Overclocking Team Builds an SSD Tree, Sets Benchmarking Record

Paul Lilly

Money doesn't grow on trees, but SSDs do

Team OCaholic set new PCMark 7 and PCMark Vantage world records during an overclocking event in Glattfelden, Switzerland, and the team did it with a bit of help from Samsung, which provided them with the coolest looking tree we've ever seen. Instead of branches and leaves, Samsung's tree consisted of a dozen SSD 840 Pro 256GB solid state drives (SSDs) and cable connectors tucked almost completely out of sight.

All 12 drives comprised a single, ginormous RAID 0 array using an Areca ARC-1882ix-24-4GB RAID controller. Other parts of the build included a liquid nitrogen cooled Intel Core i7 4770K processor running at 5.5GHz (stable) with an IGP clockspeed of 1,950MHz, Gigabyte Z87X-OC motherboard, 16GB of G.Skill F3-2400C11D RAM, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 OC V2 graphics card, and a Seasonic SS-1000XP power supply.

The setup posted a PCMark 7 score of 10,088 points, besting the previous record of 8,907 points by more than 13 percent. In PCMark Vantage, the SSD tree helped Team OCaholic score 59,593 points, topping the previous record of 55,340 points by more than 7 percent.

More pictures are available at HWBot .

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