GIGABYTE Z97 - Pentium AE Beat the Heat Challenge

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Keep It Cool for a Chance to Win Big in Cash Prizes and GIGABYTE Hardware

Taipei, Taiwan, August 18th, 2014 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced its latest overclocking contest hosted on, the GIGABYTE Z97-Pentium AE Beat the Heat Challenge. The main focus will be centered on the latest GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards and the G3258 Intel® Pentium® Anniversary Edition CPU. The challenge is open to all overclockers and will be separated in 5 stages running various benchmarks on air/water cooling and LN2 cooling. A total of USD $2,000 in cash prizes and two GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC LN2 will be offered to the winners, as well as a lucky draw with 5 participants winning a GIGABYTE G-Powerboard kit.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pentium® brand, Intel delivered to the overclocking community an unlocked processor with great potential at a very fair price. To put this bad boy to the test, GIGABYTE is giving HWBOT’s community the opportunity to see if they can keep their cool under pressure and win big from August 24th until September 28th, 2014.

Contest Stages

  • Stage 1: XTU -> Submission deadline: Sunday, September 7th midnight GMT/UTC (8AM 29/07 GMT+8)

  • Stage 2: HWBOT Prime -> Submission deadline: Sunday, September 7th midnight GMT/UTC (8AM 29/07 GMT+8)

  • Stage 3: Super Pi 32M -> Submission deadline: Sunday, September 14th midnight GMT/UTC (8AM 29/07 GMT+8)

  • Stage 4: Memory Clock -> Submission deadline: Sunday, September 21st midnight GMT/UTC (8AM 29/07 GMT+8)

  • Stage 5: CPU Frequency clock -> Submission deadline: Sunday, September 28th midnight GMT/UTC (8AM 29/07 GMT+8)

Contest Rules

All submissions must be made using a GIGABYTE 9 series motherboard (except Z97 SOC FORCE LN2) and retail Intel® Pentium® G3258. All screenshot submissions must include the competition wallpaper including the benchmark score. All submissions must include a picture of the rig used, including competition background. Usual HWBOT submission and verification rules apply.

Stage 1 is open to HWBOT Enthusiast, Rookie and Novice overclockers only using Air/Water cooling, LN2 not allowed. Stages 2 to 5 are open to all HWBOT overclockers. To remain qualified, the participants of Stage 2 to Stage 5 MUST submit a score before the deadline. For the lucky draw, the G-Powerboard kit version (Nvidia/AMD) will be sent randomly.

Winners of Stage 1 and Stage 2 to 5 will be excluded from the Lucky draw.

Point allocation for Stages 2 to 5: 25, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 5, 2, 1


Stage Benchmark Class Submission by Prize
Stage 1 XTU Enthusiast, Novice, Rookie Sunday Sept. 7th 12:00PM GMT+0 USD $500 for 1st place
Stage 2 HWBOT Prime All Sunday Sept. 7th 12:00PM GMT+0
  • 1st: USD $1,000 + Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2
  • 2nd: USD $500
  • 3rd: Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 motherboard
Stage 3 SuperPI 32M All Sunday Sept. 14th 12:00PM GMT+0
Stage 4 Memory Clock All Sunday Sept. 21th 12:00PM GMT+0
Stage 5 CPU Frequency All Sunday Sept. 28th 12:00PM GMT+0
Lucky Draw Five randomly selected participants will receive a G-Powerboard kit (includes G-POWERBOARD, a Powerboard controller, cables and a copper sheet.)

The GIGABYTE Z97-Pentium AE Beat the Heat Challenge will run from August 24th 2014 until September 28th 2014, midnight GMT/UTC (8AM 29/07 GMT+8).

Competition Background


  • GIGABYTE Z97 - Pentium AE Beat the Heat Challenge is closed since 28 September 2014.
  • This competition is between Members.

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