UK overclockers turn up the heat

Hybrid geek/reseller Stokes up a fire

Overclocking – that strange hobby of (mostly) US-based geeks and propeller-heads. The preserve of people who can't resist fiddling with stuff but who aren't really to be taken seriously. Maybe once, but that's all changing. If you want proof that the overclocking sector in the UK is coming of age, look no further than Stoke-based Overclockers.co.uk (OcUK). OcUK is a hybrid overclocking information site and online computer gear reseller set up in June 1999 by Web designer Mark Proudfoot and PC retailer Peter Radford, and is now pushing in excess of £30,000 of kit out the door each week. Not bad for a business set up by a couple of enthusiasts who maintain a hands-on approach to overclocking. "Peter and I were interested in overclocking and it soon became obvious that while there was lots of stuff available in the US but not here. So, we put our heads together and went for it," Proudfoot said. OcUK also proudly boasts that it was the first place to publish a review of the Abit KA7 mobo. If you want to read it for yourself, simply follow this link here. The subject of overclocking has been a hot potato for some time, with AMD – among others – taking a dim-ish view of the practice. In January, The Register reported on how Chimpzilla went bananas at some overclocking sites. At the time, the chip maker said it wasn't after individual overclockers just resellers of o'clocked gear. But Proudfoot reckons OcUK has had no trouble with vendors. "We've had no adverse reaction form any manufacturers as yet. We're selling their kit, and that's got to be good for them." "Or perhaps they haven't spotted us," he jokes. Among the lines OcUK sells, you'll find AMD, Intel, Asus and Abit kit – everything from chips and fans to mobos and memory. ®

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