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The HWBOT World Tour 2016 arrives in Taipei, Taiwan on May 31st for Computex 2016, one of the biggest technology events in the world. Competitive overclocking takes center stage with both World Series Asia and World Series for Amateurs contests offering plenty of excitement. Great hardware and cash prizes are up for grabs, plus a chance to appear in the HWBOT World Championship Finals. Today we can reveal more details about contest format and rules.
Extreme Overclockers in possession of a World Tour ticket are invited to compete in qualification rounds held daily from Tuesday, May 31st, to Friday June 3rd. The top three scorers on each day will win cash prizes (see below) with the top two entering a daily Face Off to decide who will attend the Semi-Finals on Saturday June 4th.
As an important part of nurturing the next generation of overclockers, HWBOT is also giving newcomers a chance to learn the basics of overclocking. All attendees at Computex 2016 will have the chance to learn by attending a basic OC Workshop where seasoned overclockers will teach the basic skills involved in increasing a PC’s performance. Using the XTU benchmark overclockers will then be invited to push their hardware to the maximum, followed by a chance to make a submission in the World Series for Amateurs contest hosted on OC-ESPORTS.
The world of Overclocking would be a radically different place without the support of the technology industry of Taiwan. Motherboard and graphics vendors are of course huge in this respect, over the years becoming key partners in so many overclocking ventures including online and live events, support for professional league players and crucially, invaluable support to HWBOT as an organization.
One major contributor in terms of support for Overclocking in the last decade or so has been MSI GAMING, a company that we are delighted to announce have just renewed their partnership with HWBOT.
MSI GAMING has played a central role in supporting overclocking in many respects. They not only sponsor major annual overclocking events like MOA (Master Overclocking Arena) but more recently they have been fundamental in galvanising the genuine and often overlooked link between PC gaming and overclocking.
Today’s Overclocker in Focus interviewee is Coolice, the current No.2 in Malaysia and an overclocker who is now employed in the R&D department of ASUS. We had a chance to chat with him about Overclocking and his involvement with the enthusiast PC industry.
"I would say the best I have done is being involved in the (ASUS) OC Socket. Because usually I work for ASUS as a technical market (officer), and I changed department to R&D. My first project was X79, so the OC Socket was the first thing that we were very proud of on the X99 platform so yeah I would say that was my best one"
The HWBOT World Tour made its fourth stop of the year last weekend, landing at LanETS in Montreal Canada where thousands of gamers came together for the largest PC and console gaming event on the North American continent. The weekend also saw plenty of competitive overclocking action, including the World Series for Amateurs which was eventually won by Matchai with olivierapex coming in second place. Let’s have a look at how it all panned out in a little more detail.
The final of the World Series North America for Amateurs saw two Canadian rookie overclockers competing on XTU once more in the same format used in the semi-finals. Both overclockers flew out of the traps like greyhounds after a rabbit with scores of 1,414 points from matchai, and 1,444 from oliverapex, all within the first two minutes. No doubt they were both beginning to warm to their roles as leading Canadian Rookie Overclockers. By the end of the first half oliverapex had extended his lead to 1,450 points with matchai narrowly behind on 1,444 points.
The second half of the final kicked off again at an aggressive pace with both overclockers hitting good scores straight from the off. Matchai however managed to pull off a score of 1,466 points after just three and a half minutes, matching the highest score of the day and earning a total score of 2,910 points. This pushed him just a nudge beyond oliverapex who was running with a total of 2,867 points. At the end of the contest oliverapex was in fact unable to push past his opponent, ending up with a score of 2,878 points.
The fourth leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2016 came to its conclusion just a few days ago with two of Canada’s most feared overclockers facing off in the final. In the end Marc0053 claimed the win thanks to a solid display in the Final where he edged past fellow Canadian Rasparthe to become World Series 2016 North America champion, walking away with some great prizes and most importantly, a place in the HWBOT World Championship Finals at the end of the year. Let’s have a more detailed look at how the World Series North America shaped up.
Both marc0053 and Rasparthe began by basically feeling out the scope of their processors performance with gradual incremental pushing of frequencies and voltages. The default score of an i7 6700K is 10.98 points in Cinebench R11.5, but after just ten minutes we could see marc0053 was already pushing the envelope pretty hard with a score of 13.63 points, slightly ahead of Rasparthe on 13.36 points. However within the last minute of play marc0053 managed to eek out a score of 13.82 to solidify his lead and claim the win.
A huge congratulations to all the overclockers who took part in the World Series 2016 North America contest and especially to the eventual winner marc0053 who will join PXHX (Brazil), DrWeez (South Africa) and Bullshooter (Germany) in the World Championship at the end of the year.