Fugger, Macci and OPPainter Go for the Orb

One of the most interesting competitions in the world is the ongoing battle for top of the orb at FutureMark. FutureMark publishes the 3DMark gaming benchmarks, and the competition for top score in 3DMark2005, 3DMark2003, or 3DMark2001 is always fierce.

Anyone who has ever looked at the Orb, or top scores, at www.futuremark.com will recognize immediately the names Macci, Fugger, and OPPainter.

Eric “OPPainter” Kronies is positioned at the top of the orbs currently for single video cards at FutureMark. OPPainter brought his overclocking equipment from California and had “PC Ice” on hand to keep it all up and running.

Sami “Macci” Makinen traveled from Finland to have a go at the overclocking record. Macci has been a fixture of the extreme overclocking world for a few years, and he enjoys telling the story that he began supercooling by running his rigs outside his window in the bitter cold of a Finland winter.

Another name prominently seen at the top of the orb is Charles “Fugger” Wirth, who usually owns the Intel performance records. Charles had Reggie, better known as “chilly1” along to help him try for new records with some liquid nitrogen cooling.

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  • ceefka - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - link

    Hardly any of these guys has a case (?) They won't have Lian Li or Chieftec sponsoring this event anytime soon :-)

    #27 I liked AMD's fishtank. Though you're right about working in there. You can only guess what kind of goo goes in there. LOL.
  • Jeff7181 - Sunday, March 13, 2005 - link

    So does overclocking count as a sport now? LOL Reply
  • stephenbrooks - Sunday, March 13, 2005 - link

    I wonder how many Athlon FXs and video cards they were allowed each? 1. Performance ceiling probably varies from chip to chip and 2. I guess if something went wrong they could burn a few up! Reply
  • SDA - Friday, March 11, 2005 - link

    #25, no, but then it's not as if any hardware enthusiast in their right mind would trip into Best Buy for most of their computer needs as it is. All you really need to know is how to put tube A in socket B and so on.. the amount of skill involved in setting up a completely custom cooling system still isn't all that high. I'm not saying that anyone who can use a keyboard can do it, just that it's easy enough that being among the world's best overclockers probably doesn't require all that much skill. Kind of like being among the world's best soda can stove makers.

    Like I said: no real objection to this kind of thing at all, and no offense meant to the people who took part in this, but overclocking just doesn't seem like something you could really have a competition with.
  • ThanosOfTitan - Friday, March 11, 2005 - link

    The thing that piqued my curiosity the most was the mineral oil fish tank computer AMD was showcasing. I'd hate to have to work on that thing after it was submersed in oil. Reply
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  • MadAd - Thursday, March 10, 2005 - link

    but these guys have to develop, build and test their own cooling system- i mean its not as if you can trip into best buy and walk out with the necessary freezer accessories preassembled in a rack like mr OPP has there. Reply
  • SDA - Thursday, March 10, 2005 - link

    #21: Sorry, but I thought that cooling system would also go under "parts choice" (as in, choosing what parts of the system to buy; cooling is a vital part, no?).. my fault for not being clear enough. Reply
  • JoKeRr - Thursday, March 10, 2005 - link

    and the worst part is when your new 1000 dollar processor (or what ever it is )dies.. Reply
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