Overclocking: Hobby or Money Magnet? . . .

A new year arrives, and perhaps this is the year the real question of the last few years will get answered.

Will overclocking retain some semblance of a hobby, or will it complete the morph into a marketing tool for Starbucks boxes, something for twenty-somethings to buy inbetween the student loans and before the mortgage?

The issue is not one of the existence of luxury boxes. That horse left the barn a long time ago, and it’s hard to see how anyone or anything could have stopped that.

The issue now is if a luxury box will begin to be perceived, generally, as a requirement for serious gaming or other high-performance computing.

Obviously, there are already places where the answer to that question is an undeniable “Yes,” places that never met a piece of expensive equipment they didn’t want you to like.

We’ll talk more about this as the year progresses, but for now, maybe those of you who prefer overclocking to be more like Popular Mechanics than Architectural Design ought to start looking at reviews to see if the reviewer seriously considered cost as part of the equation, to see if the reviewer/website is ever capable of saying, “What you get isn’t worth the extra money.”

And if they can’t, maybe you should consider your eyeball business away from them and to those places that can.


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