer FX-8150 cpu faired overclocking head room wise.

Gigabyte Extreme Overclocking Workshop

The Gigabyte Extreme Overclocking Workshop has fellow Team Australia team members sharing their overclocking knowledge on AMD’s latest Bulldozer processor with work shop attendees who came from around Australia including from OCAU and i4memory.com forums.

The format of the event had four near identical pc setups each consisting of an AMD Bulldozer FX-8150 processors on Gigabyte’s flag ship Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 Rev1.1 motherboard. Originally, there was to be 4x Gigabyte 6970 OC video cards, unfortunately Youngpro had a modding mishap and ended up having to use a Gigabyte 6950 video card for his setup. Corsair sponsored and supplied the memory from X58 3x4GB Corsair Dominator 2000 9-10-9-27 triple channel kits – used 2x 4GB for each rig, Corsair AX1200 power supplies and Corsair ForceGT SSDs.

3Dmark05 Competition

Dinos22, Deanzo, Youngpro and SniperOZ each lead a workshop/team with each of the four pc setups all cooled via liquid nitrogen (LN2).

With 360 litres of LN2 on tap, they had a 3Dmark05 competition with the following ranking results:

  • 1st Place: Youngpro’s team despite using HD6950 against other HD6970, their AMD Bulldozer FX-8150 processor had the most benchmark overclocking headroom running 3dmark05 at 7.3Ghz
  • 2nd Place: Dinos22′s team with AMD Bulldozer FX-8150 @7Ghz
  • 3rd Place: SniperOZ’s team with AMD Bulldozer FX-8150 @6.8Ghz
  • 4th Place: Deanzo’s team with AMD Bulldozer FX-8150 @7.0Ghz

SniperOZ, Youngpro, eva2000, Dinos22, Deanzo

3Dmark05 rankings

Dinos22 compiled a video for Youtube - Gigabyte Extreme OC Workshop Brisbane 2011

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