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Live from Beijing - Master Overclocking Arena 2009

Overclockers Olympics

Overclockers Olympics

MSI's Master Overclocking Arena (MOA) is back again, and this time, we are in Bejing, China. It is apt we are in Beijing, because MSI has put an Olympic spin to the event and Beijing was none other than the host city for 2008's Summer Olympic Games.

Held on the 29th of August at the Shangri-La Beijing, this year's MOA is noticeably bigger than last year's inaugural attempt, with participants from over 60 countries taking part in the regional preliminaries, which started as early as three months ago. Only the top three from each region progresses, and the finals today sees 20 of the best teams competing for the right to be crowned champions.

This is really a gathering of some of the world's top overclocking talents. In the European selection rounds, Cyba and Chaos of Poland broke the world 3DMark03 record. Not to be outdone, Taiwan's duo of Nick and Kevin also broke the world 3DMark06 record during Futuremark's own Lords of Overclocking online competition. To spice things up, last year's MOA Champion Ekky is back to defend his crown. And last but not least, Singapore has reason to be proud, because we are represented by our very own Jeremiah Ong aka Nightraven, a well-known overclocker in the region. Certainly then, it is not superflous to say that MOA 2009 is a collection of the best of the best overclockers.