[Taipei-Taiwan] Global renowned graphics card and mainboard manufacturer MSI selected 20 teams of elite overclocking contestants after three months of regional qualifying competitions that took place around the world. On September 11, the ultimate championship round, MOA (Master Overclocking Arena) 2010 Grand Final, was held at the National Taiwan University Sports Center.
After two stringent performance tests conducted in six hours, the team Expandables from Sweden won the final honor with its amazing 181.646% increase in performance. Not only did the team win all MOA Star Wars OC Gear, they also received US$3,000 cash prize and became the biggest winner of the tournament. The Ukrainian team XtremeLabs.org and Polish team ASD crew won the second and third places, respectively.
The Swedish team Expandables, having achieved two consecutive wins in 2009 and 2010, is comprised of two well-known overclockers, Elmor and ME4ME. They have had outstanding performance in many global overclocking events, and got into the MOA 2010 world finals by clinching the title of European semifinals. What is worth mentioning is that they made MSI N480GTX Lightning graphics card overclocked to amazing 1425MHz, and broke the NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 reference card's 1325MHz world record.
World record broken by the Champion Team
In addition, in keeping with the Star Wars theme selected for this year's MOA, the tournament was full Star Wars-related decorations and avant-garde style, allowing each participant of the event to enjoy a sumptuous feast. Mr. Scott Yang, MSI's Vice President of Motherboard Sales Department, enabled the whole event by a lightsaber and caught everyone's attention. Coupled with peripheral events imbued with famous Star Wars symbols such as Darth Vader and the 501 Imperial Army Cosplay shows, visitors seemed to have entered the Star Wars universe and were fulfilling their dream of becoming Star Wars heroes. The R2-D2 robot, another Star Wars symbol, was also on display at the tournament, which was the first exhibition of its kind in Taiwan. The icon was the focus of the event and attracted the attention of many at the tournament. Another major event at the Grand Final was the Princess Leia Voting Campaign for Wong Tzu-Chi and Ke Nian-Shuan, the Sexy Duo of NCCU. Three rounds of beauty pageant costume contests completely mesmerized the audience and the atmosphere of the tournament was charged with excitement. Finally Wong Tzu-Chi won the crown of Princess Leia.
Fantastic "Star Wars" venue
Mr. Scott Yang enabled the event
R2-D2's first debut in Taiwan
Sexy Leia Duo of NCCU, Darth Vadar and white clone soldiers
In addition to MSI Big Bang-XPower motherboard and the MSI N480GTX Lightning graphics card, also included in the MOA 2010 Overclocking Gear were Intel Core i7-980X CPU, Enermax REVOLUTION 85+ power supply and Acrylux KB009 keyboard, WD VelociRaptor 600GB hard drive, and Kingston KHX2250C9D3T1FK3/6GX memory. Many companies came out to support MOA 2010, and guests in attendance included MSI's Vice President of Motherboard Sales Department, Mr. Scott Yang; MSI's Director of Component Marketing, Mr. Jason Lee; Intel's Director of Sales Department, Wesley Pan; NVIDIA's Vice President of Taiwan Sales and Marketing, Tom Kuo; Western Digital's APAC Business Marketing Manager – Enterprise & CE Storage, Patrick Lo; Enermax's Executive Vice President, William Shen; Kingston DRAM Memory Sales Manager, Shano Jiang, and many more, who came to help make this event truly spectacular.
MOA 2010 Best Partners
Mr. Scott Yang, Vice President of Motherboard Sales Department of MSI, noted that MOA has become a significant overclocking campaign for worldwide overclockers. Mr. Jason Lee, MSI's Director of Component Marketing, also noted, "2010 marks the third year of MOA by MSI, and the theme of the event has become a popular topic in the overclocking community. With the theme "Star Wars" for MOA 2010, MSI has made this an annual event that all overclocking masters in the world look forward to. This event has also contributed to the high awareness of MSI in the overclocking community."
The MSI Master Overclocking Arena (MOA) is the divine racing ground for global overclocking masters. The MSI invites worldwide overclocking gurus through on-line or on-site qualifications for a high-tech engagement. Equipped with most powerful computers available today each invited master is to challenge the limit with their excellent overclocking technique and to win the honor of overclocking master by breaking the world record under close watch of global media and overclocking players.