Cebu City, Philippines, May 23, 2009 - Cebu's finest overclockers pushed the limits of their hardware during the first big OverClocking event in the city - the ASUS Ultimate Overclocking Show 2009! This was held at SM City Cebu Entertainment Plaza, just near SM Cebu's Food Court.
The Overclocking Show is actually the highlight of the two-week ASUS Ultimate PC Fair event, which was held last May 14-24 2009. And as part of the Cebu Bloggers Society's family, I am really glad and honored that they have invited us to such event... not to mention that we've enjoyed the part that they've treated us as a press.
Before, most of the overclocking shows and competitions in Cebu were only done online or in small internet cafes... but this time, they have brought the show to the next level, LIVE!
Two teams from the region, namely Cebu Extreme Overclockers (CEO) and Sugbu Elite Overclockers (SEO), each composed of four (4) PC enthusiasts and Overclocking record-breakers, have shown off their skills in both the latest AMD and Intel Platforms just to get as much as PHp50,000 worth of token, cash and hardware. And each team tried to outdo each other in the following categories:
• Highest % Overclock
• Highest CPU Mhz
• Highest Bclock
• Highest Memory Speed (any timing)
• Highest 3DMark Vantage Score in the Overclocked System
• Highest Super PI
Since overclocking is a means of tweaking your computer hardware to function above its original specifications, there is a need for the best performing and most efficient hardware during the showdown, and that's where ASUS came in.
Ryan, one of the ASUS' geeks, was the host of the event. He explained or rather discussed important things in reference to the ASUS system and its advantage or edge towards other brands when it comes to overclocking.
ASUS, the world's no.1 motherboard manufacturer, provided the teams with top hardware such as the latest Intel Core i7 board - Rampage II Gene and the OverClocking record-breaking AMD-based motherboard, M4A79-T deluxe. The teams also used the latest graphic cards from the brand such as the ASUS EAH4890 and ASUS ENGTX285.
The ASUS Rampage II Gene is part of ASUS' Republic of Gamers (ROG) series. As the name suggests, all ROG products are made to provide the best performing solutions for serious gamers and overclockers. Rampage II Gene echoes this as it boasts premium features such as MemOK! for worry-free memory upgrades, CPU Level Up for easy system performance boosts, and onboard SupremeFX X-Fi for true-to-life surround sound in a compact mATX form.
The ASUS M4A79-T deluxe motherboard on the other hand, features the unique ASUS Xtreme Phase Power design, also evident in most ASUS motherboards. It utilizes more phases to deliver more power and achieve better performance, more stability, enhance power efficiency, and lower temperatures under any loading.
Besides from these top-notch motherboards, the overclockers was able to use memory from OCZ, Caviar Black hard disks from Western Digital, Sunbeam coolers, Silverstone power supply and cordless mouse and keyboard from Logitech. Microsoft Corporation provided the operating systems.
Surely, I am not a "techy" person. I admit that the above mentioned terms and other computer-related stuffs made me really sick. It was indeed a total "nosebleed" listening to Ryan and ASUS people while they try to explain everything... and I am glad that there are fellow bloggers who try to translate things in a more uncomplicated way. *LOL.
At the event, viewers like me did not go home empty-handed, as ASUS had given away cool gadgets and other useful prizes to lucky audiences or participants during the shows "ASUS Question & Answer" portion.
Others who were able to pass by the ASUS Ultimate PC Fair booth, got extra value and special discounts on ASUS motherboards, graphic cards, LCD monitors and wireless routers.
And of course, the event won't be a success without the help of the other sponsors which is listed below...
• CBX Corporation
• Fine Upgrades Technologies
• Tech Island TV
• SM City Cebu
• SM Cyberzone
And of course, the event won't just end without us - Cebu Bloggers Society's Family - doing our most favorite part... CAMWHORING! Yes, we are truly certified camwhores, and we like it that way!
Noted: ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era. With a global staff of more than ten thousand and a world-class R&D design team, the company's revenue for 2008 was $8.1 Billin (US Dollars). ASUS ranks among the top 10 IT companies in BusinessWeek's "InfoTech 100", and has been on the listing for 11 consecutive years.
... Special thanks to Vanjohn of Through the Focal Glass, a fellow CBS, for letting me use his photos for this post.