During the month of November, GIGABYTE hosted the Feel the Force overclocking competition at HWBOT. Overclockers with a Haswell CPU and a Z87 motherboard could win a Gigabyte Z87X-OC Force motherboard and Corsair gear. The competition was simple in set up. Gather the most points in the three competition stages to win. The competition stages included the highest CPU Frequency, highest memory clock, and the highest BCLK frequency. After a month of intense competition, Vivi (South Africa) came out on top. Second place went to Hero (China), third place to Laoshu1919 (also China).
In the CPU Frequency stage, Hero from China won gold. With a frequency of 7150.69 MHz, Hero reached the second highest Core i7 4770K frequency validation at HWBOT. Very impressive! Hero outclocked Scheele, also from China, by 150MHz. Vivi from South Africa was third with 0.12MHz short of 6.9 GHz.
In the memory clock stage, Dinos22 from Australia tops the leaderboard. With a frequency of 2054 MHz (DDR3-4108), he does slightly better than Laoshu191 at 2027MHz. Vivi finished again third, hitting about 100 MHz less than Dinos22.
In the third stage, Vivi took the win. His BCLK frequency result of 204.5 MHz is the highest Z87 BCLK validation at HWBOT! Looking at the Z87 BCLK validation leaderboard, we see that the GIGABYTE Z87X-OC motherboard holds 7 spots in the top-10. All – except the one which is 0.5MHz short – at 200 MHz and above. Pretty cool!