MSI is pleased to announce the latest "Beat the Fastest" OC contest!There are 3 stages, open to all MSI motherboard users, which each feature a different benchmark. Each submission is awarded a set of "hardware points" on HWBOT, based on the competitiveness of the category you participate in and your rank. The competition ranking is based on the sum of the hardware points of across the three stages. Hardware points can be acquired with any hardware, so the field is open for any MSI enthusiast to win prizes!
The first stop on the HWBOT World Tour 2015 is Montreal, Canada for LanETS, the largest Lan Party on the American East coast. HWBOT will be running overclocking workshops and contests during the event with the help of key sponsors Overclock.net, Microbytes, DimasTech and OverClocking-TV.
Earlier this month, we announced the first stop of the 2015 HWBOT World Tour in North America. Today, we proudly announce the second stop of the HWBOT World Tour, this time in Europe! From April 4 to 6 you can join us for three days of non-stop overclocking at the largest LAN Party event in France: the Gamers Assembly in Poitiers.
A week ago we announced the first stop of the HWBOT World Tour 2015 in North America. We are amazed, pleased, and humbled by the many positive responses and to see so much enthusiasm in the community. Discussions sparked and a questions were asked. Based on the feedback, I want to take some time to clarify the topics that came up the most in this write up.
The year of 2014 has been an interesting one for all of us here at HWBOT. We have seen many world records fall and we have witnessed many changes that have come to the way that HWBOT works, along with new benchmarks and members alike. On the other hand, some benchmarks have also been removed from the site due to bug related issues whereby our moderating team could no longer verify whether a tweak was used or if it was a bugged run. Our only choice was to remove them so that there was no way to gain points for an illegal run. It annoyed many fond overclockers, but it was ultimately a choice which had to be made.
In this article we look back at overclocking at HWBOT during 2014
Once every month we have a look at the SuperPI 32M low-clock challenge threads in our forum and make a list of the most efficient overclocks for various CPU architectures. We update the table once more in this news article. This time we find Tapakah leading the Ivy Bridge 5G category, beating Bullant's score, and Newlife took over the Richland category once more. Check the new top table below!
Congratulations to all the leaders in their specific category. Top stuff!
Last week we finally moved OC-ESPORTS V1.2.1 to our production server, publishing the Official World Overclocking Ranking and OC Team Ranking for the 2015 Season. The update did not go unnoticed, as you probably know, which is why we're a bit late with the details on the new version.
In V1.2.1 we also included a couple of tweaks that should improve the browsing speed significantly. We know the OC-ESPORTS experience was a bit laggy in the beginning, but by now all the browsing performance issues should be resolved. We also upgraded our Amazon servers to handle the additional load - we are prepared, in other words. Another annoying bug our developers fixed is the auto-login functionality. From V1.2.1 forward you should have no problems auto-logging in to OC-ESPORTS. We have also expanded the site with a couple of information pages. For the full changelog please refer to the list below. As always, feel free to let us know if you experience more bugs or have feedback to improve the experience!
[HWBESPORT-182] - Commenting on score on ESPORTS creates thread referencing the competition stage
[HWBESPORT-183] - Top banner is shown twice
[HWBESPORT-185] - 2015 schedule very incorrect (competitions show on the wrong months)
[HWBESPORT-186] - Clicking on title of news item using IE11 leads to 404
[HWBESPORT-188] - First in ranking is ranked "0th" when contest_team table is used
[HWBESPORT-189] - Contest with competition teams says "0 pro teams"
[HWBESPORT-190] - Rank not +1 if team doesn't score points in ranking
[HWBESPORT-215] - Release work
[HWBESPORT-203] - Competition stage says open for submission, but stage hasn't opened yet
[HWBESPORT-207] - Improve Usability Points Popup on Rankings page
[HWBESPORT-209] - Improve explanation of global leaderboard point structure
[HWBESPORT-198] - A user can only score points in 1 of the Road To Pro Divisions
The OC-ESPORTS Official World Overclocking Ranking is based on the performance of an overclocker in the past twelve months. Points are accumulated by participating in the various competitions that run throughout the year. The higher you rank in said competitions, the higher your overall score will be at the end of the year. Click here for detailed information regarding the scoring algorithm. Even though the first official season is 2015, we had a look at what the ranking would be if we apply the same algorithm to the 2014 season.
There is less than 100 points between the top four contestants, but there always has to be one who has the most. That guy happens to go by the name of Splave.ROM, from XtremeSystems, with a total of 606 points. He accumulated the points by dominating several of the qualifiers and taking first place at the G.SKILL OC World Cup 2014 Final which earned him a whopping 250 points.
South African overclocker Vivi followed closely in second place with a total of 580 points. His biggest win during the year of 2014 was placing 1st in MSI MOA 2014 Classic Battle which earned him 250 points. He also took 2nd in the HyperX OC Takeover (HOT) Final to add 195 points to his total.
Xtreme Addict from team PURE finished in third place with a grand total of 542 points which he earned from a number of competitions. His biggest point accumulation came from winning the HyperX OC Takeover (HOT) Final, which gave him the maximum of 250 points for that event.
(from left to right the points overview of Splave.ROM, Vivi, and Xtreme Addict)
The runner up in the 2014 season was 8 Pack who scored 539 points, just 3 points shy of taking 3rd from Xtreme Addict. Whilst he did manage to grab a few 1st and 2nd place results, they weren’t enough to secure him into the top three, although it was incredibly close.
On behalf of HWBOT, we would like to congratulate everyone, not only the top contestants but everyone participated too. It’s a tough game, but without all of you taking part, we wouldn’t have a game to play. Keep pushing hard in 2015!
If you would like to see how others progressed throughout the year, you can view the rankings on the OC-ESPORTS page by clicking here and by using the filter set to 2014 instead of 2015.
Today we had another peek at how the overclocking communities around the world are doing in terms of adopting new Rookie overclockers. It doesn't come as a surprise that PC Games Hardware and Overclock.net are topping the leaderboard. Both counting the Rookies and the Novices, the two teams have shown to be a nice safe haven for new and aspiring overclockers. Kudos for teaching the younglings how to get started in overclocking!
With nearly 5,000 Rookies participating in the Overclockers League, the recruitement opportunities are wide open for the most enthusiastic and active overclocking teams. Check out the Rookie Overclockers League and get in touch with the people who may end up becoming the next 8 Pack, K|ngp|n or Vivi! On that note, we want to congratulate Sweden overclocking star in the making Rauf for currently leading the table in the Overclockers League!
Note that we have set up a new competition challenge for the Novice overclockers in the form of the Novice Nimble #1. Get together with your Novice team members and combine your skills and powers to become the #1 Novice overclocking team!
Last week I received a message from Xyala asking to enable the "Help with translation of HWBOT" achievement for Ukrainian overclocker Stingeryar. He took action to continue the Ukrainian translation for HWBOT and in about a week time completed almost half of the translation!
In other news, the Indonesian community geared up as well completing another 16% since the last time we covered the translation progress. They are closing on on the last (and most difficult) 20% of the work and we look forward to enabling the Indonesian language knowing how passionate the community is over there.
With the release of our sister-project OC-ESPORTS (http://oc-esports.io/#!/) our development workload increased significantly. Therefore we are looking for a full-time developer who can take on the front-end feature development of OC-ESPORTS and HWBOT. Our primary choice would be to find someone located in Taiwan, but since HWBOT is an international organization we will consider any applicant globally.
You will be mainly taking care of the OC-ESPORTS platform. We are looking for someone who is independent, reliable, and has affiliation with overclocking and the structures at HWBOT and OC-ESPORTS. English proficiency is a must. We are looking for the following qualifications:
Last week saw the conclusion of the 14th instalment of the Rooke Rumble. Running from January 17th to February 7th, Rookie Rumble #14 proved once again to be an exciting arena where the next wave of Overclockers competed head to head. #14 saw more than 300 participants make 771 score submissions, a solid turn out that underlines the value of the contest in bringing new blood to the scene. It’s also great to see that the contest saw the emergence two new faces in the shape of eventual joint-winners ‘JohnITRW’ and ‘energy’, neither of whom had previously managed a win in the event.