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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).
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.
The HWBOT World Championship 2016 Finals are just around the corner, in fact all eight overclockers are already in position in Berlin, chomping at the bit to get started on Sunday morning. In the mean time however, we can bring you a shot of the trophy that it is up for grabs – a trophy that will declare its owner to be the HWBOT World Champion of 2016.
For those of you who happen to live under a rock or perhaps have just come out a very long coma, the HWBOT World Championship 2016 Finals is essentially the final chapter in the HWBOT World Tour 2016. At each of the six location visited on the World Tour, a World Series overclocking contest was held, an extreme contest where the world’s best got a chance to prove themselves. With plenty of LN2 on hand each World Tour stop followed a similar contest format – a qualification round, usually base around three benchmarks, followed Semi-Final 1v1 contest and a Final 1v1 contest. In all the 1v1 contests, a benchmark is drawn from a pool at random with each overclocker possessing one veto.
The same format will be used again on Sunday. One minor twist is that each overlocker will be using the same brand of memory and motherboard that he used to qualify for the contest (each World Tour stop was partnered with different motherboard and memory vendors). The platform of choice is of course the Intel Z170 platform, with Skylake Core i5 6600K processors provided and drawn at random at each stage of the contest. The winner of the contest will get his hands on the magnificent trophy shown on the left, as well as a Core i7 6950X processor.
Don’t forget that you can watch all the action from the World Championship 2016 Final on the OverClocking-TV Twitch channel here. You can also take part in the ‘Predict and Win’ contest on our Facebook page. Correctly predict the World Champion and you could win a Core i7 6950X for yourself.
Here is the fifth installment of our ‘Meet the Finalists’ series, a look into the seven overclockers who have qualified for the HWBOT World Championship 2016 Finals in Berlin on Sunday. Today we take a look at one of the most respected and feared Overclockers in Indonesia; the one and only Hazzan, the country’s No.1 ranked Overclocker.
Hazzan qualified for the World Championship Finals by winning the Asia Pacific leg of the HWBOT World Tour 2016, but in truth it all could have been so very different. Hazzan is the only overclocker to have appeared in two World Series Finals. At Computex 2016 (the Asia World Tour stop) Hazzan made it to a 1v1 Final round against Poland’s Xtreme Addict. In just the dying moments of the contest XA managed to pull out a score that clinched the contest and booked him a ticket to Berlin. Hazzan’s frustration was palpable.
Fast forward to Yogyakarta Indonesia in September and we find Hazzan with a second opportunity to make it to the Finals. Having made it through the qualifiers without breaking sweat, we had a Semi Final 1v1 face-off between revOC and Hazzan. The two competed on 3DMark Physics. Hazzan was the big favorite to win against an overclocker ranked 40th in Indonesia and it certainly looked the case as Hazzan flew out of the traps early on. As the 30 minute line approached Hazzan had established a solid score of 12,982 points with revOC trailing behind on 12,340 points.
Hazzan faced speed.fastest (Indonesia’s current sixth rank overclocker) in the final where a 1v1 session on Cinebench R11.5 was held with CPUs capped out at 5.5.GHz. Hazzan again made the early ground setting the pace with a score of 10.49 with after just ten minutes. After around 15 mins speed.fastest managed to get some points on the board with a score of 10.68, then 10.72, gradually closing in on Hazzanand his score of 10.78.
Hazzan has been a HWBOT member for almost a decade and is certainly one of the most talented live overclocking combatants in the scene. I think it’s also fair to say that he hasn’t had the easiest route to the finals. He has shown again and again that sometimes it takes a great deal of sheer determination to get where you want to be.
We just announced how the submission process has been changed and improved in 3DMark Time Spy. It’s now possible to make a submission directly from 3DMark.com. Here’s a excerpt from the official press release:
[Press Release] HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings today officially announces its cooperation with Futuremark to streamline the benchmark result submission process for 3DMark.
Working in close cooperation, HWBOT and Futuremark have made significant changes to the submission and validation process. This means that gamers using the 3DMark benchmarking suite will be able to add scores to the HWBOT database at the click of a button, making it easier than ever for PC gaming enthusiasts to get involved with competitive benchmarking and overclocking.
“It will soon be possible to very easily add any validated score from 3DMark.com to the HWBOT database thanks to cooperation between HWBOT and Futuremark,” commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. “Crucially, this gives PC gamers a fantastic chance to become competitive about performance in a way that was not possible before.”
"For competitive overclockers, submitting 3DMark scores to HWBOT has traditionally involved manually copying over results, entering hardware details and uploading validation screenshots," said Pasi Virtanen, 3DMark Product Manager at Futuremark. "Today, all of that changes with our new streamlined submission process. Now overclockers can submit their 3DMark Time Spy scores to HWBOT with one click on 3DMark.com."Source Source
Today we bring you the fourth installment of our ‘Meet the Finalists’ series where we get a little bit more intimate with the guys flying out to Berlin this week for the climax of the HWBOT World Tour 2016, the HWBOT World Championship Final.
Jean-Marc LeBlanc is probably the closest we will get to an American representative at the World Championship 2016 Finals in just four day’s time. By that I mean he is technically from North America, hailing from Canada. In fact Marc, better known by his handle marc0053, is Canada’s No.1 Overclocker. He’s also a huge proponent of Overclocking as a hobby and keen member of the largest OC Team in the world, Overclock.net.
Marc booked his place in the Final by winning a fiercely contested World Series competition at LanETS in Montreal, Canada back in April of this year. Marc kicked off in winning fashion, taking the qualification stage by storm by winning all three stages. The nearest competitor on the qualification leaderboard, Rasparthe (Canada’s No.2 overclocker at the moment) would prove to be the man most likely to mount a challenge in the Finals on the next day.
Indeed Rasparthe managed to overcome the challenge of America’s MrBreeze in the semi-final to set up a Final 1v1 match between Canada’s top two ranked overclockers. The benchmark drawn at random was Cinebench 11.5, a fun benchmark that neither overclocker chose to veto. After a few minutes feeling out their newly drawn Core i7 6700K processors, both overclockers soon found themselves at the outer limits of performance and began tweaking their systems to every last drop. In the end marc0053 managed a score of 13.82, ahead of Rasparthe on 13.36 points.
Of all the contenders at the Caseking HQ in Berlin on Sunday, Marc will be one of the newest overclockers. Indeed he still regards himself as a newbie of sorts, despite being No.1 in Canada, No. 2 in the Overclock.net team, 7th in the Extreme League on HWBOT and 21st globally. Doubtlessly he still feels new to the scene compared to many seasoned veterans. Indeed he only signed up as a HWBOT member in 2013, and has come a long way in a very short space of time.
At the World Championship Finals Marc will perhaps be rated as one of the outsiders for the win, but armed with an ASUS motherboard and lots of opportunity to test and prepare, it would be foolish to write this guy off. If you fancy a punt on a Canuck, 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.
DrWeez has just published a live stream that shows his last preparation session, literally before he gets on a plane to Berlin for the World Championship Finals. The Doc discusses some of the idiosyncratic issues he is facing in terms of hardware, including the behavior of the MSI motherboard that he will be using in Berlin. It’s just four days until the Finals kick off and being a solid pro, Andrew gives us a rundown of the final testing and prepping that he considers essential to have chance of winning.
Andrew qualified for the contest at rAge Cape Town back in March, and did so using an MSI board. Contest rules dictate that he must therefore use an MSI board in the Finals. The board of choice is an MSI Z170 XPOWER Gaming Titanium Edition. It’s great board but it does have its issues, one of which is a cold boot bug at around -135 degrees C, plus a cold bug at -165 degrees, issues that will make competing with the world’s best overclockers even more of a challenge.
Andrew will take two motherboards with him to Germany, both of which have a quick test before leaving, just to make sure they 100% survived the last benching session. Once tested, it’s gets packed back into its original box which should keep it in good condition on the trip to Europe. As well as giving his hardware a last final check and revealing his personal travel inventory in terms of tools and equipment, Andrew also takes time to answer questions from followers of his live stream.
Check out the video from DrWeez here on his YouTube channel.
Chief motherboard reviewer Thomas Soderstrom at Tom’s Hardware has dispensed with all the secrecy and hoodoo surrounding Intel’s eagerly awaited Kaby Family of processors, and gone ahead and published a first review. The review itself centers on the new top-end model, the Core i7 7700K a quad core chip that runs at base frequency of 4.2GHz, boosting to 4.5GHz. Compared to the previous gen Skylake chips, Thomas finds that there is a modest boost in performance, however in the areas of power consumption and thermals it's a little disappointing.
“Intel's new Kaby Lake CPU delivers on the clock speeds the company promised, but the power consumption and thermal characteristics were disappointing based on a leaked sample of the new chip we received and tested weeks ahead of its official launch.”
In terms of CPU core clocks, it’s easy to see that Kaby Lake models do indeed use higher clocks compared to Skylake. Each tier of the product line generally gains 200-300MHz on the newer Kaby Lake processors. However, despite these changes Thomas found little difference in terms of how the board approached power delivery.
“Intel didn’t change the core micro architecture between Skylake and Kaby Lake, and our motherboard didn’t even read a voltage reduction for the Core i7-7700K, compared to the Core i7-6700K. Our motherboard set the Core i7-7700K to 1.30V at its 4.50 GHz max turbo, whereupon it behaved exactly the way we’d expect our Core i7-6700K to act when overclocked to 4.50 GHz at 1.30V.”
Looking at power draw, the newer 7th generation chips failed to deliver a reduction. What Thomas observed was an increase in the watts consumed, jumping from 133 W on Skylake, to 141 W with Kaby Lake. Idle power draw did see reduction of 37 W, to 24 W.
“For true performance enthusiasts, the real news is that Intel’s new mainstream-socket enthusiast CPU will reach new overclocking heights. Unfortunately, getting its extra heat out of the core was quite a challenge, as even stepping up from Noctua’s NH-U12S to its NH-D14 saved a mere 3°C. … Still, the fact that it reached 4.8 GHz without sub-ambient cooling is encouraging.”
The article arrives with a few caveats of course. Firstly it’s fair to say the GIGABYTE Z170X-Ultra motherboard, while sporting a revised BIOS that makes it compatible with Kaby Lake, it will almost certainly not be fully optimized for the new platform. Also, it’s very possible that we will see different behavior with the new Z270 chipset boards when they arrive.
Read the full review article here on Tom’s Hardware.
In the third installment of our ‘Meet the Finalists’ series we come across a competitor from Germany known simply as Bullshooter, a real competitor who made his mark on this year’s HWBOT World Tour with a win at Poitier’s France.
Bullshooter, who apparently got his nickname from his proficiency as a darts player, has been a HWBOT member since May 2009. He is currently ranked as No.3 in Germany, No.5 in the Extreme OC league and 17th in the global rankings overall. Bullshooter is also Team Captain and the highest ranked member of the Team Hardware-Reaktor-Reloaded team on HWBOT.
Bullshooter managed to take his place in the finals after winning the MSI MOA 2016 Europe contest, a contest that ostensibly acted as the World Series qualifier. Unlike previous World Tour 2016 stops, the MSI MOA 2016 Europe contest began with an online qualification contest hosted on OC-ESPORTS. The top eight overclockers were then invited to compete at Gamers Assembly in Poitier’s France in late March. Bullshooter qualified for a seat in France by finishing six on the qualification leaderboard.
At Gamers Assembly Bullshooter was handed the unenviable task of facing French No.1 Wizerty in the initial Quarter Final round, a task he managed to overcome, beating the Frenchman to reach a Semi-Final bout against Elite Danish overclocker Zzolio. Benching commenced after a random draw where 3Dmark11 Physics was chosen. Bullshooter hit an outstanding score of 17,081 marks, considerably ahead of Zzolio on 16,529 marks.
The Final in France was perhaps the most controversial of the entire World Tour, thanks in no small part by the fact that World No.1 Dancop found that his board simply would not boot, most likely a result of condensation from the previous round. Bullshooter managed to walk out the door as a worthy winner hitting a fine score of 16,915 marks, again in 3DMark11 Physics. You can watch the Final in full with coverage from OverClocking-TV.
Bullshooter will arrive in Berlin as arguably as one of the freshest of the eight combatants having only a short distance to travel. He will be a worthy competitor for sure. To read more about his qualification story, read the full roundup article from the event in March. You can also back him to win in our ‘Predict and Win’ Facebook contest here where an Intel Core i7 6950X processor is up for grabs.