The Team Cup is a highly anticipated competition at HWBOT. A lot of overclockers are waiting for the opportunity to challenge last year’s winner Madshrimps. In preparation of the Team Cup, we hosted a warm-up competition during the month of February. For this warm up challenge we prepared five different stages, each with their own benchmark and hardware limitations. In spirit of the Team Cup, of course the hardware selection consisted of rare and unusual hardware. The requirements varied from the low-end GeForce GT 610 over the single core AMD processor, to as many as Pentium 2 CPUs you can find, to the rarest of graphics cards and eventually a little bit of SDR-Ram.
After 28 days of overclocking the victory eventually went to the HWBOX overclocking team. They collected 10 points more than the HwMaster OC Team Italy and 29 points more than XTREME OC Team Bulgaria. We really enjoyed following the competition and a lot of the top results are very impressive. It just goes to show that overclocking can be fun regardless of the hardware!
The Rookie Rumble Cup is a series of competitions limited to the newbies at HWBOT. Only if you have been registered at the site for three months or less, you are eligible for the competition. That effectively means you won't be competing against the top dogs of overclocking in this competition. The Rookie Rumble features three very basic and straight-forward benchmarks: XTU, HWBOT Prime and SuperPI 1M.
The first Rookie Rumble was won by Mmichel from Germany, with PSYB3R (another German overclocker) as runner-up. Srashedian from Iran finished third. Mmichel cleaned the board with an amazing three stage wins. The CPU frequency of Mmichel's Core i7 4770K varies from 4.95GHz for the XTU stage to almost 5.4GHz in the SuperPI 1M stage. Of course all done with an all-in-one water cooler, as these are today's most popular cooling solutions. Also interesting is the hardware Mmichel used: an ASRock Z87 OC Formula and GSKill TridentX memory kit.
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Taipei, Taiwan, January 21st, 2014 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the winners of the GIGABYTE Retro OC overclocking contest hosted on HWBOT.org. With USD $1,500 up for grabs, the 'GIGABYTE Retro OC' Contest invited top overclockers to revisit classic 3DMark benchmarks equipped with the latest hardware.
The GIGABYTE Retro OC contest attracted some of the world’s top Overclocking talent resulting in some very aggressive scoring. In total, 21 contest submissions are either top 20 in the world record listings or top 20 in the global category. Arguably the biggest highlight of the contest was seeing two World Records broken on the GIGABYTE Z87X-OC motherboard, with renowned Overclockers, Vivi and 8 Pack settings new World Record scores for 3DMark06 and 3DMark03 respectively.
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