It looks like that engineering job and YouTube channel is paying off pretty well for one of today’s more recognizable overclockers.
ASUS has announced that the winner of its charity auction for a ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 signed by NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang is none other than Roman ‘der8auer’ Hartung, the extreme overclocker, Nissan R35 GT-R enthusiast, and CEO behind HWBot and Thermal Grizzly.
Hartung paid $16,000 for the one-of-a-kind GPU, according to ASUS:
…we’re proud to announce that it was none other than PC hardware legend and friend of ROG, Roman ‘der8auer’ Hartung, with a bid of $16,000. Der8auer has been a pioneer in cutting-edge cooling solutions for over 15 years, both personally as an extreme overclocker and as the CEO of Thermal Grizzly, a manufacturer of high-performance thermal pastes and extreme PC cooling solutions.
“I’ve been a collector of Matrix cards for a long time, so I’m so excited to add this extra-special ROG Matrix 4090 to the collection,” Hartung said about his prize. “And to have the money go to a great cause like Make-A-Wish is just the cherry on top.”
ASUS had this to add about the GPU, noting that bids for the item hit $10,000 on day one:
The ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 is an extra-special piece of kit. This water-cooled GPU is the first card to come from the factory with liquid metal thermal compound on the die, allowing it to push frequencies higher than any other RTX 4090 on the market. Backed with a high flowrate pump, an extra-thick 360mm radiator, and three daisy-chainable fans, the Matrix melds power and luxury in a way that other graphics cards can only dream of. ROG would like to thank each and every one of the auction participants, all of whom pledged their hard-earned cash for a one-of-a-kind graphics card for a great cause, with the bidding price skyrocketing to $10,000 on the first day alone.
The ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 costs $3,199.99, according to the ASUS ROG website.