Author: Timothée Pineau
We spoke and wrote about it many times before, but this year’s Computex was the busiest edition in terms of overclocking. Between overclocking competitions, demonstrations at the booth and the many gatherings, there literally was too much for one man to attend by himself. In this week’s write-up I want to share a couple of key numbers with the HWBOT community using an infographic we compiled. Here’s why last the first week of last month was “the most overclocked Computex” in history. Enjoy!
Some Basic Facts
To kick things off, here are a couple of basic facts of Computex 2014. Attendance: over 50 overclockers joined the tradeshow in Taipei, Taiwan. Most stayed for a minimum of 8 days of overclocking, technology and party.
Including tech media that covers overclocking on a regular basis, OC was represented by 24 nations and 20 languages. Every continent except for Antarctica had representation down on the show floor or at the competition events.
Overclockers could compete in three major overclocking competitions: Intel OC Challenge, HyperX OC Takeover and G.SKILL OC World Cup. Each of the competitions had its own twists and rules and of course own winners. What’s interesting to make note of is that with Cooler Master as key partner in two of the three overclocking events, all three major partners of the Intel Extreme Masters eSports competition were involved with competitive overclocking.
G.SKILL’s first live overclocking competition was a success too. With a new format, the team proved it’s possible to host an interesting and exciting competition on a tradeshow show floor. And most importantly: that there’s no need for invitational competitions to get high quality benchmark results.
Each of the three competitions were an opportunity for the motherboard manufacturers to show off the quality of their motherboards.
One more number: USD $47,500. That’s the total prize purse all competitions combined. That is most definitely a record for overclocking. Not only is it the highest for Computex but also the highest per annum. G.SKILL also set a new record high for cash prize for a single overclocking; the winner of the OC World Cup walked home with a very interesting USD $10,000.
With such a large cash prize, the competitors displayed their top skill level and strategy. Well done!
Records and Scores
During the first week of June, the HWBOT Competition Engine and related algorithms were busy 24/7. Aside from a small issue on Thursday morning where we accidentally deleted the entire result database – backups for the win! – everything ran smooth like a baby’s bottom. In total the competitors submitted over 150 submissions to HWBOT. That is excluding the results from the various booths and after-events of course.
In addition to the competition results we also saw quite a lot of records. Six at the GSKILL OC World Record Stage, two at the HWBOT OC Anniversary Gathering, one at GIGABYTE’s press event, two at the ASRock Booth, one at the HyperX OC Takeover competition, a couple at the Galaxy booth and then one more at the MSI after-event. That’s a serious list, no doubt about that.
Of the most memory records, we should specifically highlight GIGABYTE’s memory frequency record. The OC Lab team formed by HiCookie and Sofos1990 successfully launched their Z97X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard by beating the memory frequency world record not once, but twice live in front of an audience.
More LN2, MOARRRRR!
I often wonder if there’s liquid nitrogen running through some of the overclocker’s veins. As much as “No WR, No Go Home” pushes overclockers to push for the top score, “No LN2, No Party” is the motto for the overclocking events. Overclockers will show up at any venue when there’s a hint of nitrogen at the premise.
This Computex, overclockers consumed over 8,500 liters of LN2.
Gone! Evaporated! We’ve asked each company that engaged in OC related activities during Computex to tell us how much of the precious fluid they used.
Did you watch it?
Last but not least, Livestream. As you all know, I am part of the Overclocking-TV staff. Therefore I had the chance to be at the front row of every one of these events. We’ve been taking care of ensuring this year’s livestream shows. And the numbers are through the roof.
Including the statistics of the three OC events we streamed – Intel OC Challenge, HyperX OC Takeover and the HWBOT OC Anniversary Gathering – overclockers consumed a total of 17,000 hours of livestream video on our OCTV Twitch channel. To put that figure in perspective: that is 711 consecutive days, or almost two years of video stream.
At the same time, we registered 155 thousand stream sessions from all over the world. Some people were so interested in overclocking, they even watched our night camare during the HWBOT OC Anniversary Gathering.
At its peak, 2450+ people simultaneously tuned in on our afternoon session during the Gathering. This resulted over the 8 days of Computex in over 10,000 messages exchanged on the stream chat. That’s about one message every minute for 8 days.
To conclude, this Computex was quite simply amazing and most definitely a milestone in the history of competitive overclocking. I can only say I look forward to see what next your will bring. More OC, undoubtedly.