We make no mistake about covering the OverclockersUK stand first; the company had, by far, the best exhibition, from a computer hardware enthusiast’s point of view anyway.
The OverclockersUK gaming zone allowed excited Gadget Show Live attendants to show off their skills using some of OCUK’s finest custom-built systems and high-end Asus peripherals.
Laptops and tablets formed the portable gaming area, which consisted of Angry Birds on an Android-based handheld device and DiRT Showdown running on MSI’s GT70, our review of which can be found here.
Powered by an OCUK ‘Ultima Scarab Crysis’ system, the EyeFinity-equipped racing zone was a big hit amongst visitors wanting to taste the experience of steering from a consumer-level driving simulator.
Representing OCUK, ‘8 Pack’ was using an Asus-powered system and liquid nitrogen cooling to push a Core i7 3770K to the dizzying heights of 7GHz.
Some alluring deals were available at the OCUK stand; including a sub-£100 Sapphire 2GB 7850 and a healthy discount a SteelSeries Siberia v2 gaming headset. Visitors who picked up one of the product flyers were also treated to further discounted products and a free delivery code for use on the website.
Hardware galore, OverclockersUK was showing off some of the most popular items from each hardware category. Two huge shelves were home to some of the highest performance, and most unique, computer cases on the market, including Lian Li’s PC-CK101SB Mini ITX ‘Train Case’ which wasn’t much larger than the promotional flyers.
The friendly staff members were keen to show interested enthusiasts around the inside of OCUK’s custom-built systems.
Showcased in specific manufacturer booths, high-end video cards, such as EVGA’s GTX 690 and KFA2’s GTX 680 LTD OC, grabbed a large amount of attention from hardware enthusiasts.
Not to be outdone by nVidia’s board partners, the Sapphire booth was flying the flag for AMD graphics hardware with the manufacturer’s ultra-fast 6GB Radeon HD 7970 Vapor-X GHz card.
The MSI booth was filled with motherboards and custom-cooled graphics hardware, including the company’s flagship AMD video card – the HD 7970 Lightning.
Asus also had a booth filled with some of the company’s most appealing graphics and motherboard solutions.
Phanteks’ colourful CPU cooling and case fan products were easy to identify, thanks to their eye-catching designs.
Kingston’s memory and storage products were being showcased.
While not quite as eye-catching as their Phanteks counterparts, the Prolimatech coolers were drawing some attention from interested overclocking fans.
OCUK was also showing off its motherboard bundles which cater for a variety of markets, from Mini ITX users to full-sized ATX overclockers.