Event Report: GO OC 2010 North America Regional Final

Author: MAC
Date: August 24, 2010
Product Name: Event Report: GO OC 2010 North America Regional Final
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On August 7th, Gigabyte hosted the North American leg of the Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship 2010 (GO OC 2010), the very last of all the regional overclocking competitions that have been held all over the world starting back in June.

This is the third year in a row that GIGABYTE has organized this well regarded worldwide overclocking tournament. In total, for this year's event, 54 overclockers have already competed in 4 regions around the world, with 13 having been selected to go to the global final.

Now this last regional competition is going to determine which two North Americans competitors are going to be making the trip to Taiwan to try and win the WorldWide Final trophy, a big cash prize, and hopefully the respect of their peers...

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This event was once again held at the Pacific Palms Resort nestled in the hills of the City of Industry in California. Twelve North American overclockers were gathered at this hotel for a chance to win one of two all-expenses paid trips to the GO OC 2010 global final in Taipei, as well as some valuable prizes.

As you can see below, the competitors were a Who's Who of American and Canadian overclockers, and half the group were third timers, so definitely veterans to the live overclocking scene.

Joining this group was also Ronaldo/Rbuass who had an accidental competitive disadvantage during the Latin American regional final, and was thus invited to compete in the North American event. He would need to "achieve the same or higher score as the first and second place winners" in order to qualify for the global final in Taiwan. He was supposed to be accompanied by Lalo, who also suffered the same mishap, but apparently the latter had visa issues.

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Realizing that they couldn't stop the competitors from partying the evening/night/early morning before the event, GIGABYTE mercifully pushed the registration time up from 8AM to 9:30AM. This was very well appreciated by everyone (yours truly included), since many were a little worse for the wear from the previous night's festivities.

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In order to keep everything fair and transparent, the competitors randomly selected a number from a box that would determine at which spot on the competition table they would be located.

If you're curious as to what number each competitor picked, click here.

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