Overdrive PC

Overdrive PC
Overdrive PC
Type Privately Owned
Industry Computer hardware
Founded 1999
Headquarters Richmond, Virginia
Products Desktops
Website www.overdrivepc.com

Overdrive PC is a privately held computer manufacturer located in Richmond, VA (USA), specializing in extreme high-end computers. Overdrive PC’s product line includes gaming systems, notebooks, and digital media creation workstations. Overdrive PC claims to offer some of the fastest gaming PCs in the world through their exclusive HyperClocking technology which allows them the overclock parts far beyond factory settings while still maintaining stability.



Overdrive PC began in 1999, by Mario Cifaldi, in Atlanta, Georgia as a builder of overclocked gaming PCs. In 2001, Overdrive PC was offered an opportunity to appear in Maximum PC's boutique roundup article entitled "Minor League, Major Performance". The review that appeared there helped propel Overdrive PC onto the national stage and earn it the rabid enthusiast following it still enjoys today. In February 2009, 2 years after being acquired by Velocity Micro, Mario Cifaldi left Overdrive PC. [1]


Overdrive PC’s claim to fame is its so called “HyperClocking” technology. Essentially an extreme form of overclocking, HyperClocking is the practice of raising default clock speeds of core components to values higher than stated by the part manufacturer. This advanced engineering process allows Overdrive PC to create “the fastest systems in the industry” [2] while still using traditional air cooling methods.

Velocity Micro Acquisition

In May 2007, Velocity Micro, another independently owned PC builder, acquired the former competing boutique builder. Since that acquisition, Velocity Micro has incorporated Overdrive PCs Hyperclocking techniques into many of its own extreme gaming systems. Overdrive PC has since moved to Velocity Micro’s Richmond facility and remains a separate brand under Velocity Micro ownership. [3]


Overdrive PC’s major competitors include large manufacturers such as Dell and HP, as well as boutiques such as Alienware, Puget Systems, VoodooPC, and Falcon Northwest.


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