And the prep continued... with some overclockers using good luck charms. We didn't notice any ritual dancing, but it was too early in the day.
Most of the overclockers went on to boot up the CPU first and see how it would go, but the other approach calls for an immediate overclock of everything, in order to see the limits of the setup itself, followed by upgauging of each individual component. This GTX260 won't be cooled by air... ever again.
After the prep has finished, the overclockers began to test their hardware's boundaries remembering that they can only go to about -108C until the Intel processors begin to become affected by the extreme cold. This is commonly known as a cold bug, but in reality what is happening is that the transistors at that temperature no longer become semi-conductors and start to become conductors. That is when they basically lose thier functionality as processors. It is interesting to see that now, the tide has turned and Intel has a CPU that suffers from the "cold bug", while AMD's Phenom II processors can go to as low as -200C, as witnessed in an YouTube video. This is a complete reversal from a year ago, but this is how this industry moves.
Yes, this is a superoverclockerman.
The overclockers predominately use Styrofoam cups because they are insulated and make good funnels when regular funnels would simply freeze up. From one side, one could argue this isn't exactly a "green" activity, from another - you cannot argue that these guys didn't "cool the planet" with all the LN2 that evaporated into thin air.
Unlike several recent competitions, there were virtually no limits here... overclockers went to overclock the GTX260-216 cards with LN2 and achieve the highest score in 3DMark06...
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