Graphics card overclocking record broken -- rig looks like a sci-fi movie set

By Julio Franco · 36 replies
Jul 3, 2012
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  1. Indonesian PC wizard Hazzan has broken the world record for overclocking PC graphics cards. How do you even measure such a thing? The scene uses the scores handed out by benchmark tool 3DMark 11, and Hazzan's 4-way SLI GTX 680…

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  2. How does he have a 1300 Watt Power Supply when in one of the images it CLEARLY shows only 1200 WATTS??? --- Editor's note: Fixed :)
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +858

    LOL.. I've been building my own PC's for over 15 years and there are only 3 things I recognize in those pictures - a monitor, a keyboard and a power supply.
  4. That's the proper way to handle liquid nitrogen... /sarcasm
  5. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    If only there was a point to all this wasting of liquid nitrogen, oh well. It's all about the 24/7 OC, this is just so pointless...
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    He could have pushed it further if he used a 3960X, and 16GB of Dominator GT RAM. Also, what about the SSD? What did he use?
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    It's LN2 not Plutonium. You'd see worse at many an overclocker event
    Nitrogen isn't overly scarce. If you consider sub-zero overclocking a sport , then it consumes a lot less resources than many others ( motor racing for example). At this level of overclocking it's all about sponsorship and marketing, and has about as much relevance to a daily desktop OC as top fuel drag racing does to a local gymkhana
  8. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

  9. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    It is also an Antec True Power Quattro (TPQ) as noted by the red stripe, giant 1200 on the case, and a wire fan grill not a HighCurrent Pro. The HighCurrent Pro is matte black with a stamped fan grill.
  10. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    @ TomSEA: I recognize a lot of the voltmeters, electricity/current flow equipment. I've seen liquid nitrogen setups at electronic expos and have did some water-cooled builds myself. Hard to believe someone putting together PC's for that long (even non-overclocked builds) does not recognize any of it :p but I can see it.
  11. oh, yeah?
    but will it run crysis?

    seriously, it would have been better if the new overclock record was done on a "properly assembled computer" and not on a nuked environment.

    anyway, kudos to the overclocking community... you set a new bar yet again.
  12. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,319   +1,406

    considering that at release the GTX680 could almost get the solid 60FPS @ 1080p in Crysis, I think the answer is, yes, something can finally play crysis. Then again, they have three...

    On a side note, this reminded me of a quote from Mystery Science Theater 3000: The movie
    "increase the flash gordon noise and put more science stuff around"
  13. The third picture should be called "moments before everything Boom"
  14. these are the guys we are looking for to cure cancer.... oh wait... thats not important at all...
  15. when PC gaming was king it would have been cool but now it is only an exercise in futility.

  16. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +152

    Well 4 actually. Its 4 way sli. Too rich for me. I wanna be a billionaire so I could afford to mess around with crap like that. :(
  17. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    how many cards did he burn before getting this right ?
  18. I recently overclocked my clock, and now it's Christmas.
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  19. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Liquid nitrogen is cheaper than bottled water (or at least it was when I was doing chemisty at school). 80% of the air is nitrogen.
  20. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    Liquid helium would give the best results but its getting short in supply and so is very very expensive these days.
  21. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    so very unpractical. where's the record for a PC overclocked by conventional cooling. until the everyday person (enthusiast) can have liquid nitrogen cooled PCs I dont really care about this record.

    Why not creating a super cooled environment, like a freezer just for the PC parts, cooled by liquid nitrogen, all boxed in and ****... look nice.

    I've been hounded by critics when I posted pictures of my PC with cables showing... these guys arent your typical enthusiasts, I guess... they did not give a **** about wires going everywhere, or even take a moment of time to even think about it.
  22. Uvindu

    Uvindu TS Booster Posts: 120

    Me to friend : "Hey dude, could you pour the LN2 for my while I jam crysis for the next two hours"

    On a more serious note, Congratulations for the achievement!
  23. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Word to the wise: Give random internet posters all the time you think they deserve. Most are flapping their gums for the sake of it- if they realized the limitations imposed by chassis, PSU cabling (including connector spacing), and how many devices are connected- I.e. they were an tech enthusiast - the only comments they would utter would be potential workarounds or help. This is the difference between an enthusiast and a wannabe
    The records fall under a number of categories (Stock, Air, water, peltier, dry ice, liquid nitrogen, helium, single/multi stage refrigeration).
    Absolute records tend to garner the most interest unsurprisingly- much like any other human endeavour. The same reason that the mens 100m record is a blue ribbon event, whilst the 3000m steeplechase...not so much.
    Each to their own, but it does become the thin edge of the wedge. You could say that LN2 is so esoteric/expensive that it bears no relevance to you. I've heard the same thoughts voiced on forums about bespoke watercooling and quad SLI/CFX, but some people place a higher value on their tech enjoyment than others
    The problems would be many. One that comes readily to mind is that the chassis/enviroment could not be sealed. Liquid Nitrogen (and other elements that are gaseous at one atmosphere pressure) expand rapidly with heat variance. Load up a CPU and a bunch of GPU's, and the heat buildup would translate into pressure- that pressure would then damage the internal components of the system. Anything hollow or containing air spaces would have to be able to withstand the pressure buildup as well as the sub-sub-zero tempreture (becoming brittle for example).
    QFT. With these guys (and I used to run a single stage compressor once upon a time) the tinkering, tweaking and validation is where it's at. I can appreciate that. I get more satisfaction from building a system -picking the parts, tweaking, modding, and seeing it pass a torture test, than I ever get out of it once it's up and running and sitting on a desk. Think about it as LEGO with expensive blocks.
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  24. Errrrr.....why?
  25. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +152

    Errrr.....why not?

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