PAX Australia is one of the biggest technology and gaming events of the year, bringing together the country’s PC and console gamers and enthusiasts under one massive roof for a weekend of pure techie fun. Running from November 4th to 6th of this year, we are pleased to tell you that PAX Australia 2016 had plenty of overclocking action going on. HWBOT Director Pieter-Jan Plaisier was invited alongside Team AU to give a presentation and OC demo on stage at the show, followed by a Q&A session with the audience and some live, record-breaking benchmarking.
Breaking 8GHz Live on Stage
Held at the Wombat Theatre in the Melbourne Convention Center, the presentation from Pieter included a general introduction to Overclocking, explaining the basics using air and water cooling, to breaking World Records using liquid nitrogen. The presentation concluded with a example of extreme overclocking, pushing an AMD FX-8370 processor past the 8GHz barrier with Aussie OC master YoungPro pouring the LN2. You can check out the presentation for yourself here on slideshare.
The idea behind the demo was to show the audience how it’s possible to increase the performance of your PC by simply raising the CPU clock, and that the main barrier to pushing clock speeds is in fact the thermal limitations of the chip – take away the thermal limitations, increase performance. Basic OC principles.
Here is a video you can watch which shows Pieter on stage actually pushing the CPU live in front of the PAX audience. The first attempt didn’t quite go according to plan, but after a tweak or two in the right direction, the 8GHz barrier was indeed crossed.
The Overclocking Panel
After the presentation there was an open question and answer session where Team AU and Pieter formed up as a panel on stage field questions from the audience. Team AU captain Dinos22 explained how it’s not essential for overclockers in the early stages of their career to focus too much on ensuring they have the most expensive hardware at their disposal, and that in fact he started benchmark cheap AMD CPUs in the early days. The guys also discussed the relatively minor safety issues involved with extreme overclocking on LN2 and several other OC related topics. You can check out a video of the discussion panel below:
Breaking Records at the Booth
As well as presentations and and Q&A sessions, Team AU were also invited to do some live benching at the Intel / SteelSeries booth at the Expo part of the PAX Australia 2016 show. The booth proved to be a lively place with a small crowd developing as Team AU started burning off a lot of LN2 in pursuit of a new record high CPU frequency. After a great deal of preparation and tense OC action, zeropluszero and YoungPro managed to hit a frequency of 5744.95MHz, a new Hardware 1st Place score for an Intel Core i7 6950X chip. You can find the score submission on HWBOT here.
The PAX Australia 2016 event was a great deal of fun and a fantastic opportunity to showcase the world of overclocking to an audience that could some day produce some Aussie overclockers of the future.