Christian Ney, From OCAHOLIC

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New week, new overclocker, Today we have somebody from! Christian Ney, Hwbot Staff , Overclocker.

Can you tell us about yourself?

I am Christian Ney from Switzerland was living in France but moved to Switzerland not far ago. I left the university 8 months ago to dedicate my life  to, hardware, overclocking and Currently as a job I am full time reviewer at I have a girlfriend for four years and a half now.

How did you discover the Overclocking?

Three years ago I started to buy parts to build my first computer. It was powered by an i7 920 + 2x GTX 275. I Didn’t knew anything about overclocking back then but when I did access for the first time the BIOS I just messed up with the settings and discovered overclocking. First CPU and memory then the graphics cards. Trust me or not in one week I flashed the BIOS of the graphics cards more than one hundred times because I didn’t know it was possible to overclock via software thru Windows. So yeah bought and built this rig for gaming and finally never used it to do so.

When did you moved from basic to extreme overclocking?

I Started in January 2010 stable overclocking for a H24/7 setup. First time I used cold on components which is not winter ambient air was in January 2011 with Ocaholic’s Team in Basel Switzerland with Liquid Nitrogen.

What are the reasons of your started doing Overclocking?

Improve gaming experience for the first two months then I discovered and my goal became nothing else than the Hardware King’s spot.

What kind of computer do you use every day?

My office computer (i7-980X, R3E, HD6670 passive cooled, Lian-Li BenchTable) as I spend 60 % of my time at ocaholic’s office.

Otherwise I use a random laptop sample.

What kind of overclocking do you prefer (air, water, Xtrem) and explain us why ?

Xtreme, everything else is too mainstream!


What could be even more extreme for you?

I Didn’t overclock in space… Yet!

What would be a special moment about using Extreme Overclocking?

Blow inside the thermos

What are you doing in your real life when you are not overclocking?

Benching, testing hardware, doing F5 on hwbot’s forum, replying to all my fans, looking for obscure hardware on ebay, badminton and spending some time with my girlfriend. 

What is your favorite brand ?

I don’t have a favorite brand

What would be the brand to monitor in next few months / years and why ?

AMD, to buy it.

What is your best overclocking souvenir?

Campus Party in Berlin this year when I took almost all memory frequency world records.

All overclockers have their own way to bench, how does your favorite sub-zero benching rig looks like?

Usually I am lazy regarding the insulation part so my rig looks like mountain!!

Christian ney - overclocker - at the Campus party berlin 2012
Christian ney – at the Campus party berlin 2012


Could you share us the story of overclocking in your country?

Too young to know, better ask the old men (rewarder, besi, splmann). But basically in Switzerland you will find only 6 active overclockers.

How expensive is it to do overclocking in your country?

Hardware is expensive like everywhere else but it is cheaper compared to France or Germany due to low VAT. Liquid Nitrogen on the other hand is very expensive, used to pay 3 € / L + Dewar location which was expensive too. Now we (Ocaholic OC Team) have a special price.

Can you explain your problems about overclocking , and using new hardware in your country? ( about hardware distributary, & price, and etc.)

The problem is not getting hardware anymore, the problem is having time to use the hardware! At least for me…

How are computer enthusiasts and overclockers like you are seen in your country?

You find a lot of gamers in Switzerland, some enthusiasts and a very few overclockers, but we have some of the best ones like Hiwa, splmann, Besi.

If you had to give an advice to a newby in overclocking  what would it be?

Go bad to school dude, it is not like you think it is!

Anything else you wish to share with us today?

Yeah, don’t beat my scores!
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