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Friday, 07 January 2011
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Americas Finals: Pole Position Raceway, Las Vegas, Nevada.

World Ranked overclockers from North America and Latin America have assembled to compete using Intel's high-end X58 platform and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 GPU for a seat at the global final in Taipei, Taiwan. This MOA event was timed to coincide with the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the MSI Master Overclocking Arena was set to determine the finalists for the Americas region. Staged at the popular Pole Position Raceway near the Palms hotel, contestants were challenged to produce the best CPU and GPU performance results using identical hardware. The CPU portion of the event used Super-Pi performance results to determine the winner, while the graphics segment consisted of GPU benchmarks using 3dMark 2011.

MOA General Information:

Pole Position Raceway (near Palms Hotel) 4175 South Arville, Las Vegas, NV 89103
January 6th, 2011.


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MOA 2011 AM Pre-Selection Winners


Contestant Prizes

The following prizes will be handed out. If you won a prize, you will be contacted by a competition moderator.

Top-2 Winner of each stage

The top 2 winners from each stage will get a ticket to MOA 2011 AM Qualifier. Each winner can team up with 1 team member and be invited to MOA 2011 AM Qualifier, which makes a total of 10 teams. The MOA 2011 AM Qualifier takes place in Las Vegas, USA, January 6-7th.

Lucky Draw - Stage 1: MSI R5770 Hawk

Lucky Draw - Stage 2: MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5

Lucky Draw - Stage 3: MSI P55A-GD65

Lucky Draw - Stage 4: MSI P55-GD85

Lucky Draw - Stage 5: MSI N460GTX Hawk



# WHAT?Juan Pablo Cuervo 2011-01-07 06:24
No Winrar BenchMark Test ?
No Passmark Test?
Antec Power Supply ?
Winrar Benchmark test on please!
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# RE: WHAT?David Ramsey 2011-01-07 09:01
MSI chooses the benchmarks used in the competition, not us.
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# Not entirely safeP Simmons 2011-01-07 12:44
I noticed in the article you state that LN (liquid nitrogen) is safe and free of potential injury. Liquid nitrogen being used from the large containers poses significant risk. Nitrogen being heavier that oxygen will displace O2 in closed spaces and is a significant suffocation hazard. Please recognize this risk when using large quantities for any application.
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# Quite True, SimmonsRobert 2011-01-08 11:28
Fortunately, none of the many OCing competitions using liquid N2 have ever experienced the effects you mentioned, apparently. The venues where these competitions happen are fairly large, open spaces with much activity, and the competitors usually have small fans running on their equipment, so the resulting air movement in that environment is enough to prevent the situation you describe from occurring, apparently. Still, the potential problem exists, and it may be wise for extra air circulation to be provided to ensure the scenario you describe never happens. Perhaps this has already been acknowledged and we simply are not aware of what is done to prevent it. Excellent point nonetheless.
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# RE: Quite True, SimmonsServando Silva 2011-01-08 12:05
This applies for dry ice too. But you'd need a lot of CO2 to fill a small room, not to say when you're benching on a large stage or open spaces. Every-time I bench on extreme conditions with some friends, we promise that the last one needs to take out every other (fainted) persons before fainting, of course, as a joke.
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# RE: MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011James 2011-01-20 07:43
What core, bus and memory speed for big overclock champion?
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# RE: MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011feralshad0w 2011-02-14 15:37
I am a little late to post this, but whats up with the prizes? lol I understand that this is about the experience and enthusiasm for the technology, but but the highest prizes are variations of the gtx 460? I am pretty shocked there isnt some more scaling leading up to a gtx 580 for first place.

I am a big fan of the event and I think this is the kind of thing that motivates many enthusiasts and the technology. How far can we go right? Very good post.
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