GALAX GOC 2014 kicked off a few days ago in China’s Wuhan City, pitting 12 of the world’s most respected and feared Overclockers against each other with cash prizes totaling $6,000 USD up for grabs. GALAX even managed to bring some world class talent over to China to act as judges. Of course events held in China can suffer from communication issues and it is actually only now that we are getting a clearer picture of scoring and eventual winners etc. This is how it looked at the end:
- 1st – 8 Pack with 94 points (USD $3000)
- 2nd – Vivi with 84 points (USD $2000)
- 3rd – Lucky_n00b with 74 points (USD $1000)
Congrats to 8Pack! So far this is the only shot we have of the leaderboard at the end of the competition:
GOC 2014- GALAX Overclocking Carnival
In recent years we have seen several major PC hardware vendors including MSI, ASUS, GIGABYTE and others hold their own Overclocking contests around the world. Last week was the turn of GALAX and the ‘GALAX Overclocking Carnival‘, a competition that certainly has plenty of potential for stoking up the OC scene in China and producing a seriously tense and competitive event environment that encapsulates the spirit of elite Overclocking.
All contestants took their place in the final based on their performance in online qualifiers, but unlike last year’s competition, each Overclocker competed as a solo player with no teams involved. The GALAX GOC 2014 contest was held at the HuaZhong University Guangu Stadium in Wuhan, in Hubei Province, China. Well known Overclockers including current World No.1 8pack made the grade in qualifying for a contest that lasted two days. Check out the OC talent on display in Wuhan last week:
Here’s a breakdown of the hardware that was used throughout GOC 2014:
- Motherboard: BYOH (Bring Your Own Hardware)
- Graphics Card: GALAX GTX 980 Hall Of Fame
- CPU: Intel 4790K (max 6GHx +/-12MHz for 3D stages) (BYOH on day2)
- Memory: GALAX DDR3 Hall Of Fame (DDR4 available on day2)
- PSU: GALAX 1200W Hall Of Fame
- SSD: Galaxy SSDs (Win7, Win8, WinXP pre-installed)
All 4790K CPUs were limited to 6GHz to really put the focus on the GPU and the ability of the overclocker get the most from it. There is no doubt that 8Pack had a very solid GTX 980 GPU from which he squeezed some incredible performance and allowing him to take max points in all but one of the stages. It was also interesting to see that GALAX are provided their own memory, SSDs and Power Supplies, not relying on any other memory or hardware partners for the event other than GPU vendor Nvidia and thermal paste supplier Gelid. Contestants were allowed to us any motherboard throughout, with either Z87 or Z97 chipsets allowed.
Day 1: Solo 2D and 3D Benching
Day 1 involved the serious competitive stuff with cash prizes available for winners. 1st place won $3,000, 2nd place $2,000 and 3rd place won $3,000. Benchmarks used as below:
- SuperPi 32M
- 3DMark 11 Performance
- 3DMark Fire Strike
- 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
Points were calculated and spread out in increments of 2, i.e. thusly: 24, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2.
Day 2: OC Record Day
Day 2 was a simpler affair where all overclockers are encouraged to simply break records. All contestants were allowed to use their own CPU but could also use the one from Day 1 if needed. Any platform was welcome and GALAX DDR4 was made available to contestants. All validated records broken on the day received USD $500 in raw cash! Here’s a list of benchmarks which, with exception of memory clock frequency, are predominantly 3D oriented, a great way for GALAX to showcase their GALAX GTX 980 Hall Of Fame cards.
- 3DMark Fire Strike, Extreme & Ultra
- 3DMark11 Performance & Extreme
- 3DMark Vantage Performance & Extreme
- 3DMark Cloud Gate
- 3DMark Ice Storm
- Memory Frequency
GALAX GOC 2014 in Summary
GALAX GOC 2014 must go down in history as a success with a really healthy and honest competitive atmosphere throughout the contest. All the guys that made it to Wuhan had a good time and as always, the event brought together a lot of people who don’t actually get to see each other face to face that often. It’s also great to see younger competitors including a new gang of Japanese overclockers competing side by side guys who are a considerably longer in the tooth.
The one down side of the event is perhaps the realities of holding such a gig in Mainland China. The great firewall of China meant that a live stream was not possible, and that in general there was a lack of interest and recognition of the event outside of China. Social Media (ok, we mean mostly Facebook) was also hampered as you can imagine. You can bring the International OC community to China, but that will not change the insular nature a host country that does not truly embrace an International outlook. However it is great to see companies like GALAX are willing to try their best to bring China closer to the Global OC scene.