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MSI MOA (Master Overclocking Arena) 2011 Americas Finals

What would CES be without a huge overclocking event and, of course, some liquid nitrogen (LN2)? This year, MSI brought its MOA (Master Overclocking Arena) 2011 to the CES masses with the Americas Finals. The top ten teams from North and South America came together to compete for the chance at the World Finals to be held in Taiwan along with a nice cash prize for the top three spots. There were a total of twenty contestants in the tournament grouped in to the ten respective teams. The event was also broadcast live over the Internet to thousands that were not able to attend.









The participating overclockers were Patch and Dentlord for Team Over the Edge from the US, Splave and Romdominace for Team OCAlliance from the US, Rbuass and Fugger for Team 1213 Xtreme from Brazil, Grindaol and Joe90br for Team 1213 Overclocking Team from Brazil, chew* and ZenEffect for Team XS from the US, GHZ and Gautam for Team PURE from the US, steponz and Kal-EL for Team Overclockaholics from the US, Brian y. and Chris for Team Overclockers Anonymous from the US, Robert and ocgmj for Team Vaseline from the US, and finally E-Killer and Nestorky for Team Hardcol from Columbia. To keep the soldiers in line, there were staff commanders on site to monitor everything.



Each team had a set type and number of components that were provided to the contestants at the event and even some prior, such as a motherboard and video card. The contestants could tweak what they needed, within limits - they were not allowed to make any modifications to the BIOS code of the motherboards or the VGA cards. They were also not allowed to use any hardware or software not provided by MSI for the event, including Flash Drives, hard drives, or DVD/CD drives. There were two rounds of testing. The first was for the CPU, which consisted of the fastest 32M SuperPi score. The second focused more on graphics, with the highest 3DMark 11 score. The hardware that was provided, as well as tweaking tools, included:


MSI Big Bang-Xpower
Graphics Card
Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition
Patriot Sector 7 PC3-16000 3x2GB
WD VelociRaptor WE3000HLFS
Antec CP-1000
Tt eSPORTS Challenger Pro
Tt eSPORTS Black Gaming Mouse
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
VGA Driver
Tweak Tools
CPU-Z V1.56
GPU-Z Vo.48
CPU Tweaker V1.5
Maxon Cinebench V11.529
wPrime V1.55/V2.04
MSI Afterburner Setup210MOA (v2.1.0 MOA)





With the contestants on site, they were hard at work trying to get the best scores they could out of the weapons provided to them. There was some extreme overclocking going on with some really cold temps. At one point, we overheard one of the teams, Team Over the Edge, had the voltage on their processor up to 1.95v, which helped pay off since they had a hard score to beat in SuperPi 32M. The teams were stressing the hardware to the brink and it was a joy to watch. Once they were set up and running, there was no holding back. Along with the temperatures and voltages we were seeing, this contest was no holds barred.















  1. Pre-CES Part 1: Introduction & Corsair Press Event
  2. Pre-CES Part 2: Sapphire
  3. Pre-CES Part 3: Gigabyte Press Event
  4. CES Day 1 Part 1: Sennheiser
  5. CES Day 1 Part 2: Antec
  6. CES Day 1 Part 3: IN WIN
  7. CES Day 1 Part 4: LG Electronics
  8. CES Day 1 Part 5: LG Electronics (Continued)
  9. CES Day 1 Part 6: Samsung
  10. CES Day 1 Part 7: Corsair
  11. CES Day 1 Part 8: The CA Technologies Race
  12. CES Day 1 Part 9: The CA Technologies Race (Continued)
  13. CES Day 1 Part 10: MSI MOA 2011 Americas Finals
  14. CES Day 1 Part 11: MSI MOA 2011 Americas Finals (Continued)
  15. CES Day 2 Part 1: MSI
  16. CES Day 2 Part 2: MSI (Continued)
  17. CES Day 2 Part 3: Sony
  18. CES Day 2 Part 4: Zotac
  19. CES Day 2 Part 5: Mushkin
  20. CES Day 2 Part 6: Patriot Memory
  21. CES Day 2 Part 7: OCZ Technology
  22. CES Day 2 Part 8: Advanced Micro Devices
  23. CES Day 2 Part 9: Palit
  24. CES Day 3 Part 1: Creative Labs
  25. CES Day 3 Part 2: Shuttle
  26. CES Day 3 Part 3: NVIDIA
  27. CES Day 3 Part 4: PowerColor
  28. CES Day 3 Part 5: Razer
  29. CES Day 3 Part 6: Razer (Continued)
  30. CES Day 3 Part 7: Super Talent
  31. CES Day 3 Part 8: SD Association, Supermicro, Mad Catz, NEC
  32. CES Day 3 Part 9: Thermaltake
  33. CES Day 3 Part 10: Thermaltake (Continued)
  34. CES Day 3 Part 11: CyberPower PC
  35. CES Day 3 Part 12: Cooler Master
  36. CES Day 3 Part 13: Cooler Master (Continued)
  37. CES Extras: Cooler Master Party
  38. CES Extras: Bartenders, Sharp i3 Wall, Magician
  39. CES Extras: Convention Center, Counter-Strike 1.6 vs. EG.n0thing
  40. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 1
  41. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 2
  42. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 3
  43. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 4
  44. CES Extras: Booth Babes with Staff
  45. CES Final Thoughts
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