When ATI first showed their new AMD Athlon 64 chipset, we were mightily impressed with the overclocking capabilities of their new Bullhead board. As you saw in our Bullhead launch review, the new ATI chipset came out of the gate with some serious performance and overclocking capabilities. ATI Engineering has continued to work on Bullhead, finally attracting a few serious players to produce motherboards based on Bullhead. To get the word out to the enthusiast community, ATI decided to be a very visible sponsor of an Overclocking competition at Texas Gaming Festival 2005 in Dallas, Texas.

So, how do you get the attention of 500 dedicated LAN gamers and the Press?

You bring in the most extreme overclockers in the world - the ones that top the orbs at Futuremark on a regular basis. The equipment that they brought along was a show all on its own.

You make sure that these extreme overclockers have all the liquid nitrogen that they need to keep their equipment cranking out the benchmark records.

For the press, you do a "technology launch" of a new 512MB version of your top video card.

Fugger, Macci and OPPainter Go for the Orb


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  • OPPAINTER - Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - link

    Well as far as the competition goes, nobody won. We weren’t having much luck that day. Although, I did let the ATI Tech John Bruno play with my rig for a while and he actually came up with the highest score of the day. :-)
    And yes this is the real OPP.
  • HardwareD00d - Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - link

    lol @ 6

  • NesuD - Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - link

    Have we just been blessed with a visit from an Extememe Overclocking legend? If you are the real OPPAINTER my hats off to you. I have followed your extreme over clocking achievements over at futuremark for some time now and I must say they are nothing short of amazing. Maybe you should consider being a guest contributer to Anandtech. So who actually won the competition anyway? Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - link

    #3 - . . . and I just thought it was a blatant ad for ATI, since everyone is wearing ATI shirts and there isn't even a picture of the OCZ booth. :-) OCZ was an event sponsor, like ATI, Abit, AMD, and others, which were also mentioned prominently. Reply
  • OPPAINTER - Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - link

    A wedding band doesn’t mean a thing. I’ve been married and I can tell you I had more fun with women before and after my marriage. Reply
  • Questar - Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - link

    No wedding rings on anybody in those pictures.

    Somebody should tell these guys that girls can be fun too.
  • pio!pio! - Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - link

    "OPPainter spent a good deal of time on camera explaining extreme overclocking. Here, he is talking about his current records at FutureMark to an audience who are astounded by the performance numbers that they are hearing and seeing for themselves at the overclocking competition."

    In actuality:
    "Why did my boyfriend drag me to this? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ"
  • ajmiles - Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - link

    First page, the picture of the ATI card, the caption reads 500MB version as opposed to 512MB :). Reply
  • EyeSpy - Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - link

    Another great OCZ advertisement! Keep up the blatant bias!

  • suryad - Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - link

    Couldnt have said it better Budman. That is very impressive. Wow! I cant believe the performance one would get with an FX running @ 4 GHz!!!! Reply

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