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The quest to find out which country has the best overclockers in the world in 2016 is almost upon us. The HWBOT Country Cup 2016 kicks off in just a matter of days, pitting country against country across six gruelling stages that promise to be the truest test of overclocking pedigree. The contest starts on November 1st and closes the day before Christmas eve with prizes, as well as lots of kudos lined up for the winners.
In previous years we’ve seen wins from Romania (2x), Poland and Greece, but in 2013, 2014 and 2015 the Australians were the top global force to be reckoned with, producing three displays of such dominance that they barely dropped a point. Will they be in the ascendancy once again in 2016, or are their natives of other countries willing to put their OC creedance on the line and go for the win? Could Germany finally flex their OC teamwork muscles, or perhaps the US will find a winning team ethic. And let’s not underestimate the Belgians after their recent Team Cup exploits. An intriguing battle lies ahead, that is the only certainty.
October 1, 2016 Taipei, Taiwan - HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings today officially announces the World Championship Final to held in Berlin, Germany on the 4th of December 2016. The World Championship Finals pits the winners from each of the HWBOT World Series winners, plus a wild card and a ROG Camp entrant, against each other in a bid to find out who is Overclocking Champion of the World in 2016.
The World Championship Final is truly a quest to find the best live OC contest player of the year. The contest features the six World Series winners from each of the six HWBOT World Tour 2016 events. The six World Series winners will be flown out to the Final and will be joined by the winner of the HWBOT World Championship Wild Card Contest winner. The eighth contestant will be the winner of the ROG Camp 2016, just to add some new blood and spice things up a touch.
Both HWBOT World Championship Wild Card winner and the ROG Camp 2016 winner will be announced at a later date.
Last week we wrapped up the final stop of the World Tour 2016 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The global tour featured six events and spanned five different continents. It was a success in every sense of the word. We connected with 627 overclockers worldwide, the majority of whom were new to the scene. The tradeshows and gaming events we visited had an accumulated attendance of over 250,000 people, and we reached over 150,000 people via livestreams on Twitch. Hundreds of articles appeared across the web and the response from the participants was overwhelmingly positive in most cases. It was great and I look forward to next year!
Choosing Indonesia as the last stop of the World Tour has a symbolic meaning too. It was in 2014 that we understood we needed to put a lot of effort into pushing amateur overclocking, through reaching-out to enthusiasts and running OC workshops. It was at the same tradeshow (Yogyakomtek) that we witnessed the power of JagatReview’s Amateur OverClocking Tournament (AOCT). Throughout the week I enjoyed seeing new amateurs push the Core i5 6600K to its limits as well as witnessing the five new extreme overclockers who attend the World Series competition. Perhaps the most inspiration I found however, was in conversations with Dedy and Alva from JagatReview and Benny from GIGABYTE’s distributor in Indonesia; three people who were right there at the beginning of (competitive) overclocking in Indonesia, in the year 2000.
I want to share their story with you.
September 1st, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan - HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings today announces Intel as primary partners for the Asia Pacific leg of the HWBOT World Tour which will be held in conjunction with JagatReview at the Yogyakomtek event in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Overclockers will compete on Intel Core i5 6600K processors for the duration of the event which is supported by Intel. Primary partner Intel is joined by motherboard partners ASUS, BIOSTAR, GIGABYTE and MSI, with power supplies from Seasonic, memory from Corsair, displays from Phillips and Open Benchtables from Streacom.
"Once again we are fortunate to have the help and support of some of the industry’s most respected hardware manufacturers for the HWBOT World Tour stop in Indonesia," commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. "We are excited to join with JagatReview and integrate the influential Amateur Overclocking Contest (AOCT) into the HWBOT World Tour schedule, an undeniable source of Indonesian overclocking talent."
The Asia Pacific leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2016 was confirmed a week ago. Today we can bring you an update about the rules and format of the World Series contest that will take place during the event. The Asia Pacific leg of the World Tour will largely follow the same structure that has been employed throughout the year with Amateur and Extreme World Series contests running side by side. In Indonesia however the Amateur contest will be integrated with the AOCT (Amateur OverClocking Tournament) organised and regulated by the staff at JagatReview (see below).
OverClocking-TV just posted the live stream that was recorded during the HWBOT World Championship that took place on Sunday afternoon. The final proved, as expected, to feature two of Overclocking’s most feared contenders as Marc0053, Canada’s No.1 took on the might of Xtreme Addict, the current World No.2 ranked overclocker.
Just in case you recently returned from a lengthy trip down the Amazon basin or perhaps a custodial sentence at one of her majesty’s finest institutions, here’s a quick breakdown of what the HWBOT World Championship actually is. It’s basically the World Cup for individual (not team) overclocking and also the climax of the HWBOT World Tour 2016. It’s a contest where all of 2016’s World Series winners battle it out to decide who will become the HWBOT World Champion of 2016. Six World Series winners were joined by the winner of the HWBOT Wild Card contest plus the winner of the ROG Camp 2016 contest.
After a full day of qualification, Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals, the contest came down to just two men. Marc and XA. The coverage from OverClockingTV covers the entire 1v1 battle royale in detail with some great commentary from Trouffman and Buildzoid.
A few days ago we said adios to the month of November 2016, which means it’s time to take a snapshot of what happened in the World Rankings on OC-ESPORTS for both individual overclockers and OC teams, as well as a look at the other contests on OC-ESPORTS that concluded during the month. In fact November saw plenty of overclocking action with two HWBOT X events taking place, the conclusion of the ROG Showdown Formula Series and the Realbench Challenge III, plus Intel and AMD Rookie Rumble contests. Lot’s to get through.
Official World Overclocking Rankings - November 2016
Let’s start with look at the Official World Rankings on OC-ESPORTS and compare the standings with last month. These rankings are based on the performance of individual overclockers throughout the last twelve months, i.e. this season. Points are gained via participation in all contests hosted on OC-ESPORTS. Higher rankings in top level competitions earn you more points. You can find more details about the scoring and ranking system on OC-ESPORTS here.
At the top of the table it’s absolutely no surprise to find that Germany’s Dancop still leads the way by quite a substantial margin. With a points haul of 988, he remains substantially ahead of his nearest rival. However things have had a shake up at the top of table mostly due to the fact that Qualification Round of the HWBOT World Championship is a level 3 contest with plenty of points to fight for.
Read the full roundup article for November here on OC-ESPORTS.
The popular Old School is Best School contest returns on December 15, kicking off the third season of the most retro overlocking ever created. Season 3 will feature a total of 5 Rounds, each with threes stages revolving around a uniquely devised pairing of classic hardware and classic benchmark. Round 1 is just a few weeks away, running from December 15th to January 15th 2017.
Just in case you are unfamiliar with the concept of the Old School is Best School contest, let me give you a quick rundown of what it’s all about. It’s a contest series created specifically for overclockers that enjoy benching on very old, classic hardware. Each month-long round features five stages, each with unique hardware and benchmarks.Let’s take a look at each of the Rounds and Stage devised for Season 3.
Old School is Best School Season 3: Round Breakdown
Round 1: Socket 771 (775 mod allowed) & Quadro G96 or Older (Single GPU only)
Round 1 features the classic Intel Socket 771 (with the option of also using modded Socket 775 processors). In terms of graphics contestants are limited to using Nvidia G96-based Quadro cards (single GPU only). Benchmarks include Maxmen Read Bandwidth in Stage 1, 3DMark06 in Stage 2 and 3DMark Vantage for Stage 3.
- Stage-1: Maxmem Read BandWidth
- Stage-2: 3DMark06
- Stage-3: 3DMark Vantage
Read the full article outlining all five rounds of the Old School in Best School contest here on OC-ESPORTS.
In Week 49 of 2016, we received 4189 benchmark results from 1030 registered overclockers around the world. The majority of the submissions is coming from Rookie overclockers representing 65% of the active community. They were responsible for 38% of the submissions. We had a peek at the most valuable submissions in a breakdown per league.
The overclocking pace is picking up after two slow weeks with five golden cups in the leaderboard. Dancop took down the 3DMark03 World Record with NVIDIA TITAN X Pascal at 2265/3000 MHz. He also scored a Global First Place in the Cinebench R15 10xCPU with a Core i7 6950X clocked at 5292 MHz. In the hardware rankings we find the usual suspect [MSI] OGS from Greece. They score a golden cup in the AMD Radeon HD 5850 category with the card clocked at 1300/1330 MHz. The AMD VGA is paired with an Intel Core i5 6600K clocked at 6300 MHz. We also find True Monkey from Germany on the leaderboard. He grabs first place in the Core i5 3470 XTU category. Last but not least we also see Poparamiro pop up. His GeForce GTX 470 at 1135/1140 MHz gives enough fire power to place top spot in the 3DMark03 ranking. Congratulations to everyone who made it on the leaderboard this week!
The overclocking results submitted during Week 49 generated in total 210 World Record Points, 3849.4 Global Points, and 7932.6 Hardware Points. The distribution per League is as follows: 8% for Elite, 33% for Extreme, 16% for Apprentice, 25% for Enthusiast, 5% for Novice, and 29% for Rookie. The representation of the active community is as follows: 2% Elite, 6% Extreme, 3% Apprentice, 16% Enthusiast, 8% Novice, and 65% Rookie.
Most Valuable Submissions - Week 49, 2016
|League||CPU Benchmark||GPU Benchmark||Hardware Points|
|Elite||Dancop||63.4 pts (GFP!)||Dancop||217.2 pts (WR!)||[MSI] OGS||49.7 pts|
|Extreme||Hambaaaallah||55.5 pts||Nachtfalke||49.8 pts||True Monkey||49.6 pts|
|Apprentice||Ben Flint||43.9 pts||Poparamiro||37.4 pts||Poparamiro||37.4 pts|
|Enthusiast||Kimandsally||49.6 pts||Olegdjus||35.2 pts||Kimandsally||49.6 pts|
|Novice||Chnjab||27.7 pts||Cool.tweak||9.7 pts||philip.hrustalev||23.2 pts|
|Rookie||Wehwet123||49.2 pts||SpheX99||14 pts||Wehwet123||27.7 pts|
The World Championship 2016 Final has now drawn to a close. Canada’s Marc0053 has just been crowned the official HWBOT World Champion of 2016. In second place we have Poland’s Xtreme Addict, while in third place we find DrWeez of South Africa. Let’s take a look in a bit more detail at the winners, scores, the blood, sweat and tears that helped make the event one of the most exciting days of the year.
HWBOT World Championship 2016 Finals: December 5th, Caseking Showrooms, Berlin
In terms of overclocking 2016 will almost certainly go down as one of the biggest years ever, not least of all because of the HWBOT World Tour 2016, the most expansive series of HWBOT-run overclocking events ever done. The climax of the World Tour is of course the World Championship Final, a contest where all of this year’s World Series winners battle it out become the HWBOT World Champion 2016.
The first part of the contest is actually more similar to time trials in Formula 1 racing than a true qualification round. Eight overclockers were asked to compete on three benchmarks withe the final standings used as the basis for deciding who face who in the following 1v1 elimination rounds. Obviously, there was perceived advantage for finishing higher up the table and therefore facing an opponent from further down the table.
Read the full roundup article here on OC-ESPORTS.
The ROG Camp Final drew to a close yesterday evening with Rookie Bene11660 taking a clear win and booking himself a birth in Today’s World Championship 2016 Final. Bene11660 won the contest with dominant display that earned him straight wins in all three stages, while Swiss overclockers DSLREye and TAGG made second and third places respectively.
The ROG Camp is a pretty special event. Held annually in Germany it gives overclockers with little or no experience of subzero overclocking a chance to join an LN2 boot camp with veteran Roman ‘der8auer’ Hartung . The online qualification contest was held to decide who gets to joins with eight overclockers attending a the LN2 workshop, followed by a day of competitive extreme overclocking.
In Stage 1 of the contest Bene11660 used a Core i7 6700K pushed to an impressive 6,450MHz to score 7,074 points in Geekbench3. The chip was certainly pushing the edges of performance pulling around 2 volts. In Stage 2 he configured the same chip to 6,200MHz to score 1,396 cb points in Cinebench R15. Also with the CPU pushed to 6.2GHz in GPUPI for CPU 1B we have Bene completing a run in 4min 13sec 817ms. All contestants used an ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard and Apacer DDR4 memory.
In fairness it’s no longer technically correct to refer to Bene11660 as a Rookie. Despite only signing up at HWBOT in October of this year, he is now considered an Extreme overclocker, along with all other ROG Camp participants who have made submission using LN2 this week. In Qualification Bene11660 finished 7th overall, so this convincing win would certainly indicate that he has picked up a few tips from der8auer this week.
A huge congrats to Bene11660 and in fact also to runner-up DSLREye who now join the World Championship Final (which is actually kicking off right about now). DSLREye joins the contest as Hazzan could not make it to Germany this time around. He joins a roster that includes many of the world’s best overclockers; PXHX (Brazil), DrWeez (South Africa), Bullshooter (Germany), Marc0053 (Canada), Xtreme Addict (Poland), and Lucky_n00b (Indonesia).
Follow all the action from the World Championship 2016 Final here on the contest website, as well as live coverage of the event courtesy of the OverClocking-TV Twitch channel!
Today were find ourselves just 24 hours before the start of the HWBOT World Championship 2016 Finals. We also arrive at the final episode in our ‘Meet the Finalists’ series. The seventh name on the contestant name sheet is Lucky_n00b from Indonesia, an overclocker who booked his seat in the final as the winner of the World Championship Wild Card contest just a few weeks ago.
I first met Alva Jonathan, or Lucky_n00b as he is known in OC circles, during Computex 2015 where I managed to do an interview as part of our Overclocker in Focus series. The first thing that struck me was just how much raw enthusiasm and passion Alva has for Overclocking. When discussing the past, the present or the future of Overclocking, he maintains an infectiously positive attitude that is wholly refreshing.
Arguably Alva was thrust into in the Overclockking spotlight back in 2008 when he earned his nickname as a ‘Lucky_n00b’ by surprising everyone and winning the competition. Since then he has remained a top competitor that should never be underestimated. Alva has been a HWBOT member since 2008 and is the current No.2 ranked Overclocker in Indonesia, out ranked by compatriot and friend Hazzan.
The World Championship Wild Card contest was one of the first contests on OC-ESPORTS were contestants were asked to purchase a ticket to take part, helping to offset the cost of a flight to Berlin. The contest kicked off on September 15th but interestingly, the scoreboard remained hidden until October 10th, one week before its conclusion. As soon as the scoreboard was revealed, it was apparent that World No.1 Dancop sitting at the top of the table would be the man to beat. And so it proved to be.
Unbeknownst to all however, Alva was plotting a coup. Given time off from his duties at JagatReview for a few days, he attacked the three benchmark stages with passion and determination, honing his skills with dual-core Skylake chips and RX 460 cards. With literally just hours to go he had a lead on Dancop of just 0.3 points.
Lucky_n00b has already arrived in Berlin and will be approaching the HWBOT World Championship hopeful of a real chance of winning it. It’s fitting too that Indonesia could well be the best represented country at the finals (unless a German wins the ROG Camp, a likely scenario). The country not only has a long tradition of competitive overclocking, it also has some of the world’s most talented live overclockers.
The OC-ESPORTS points are a part of the equation for the HWBOT Overclockers League leaderboard as the league is based on a member's best 15 combined global and wr scores overall, best 20 hardware scores overall, and the 10 best OC-ESPORTS points from the past 365 days. To help you understand why you may lose points this point, below you can find a table of the competitions which will lose their points this month.
Competitions Losing Points in November 2016
|Competition||Date of Losing Points||Level||Winner|
|ROG OC Showdown Formula Series Round 3||2015-12-07||1||Nvidiaforever2|
|Rookie Rumble #25||2015-12-12||1||TAGG|
|Rookie Rumble AMD #22||2015-12-12||1||S H A Y A N|
|HyperX OC Takeover Season III Final||2015-12-17||3||Lucky_n00b|
|HWBOT Country Cup 2015||2015-12-20||1||Australia|
|GIGABYTE Target OC Open Target Ambient 2 cores||2015-12-20||1||Lochekey|
|GIGABYTE Target OC Open Target Ambient 4 cores||2015-12-20||1||Keika|
|GIGABYTE Target OC Open Target Ambient 6 cores||2015-12-20||1||TAGG|
|GIGABYTE Target OC Open Target Extreme 2 cores||2015-12-20||1||Darkvenom|
|GIGABYTE Target OC Open Target Extreme 4 cores||2015-12-20||1||Nifir|
|GIGABYTE Target OC Open Target Extreme 6 cores||2015-12-20||1||Nifir|
Today we bring you the penultimate edition of the ‘Meet the Finalists’ series, looking at each of the overclockers who will go head to head in the World Championship Finals on Sunday. Today we consider the case for Xtreme Addict from Poland, the current world No.2 on HWBOT.
In live, competitive Overclocking circles the name Xtreme Addict will echo through the ages. That might sound like an exaggerated statement but if you look down the list of honors for last five or six years, it’s clear that XA has been one of the scene’s most prolific overclockers in that period. In terms of wins alone we can point to MOA EMEA 2012, AOOC 2012, HyperX OC Takeover HOT Final CES and Computex 2014 plus the Intel OC Challenge Computex 2014 and HyperX OC Takeover HOT Final CES 2015. Let’s just say this guy is a true competitor in every sense.
Perhaps the contest that is most relevant to us right now is the one that allows Xtreme Addict, also known as Michal Vobozil, to compete in Berlin at the weekend. The win of course came at a familiar stomping ground for XA, attending the HWBOT World Tour Asia stop at Computex earlier this year. The event proved to be one of the big success stories of the year with dozens of top class overclockers competing side by side for the duration of the week.
On the last day of the event we were treated to the Semis and Final. Xtreme Addict faced the one overclocker who sits (ever so slightly) above him in the world rankings. The Dancop v Xtreme Addict semi final was a tense affair revolving around 3DMark Vantage. XA managed to push his chip by an additional 100MHz which resulted in a score of 82,589 marks, compared to Dancop who could only muster 81,219 marks.
In the Final XA was pitted against Indonesia’s Hazzan. Overclockers were bound by contest rules to use the same board that they qualified with; Hazzan would be using an MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Carbon motherboard while Xtreme Addict was armed a GIGABYTE X99 SOC Champion motherboard. The Wprime 1024 benchmark was eventually chosen after both vetos were utilized. After a string of BSODs, with just a few minutes left, Xtreme Addict made a run in just 49sec 657ms, a score that Hazzan could not better despite an enormous effort.
Xtreme Addict will be in Berlin right now, honing his chops using a GIGABYTE motherboard and Zadack511 memory. To discount him as a genuine challenger would be pure folly, as he is quite simply one of the most feared live contest overclockers in the world.
If you fancy Xtreme Addict to be the World Champion 2016, remember that you can select him for the ‘Predict and Win’ contest on our Facebook page. You can also catch up on his qualification experience here.
It’s been an interesting few weeks at the very top of the HWBOT world rankings of late. Despite neither of the league’s top two being too active, we did see a shift at the top with Xtreme Addict going back into first place for first time since July earlier this year. However, exactly how he managed to slip past Dancop is less clear and probably due to Dancop’s scores being whittled away by competing overclockers (indeed XA has not been overly active on HWBOT in the last month or so, perhaps he’s saving all his OC mojo for the World Championship Finals on Sunday).
Dancop too has been fairly quiet in the last few weeks. Regardless he regains his place at the top of the rankings today with a pair of solid world record scores. In 3DMark03 the new Global 1st place ranked score is now 345,563 marks, considerably ahead of Sofos from Greece who submitted a score of 307, 894 marks back in July.
The score from Dancop was made using a Core i7 6700K clocked at 6,742.5MHz (+68.56%), backed by a single Nvidia Titan X Pascal card with the GPU clocked at 2,265MHz (+59.84%) and the graphics memory pushed to 1,501MHz (+18%). The rig was based around an ASUS Maximus VIII Impact motherboard with G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 memory clocked at 2,081MHz (CL12.0 11-11-28 1T).
In the Unigine Heaven (Extreme Preset) benchmark Dancop used a similar setup to make a new Global 1st Place ranked score of 10,808.95 DX11 marks. This again is quite far ahead of the nearest contender Strong Island (US) with 9801.28 DX11 marks.
Regardless of all the above scoring it remains very close at the top. These two submissions mean that Dancop (Germany) now tops the HWBOT league with 3,309 points, ahead of Xtreme Addict (Poland) with 3,216 points. If XA wins the World Champinship Finals on Sunday, the situation may well change.
You can find the new World Record score for 3DMark03 here, plus the World Record score for Unigine Heaven Extreme here.